Do you want to back up your whole computer (maybe even two?) on a small, portable flash drive? You’ll now be able to do that courtesy of the latest gadget from Kingston.
How big is that flash drive you use to shuttle files between your desktop and your laptop, or trade music with a friend? 2 gigabytes? 8 gigabytes? Whatever it is, it doesn’t come close to the latest from Kingston, which fits a terabyte, or 1024 gigabytes, into a package as big as your thumb.
That’s right. The kind of space that a year or two ago you could hardly get put into a laptop, you can now carry around with you in your jeans pocket. It is chunky and bigger than your average thumb drive, but it’ll definitely fit in there.
It’s not the first terabyte flash drive: Victorinox showed one off, smaller even, at last year’s CES. But as some expected at the time, their device has never materialized. Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX Predator, on the other hand, will be for sale shortly.How much are you expected to pay for it? The 512-gigabyte version, which comes out first and is already more spacious than practically anything you can find out there, has a steep price tag of $1700.
That’s correct, nearly two grand for a thumb drive. Who’s buying these things? But these things sell, nevertheless. The drive is compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows 8,Windows 7 with SP1, Windows Vista with SP1 or SP2, Windows XP with SP3, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and Linux 2.6 or higher.
“Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive,” Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager for Kingston, said in a statement. “The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit, and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag.”
The price for the terabyte version isn’t yet known, but your guess probably isn’t too far off. Still, it wasn’t long ago that we were paying through the nose for one gigabyte. So if you really need to carry around that much data in your pocket but can’t pay the price, just give it a year or two and see if it doesn’t become a little more affordable…