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Kingston launches worlds first 1TB USB 3 Pen Drive

Way back in 1985, a couple of students were discussing technology and touched on the idea of a 1GB memory module. The idea that so much data could be stores in one place – at one time – seemed incredible. They're now both associated with KitGuru and both made the ‘genuine surprise face' when they learned that Kingston is ready to put a 1TB memory drive in your pocket. This is getting serious – and begs a question.

How much storage does any one person need?

Better still, in a world where nearly all of us carry advanced smartphones (and 64GB Micro SD cards are just £45), what could we be missing?

The most likely usage scenario for a 1TB USB 3 Pen Drive is the transport of single, very large files. Small files can be up/downloaded with ease or spread across multiple devices, but a single monolithic data block can clog your lines/time for ages.

Remember, we're not talking about the kind of file you might get from a dodgy download site – where films might take up 700MB to 1.4GB – what we're talking about is TONS of raw footage. Or an entire library of completed films.

The numbers?

Well, IF a Hollywood film could be encoded to fit into 700MB of storage, then a 1TB Pen Drive could take around 1,400 such films.

Put another way, if you watched one Hollywood film a week, then it would take you more than 27 years to watch everything on one of these drives.

Now that's a LOT of film.

Ann Keefe, Kingston's Regional Director for the UK and Ireland, said “Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive. 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”.


KitGuru says: Kingston is expecting a read speed of around 240MB/sec and 160MB/sec when writing. That would make a Kingston external USB drive around the same speed as older SSDs, which opens the possibility for video editing etc without the need to copy footage to your main system drive. Interesting. Expect these in your local stores around March. With the 256GB drives presently around £280, you can expect a serious price tag on the new 1TB USB Drive from Kinigston.

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