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Kingston Unveils First 256GB USB Drive

Gordon Kelly


Kingston Unveils First 256GB USB Drive

Last month Kingston launched the world's first 128GB USB drive. Consequently, this wasn't expected...

Taking a leaf out of the nah nah na nah nah book of marketing, the memory expert has announced the first 256GB USB drive just 34 days later.

This gargantuan device will be - rather confusingly - branded the 'DataTraveler 300' (yes - one 'l' and I'd suggest 'DataTraveller 256', Kingston) but it is larger than the hard drives found in many laptops today. Data transfer rates are 20MBps write and 10MBps read which aren't the fastest we've seen (bring on USB 3.0 with such sizes) but it does feature a rugged, capless design and 'Password Traveler' security software to protect sensitive content.

"The DataTraveler 300 will enable users to carry huge volumes of data with them everywhere they go - up to 365 CDs for example," said Kingston Consumer marketing manager Kirsty Miller. "That's one album for every day of the year, and it demonstrates how far flash technology has developed."

As you might expect, prices for such a drive are beyond premium and the DataTraveler 300 will retail for a whopping £565.67 without VAT. That said you do get a five year warranty as standard and if you like to carry everything including the kitchen sink around with you then there's simply no bigger USB drive on the market as yet...


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July 20, 2009, 7:00 pm

Employees will start being searched at the door, in case they rip off the companies entire IP with something that could fit in their sock.....!


July 20, 2009, 7:11 pm

a classic case of just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

Surely putting a 7.2K 250GB 2.5" HD in an ESATA / USB case would be a much faster and much cheaper and it's not exactly a bulky alternative. I can't for the life of me think who would need this.

Neil B

July 20, 2009, 7:52 pm

@lifethroughalens, I don't NEED it but I do WANT it :-)


July 20, 2009, 8:04 pm

If like some of my memory sticks I lose this or it breaks I would be mad!


July 20, 2009, 8:43 pm

waste of resources... even billionaires wont buy this thingy...


July 20, 2009, 9:02 pm

In ten years time we'll think, pah, 256GB, want a tiny amount of space, while we carry around our 100TB holographic-thumb-drives :)


July 20, 2009, 10:08 pm


Indeed. We'll probably be reading about it using the holographic-thumb-drives' projectors while scrolling through pages using our mind, all while flying through the air in our cars. :)

- you think I'm kidding, don't you...


July 20, 2009, 11:29 pm

Hmm, I wonder how long that would take to fill up, going at full-tilt?


July 20, 2009, 11:50 pm

Roughly 145 minutes, assuming 30MB/s write speed.


July 21, 2009, 12:01 am

why cant any company produce a solid state 256gb mp3/pmp player using the same technology? I would buy that!


July 21, 2009, 12:11 am

@lifethroughalens " I can't for the life of me think who would need this."

Tho' I tend to agree. History does not.

Obvious stuff, but is seems to me the more capacity we get - the more we 'need'.

So far as portable storage goes, look as far as floppy disc -> CD(700MB) -> DVD (9GB) -> now BluRay (50GB) ->?

I would think the move away from mechanical(HDD/CD/DVD/BR) technology, to non mechanical storage can only be of advantage, in the long term. In addition, as we all know, emergent technology is initially expensive and of limited capacity....


July 21, 2009, 1:34 am

wow, so now Social Services, the NHS and the MoD can lose EVEN MORE data down the back seat of a taxi or bus!

I'm with Chocoa in the notion that the future of A/V is not with optical disks but more thumb drives containing the HD movie that you plug into the player. Be much more efficient and less prone to scratches! Current downside being that it would cost a lot more to produce than a BD-ROM currently does...


July 21, 2009, 2:32 am


As I tried to incline in my post - the size of the storage doesn't impress me at all - the more the merrier, hell i'd appreciate a 1TB USB stick...but not at that speed - or lack of.

That's pathetic - you'd be hanging around for hours waiting to get that filled up by which time it'll be so hot it'll melt the case probably!. And it will never achieve the 30MB/s rate so as I said - seems a tad pointless.

Now if they were using eSATA or USB 3 standards then it would make great sense :)


July 21, 2009, 3:03 am

it'll just be the same stuff stored in better quality. uncompressed .wav files, even higher hd films.


July 21, 2009, 12:48 pm


There's too much money to be made selling people paltry amounts of storage space, that's why.

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