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Is that a 1TB flash drive in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

Here at CES, many manufacturers give out flash drives like they're candy. Usually, they're filled with press kits and images, and range from 2GB to 16GB or so in size. For regular consumers, many of us have at least a couple of thumb drives laying around. 32GB and 64GB USB 3.0 flash drives are pretty commonplace these days and can easily be had for less than $1/GB.
However, Kingston today is going totally bonkers with a new 1TB flash drive that is in its DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 product family. Yes, you heard that right -- one terabyte! The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is already shipping in a 512GB configuration, and the 1TB model will be available to purchase later this quarter.

The USB 3.0 drive will offer read speeds of 240MB/sec and write speeds of 160MB/sec. It's not as fast as the SSDs that ship in many of today's laptop and desktops, but it's definitely plenty fast for a storage device that fits in your pocket.
Unfortunately, pricing is not available at this time, but it likely won’t come cheap.
A 1TB flash drive is definitely a niche product, but we're quite sure that there will be more than a few people that will scramble to pickup such a device. And who knows, perhaps companies will be giving out 1TB flash drives at CES 2018...

Source: Kingston

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Price for the 512GB
By Rankor on 1/7/2013 12:22:34 PM , Rating: 3
Found the price for the 512GB version at $1750 at Amazon, $1337 at Kingston's store.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By Samus on 1/7/2013 12:45:19 PM , Rating: 3
LMFAO. That's ridiculous. I mean obviously this is going to be expensive, but at that price it's entirely impractical. Since almost no single file is larger than 128GB, you could just get a few of those for $75/each.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By guffwd13 on 1/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Price for the 512GB
By pattycake0147 on 1/7/2013 1:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
OP wrote 128GB not 128MB...

RE: Price for the 512GB
By guffwd13 on 1/7/2013 2:36:51 PM , Rating: 3
yeah... makes so much more sense now...

...and thats my cue to go to bed.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By freeagle on 1/8/2013 4:58:25 AM , Rating: 3
Like a thousand times more sense?

RE: Price for the 512GB
By marvdmartian on 1/8/2013 7:56:04 AM , Rating: 3
Feeling a bit of Doctor Evil-ness??


RE: Price for the 512GB
By drycrust3 on 1/7/2013 2:59:27 PM , Rating: 3
i qualify this with under no circumstances would i ever shell out more than $100 for a flash drive,

I remember one of my teachers saying "They have given me 30 megabytes of space on the file server! What am I going to do with 30 megabytes? I will never use that in my whole life!"
As I see these flash drives, you would be able to take your own OS and files with you (encrypted, of course!) on one, so you plug your flash drive into a computer, turn it on, and your favourite OS (e.g. Linux Mint, Windows 7, etc) appears with your desktop on it, and all your files are right there!
This would be useful in an environment where people move around a lot sharing computers, but don't actually want to totally trust the previous users to not have downloaded some malware, e.g. people who frequent internet cafes.
Another point is that we make the mistake of thinking of this technology in relation to our current technology, the biggest value of a new technology is in something you haven't thought of.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By Paedric on 1/7/2013 5:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
The latest Ubuntu (12.10) can be used as a live CD on a 1GB flash drive.
Now, if you were to use a 64GB flash drive, you can have a full OS, plus some music/movies/games in your pocket.
Sure, you might not be able to put your entire collection on the device, but it can be pretty damn close.

A problem with flash drives though is that they can be easily lost, so having everything on it as your primary hard-drive is probably quite a bad idea.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By Manch on 1/8/2013 6:46:43 AM , Rating: 2
For a while I had XP on a 500MB flash drive, encrypted. Useful if your only option is an internet café and you don't want to leave anything behind.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By ZmaxDP on 1/10/2013 4:54:03 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, as another AEC industry employee, I will tell you one common file that exceeds 128GB. Laser Scans. I have a number of laser scans that are in excess of 200GB. However, that still falls under the "almost no single files are larger than..." clause of the OP. But, there are files that are larger than a 128Gb flash drive - just not very many...

RE: Price for the 512GB
By Solandri on 1/7/2013 4:11:09 PM , Rating: 4
$1337 at Kingston's store.

Well at least they have a sense of humor about it. =)

And I'll add that I'm unlikely to ever spend more than $100 on a flash drive ever again. I spent $130 on a 512 MB (yes M not G) CF card for my camera back in 2004. It now sits unused in my bag since it'll only hold about 40 shots in RAW mode. I'd throw it away except it'd feel like I'm throwing away over $100.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By Lord 666 on 1/8/2013 4:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
Cisco 2800 routers and ASA firewalls still in use would consider your 512mb cf card an upgrade.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By bug77 on 1/9/2013 9:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
Quite obviously, the 1TB version will be priced at $31337.

RE: Price for the 512GB
By KOOLTIME on 1/9/2013 8:12:54 PM , Rating: 2

1337 = LEET if its upside down D-

all in one place
By CaedenV on 1/7/2013 12:11:40 PM , Rating: 3
This way you can loose all of your documents at once rather than having them spread across a few different flash drives!

In all seriousness though, that is pretty awesome, and they managed to keep the size from ballooning which is even more impressive! Now if we can get some 1 and 2 TB consumer grade SSDs!

RE: all in one place
By kleinma on 1/7/2013 1:09:36 PM , Rating: 5
Or you can tight all your documents at once.

By p05esto on 1/7/2013 1:43:54 PM , Rating: 4
What this does show us is that in a few years 1TB flash drives will be no big deal and had for $50. Can't wait!

Good lord...
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2013 12:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
Would love this, but fear it's going to be pricey.

They'll be lined up...
By Beenthere on 1/7/2013 3:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
...with money in hand to buy these 1 TB flash drives...or NOT. What a deal @ $2000 a pop. :(

For under $100 bucks...
By Donkey2008 on 1/8/2013 9:35:45 AM , Rating: 2
I'll stick with an external USB 3.0 drive. Sure, it won't fit on my keyring or have read speeds of 240MB/s (theoretical), but they make them small enough to fit in my pocket and they are more then fast enough (my external USB drive at work sustains 60-80 MB/s on large transfers 700 MB+).

Plus, when people say "Is that a 1TB drive in your pants or are you just happy to see me?", I would rather have a large, girthy hard drive in my pocket rather than a tiny, inadequete little flash key. Just sayin :P

Windows to Go
By bakinnan on 1/9/2013 9:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
Wonder if this will be eligible to be used as a Windows to go device?

This is the perfect backup device
By Mr Joshua on 1/10/2013 8:01:11 AM , Rating: 2
Just leave it plugged in running a dynamic backup.

Name of product
By roykahn on 1/7/13, Rating: -1
RE: Name of product
By espaghetti on 1/7/2013 10:32:40 PM , Rating: 3
Not sexual, just predators that have had to much caffeine.

RE: Name of product
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/13, Rating: 0
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