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Kingston DataTraveler 101 - USB flash drive - 8 GB - Hi-Speed USB - cyan

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      22.12.2011 09:03
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      8 gigabyte flash drive

      I've had a USB memory stick attached to my key-ring for years, and I use it to keep emergency information, like scans of the vital pages to my passport. I'm told that this can speed up the production of a replacement passport if the original is lost abroad. I also use it to 'transport' files to and from ailing PCs - one of my paid hobbies is fixing other people's PCs.

      However, as a compliment to its toughness and longevity, coupled with a slap in the face of its future prospects, I noticed that its capacity is only 128 megabytes, when all of its 'offspring' are now boasting a handful of gigabytes, and for a lot less money.

      My original cost me £30 at an airport about 8 years ago!

      Such is the march of technology that its replacement with 64-times the capacity has cost me 1/5th of the price.

      IN COMES KINGSTON

      The name of Kingston seems to crop up whenever makes of memory chip and storage disk come up in searches. I was going to say 'in conversation' but that would be a pretty nerdy kind of conversation! I do know that my current PC has Kingston RAM chips, and now I've got one of their USB sticks, the DT101 G2, 8 gigabyte variant.

      First impressions are favourable, unless you've got arthritic wrists in which case your first impression will be of waiting for someone to come round and cut it out of the bomb-proof packaging that abounds these days.

      It's a neat red clear plastic and metal job about two inches long. The metal cover swings back to reveal the business end, i.e. the USB plug, thus it's pretty easy to keep it dust- and lint-free whilst remaining self-contained with no caps to lose. Ironically, in the case of its predecessor, I've still got the cap - I just can't find the stick!

      USING IT

      On first plugging-in, the PC takes a little time to configure the device, but since all modern operating systems treat USB as a known entity, this is just a formality whilst it logs yet another name, in this case 'KINGSTON' not surprisingly.

      Looking around the drive, I noticed that they've put a utility called 'urDrive' on it already, but for the life of me, I couldn't see that it had any immediate use and anyway it necessitated signing up for something, so I got rid of it. In my brief perusal, it seemed to be a shop window for various things, most of which needed paying for although to be fair, it did also offer two gigabytes of 'cloud storage' for free, but I already use Dropbox so I didn't shed a tear as I clicked on the thoughtfully-supplied 'Uninstall' application.

      As for using it, it seems to load and unload files at a high speed, which along with reliability is all you can ask of such a gadget. There's a neat red LED in the fulcrum of the metal cover to show 'disk' activity - OK it isn't a disk as such but you know what I mean.

      CRITICISMS?

      Well two actually.

      One - It's even dinkier than my last one, and therefore even easier to lose!

      Two - To make matters worse, the loop that's intended to allow you to attach this to a key ring is so slim that anything more than thick cotton couldn't be threaded through it.

      However, it did only cost me £5.44 including P&P, but it's the value of what's kept on it that matters, not the replacement cost.

      Bah-humbug!

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        25.08.2010 16:50
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        4 out of 5 stars

        Kingston DataTraveler 101 8 GB


        After accidentally leaving my previous memory stick in my jeans pocket and then putting it through the wash, I needed to get a new one. My hubby, very nicely went out of his way and picked this Kingston data traveller up for me to use.

        It has an 8 GB capacity, which is more space than I require. I tend to only use the memory stick to make a few backups of word documents or to carry certain documents around with me. I do believe that these are also available with smaller memory capacity if you prefer.

        Personally, I own the pink version, which looks the same as the one in the photo above except for the colour. The advantage of having a range of colours is that this is easily spottable as mine and not my husband's, who has the same memory stick but blue.

        It works really well and you don't need any expert IT knowledge to use it, just plug it in, transfer the files that you want, then remove and off you go with your data in hand.

        It has a cap less swivel design, which keeps it protected while in my pocket. The benefit of not having a separate cap is that it gives me one less thing to lose. I also think this is a novel idea and it's the first one of this design I have owned. Personally, I would look out for these swivel cases again as I have lost a lid or two in the past.

        At the moment you can buy this from Amazon for a reasonable £11.25.

        I really like this memory stick and I like that it is available in a range of colours, which makes it feel a bit more tailored to my preferences rather than being in the very generic black or silver casings that these more often than not come in.

        This memory stick does exactly what I want and expect from a memory stick, and I love it. It deserves a well earned five out of five stars.

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        09.07.2010 09:25
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        good little flash drive

        A couple of years ago my laptop broke and although i was annoyed i needed to buy a new one I didn't think much of it until a couple of days later I realized I had lost all my files and pictures. I was absolutely devastated as I had some pictures that meant a lot to me that were now lost forever and I couldn't believe I was so stupid not to have backed them up.
        Ever since then I have become slightly OCD in regards to backing things up on my laptop and have a multitude of flash drives and online storage to make sure it never happens again.

        The Kensington Datatraveler 101 is a cheap and cheerful flash drive that is perfect for storing you pictures and files on so you always have a back up on an external source.
        It is extremely small and available in a few different colours, the USB part is protected inside a metal casing that you push and swivel to reveal the USB for connecting to your laptop. There is no lid for the USB which I find good as I am always losing the lids and because the size is so small it is perfect for carrying around with you. As it is so small I always have to put it somewhere I will remember so as to not lose it in the mess that is my flat.

        It is really easy to use you just connect the USB to your computer and it shows up as an external storage device and you have to then just drag and drop files or cut and paste them and that's it really your files are now securely backed up. The speed is ok, it's not the fastest flash drive I have ever used but it's not the slowest either, a couple of hundred pictures will only take a few minutes to transfer so it's not too bad.
        The datatraveler is available in a few different sizes from 2GB to 16GB. I find the 8GB is more than enough memory for all my pictures and personal videos but if you need more or less memory then they are available.

        There is not really much more to say about the Kingston datatraveler 101, it's a good little flash drive for a good price that does exactly what it says on the tin. They are widely available and you can buy one from lots of different online and physical shops and they range in price from £10 to £13 depending on where you buy it and what colour you choose.

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          21.06.2010 08:41
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          Kingston DataTraveler 101 8 GB

          Kingston DataTraveler 101/8GB

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          Brand: Kingston
          Storage Capacity: 8 GB

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          What is it?
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          Well this flash or USB drive as they are sometimes known for but especially as a small device for storing your important files such as documents and pictures. A few years ago I lost all my files after my computer crashed. Reason enough to be careful so I save all my important files on USB sticks. But a USB stick is also handy for transferring files to another computer.

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          Kingston is for me a well known brand which focuses primarily on the development of memory products including for the computer. It is known as one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world. A friend of mine had experience with this brand and I've already bought the 2GB version and which I'm very happy about! I use a USB stick to store my pictures and videos and find reliability very important. I am convinced that this is a good brand and I feel assured to store my files on it.

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          It's ultimately of course all about the product itself. The reason I bought this USB stick was because my other two were already full and could buy this one for a good price. I have another USB stick from Kingston which I am very happy with so it was not very difficult. The USB has a storage capacity of 8GB which is enough to store photos and videos. I have a slight variation of 2GB which I find more suitable mainly for documents. This USB stick comes in different colours but I got this one in yellow.

          To get an idea of the size of the product, here the dimensions:
          Width 38.85 mm
          Depth 16.40 mm
          Height 6.44 mm

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          The key to a USB I think that he must be very easy to use. I hate when you first must download and install drivers. This USB is prefect because you can use it right away when you put it into the computer. From that moment to can put your files on it and get it off. The speed is also very important and this USB transfer the files quiet quickly. Within a few pictures I can transfer lots of pictures about 200mb big. Note that the USB stick works with the following operating systems: Windows, Apple Mac and Linux. Check out the website of Kingston for the exact versions of the operating system.

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          Why a USB stick? Because it's always good to have a back up of your files and it's definitely more handy then burning a CD or DVD because normally you can only use them once. Also the USB stick is much smaller and therefore easier to carry around. The Kingston brand is a known brand and one I trust so it wasn't difficult for to go for this USB stick. I store a lot of my pictures on this and as you can imagine I really don't want to loose these since they are good memory's. I do trust that this USB stick will not crash or suddenly decided not to work so I feel safe leaving my pictures on this one as a back-up. The speed is good and I am not a expert but as a test I transferred just 2 pictures of 8mb each to the USB stick and it literally took 2 seconds and they where transferred. Quick enough for me!

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            15.03.2009 16:50
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            good item

            This is a really useful flash drive. It is very small and compact and light and can be put in your bag/ pocket/ pencil case therefore it is very portable. Additionally I think this comes in quite a few different colours like red and black.
            Also one very useful point about this is that it has a protective metal swing like attachment which means that it is always protected, whereas with the standard usb's i end up losing the protective cap at the end and therefore damaging the end.

            Recently I have become aware that Kingston give away these hard drives for free to some companies so it is worth looking into this. One thing that is missing from this usb is the attachments that many of them have which allows you to hook it onto a key chain or keys. So it is sometimes easier to lose this little usb.

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            04.12.2008 13:58
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            Great little drive suitable for all

            This little USB stick is ideal for anyone on the go or wanting a little extra space that they can carry around with them.
            It has 2.0GB of space meaning numerous music files, photos and documents can be carried with space left over.
            It's compatible with both PCs and Macs and it's drive is protected from dust by a movable cover as shown in the photo.
            There's also space for a lanyard to be fitted so that it can be worn either round the neck or hung up out of the way.

            It's reliability means that no files ever get corrupted and if they do they can be easily restored without hassle.
            It is ideal for a student, worker or for personal use and suitable for anyone who's never used a flash drive before as it's an easy plug and play device that installs its own portable software for you

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          • Product Details

            Kingston's family of convenient, compact and reliable DataTraveler USB Flash drives just got bigger with the addition of the DataTraveler 101. DataTraveler 101 contains room for high-definition photos, graphics-intensive documents, videos, spreadsheets, presentations, term papers, and music that can be stored and retrieved in a flash. Sleek, practical, and attractively designed, the affordable DataTraveler 101 serves the needs of the budget conscious user as well as those looking for significant storage capacity and data protection in a lightweight, compact design. It features a capless, swivel design for added functionality and ease of use.

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            Product Description: Kingston DataTraveler 101 - USB flash drive - 8 GB
            Product Type: USB flash drive
            Storage Capacity: 8 GB
            Interface Type: USB 2.0
            Enclosure Colour: Cyan
            OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Apple MacOS X 10.3.x or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Linux 2.6 or later
            Microsoft Certification: Works with Windows Vista
            Manufacturer Warranty: 5 years warranty
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