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In my job as a software developer I'm moving files all the time. The easiest and best method of doing this is using a USB flash drive. They are so simple to use and are very reliable. This one is a 2GB Kingston DataTraveler, which I purchased back in 2007. By today's standards it's quite a low capacity, but it's still more than adequate for the majority of my needs.
A USB flash drive is a great tool to have. I'm constantly moving files between computers. E-mailing large numbers of files is very time-consuming and writing to CDs is not very practical in comparison, and of course are restricted to less than 1GB per disk. You also don't need an Internet connection.
I have found Kingston drives to be very reliable. I've got a few DataTravelers dotted around the house and I can safely say that none of them has faltered or let me down. Unlike the 16GB Dabs Value drive I purchased recently, which got its write-protection stuck on, rendering it useless.
The Kingston DataTravelers tend to be predominantly white with coloured trimmings. The 2GB version has a lime green trim and it illuminates when data is being read from or written to it. It's nice and slim, so when you insert it into a spare USB port it shouldn't obscure neighbouring ports which can be a problem with bulkier units.
The device dimensions are 20.4mm x 9mm x 66.9mm and weighs just 11.3g making it extremely portable in a pocket, wallet, handbag, etc. The USB connector is protected with a white plastic end cap. This needs to be removed when you want to use it and can easily be lost if you put it down. Fortunately the end cap will clip on to the other end of the drive so that you can keep it safe while in use.
If any of you live or work in an extreme climate then you can be assured that this device will operate in temperatures between 0°C and 60°C, and it can be stored in temperatures between -20°C and 85°C.
The 2GB capacity is ideal for e-mails, office documents, mp3s and average pictures. Unless you're constantly moving large bulks of high-resolution images or video around then something like this will be sufficient.
Files transfer relatively quickly, although there is always room for improvement. It can take a few minutes to transfer the contents of a drive which is full to capacity. It does utilise the hi-speed USB 2.0 interface; data is read from the drive at 6Mbps, and written to it at 3Mbps. It's compatible with Windows Operating Systems from Windows 2000 onwards. Kingston do state that it's not compatible with Windows 95, 98 or ME. Apple Mac users are also catered for. It's compatible with the MacOS X 10.x and later versions.
The unit is plug-and-play compliant meaning that there is no software installation required, you just plug it in, wait for a minute on first use for it to be recognised, and you're ready to go.
It's still available through Amazon today for a quite expensive £5.95. Strangely there are 4GB Kingston DataTraveler drives on there for around £4!
One advantage of buying a Kingston DataTraveler over other brands is the fact that it comes with a 5 year warranty. So with the pace that technology advances, it basically covered for the majority of it's life. It also shows that Kingston are proud and confident of the reliability and quality of their product.
I can personally vouch for this. My drive is about 3 years old now and its still going strong. It's been used an awful lot in that time and it still works as well now as the day I received it.
Overall, I can't fault this drive. Kingston DataTravelers are a very good, reliable product and are available at a very reasonable price. If you don't need vast amounts of storage then don't waste money on high-capacity units. The smaller volume drives, such as the 2GB and 4GB versions are just as fast and will cost you a lot less.
I've still got usb memory sticks with, what I thought at the time, a massive 256 Mb of storage space in a little stick. Wow I thought - gone were the days of the 3.5 inch floppy (and the 5.25 floppy for those that can remember that far back!!!). So much space!!
Then someone gave me one of these in a 1 GB format and I was like a kid in a candy store with so much storage space. I could get entire films on it in one go and still have loads of room to spare. So imagine the fun I had trying to fill a 2 GB stick such as this Kingston Data Traveller 2 GB.
Ok, enough of the reminiscing. Truth be told I do like the Kingston brand. I've got a 512 Mb, a 1 GB and the 2 GB version of these usb memory sticks and not one of them has ever let me down. This particular 2 GB version has the funky lime green badge on it, so it tends to stand out amongst the others. For about £4 from Amazon, it is an absolute bargain, easily allowing you to transfer the biggest of files or collection of files around with you from one computer to another, and still leaving room for more.
It is a hi-speed device which will utilise the usb 2.0 facility of your computer and is fully compliant with both the Windows and Mac operating systems. Just plug it into a spare usb port and it is instantly recognised - no need to load drivers or to go searching for it. Loading or unloading of files is simply a case of drag and drop where transfer rates are very fast.
One of the other goods points to note with Kingston is that it one of the few brands of usb sticks that comes with a 5 year manufacturers warranty. So that says something about the reliability and quality of this product.
In summary, a very worthwhile investment for anyone needing to transfer files around.
I was given my green Kingston DataTraveler from work so for me it was free online you can pick them up for around £4 on ebay. I had never used one of these when I was presented with it but soon picked it up and now I wouldn't be without it.
So what did I need it for...
Well working in a nursery it's hard to get the time sometimes to get out and do work in the main office where the printer is so I have a laptop which I can use as and when, can be put down and picked up when I have time. Then once I have completed my work I simply insert this DataTraveler into my laptop usb port it is immediately recognised on my system and flashes green. I then save my work to this by selcting save as the the kingston option and then I take it to the main office. Once I am in the office I simply plug it into the office computer into its usb port which picks it up automatically again it flashes green. I then open the file I want to print press print and thats it job done. I have saved word files, excell files and picture files on this and have had no problem transferring them from one computer to another.
The memory card can hold up to 2gb of data I have never had filled mine but I do transfer things onto the main system once they are done so I have not had reason to fill it up. 2gb is enough for me.
I know this review is not technical but I don't really know the tech speak for this kind of product I hope you have found it useful though.
Thanks for reading x
Having discovered the Ready Boost facility in Windows Vista, I had to get my hands on a cheap USB Flash Drive quickly. Not really doing and research, I picked up the Kingston Data Traveller 2GB. To this point I can't have any complaints as it has done exactly what I asked of it, which is very little.
Available from £4 at Amazon.co.uk, the device measures 20.4mm x 9mm x 66.9mm and weighs a miniscule 11.3g, pretty much standard fare for this type of device. It is encased in a mixture of white and lime green plastic and hides its USB plug under a removable, and unfortunately easily lost end cap.
It is a hi-speed access device that allows for quick transfer to and from, although with only a capacity of 2GB, it will not be carrying masses of information. It is fully compatible with any PC with a USB connection which uses the latest Windows and Apple Mac operating systems. As with any device of this nature it uses the plug and play facility to allow quick first time connection.
Moving files to and from the drive is done by the simple operation of dragging to and from or the send to option. Access and response time is good, taking a couple of seconds at most when accessing a full drive.
It has a five year manufacturers warranty and for the travellers amongst you, it will operate at temperatures ranging from 0 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. Equally handy if your workplace has crap temperature control!!!
I have had this device plugged into my tower for a while now and it is reliable and able to perform the task of adding disk cache and therefore improving the speed of my PC. Nothing too strenuous but still it does the job. It has fallen apart mainly because of its' excellent construction and still works just as well as when originally bought. Obviously it has limited usage because of the size of it's storage, but their options for bigger capacities for a greater cost. Either way it is still a worthwhile investment.
I have owned more of these than I have in my laptop bag at the moment.... Why? I have lost a few! The fact that I loose them has nothing to do with the quality though and reading between the lines you'd be right to think "Well he's lost some but bought the same thing to replace them."
I looked at the data stick I would buy on the basis of the largest file I own which is 1.2GB. Also the smaller the storage capacity the lower the price so why spend extra money on a larger stick that I would never fill.
Kingston offer an excellent guarantee on all of their products, this is no exception. The data stick installs itself when you insert it into a USB drive and is ready to go within seconds.
As these sticks are handled by your computer as if they were a hard drive some of the 2GB space is allocated for handling the drive, the actual available storage space is 1.9GB, this is the case with all drives so don't feel ripped off!
I lost one about three weeks ago and just found it again.... In the washing machine! I put it out in the sun to dry it and it still works!
What did the world do before USB pens were invented?
A USB pen (or flash drive as some people call them) is basically a miniture portable hard drive that plugs into any computer and enables you to quickly and easily transfer your files.
This Kingston DataTraveler is approximately 2.5 inches in length, meaning it really is incredibly tiny to say it has room for 2 gigabytes of data. No software is required, simply plug it into your computer's USB port and the pen will install itself in a matter of seconds. It will now work like any other hard disk, enabling you to copy and paste files, as well as saving directly to it.
On the downside, the pen is so small that I sometimes lose it in my bag. It does come with a small string strap, but this isn't really large enough to do much good. Also, I've lost the removable lid that sits over the USB connection. It's not a problem, but it does look nicer when the lid is on.
Bigger pens are available, but I find 2Gb to be plenty for my needs. This is an excellent little device and I'd recommend it to anyone.
For work we all got 512MB pen drives, however part of my work can be quite memory intensive therefore I was supplied with a 2GB pen drive. This particular one is made by Kingston and is called Data Traveler. So far 2GB has proved more than ample in terms of its capacity, however I am sure it will only be a matter of time before the applications become more memory intensive and making it necessary for a larger capacity.
What does it look like?
It is predominantly white with lime green highlights, when it is in use a greenish LED on the Data Traveler pulses. It is made of hard plastic apart from the metal USB connection.
It has a cover that protects the USB connection, this clicks on nice and securely, to pull it off the sides of the main body are ribbed to make it easier to grip so removing the cap is not a problem. When the Data Traveler is in use the cap fits snugly on the other end so it is not lost.
Also you get a small black string with attached metal loop that you can fit to the drive. Then you can if you wish attach it your keys or onto a chain around your neck.
How easy is it to use?
It is very easy, just plug the Data Traveler into a spare USB socket on your computer, allow the computer a couple of minutes to recognise it. Then it will be assigned a drive (usually E or F). Then you treat it as an extension of your computer, you can copy and paste to and from it. Send to and from or drag and drop either way. The only limit on what files or folders you can put in it are governed by the size of the file being smaller than the remaining capacity on the drive. It does not matter what types of files are put on it, basically if it is on your computer and you can move it then provided it is small enough to fit then you can put it on the drive.
Why would I want to use one?
Well it is easier to move files from one computer to another by using a drive. You negate the need for an internet connection. For instance so you could have a stand alone computer in a teenagers bedroom, they could do their homework on the computer and save it to the drive. Then they could either take the completed work to school or use the main home computer and print the work or email it as necessary.
How much can it store?
Although this is sold as a 2GB flash drive, the actual storage capacity is 1.91GB, I can only assume that the difference is because some memory is required by the driver in order for it to work.
Specs and other details (also known as the boring bit)
Dimensions - 66.9 mm x 20.4 mm x 9.0 mm (2.64" x 0.80" x 0.35")
Weight - 11.3 gm (0.4 oz).
Write Speed - 20x (3MB per Sec)
Read Speed - 40x (6MB per Sec)
Warranty 5 Years
Operating Temperature - 0o to 60o C / 32o to 140o F.
Storage Temperature - -20o - 85o C / -4o to 185o F.
Compliant - Designed to Hi-Speed USB 2.0 specifications
Free Tech Support
It is compatible with , Win XP (SP1 and above) Mac OS10.x and above.
It is NOT compatible with Win 95, Win 98, Win 98SE, Win NT and Win ME.
Expect to pay between £10 and £20, I was lucky as mine cost me nothing, but it is widely available from a whole host of websites.
I have found this to be a great pen drive, it is sturdy and feels well made, I have had no problems transferring files to and from this drive. For the price this is a bargain and one I have no hesitation in getting for the children.
Kingston have a very good reputation for memory/flash based storage and this is no exception.
The drive itslef is very small, probably about the length of your thumb and 5mm deep. So it is very portable and easy to carry around with you, just make sure you dont lose it!
The drive has 2GB of storage space which is more than enough for the average user to back up all thier important data on. It has a USB 2.0 interface allowing you to transfer files between the drive and PC very quickly. Just be sure your PC is USB 2.0 capable or you will get slower transfer speeds.
Along with the drive you get a small lead that you can attatch to a keyring to keep it safe which is very useful so you wont lose it.
I have never personally had any major problems with the device in terms of corrup data or PC's not recognising it. Just whack it in a USB port and XP should recognise it straight away and you are off. It's that simple.
Considering the huge amount of space the price is quite tiny. I got mine for around £15 last year in Thailand, but seeing as the prices have dropped so much over the year there is no excuse to buy one.