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I have owned a few different memory sticks over the years, and due to them being quite small have unfortunately lost quite a few over the years too, however this is one that I have had the longest, is always my first choice to save data onto and one that I have not misplaced yet so I thought Id do a review on it.
I bought it from amazon quite a few years ago now, it was the 4gb version and I'm not sure how much it cost exactly however I think it was around £10 however they have dropped in price since then.
Its very easy to use, like pretty much all the memory sticks you can buy, you just plug and play meaning these no need to install anything, simply plug this into a usb port in your laptop or computer and you can open the files immediately.
Transferring files and saving onto the drive is easy, you can save directly or simply drag and drop files you want to save. 4 GB is quite a lot of space and as I also have a large external hard drive I only use this for transferring work to and from laptops and computers before I think save it on my laptop and external hard drive so I am constantly deleting and adding new files to it.
I have had this for a while now and have not had any problems with it yet, its always fast and always works and saves everything fine, and it is also pretty small and looks really nice too. One downside is that it can be easy to loose the cap from it which is a shame however apart from that definitely worth a buy if your in need of a memory stick.
I've had the Kingston 4GB flash drive for about year and mostly use it for work at college. It is about 5cms long and 2cms wide has 4GB of memory and is white and purple .
To use the flash drive you simply take the protective cap off at the top and then put it in the USB port in your computer or laptop. Next you will see a flashing green light on your flash drive and when it stops flashing and you hear a beeping sound it means its ready to use. Then a new window pops up called auto play with a storage device called Kingston which is the name of the flash drive. Here you can open folders and access files by clicking on open folder to view files. If the auto play screen doesn't pop up you can always access your flash drive by clicking on start then go to my computer and then click on Kingston.
It only takes a few seconds to save and transfer files to and from the flash drive and you can change the name of Kingston to any name you want by right clicking on Kingston and then clicking rename.
This is the only flash drive I have and will ever need for college as its small and stylish, has a lot of memory and is easy to use. It also seems to be indestructible I've lost the protective cap, stood on it and accidental put it in the washing machine and it still works perfectly luckily.
Its great for students as it is cheap and easy to store work. It is not too big or to small which makes it easy to carry around. I brought mine for £5.99 from web-systems but you can get it from Amazon for the same price.
I recently lost my usb memory stick for the computer. This was a bit of a disaster as it had loads of my work for college on it, and even a couple of reviews I had written that I was going to upload onto here!
I knew that my memory stick couldn't be far away, and must be either at college or at home, but I was going to need it desperately in a few days time so that I could transfer some of my work from my computer at home to one of the computers in college. I couldn't risk not having a memory stick as I didn't want my tutors to be cross with me! So I decided to order a new one from eBay, just to be on the safe side. I decided to get a good one that I could use to replace my old one, which was getting slightly faulty now anyway.
The old memory stick I had still hasn't turned up so its a good job I did order this one!
When you insert this memory stick into the computer (my computer is a Windows Vista) you will hear a short beep sound. Then a bubble comes up at the bottom of the screen telling you that it is installing the device, and shortly after this bubble will update itself to tell you 'your device is ready to use' with a green tick next to it. Then a new window opens, called 'Autoplay'. The usb memory stick calls itself 'KINGSTON'. Click on this and from here you can access what is stored on the memory stick.
Another way to access what is stored on the memory stick is to go to the start menu, then go to 'my computer'. From here you can click on 'KINGSTON' and you can see what is stored on it.
If you don't like the name KINGSTON you can always change it, just by right clicking it in my computer and then clicking on rename. Go wild choosing what you're going to call yours!
The memory stick itself stores up to 4GB of data which is plenty enough for me. I use it just for transfering word documents and pictures etc, sometimes quite big long word documents when I have to do essays for college, and sometimes I use it to transfer music tracks from my computer to someone else's. For these uses the memory stick is perfect, and if you want this for a similar use then I would definitely recommend it for you.
The stick isn't tiny, for me it is the perfect size because it is too big to lose, but it is not too massive or anything. It looks quite professional, I perhaps wouldn't go as far to say that it looks really stylish but as far as memory sticks go this is one of the best looking I've seen. It has a lid to protect the usb part that goes into the computer, so is practical. It feels very sturdy and well built so I predict it to last me a long time. I've noticed that my ICT tutor has a memory stick by the same brand which to me suggests this must be from one of the best brands. I've also heard people say before that Kingston is a good make and nothing from this memory stick that I've seen or experienced so far suggests otherwise.
I'd recommend checking out eBay for the best price on this memory stick. I got mine for just under £6 and with free postage as well, which I'm pleased with as I imagined it to cost a lot more. I am really happy with the quality of and everything about this product and would definitely recommend it to others.
In my job as a software developer I'm using and moving thousands of files. Some of the best tools I have are my Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives. I don't know what I would do without them. They are now an essential part of my working day. I use them for transferring files between computers, backing up data files and for testing purposes when I need the availability of an alternative drive.
My first Kingston DataTraveler was a 2GB drive that I purchased back in 2007 (reviewed just last week). I was so impressed with the cost, performance and reliability of the drive that I purchased this 4GB version a year later. With this drive you get the same durable and reliable unit, but with twice as much capacity.
A couple of years ago 4GB was an enormous amount of storage space to carry around in your pocket. It's not quite as astounding today, but it will still be adequate for the needs of most people.
It's not just people like me who will find these tools useful, I think everybody could find a use for one. I think it's a great way to back up those important documents. OK, so your unit could get lost, stolen or broken, but I would rather backup to one of these rather than not have one at all.
I have found my Kingston drives to be very reliable. I've got a few 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 4GB version has a purple 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. It has ribbed sides to make it easier to grip when you come to remove it from a computer.
The device dimensions are 2.4cm x 7.3cm x 1cm 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 a particularly hot or cold 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 4GB capacity is ideal for e-mails, office documents and pictures. It's also capable of shifting a fair amount of digital music and video too, so if that's your thing then this drive could suit.
Files transfer relatively quickly, although there is always room for improvement. It can take quite 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 states 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.
The drives are still available today and the price has dropped dramatically since I purchased one. You can get them now for a very respectable £7.
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's basically covered for life. It also shows that Kingston is proud and confident of the reliability and quality of its product.
I can personally vouch for this. My drive is about 2 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 the new high-capacity units. The smaller volume drives, such as this 4GB version is just as fast and will cost you a lot less.
I have only ever had one USB storage because I have never needed any other. This Kingston 4GB DataTraveler gives me everything I need. I bought this while I was living in Canada so that I didn't have to email myself all of the photos I took. I came home with over 500 photos and there was still a fair amount of space left.
As with most pen drives, you don't get the whole 4BG to use as some of it is already taken up by the on board software but there isn't enough missing to make it a big problem.
Each different size model is just over 2 inches in length and comes with a little piece of string attached to the end so that you can clip it onto something else to make sure you don't loose it. I have mine attached to my keys that are always with me. This pen drive is extremely light and I guess you could class that as both a good and bad thing. Good because it is easy to carry around but bad because it is so light that you could forget that it is there.
The different size DataTravelers come in different colours and the 4GB version is purple but I'm not that much of a girl that I bought it just so it matched something else.
My only main problem with this product was the cap protecting the USB connector. I lost it after about a week because it didn't stay on particularly well. The good thing is that my DataTraveler has never been damaged, even with the loss of the cap.
The DataTraveler comes with no software as it is just plug and play but I use both XP and Vista Home Premium and it works well with both operating systems. All you need to do is open the folder and drag and drop the files that you wish to transfer. The transfer speeds aren't the fastest but they are acceptable. If you are transferring one file at a time, it tends to be quite fast. I normally use this for transferring films and TV programmes from my laptop to PC and for 3, 700MB files, it normally takes around 10 minutes so I just leave it running in the background.
This is fantastic for students as it makes it really easy to transfer and store your work as well as giving you an easy way to carry it around with you. This 4GB model is available for £2.75 on Amazon, which is an absolute bargain because I paid $30 (£15) for mine nearly 2 years ago.
A Flash Drive (sometimes called a Pen Drive) is an external memory storage device that connects to computers via the USB port. They offer a durable, compact, and speedy method of transferring data, as well as acting as a back-up solution.
Flash drives are ever increasing in capacity and decreasing in cost, but there is one problem to the buyer. The variety available to you is huge. Simply typing the words "Flash Drive" into the search engine of Amazon.co.uk resulted in a staggering 2,709 results, so how do you pick one that meets your needs?
Almost everyone I know has a flash drive of some description. Some are bigger, some are smaller, some are different colours, some have an extendable (USB) bit, some come with built in encryption software, some come in novelty shapes and so forth. But alas they can also vary considerable in price.
Sadly I somehow managed to lose my existing Flash Drive a few weeks ago (slightly worrying actually as I was making bread at the time - but err, I'm told it tasted fine.) Anyway I was in the market for a replacement. I've used Kingston branded devices before, so I decided to invest in this 4Gb DataTraveler for the fantastic price of £6.29.
After using it, I would describe the flash drive as basic, good value with no frills. It's small and light but still feels robust and therefore reliable. It's neat and discreet in design, and it was recognised instantly by both of my computers as a mass storage device. It seems pretty fast in terms of data transfer time both too and from the computer (you can simply drag and drop data.) And the four gigabyte capacity offers everything I require (bigger models are available if you need more storage space). It also lights up when in use, which looks good if nothing else.
As expected with the price, there are no security features such as encryption software or a write protect slider switch. But my data (usually university work) isn't actually that valuable. If you were concerned you could simply password protect your files in a ZIP archive.
My only concern is with the lid. While keeping out dust and moisture, it is a bit small for my liking, as I'll probably end it loosing it. But other than that I haven't had any problems at all.
Overall, everything I needed for a single figure sum of money. If you're looking for a basic flash drive that delivers what it promises, then I would recommend this one.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
The Kingston 4GB DataTraveler is a no-frills convenient and affordable USB flash drive. Compact USB flash memory drives have are an increasingly popular means of storing portable data. They are an efficient way of conveniently saving files for storage or as a quick and easy means of transferring your data from one computer to another. They have more or less replaced CDs as the principle storage device for making back up copies of data. Data flash drives are really the true replacements of the floppy disks used in the 1980s and 90s. Sometimes known as Flash Keys, they are versatile devices that are light and easy to carry. They can easily be slipped into a pocket or, depending upon the design, sometimes you can clip them onto a key ring. The design of this flash key is advantageous because the loop through which you can attach a key ring for example is on the body of the device and not on the lid. Lids have a tendency of slipping off easily and a loop on the lid would mean losing the main body of the device
The drive is very easy to use, you just plug it in to a USB port on your computer and it will be found automatically. You can then simply transfer your files to the drive by copy and pasting or by dragging and dropping with the arrow key across two windows. As with all such drives you will discover that upon first use not all of the GB space is available. This is because the on-board software already takes up some of this space. I use the drive with Windows XP and I am not certain whether the drive is fully compatible with Vista. I would therefore advise you to seek advice on this before you purchase.
The Kingston DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive is good value, offers simple plug-and-play storage and gives excellent all round performance. The prices of data keys have dropped dramatically in recent years. I bought a 256mb key for £12 only two years ago. I purchased the 4GB key for only £10 on Amazon. The DataTraveler model is also available in smaller versions of 1GB and 2GB capacities.
The most basic features make this one of the cheaper USB pen drives available, retailing at about £20 for the 4 GB model, it is still an amazing bargain.
Admittedly, apart from a high speed USB drive, you get very little more. The drive is light, about the width of a finger and about 3 inches long.
The supplied strap is small and doesn't look particularly strong. One good thing though, is that it attaches to the main body of the drive, and not the cap as I have seen on drives by other manufacturers. This means you are less likely to lose any valuable data due to loss of the drive.
My mates 2 GB drive, from the same family as this, is not compatible with Vista's ReadyBoost technology so I doubt that this will either. Not important to myself, as I only use XP anyway.
There have been mixed reactions to the purple colour of the drive, and I would imagine that would be down to personal preference anyway.
You don't receive any software with the drive, however Windows XP picks it up automatically, and is ready for use within a few secoonds.
You don't get the full 4 GB of space to use, there is a small amount dedicated to Kingston's on-board software, but you would probably only notice the missing space when the drive actually filled up.
There is no encryption software supplied, but Kingston have more secure drives available in other models so this is a little understandable.
If, like myself, all you need is a pen drive that is really cheap to buy for the space available then this could be the one you are after.
If you need something more secure, or certain to work with Vista ReadyBoost, then look elsewhere.