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As a computer technician, I had quite a few critical points in what I wanted from a flash drive. I need robustness, a good deal of storage space, ease of use, security, speed of transfer and the ability to transfer more than just ordinary files and folders. I am pleased to say the Kingston Data Traveler DT Locker+ covers all these points.
The flash drive comes securely packaged in a blister pack, containing the instructions (which you need to tear down the perforated sides to access) a tiny key ring with very thin nylon cord (don't think it would be very hard wearing!) and the flash drive itself.
The flash drive is very neat looking and the main USB drive has a, nice feel, rubber coating, which no doubt gives it protection from knocks and scrapes and liquid spills. The USB flash drive is then attached to a mat black steel, fold over/wrap round case, that is attached with two tiny hex screws. These screws can be loosened or tightened if need be. The steel case is nicely embossed with the Kingston Logo. I would add that because the key ring supplied is so twee, I decided to hunt for something far more substantial and stronger and opted for an old unused Asus neck cord, that came with a wifi dongle.
This flash drive is truly plug n' play and setting it up was easy. First, I plugged it into one of the front USB 2 sockets on the front of my PC. The drive was instantly recognized by Windows Vista 64 bit. The software automatically installs in about 20 seconds (contained within the drive). I should add at this point, that some of the storage is taken up by the software, which is about 100mb out of 32gb. After the software is installed, a box appears with choices such as transferring folders, videos, music or pictures, or, you can browse the files/folders that are on there. You will also notice in your task bar tray, that a new icon will have appeared. Left clicking it once, makes six options appear: DT Locker+ Settings, Browse DT Locker+, Format DT Locker+, an Online Support link,
an About DT Locker+ icon and finally a Shutdown DT Locker+ icon. I must stress, it is important to use the shutdown feature, to ensure that your drive is not damaged in any way, when you remove it!
The first thing you'll want to do with the flash drive, is to secure it with a password and put some details as to who should be contacted, if the drive is lost. This proved really easy. Just click the DT Locker+ Settings icon and you enter a browser, that invites you to enter your password twice and leave a hint, to remember it by! It also displays a page that allows you to enter a name (yourself perhaps) your company details and a details box for a contact telephone number or email perhaps. The flash drive can also be set to one of nine languages, including English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, as well as a number of Oriental languages.
Now to the nitty gritty... How good is it at what it does? I have to say I am impressed. I owned an old Sandisk Cruzer and I was lucky to get 400KB/sec transfer speed out of it. The Kingston Data Traveler Locker+, by contrast, transfers at an average rate of 4.11MB/sec, over 10 times faster. I was able to transfer many different types of files as well as folders, including .exe files and .bat files .zip files, word and text files. I transferred a folder containing all my utility files. This contained 3.02GB of data. The total transfer time was 12 minutes 17 seconds, which makes the average transfer speed 4.11MB/sec. I don't doubt, that if the data being transferred had been simple jpegs, the speed would have been far quicker. I must stress that 4.11MB is an "average" rate. The lowest rate I saw was 1.3MB at the very beginning and the highest was 7.80MB two thirds through the transfer. It ended at 4.8MB/sec. I also randomly tested the software that I had transferred and all of it worked.
Are there any downsides? Well yes, if you are expecting to use every kilobyte of space. When you transfer data to the flash drive the result will be that the amount of data stored has increased somewhat from its original state. The 3.02GB I transferred from my PC had become 3.09GB on the flash drive. That's a 70MB difference. So on the Data Traveler 32GB flash drive, you can expect to lose 742MB of space plus its own software space of 100MB, that's 842MB, leaving you 31.16GB of storage space. Something to bare in mind!
I would say that this flash drive is good value for money and certainly has impressive specs. Robustness?? Ask me that in a year from now, if it hasn't failed by then!! But looking at it, I would say it should hold up to my knocks and spillages far better than my old SanDisk Cruzer did, which is now consigned to the rubbish bin!