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Chris Gohlke
02-22-2010, 11:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.notebooks.com/2010/02/20/kingston-announces-shipping-of-first-256gb-flash-drive/' target='_blank'>http://www.notebooks.com/2010/02/20...gb-flash-drive/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Today in a press release Kingston announced the first 256GB flash drive to ship in the US. This new flashdrive from Kingston will replace the Kingston 300, a 256GB flashdrive sold in Asia, Europe and other regions, and will be called the &lsquo;DataTraveler 310&rsquo;. Kingston&rsquo;s DataTraveler 310 has data transfer rates of 25MB/Sec read and 12MB/Sec write speed and includes Password traveler Software which allows the user to create and access a password-protected privacy zone."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1266874580.usr10.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>With a price tag of right around $1,100, I'm not going to be rushing out to get this, but man do I want! &nbsp;For me a full data backup runs at right around 100 GB, so I'm pretty much stuck using a portable hard drive. &nbsp;The ability to use a flash drive would make the process just that much easier and more reliable. &nbsp;</p>

Reid Kistler
03-03-2010, 02:51 AM
Beyond the rather breathtaking price (!), am not certain I would want to trust a flash drive alone for any repeated (or Critical) backup operations.

Of course, if Critical Enough, one should never trust ANY single device for backing up data - although (at best) most people do so.

Have read a number of articles expressing concern about flash drive longevity, and the consensus SEEMS to be that 1) Cheap Flash drives fail relatively often, and 2) even the "better" units will last longer in a Write Once / Read Many cycle, as opposed to continuous Read / (over)Write cycles.

OTOH, also recall reading that some newer flash drives employ special algorithms to spread read / write cycles across the media (instead of using the same addresses over and over). And a thumb drive IS very convenient to carry.

But still: $1,100!!! :eek: