Kingston 32GB Flash Drive

October 12, 2008 – 5:15 am | by Steve
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Kingston has gone over the top with this one, the latest flash USB drive from Kingston offers a whopping 32 GB of space. As you may have noticed, this is almost as much as 40 GB hard drives commonly in use today. Although, as is universally applicable to both hard disk drives and flash drives some of this capacity is used by operating systems for formatting, etc. Even so, that’s a heck of a lot of data that you can carry around in your pocket. Of course you could try stuffing your pocket with a hard disk drive but we would hardly recommend it.

Although this USB drive does not feature ReadyBoost that is not essentially a problem. For those who do not know, Windows ReadyBoost is a feature in Windows Vista that allows the operating system to use space on your connected USB drive for paging files. The main issue is that this flash drive is based on USB 2.0 specifications, which will be superseded by USB 3.0 specifications that provide for 10 times the transfer rate than that which USB 2.0 devices have. This means that whereas flash drives currently have a maximum transfer rate of 60 MB/s whereas USB 3.0 flash drives will have a maximum transfer rate of up to 600 MB/s. On the other hand, USB 3.0 specifications will start coming into effect as late as 2009 and maybe even 2010.

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