Technological advances have miniaturized components of a typical USB drive to the nanometer scale. The result is that we can have increasingly powerful devices with decreasing sizes! The USB drives of today are no exception. Files can be stored, retrieved and retained far more efficiently than they ever could historically. The year 2017 marks another milestone which will push the boundary of data storage on a USB drive to unprecedented levels. One of the major USB drive suppliers, KINGSTON announced in January 2017 that they will be launching a USB drive with 2 TB (or 2000 GB) of data storage! To put this in perspective, my current desktop computer purchased in 2016 has a hard drive with 1 TB data storage capability. So, this Kingston USB drive will have twice the storage capacity as my current desktop! Insanity!
While a quick Google search of 2TB USB drive reveals presence of such powerful USB drives as early as 2015, almost always they have been subject to complaints and issues e.g. error messages popping up when some files are being stored or needing to format the drives repeatedly to preserve functionality. These nuances have hindered the sale of such powerful drives and some people have gone to the extent of calling them: scams, fake etc. Let’s see how this 2TB drive by Kingston irons out these wrinkles in storing and retrieving the data.
The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT, which is what the USB drive will be named will have the dimensions of approximately: 3 inches (length) * 1 inch (width) * 1 inch (height). It will be compatible with all versions of Windows, Mac Operating Systems, Linux and Chrome OS. This USB drive will come in two sizes 1TB and 2TB. The USB will be USB 3.1 compatible which is 10-times faster than the USB 3.0 and about 20-times faster than the more common USB 2.0. To be able to take advantage of such speeds of data transfer, the USB drive must be connected to a USB 3.1 compatible port, typically visually distinguishable by its red color. If the drive is connected to a USB 3.0 or a USB 2.0 port, the drive will function at the typical capacity of a USB 3.0 drive or a USB 2.0 drive, respectively.
Kingston indicated that they will begin selling this USB drive in February 2017. They have not disclosed the price point they will chose for the USB drive but considering the technology that goes into producing them, we believe they will exceed the price of a typical 2TB external hard drive. I would guess that the 2TB USB drive will be priced at approximately 200 dollars.
A 2 TB USB drive which you can easily carry around is immensely powerful. In the table below, I show approximately what the USB drive is capable of storing.
|Photos (from a 10 megapixel camera)||110,000 photos|
|Songs (mp3 songs of 4 min length)||125,000 songs|
|Films (1080p AVCHD, 2 hour length)||500 films|
It’s almost humbling to see how technology has changed the way we live. Growing up, the local Blockbusters across the street carried 5000 VHS tapes, and it occupied an entire commercial block of our neighborhood! Today, I can confidently say that all those 5000 films can be stored in a handful of these mammoth USB drives! How is that for a change?