A 1 TB USB 3.0 Flash drive? Yep ... but it will be pricey

Remember how cool it was when you learned you could own a Flash drive with 1 GB of storage? Today, as part of its CES 2013 announcements, Kingston Digital revealed the new upper limit on portable Flash drives.

Kingston's press release announces the new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, a Flash drive that will have versions with up to 1 TB of Flash storage. While you can get a version of this drive with "just" 512 GB of storage right now, you will have to wait until later in the first quarter of 2013 to get the mega-cool 1 TB version.

The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 not only supports the current USB 3.0 but also has been certified for the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 that will allow data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Kingston says that the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will have read speeds of 240 MB a second write speeds of 160 MB a second. It also works with USB 2.0 with read and write speeds of 30 MB a second.

And what about the price? Well, Kingston has not revealed what the 1 TB version of the drive will cost but the 512 GB version that's out now is priced at a staggering $1,750. Ouch.

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I don't think washing is going to ruin a flash drive. There was an article on toms hardware a few years back where they put some drives to various endurance tests and water (even frozen) isn't an issue.

like everything else,eventually the price will come down. Bluray anyone? A blueray burner, and bluray blanks would cost you an arm and a leg.

Blu-ray drives are finally affordable six years after release, but blank discs have a hard time competing against flash memory. Kind of makes one think that Toshiba's statement that blue laser optical discs were likely to be stop gap until flash speed and capacity came down in price.

I agree, the blanks are still much too expensive. With flash memory capacities increasing and the prices dropping the way they are I have a feeling BD-R was too little too late to the party. The days of optical media seem to be numbered.

I think the only use for BD-R are for folks that make masters before production of a video Bluray discs. For the vast majority of things an external USB HDD is easier to use and more cost effective.

Seahorsepip said,
a blueray burner isn't that expensive
The blanks are expensive though I can get six 50gb discs for around 5 usd here.

little misunderstanding. I was saying, bluray burners,when they first came out would cost you an arm and a leg,but now you can get them for pretty cheap. you can also get blanks for a buck or two on ebay, whereas they were expensive when first released.

Skyfrog said,
The days of optical media seem to be numbered.

No! You are wrong, we've not had the little glass cubes that also project a volumetric image yet! It's the future! .. *looks around*

'will have read speeds of 240 MB a second write speeds of 160 MB a second'
Why is the read and write speed so awful in comparison to a normal SSD, because it's using less memory chips?
Also whats so amazing about it being 10Gbps certified? It can't read or write at 1GBps so it wasn't even worth certifying.

n_K said,
'will have read speeds of 240 MB a second write speeds of 160 MB a second'
Why is the read and write speed so awful in comparison to a normal SSD, because it's using less memory chips?
Also whats so amazing about it being 10Gbps certified? It can't read or write at 1GBps so it wasn't even worth certifying.

Your conversion is hell off:
1 Gbps = 128 megabytes / second

But your point is valid when it comes to 10Gbps certified.

i'd rather just get an external 1TB hdd with usb 3.0 (oh wait I already have one, and it only cost me ~$80 )

seriously, i highly doubt anyone would want to buy that at it's current price

Brando212 said,
i'd rather just get an external 1TB hdd with usb 3.0 (oh wait I already have one, and it only cost me ~$80 )

seriously, i highly doubt anyone would want to buy that at it's current price

If I had money to burn then I would! but in all seriousness I can see a very very niche market for hackers willing to steal a shiit tonne of data off a machine and be able to inconspicuously carry it under the disguise of a normal 4GB stick

What capacity flash drives were "top of the line" and super expensive 5 years ago?
And what capacity will be "top of the line" and super expensive 5 years hence?

I'm willing to bet that 2 years from now 1TB flash drives will sell for under $150.

Ice_Blue said,
I'm willing to bet that 2 years from now 1TB flash drives will sell for under $150.

It would be nice, but I don't know... At that point, spinning disks would be about obsolete.

2 years from now. don't know. how long ago was the Thailand Floods and what price are 1 TB drives (physical not SSD) was usually around $50 for a 1 TB. Now I'm lucky if I get them used for $60. And memory prices go up and down all the time. One moment $20 next $44 or so. bout as unpredictable as the price of a Blu ray movie (popular one) on amazon. Have one of those lucky days when it's 1/2 off for a day.

watch out, internet people! i shall attempt to make a funny.. here goes:

with my HDD of 80GB (from 2005), if i were to buy this flash drive (although i probably wont be able to use it, since i dont have USB 3.0 slots) i will use it as my main drive and boot the OS from it

Hello,

How does it compare to the Victorinox Swiss Army "SSD" 1TB USB flash drive announced last year at CES? That cost $3,000, from what I recall, so if nothing else there's a 45%ish reduction in price.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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