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Kingston Digital 32GB DataTraveler 101 G2 USB 2.0 Drive - Purple (DT101G2/32GBZET)
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With DataTraveler101 G2, budget-conscious users get an easy way to store, carry and transfer data between computers and other devices. DataTraveler 101 G2 features a capless, swivel design available in multiple colors by capacity. Its small form factor makes it the ideal compact, lightweight storage solution. DataTraveler 101 G2 is customizable¹ with your company’s logo — a great way to promote your business or organization.
¹Conditions apply; contact your local sales representative or visit the official website for details.
²Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at the official website.
- Capless swivel design
- Compact form factor
- Co-Logo available¹
Capless swivel design
The drive swivels open and closed to protect it when not in use. And there’s no cap to lose or break.
Small form factor
Compact and lightweight, DT101 G2 is easy to take with you, wherever you go.
Available in multiple colors
DT101 G2 is available in multiple colors, by capacity.
Available in multiple capacities
Capacities up to 32GB mean there’s one that’s just right for all your files.
|DataTraveler101 G2||DataTraveler SE9||DataTraveler GE9||DataTraveler Micro|
|Speed²||Standard USB 2.0||Standard USB 2.0||Standard USB 2.0||Standard USB 2.0|
|Feature(s)||Swivel cap. Compact design.||Metal casing. Capless mini design. 2012 Red Dot design winner.||24-carat gold-plated metal casing. Capless mini design. 2012 Red Dot design winner.||Ultra-small and Lightweight. Ideal size for tablet PCs, car stereos and slim notebooks.|
Kingston's DataTraveler101 Generation 2 is a convenient storage companion that lets you take all of your data to your home, office, school and anywhere you travel. It comes with urDrive1, preloaded software that gives you a new and exciting way to look at your data. When you launch the software, the urDrive interface pops up like a desktop for your USB. It features drag-and-drop and double-click capabilities to help organize all your files, photos, videos, music and more. It's easy to use and even includes a built-in Photo Viewer and mp3 player, plus a 2GB online backup account to keep your important files secure online.
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A Kingston favorite, DataTraveler features large capacity storage to store or transport your favorite documents, music, video clips, photos and more.
Available in multiple colors by capacity and is available with your company's logo, making a great promotional item for your business.
DataTraveler features a handy key loop so you can keep it on your keychain.
Comes with a cap to protect the USB connector.
Supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac, and Linux.
Free Technical Support
For added peace of mind, DataTraveler is backed by free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
Features & details
- Supports Windows 7, Vista, XP & Mac
- Sleek capless design; no cap to lose
- Available in multiple colors by capacity
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
- Dimensions 2.25 x 0.68 x 0.39 Inches (57.18mm x 17.28mm x 10.00mm)
- Storage Temperature -4° - 185°F / -20° to 85°C
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In general, Kingston has been a brand I trust and reliably purchase. That continues to hold true with this USB drive. The read and write speeds of this drive are solid; nothing exceptional, but perfectly acceptable for most people. The drive is quite small, which most people, I think, will appreciate. At 32GB this drive is what I would consider an entry level USB drive; you certainly shouldn't buy a drive with less memory than that nowadays. It is great for moving document and spreadsheet files between work and home or to take out on meetings or travel, but you aren't going to use it as a primary backup for music or photos given its storage capacity. The cost of this also was affordable and, I felt, at a good price point for the amount of memory you get.
The only thing I didn't care for with this product is the spinning enclose that you flip around to cover the USB plug. The enclosure is very loose so it never stays in place. Basically there is no real protection for the USB plug because you never know where the enclosure will be; half the time when I take it out it is flipped sideways, protecting neither end of the device. This ultimately is a fairly minor annoyance for me, as I have a small carry case for USBs, but it is something to be aware of.
Overall this is a nice, compact USB drive that I have used for several years and plan to keep on using. It is a pretty good choice for an entry level USB drive.
I would suggest you heed those reviews, however, because I have found them to be true. For the first three seconds of files being written onto my new USB drive, it was 21+ MB/s and 14.6 MB/s. However, as soon as three seconds had passed, the writing speed dropped dramatically, stabilizing at 5.54 MB/s. A few times it went even lower, reaching a slow 332 KB/s! This actually did bother me because I had almost 22 GB of information to load onto the flashdrive. Yes, it took a while. I'm not sure if I received a defective one or not because I own an 8 GB Kingston flashdrive that has served me well over the years, and the write speed was faster on that one.
I so far am happy with my Kingston flashdrives. They last long even though their body is basically just a thicker plastic with a thin metal swing cap and come with a 5 year warranty. (Way to stand behind a product!)
If you are looking for a fast and efficient 32GB thumbdrive, I would recommend looking elsewhere. THIS IS SLOW. However, as long as it backs up my files and doesn't give me any problems, I am happy with it. Faster would be nicer, but for this price ($13.99) you can't really complain.
Also, BLINQ really surprised me; they are willing to stand behind what they sell and are pretty amazing. :) I'm sure if you had any issues with your purchase they would make it right.
The USB has a protective cap that rotates around the device in a 360 degrees angle. I am glad the cap is not removable because i always end up losing them. The USB is average size. Not the biggest i have used but there are definitely smaller ones.
I have the USB plugged into a regular USB 2.0 port. It copies the files from my desktop to the USB at about 5 MB/s speed. I get similar speeds when copying files the other way around. It takes a while to take copy large files. Up to this point i have not gotten any files corrupted or missing. So far the USB has been very reliable. I have been using the USB for 6 months now.
On one occasion i was copying a 10 GB file and the USB was telling me that i could not copy the file even though i had about 16 GB left. It turns out the USB needs to be changed to NTFS file system in order to allow larger size files to be copied. The default file system is FAT32. If you want to change from FAT32 to NTFS you have to do a right click on the Removable disk section of file explorer. You then click format and where it says file system you change it to NTFS. You then click on format and in a few seconds it changes it. Keep in mind that this will delete everything on your USB so you should backup any data you have.
Overall, the experience with the USB has been great and at $13 dollars it has turned out to be a great item. I am glad i bought it. Highly recommend it.
This compatibility is not true for other brands which I have, eg. Sony, PNY, Lexar. I don't know what the default formatting for those other manufacturers drives are. NTFS? So I took the drives from other manufacturers and re-formatted them on a Windows 7 Pro system to FAT32, with 4096 byte block size where possible. I used the native format option in Windows, and also a freeware disk formatter named SDFormatter. Out of the 3 other brand drives I re-formatted, all 3 of them then auto mounted on PC-BSD 10.0. I am going to tinker a little more with block size, and also see how they auto mount on Solaris-family systems as well.
I have not tested this on any LINUX systems, or Mac OS X, or on any other version of UNIX. I only use Bill's system to format drives to FAT32, period.
I hope this review helps someone that uses true UNIX computers.
+ Alright, now for the Xbox 360 part of my review. I inserted the flash drive into my Xbox 360 slim's usb slot and then started to format it for the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 had to test it to see that if this meets the Xbox 360 minimum requirements and it does! This flash drive has no problems running with the Xbox 360 and I saw no issues with it when I transferred all my items from my 2 gigabyte flash drive to my 32 gigabyte flash drive. I saw that the flash drive got reformatted back to its original FAT32 format. I don't know officially if you can still transfer files larger than 4 gigabytes. I didn't see the speed of the transfer declining as I was transferring over some large DLC files, although it didn't go exactly as fast as I was hoping. The red LED light does get annoying as you are either saving a game, looking through the memory unit, or signing in to your profile. The red LED indicates when you are reading or writing content from the flash drive; I wish there was a way to turn it off because it's an eye sore. I could remove the LED light, but I don't want to risk damaging the flash drive itself.
For test purposes, I copied a series of large folders with different file types from a top-of-the notebook with Intel SSD to the Kingston 32 GB DataTraveler as well as a 500 GB Maxtor and 2 TB Western Digital. The results are below. The averages of the tests indicate the other other two drives were 3.9x as fast writing the data, which means that the DataTraveler is 26% as fast.
Folder description ........................ size ... file count .. Kingston Time .. West Dig .. Maxtor
Business files (pdf, doc, ppt, pdf) .. 3.73 GB .. 5,135 .... 0:16:49 ...... 0:03:48 .. 0:04:02
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 4.4x .......... 4.2x
Image files ................................. 10.6 GB .. 9,379 .. 0:32:33 .. 0:10:23 .. 0:09:27
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 3.1x .......... 3.4x
Outlook files ............................... 4.84 GB .. 38 ...... 0:06:05 .. 0:03:42 .. 0:03:41
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 1.6x .......... 1.7x
Business files (pdf, doc, ppt, pdf) .. 3.85 GB .. 6,798 .... 0:18:09 .. 0:03:57 .. 0:04:08
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 4.6x .......... 4.4x
Business files (pdf, doc, ppt, pdf) .. 673 MB .. 1,371 .... 0:02:52 .. 0:00:43 .. 0:00:42
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 4.0x .......... 4.1x
Business files (pdf, doc, ppt, pdf) .. 860 MB .. 1,648 .... 0:05:31 .. 0:00:59 .. 0:00:54
...write speed relative to Kingston _________________1.0x .......... 5.6x .......... 6.1x
This however is not a 32gb flash drive. It is a genuine Kingstone, 29GB flash drive. If you have a 32GB data packet you will be out of luck. When I put this on my computer I instantly formatted it to figure out if it was genuine Kingston, and not one of their many clones that come out of China with Kingston stickers slapped on it. Well, when I formatted it, I deleted 2GB of online storage and free software that supposedly comes with it. Then I re-downloaded it via their website, apparently the program only installs to a genuine Kingston device which perhaps explains the third missing GB. They can't tell me they need a full GB just to format a little flash drive's data transfers, there are 1GB flash drives after all. It's also wasted data to supply the 2GB of online storage and proprietary program to facilitate that needless bridge. In the future I'm going with Corsair, their 16GB drive I have is a full 16GB's. When I buy a 32GB flash drive I want 32GB of flash memory, not 29, I can get all the free online storage I want from file dumps. I don't like getting gyped out of 3 gigs.
@ the most helpful positive poster, if they want to advertise it as registering 32GBs then they should up the bytes, like their only competitor Corsair does. I don't care what a marketing department thinks, my computer, and every other computer on the face of the planet registers as 29GBs which means its 29GBs, NOT 32GB. For some reason my 16GB's of Corsair RAM is calculated as 16GB's of RAM.. same difference, a gigabyte is a gigabyte.