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Kingston Digital DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 16 GB Flash Drive DTU30G2/16GB

4.5 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Requirements - system with USB 3.0 port
  • Fast - data transfer rates for USB 3.0 to 100MB/sec. read and 70MB/sec. write; USB 2.0 = 30MB/sec. read and 30MB/sec. write
  • Backwards compatible - with USB 2.0
  • Simple - just plug into a USB port
  • Practical - durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • USB 3.0 - HD video, System and data backup, Adobe applications, AutoCAD, movie downloads
  • Guaranteed - five year warranty

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Product Description

Product Description

Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (DTU30G2) features the latest technology for USB Flash drives, making it ideal for early adopters who want to take advantage of all the performance improvements offered by USB 3.0 right away. This drive is the perfect solution for easily storing and quickly transferring all your large documents, hi-res photos, HD video, and more. It’s exceptionally fast and easy to let you keep data with you wherever you go. USB 3.0 offers the same ease-of-use and plug and play capabilities as previous generations of USB technologies but with a performance increase and better power management. This USB 3.0 drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

From the Manufacturer

Why choose a USB 3.0 drive?

DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2

USB 3.0 is the next major revision to the Universal Serial Bus (USB). It offers the same ease-of-use and plug and play capabilities as previous generations of USB technologies but with a 10X performance increase and better power management. For users of USB 3.0, the goal of connecting devices to PCs or notebooks is still the same as the USB 2.0 specification.

USB 3.0 helps you save more time and USB 3.0 drives transfer files faster than USB 2.0 drives. Depending on the number of channels and the transfer speeds, USB 3.0 can save you up to 26 minutes with a HD movie transfer compared to standard USB 2.0 drives.

Put USB 3.0 to work with DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 — and save yourself some time!

Take advantage of all the performance improvements of USB 3.0 with Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 Flash drive. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and is handy and easily transportable.

Easily store and quickly transfer your:
  • HD video
  • System backup
  • Hi-res photos
  • Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom and other Adobe applications and much more.

This USB 3.0 Flash drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. NOTE: DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0* but in order to take advantage of USB 3.0 technology, you will need a system with a USB 3.0 port.

*Does not support ReadyBoost.


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Technical Details

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Brand Name Kingston
Item model number DTU30G2/16GB
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.9 x 0.6 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.9 x 0.63 x 0.87 inches
Color Aluminium

Additional Information

ASIN B005039I64
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,040 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > USB Flash Drives
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
Date First Available May 11, 2011

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Size: 64GB Verified Purchase
Since I work in an office environment where the Windows OS is in limited privileges, I make heavy use of Portable Apps and am no stranger to buying USB keys. Even running in USB 2.0 (at work), this drive is leaps and bounds over any drive I have purchased recently. While the discontinued Throttle and discontinued 8GB GT drives were lightning fast, I have had a spate of very bad 64GB purchases recently which, while patriotic, were horrendous (including huge CPU overhead and extremely slow small file copy).

Anyway, this drive absolutely flies. Copying lots of very small files (word documents, Eudora data) through very large files (huge zip files), the drive is great. For those intending to run Portable Apps within a Truecrypt container, even in USB 2.0, it is leaps and bounds ahead of any other drive I have owned.

I am extremely glad I purchased this drive.
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Size: 64GB Verified Purchase
Update: 2 years now with nearly daily use with no problems whatsoever.

As I hoped, multiple tests (from 1GB to 50GB files) have proven out the specs provided (100MB/s read 73MB/s write for USB 3.0 and 32MB/s both ways for USB 2.0).

Since I use/assist so many different pc's, it is SUPER handy having 64GB with me at all times.

I did reformat it to be NTFS (for a more robust file system and to handle large files).

It can get rather warm after transferring 50GB at once, but not alarmingly so.

Tucked away inside the instructions is a teeny tiny lanyard (one of the smallest I have ever seen). It worked just right for my situation (I have my house key on it).

It has a 5 year warranty (see comments for link)

Only 2 of the PCs that I interact with have USB 3.0 now, but that will change with time, so I have stopped buying 2.0 whenever a 3.0 alternative exists.

It comes in handy for bringing movies and tv shows to watch on my notebook (or phone) while on vacation (my notebook has a rather small SSD).
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Size: 16GB Verified Purchase
I decided to check out this drive after being supremely disappointed with several other supposed USB 3.0 drives, and this one blew me away. I used four test groups on both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. The test groups were pictures (460 mb), music (4 gb), 24-minute videos (8.5 gb), and a single 4 gb video. Here were my results:

USB 3.0 Write Speeds
Pictures - 15.8 mb/s
Music - 45.3 mb/s
Short Videos - 54.8 mb/s
Single Video - 80.9 mb/s

And those are write speeds! Read speeds were over 100 mb/s.

USB 2.0 Write Speeds
Pictures - 11.3 mb/s
Music - 24.0 mb/s
Short Videos - 24.6 mb/s
Single Video - 28.2 mb/s

Read speeds were just over 30 mb/s. This drive's write speeds are faster on 2.0 than some of the other 3.0 drives I've tested.

As you can see, the results have been incredible. I bought this drive with skepticism, as I found the claims of its speed hard to believe given past experience, but I've never been happier to be wrong.
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Size: 64GB Verified Purchase
This wasn't my first choice, but I'm glad that I have it. I originally purchased the Corsair Flash Voyager GT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive. Man did it look and feel nice! That rubber coating is a great idea. It would have been better yet if they had a quality product, like the Kingston Digital DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 64 GB Flash Drive DTU30G2/64GB inside instead of that piece of junk Corsair. I returned it after getting about 5 GB of personal data on it, only to find that it locked up on me and all of my data was inaccessible and there is no solution. I couldn't even format it to keep them from having my personal data.

I am very happy with the feel and performance of the KINGSTON DIGITAL DATATRAVELER ULTIMATE 3.0 GENERATION 2 64GB FLASH DRIVE. I have confidence that my data isn't going anywhere that I don't want it to go and I expect to have and use it for years to come.

MAKE THIS ONE YOUR FIRST CHOICE!!!

UPDATE: September 23, 2013

It's now about a year and a half later and can tell you, without a doubt, that the KINGSTON DIGITAL DATATRAVELER ULTIMATE 3.0 GENERATION 2 64GB FLASH DRIVE is a very reliable Flash Drive. Other than not being able to backup my whole system (due to drive space), I have not found an occasion where this drive has not exceeded expectations. It has performed well using either the 2.0 or 3.0 USB ports. There is no need to look any further for a good, reliable Flash Drive.
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Size: 64GB Verified Purchase
On my Win7/64 system this drive reads very quickly, but can write very slowly when lots of small files are present. But, this could be a Windows issue - don't know. It is about twice the thickness of many drives and can get quite hot.
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Size: 16GB Verified Purchase
A product really has to perform for me to write a review. This is the best thumb-drive I've ever used. And you can see in the benchmark I posted it registered 28MBps faster then its rated for.

The only con if you could really call it a con, its about twice as wide as my older 8GB model. But well worth it!

P.S.
I just installed Windows 7 off of this flash driver. Amazing! Be warned you're going to need a USB2 flash drive with USB3 drivers because Windows setup doesn't have the drivers by default but it took about 11 minutes from start to finish via the USB3 port on a 2600k.
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