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I own 4 blue Data Traveler Vault Privacy USB drives in various sizes, they work great on Windows 7
on April 26, 2014
I started with a 2GB a few years ago, then over time bought two other 4GB units. I just now ordered an 8GB unit because it's only $19.97 with prime shipping - cheaper than the 4GB right now which is still at $39.99 - go figure.
MAIN SELLING POINT: If this drive were to drop out of your pocket or purse, etc. onto the sidewalk (scenarios), or be burglarized from your house, the finder/stealer cannot see your data even though he/she has physical possession of the drive. They could reformat the drive and use it for other purposes but they would NOT get access to your data. After 10 failed login attempts the drive is programmed to lock out any access attempts and MUST be reformatted. (Kingston has a built-in process that forces you to choose a decently complex password so bad guy is never going to guess your password in 10 tries.)
These have worked for me on both Windows 7 and the dreaded Windows Vista (I got rid of my one Vista PC about 6 months ago). I now have Windows 7 on all PCs.
I have turned off autorun for security reasons. Instead, I trudge down through Windows Explorer to find the DTPrivacy launcher file on the drive in the file tree. It works, it's just some extra effort that's all.
I only dock this drive when I need to. If it's not plugged in, it's less likely to be hacked. Common sense.
Some people ( a few) might run into issues with the E: drive being blocked or in use because Explorer shows the E: drive letter is taken up by the CD/DVD optical drive (which is common). It is not hard to get around this. Either try taking the disk out of the Optical drive unit or you could go to Computer, Manager, Disk Management (IF you know what you're doing, be careful here) and reassign the drive letter of the Optical drive to a "higher" letter to remove the conflict.
ADDENDUM / OBSERVATIONS:
I find that while doing a file save of CHANGES to a 28Megabyte using Microsoft Word to the Kingston drive of a particular .RTF file with a lot of mixed tables, graphics, custom text formatting can be dog slow (like 45 seconds to 1 minute) . The hourglass for that save process takes over the entire computer. Fortunately, I don't have to save that file very often. I'm just used to it. Yes I have tons of space remaining (over a Gigabyte or more) on my Kingston drive and hard drives - that's not what's causing this. I'm not worried about it. I figure it's encryption processing that is parsing the entire content of the file for changes. Just a guess. My Text file and PDF file saves go quickly.
Years ago, in the early XP days, I did own an earlier 1GB gray colored predecessor of this drive which - it was eventually discovered - had a security flaw intrinsic to the firmware of that particular earlier series. Kingston was aware of the flaw and discontinued that series long ago. Back then these were like (trying to remember) $80 dollars(?) for 1GB.
I have deliberately passed on Windows version 8.X up till now so can't speak to usability. I wasn't up for the aggravation although I'm told it runs faster. Microsoft has recently announced (April 2014) that they will finally "fix" Windows 8.1 usability issues in two separate passes. When they will drop the shoe on part 2 of the fix, I don't know. I just know it's been announced. In the meantime, I'm happy with Windows 7.
While I would be disappointed if my current blue DataTraveler drives didn't work in the revised Windows 8.X (or even future Windows 9), it wouldn't break my heart. To have simple, reliable, off-line, self-contained security ( I leave one of these at work in case my home had a catastrophe) is a small price to pay for the peace of mind these relatively cheap backups bring. If worst comes to worst I'll purchase the new iteration and be out max $80 - $100 for 4 drives that work with the latest greatest. I doubt if it will come to that but if it does, no big deal.
UPDATE Jan 2016 - none of these have ever failed me. They also work fine with Windows 10 - no hassles or needed updates. Can still recommend highly.