Since the very first disc drive, the 5MB IBM 350, storage has only become cheaper, smaller, and more plentiful. Today at CES, Kingston Digital announced the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (that's a mouthful) flash drives, which will be sold in both 1TB and 2TB configurations.

The drives themselves are just 2.83 inches wide (72mm), and claim to support full USB 3.1 Gen 1 (otherwise known as USB 3.0) speeds; although I doubt this flash drive can max out at 5GBp/s. I would have liked to see both USB Type-A and Type-C connectors, like this Lexar drive, for easier connectivity with USB Type-C Android devices (and new Apple computers).

Both drives will ship in February, but Kingston did not mention a price - no doubt they will be extremely expensive. If you buy one, please backup your data - 1/2TB of anything is a lot to lose.

Press Release

LAS VEGAS & FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2017 International CES Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced DataTraveler® Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the world’s highest capacity USB Flash drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers up to 2TB of storage space and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance.

Power users will have the ability to store massive amounts of data in a small form factor, including up to 70 hours of 4K video on a single 2TB drive*. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers superior quality in a high-end design as it is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance. Its compact size gives the tech enthusiast or professional user an easily portable solution to store and transfer their high capacity files. For more information please see below or refer to the following reference table for storage capacities.

“At Kingston, we push the limits of what’s possible,” said Jean Wong, Flash business manager. “With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily.”

DataTraveler Ultimate GT ships in February and will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. It is backed by 5-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information, visit www.kingston.com.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities1: 1TB, 2TB
  • Speed2: USB 3.1 Gen. 13
  • Dimensions: 72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Warranty: 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Mac OS v.10.9.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, Chrome OS™
DataTraveler Ultimate GT Part Numbers
Part Number Capacity
DTUGT/1TB 1TB
DTUGT/2TB 2TB

OS List

USB 2.0

USB 3.0 / USB 3.1

Windows 10 Yes Yes
Windows 8.1 Yes Yes
Windows 8 Yes Yes
Windows 7 (SP1) Yes Yes
Mac OS (v. 10.9.x +) Yes Yes
Linux (v. 2.6.x +) Yes Yes
Chrome Yes Yes

Storage Chart

Storage
Capacity1

Photos (Compressed JPEG) Video Recording2 Storage Usage
8MP 12MP 18MP 24MP

24
Mbps
(min.)

48
Mbps
(min.)

720p
30fps
(min.)

1080p
30fps
(min.)

4K
30fps
(min.)

HD
Movies
.MKV

Music
.MP3

Compressed
.MP4 Movies

PC
Games

Backups
4GB 1500 1000 667 500 20 10 22 15 8 X 1038 3 X X
8GB 3000 2000 1333 1,000 40 20 44 30 16 X 2076 7 X X
16GB 6000 4000 2667 2,000 80 40 88 61 33 1 4151 14 X X
32GB 12000 8000 5333 4,000 160 80 176 122 66 2 8302 28 1 1
64GB 24000 16000 10667 8,000 320 160 260 244 132 5 16605 56 3 2
128GB 48000 32000 21333 16,000 640 320 352 488 264 10 33209 112 6 4
256GB 96000 64000 42667 32,000 1280 640 704 976 528 21 66418 224 12 9
512GB 192000 128000 85334 64,000 2560 1280 1408 1952 1056 42 132836 448 24 17
1TB 384000 256000 170668 128000 5120 2560 2816 3904 2112 83 265672 896 48 32
2TB 768000 512000 341336 256000 10240 5120 5632 7808 4224 166 531344 1792 96 64

*Based on Flash Memory Storage Chart
1Some 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 Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide.
2Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage.
3USB 3.1 Gen 1 performance requires a host device with a USB 3.0 or 3.1 port.

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About Kingston Digital, Inc.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com or call 800-337-8410.

Editor’s Note: For additional information, evaluation units or executive interviews, please contact David Leong, Kingston Digital, Inc. 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, 714-438-1817 (Voice). Press images can be found in Kingston’s press room here.

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