For our testing I wanted to head outside the norm. For many USB keys simply checking to see how fast it transfers data is enough. But what do you do when you have 64 GB to play with. Well I wanted to see.
For testing I split the DT-200 into as close to equal halves as I could. I put various movie files on each and then placed a Mandriva 2008 Linux install on both.
My intention was not only to be able to tell you if the DT-200 is fast but could it be used to run an entire VM off of it.
First we have the basic Data Tests.
We see how well the DT-200 can run under Sisoft Sandra and Everest.
I was impressed with the speed, it was actually faster than my Seagate FreeAgent | Go drive.
Next we ran our full Mandriva VM for the day to see if it would have any problems.
This is the one that I was most interested in, I usually keep at least one Linux VM handy if I am in an insecure location and having the ability to toss one in from a USB key is great. I ran the Mandriva 2008 distro straight from the DT-200 using the Non-secure and Secure partitions. Both performed perfectly without and slowdowns or OS issues.
Finally we watched several HD encoded MVK files without any issues at all.
Here is another great reason to have one of these. I packed the DT-200 with 12 hours of movies. These a watched from my MSI Wind Netbook while out camping. It kept the SDD on the Wind clean and free of clutter while allowing me to bring along some good entertainment along.
The Kingston DT-200 is not a cheap flash drive, at 32GB it will run you about $83 while the 64GB flavor we tested will put a $145 dent in your wallet. Both of these can be found in your basic e-tailers. For the massive 128GB drive you will have to go directly through Kingston and shell out about $500 plus shipping. This is not an inexpensive purchase, but if you need the space and portability you really can’t go wrong with it.
Kingston offers a full 5-year warranty on the DT-200. This is a great warranty for a flash drive and does show the level of confidence Kingston has in this product. RMA is easy to get setup if you need it by heading to their support page. Kingston also has very knowledgeable and helpful technical support. You can reach them through their different regional support numbers.
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