dealskingston 256gb datatraveler 310 usb flash drive…

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Wow, I thought that was a typo at first. Nope, it isn't.

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256GB - crazy. Knowing me I'd forget it in my pants and end up running it through the wash.

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265GB eh? You could move a whole lot of product with that much space...

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The funniest thing about this is that there's a limit of 2 per customer.

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only 2! what do they think they are ipads

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@plwmas: Not really that pricey, all things considered. The most recent 4GB thumb drive posted here on Deals.Woot was $8.95 (free shipping). 32 of those (256 GB of them) would be $572.80. So you pay a 12% premium to get it all in one package.

Its worth it for the Geek Points you get with it!

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I need one of these so badly... if only I didn't just have to buy new tires. 256GB USB is a whole lot sexier (and cheaper), but just can't swing it (T_T)

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Why not just get an external hard drive if you need that much space?

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Woot! What a deal! In for 2!

And to think I wasted $80 earlier this year buying a puny 640GB WD passport drive...

Interesting to see the price on this, though. In a year, this ought to be in the $100 range.

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@reawen: But it on a lanyard then you'll be able to swing with ease :P

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@billfrugge: My Google-fu is failing me at the moment. Can anyone find a web page that gives a history of the price of flash drives and similar memory devices? Seems to me that it wasn't all that long ago that an 8GB drive cost many hundreds of dollars.

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Jeez...I have computers with smaller HDDs than this.

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I wonder if 256GB is enough to fit all the plans and details of the Death Star? I might need to send one to Alderan.

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...it would take forever to transfer anything!

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It's a nice deal, but I'll wait until the USB 3 flash drive mania hits the markets. Can't wait to get a USB 3 flash drive. About 50% faster than USB 2. Yes, you can buy them now, but only about 1 or 2 compnaies have them for sale.

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Hell, I remember paying $120 for a 1GB about 7 years ago. Probable inflated a little because it was through the school bookstore, but still.......

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wait.. I have a 256MB kingston stick from about 2003. With a little glue and lettering...

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Let me check my pocket change to see if I can afford this...

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This is strictly govt spy use only. You know, infiltrate poorly password protected computer, steal data, rappel off rooftop amidst hail of gunfire...

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Also good for the treasonous international traveler.

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http://kingstonflashdrive.com/New-Arrival-DT310-256G-Kingston-Data-Traveler-310-256GB-USB-Flash-Drive-Memory-Stick-Thumb-Pen-Drive-P1262060.aspx

Funny part about all of this, is that once memresistor technology hits the market, all of these high capacity flash drives will be as cheap as a 1gb flash drive is today

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@a590620: 75 bucks!?! That just seems a deal too good to be true....

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In my experience and research I've found flash drives like the one in the above ebay link is not the genuine item. It could be a 4 gig flash drive only programmed to report being 256 gig. Last time I saw one was a year ago and it was hard to format, never really held more than 10 gig, and looked genuine.
Not to mention, that seller has ZERO feedback. Would you buy that drive for $70?

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Yea eBay is littered with fake huge capacity drives like that from China.

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@drgandalf: This isn't the droid you're looking for...

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Hmm, wonder if I have time to carve out a compartment for it in the heel of my shoe before I go on my next mission.

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@emilyb0902: What's wrong with you? You NEVER talk about the mission!

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Ha, I've stopped buying the 5 dollar ones because I destroy and lose them so often...forget this!

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I agree with some of the other comments - after buying a 64GB flash drive - i've come to the conclusions that such large capacity flash drives are useless with USB 2.0

They are intended to be portable storage solutions, but a 64GB transfer to one of these drives will take quite a few hours.

On top of that - the memory that kingston uses in these ultra capacity drives aren't the fastest... I have a 2.5" portable hard drive sitting at 500GB that is much quicker when writing to the device.

usb 3 is already hitting mainstream in terms of motherboard support (you likely can't buy a new motherboard for currenty gen chipsets without it having at least 2 usb 3.0 ports) - now we need to wait for the flash drive and peripheral companies to hop on board.

I'll hold off any ultra-capacity portable drive purchases until then.

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@dutchsider: we're nowhere close to memory resistor being viable.. its been an on again/ off again romance since the 70's...

HP is heading up the latest effort - and much like ibm's memorycube (which they later disowned lol) - the biggestissue is speed. both this and memorycube had incredible memory density - far greater than current hdd and nand technology... but the speed simply isn't there - and there are no practical ways to get it there without increasing size or electric needs drastically.

We might get there.. or we might move on to a different solution altogether before its ready... but the one thing that is certain is that its not right around the corner, or posing any threat at all to the current flash market.

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Pretty steep, I got a 128GB for $25 from a vendor in Taiwan, same vendor sells 256GB sticks for $80.

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@vbrtrmn: :rolleyes: let me buy some tickets to taiwan immediately! (btw, taiwan is the center of many of these counterfeit sticks)

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@vbrtrmn: try to fill the whole stick with data - u will probably hit a point after 2 or 4 gb where u cannot write anymore. as said above, these are usually counterfeits that report 128gb or 256gb to ur pc, but is not actually writable for the full amount. if a mem stick (of any kind) on ebay or from taiwan/china seems 2 good 2 be true, it usually is. there are counterfeits shipping out of the us now, 2.

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@drgandalf: Hmm I remember 8gb sticks being around $50 two years ago.

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@goatcrapp another solution, you say, eh?
One word: CLOUD

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hopefully with Google's all-knowing-all-telling god powers, they will have their gigabit internet and cloud storage up in a matter of 2-3 years, making transfers at speeds of oh, 256MB/sec.... best foreseeable solution atm....

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@blodhrisa: two words: service interruption?

don't get me wrong - cloud computing is obviously the way things are headed. Just saying.. your local distribution center has a transformer go out and you're severed from your data. Lets face it - the information technology expansion has been happening in leaps and bounds - but at their most basic level they rely on a power distrubtion grid thats over a hundred years old, with only small pieces of its infrastructure newer than 50 years, and basic power switching technology that hasn't changed much at all in a hundred years... transformer caused outages are prettynormal in most big cities, especially when summer hits and things get nice and hot.

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Finally a device I can keep my colection on in my pocket! You know what I'm saying ;).

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256G.. wow.. I thought it was a typo at first

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Have to agree. What's the point in having a large quantity of slow storage? Might as well just use the portable HDD. Or use a tape drive. Or eSATA for that matter. Something like this:
http://www.shopnex.com/item.asp?PID=21395&CID=336

Yes, it is only 32GB, but 32GB through eSATA would make me much happier than 256GB through USB. Didn't look hard, but I'm guessing there's bigger ones.

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@http://deals.woot.com/deals/users/powerslaveintime
I bought a 128gb off eBay a few months ago for $70. I've filled it with over 100gb of data with no problems. This deal is waaaaaaaaayyyyy overpriced.

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With cloud technologies such as Dropbox.com, who needs these things anymore?

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@ipollesion: people who can't always get a connection, or people who plan on using this peripheral to help diagnose things like network problems, OS crashes, etc?

There are countless reasons to NOT want to commit yourself to a dropbox system only... Until we're all using dumb terminals that rely on a functioning network in order to do anything - there will be a use for non network based storage, backup, and diagnostic.

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WoW! I got one exactly the same on ebay. Brand new in packaging for $24.55 and free shipping. I'll sell it to you for $300.

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is this compatible with the zune?...