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Kingston 500GB USB Flash Drive!

First of all sorry for not updating this blog regularly, hopefully we soon will have a great news to break on the blog :)

Milind and myself were killing some free time in a Chinese market in New Delhi, and we suddenly noticed Kingston USB flash drives with 256GB capacity costing about $30. We checked everything and it looked all real :)

I quickly googled and saw the same product on Kingston website. Well, I started to bargain and put my skills to test. And soon the poor guy was ready to sell it for $20 :) And just before I was about to pay, as a last (shameless) bargain tactic, I told to the guy “Well I am not too pleased, do you have something with bigger capacity” and holy shit, the next moment he handed over a 500GB Kingston Flash Drive. And now this was something, not even on the website!

Milind asked me, “Do you really want this ? I mean what will you use it for ?” and I said, well its a good toy for 20 bucks. And finally both of got ourselves, 2 flash drives of 500GB each :)

As soon I got to the flight, I started stress testing it … and surprisingly it still works!!

Shameless Geek Thought: And now I am thinking, if disks get bigger and bigger like this, backing them up would almost impossible. File-systems and hardware vendors surely need to come up with something intelligent (possibly like NTFS change log)  to avoid scanning the device for changes. Surprisingly, such interfaces are still not present in Linux (ext*) and Solaris (JFS).

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  1. Kiran 10 years ago

    You should have asked it for $10. See link above. On ebay, you can find them for $98 for a pack of 10..oh..BTW, it is fake..try filling it with 500G of data… :)

  2. Ravinder 10 years ago

    Hi !
    I too purchased two 500GB Kingston USBs in Palika Bazaar, New Delhi. Utterly useless stuff. Everytime you make a folder and copy any data you find there is a subfolder folder in the folder and so on and so on. Some weird heiroglyphs are visible. The USB can’t be formatted. I paid 40 Euros to get it formatted, but they just couln’t even after contacting Kingston.
    Before throwing it away I used TrueCrypt to put a password to make sure that no information is used by spyware etc., then tried quick formatting in Windows XP and Vista – it failed. Right now under Vista it is being formatted in normal mode, but in 12 hrs it has only completed about 10%, but I will let it complete the process and see the result and come back to you.

  3. jofel 10 years ago


    any update on your 500gb kingston??? how about in win7 have you tried it also?? if it can be fix then ill buy one… thanks…

  4. Lisa 10 years ago

    This date-traveller ist very huge. have somebody tested his speed? It is very compelling a big date-kepper with small dimensions to have. But i´m unsecure in the security and speed.
    I´m looking forward to your rating.