It’s the pandemic: my home office became a mess last year. So I’ve cleaned it up and decluttering it for the past few weeks. The last step was to get rid of around 120 DVDs and Photo CDs that I had accumulated. Mind you, I think all the photos and videos they contain reside on my Google Photos account as well. But I still like to have a physical backup of them – in their original resolution. I didn’t like how much space they took up – and the fact that I no longer own a DVD player didn’t help their case either. Plus, these drives don’t last forever. So I got down to work, catching up Kingston’s New 1TB DataTraveler Max USB-C ($ 262).
Using a laptop, I was able to transfer all the drives to the DataTraveler Max – and quickly. Taking advantage of the latest USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard, the device offers fast speeds of up to 1000MB / s read and 900MB / s write, unofficially making it one of the fastest growing USB drives. the fastest on the market and by far the fastest. have never used.
The stick, in itself, weighs next to nothing: barely 12 grams. It has a retractable cover on the commercial side, to better protect the data it contains. And it has a unique ridged casing which is easy to grip. It also has a keychain loop and LED status indicator, and is backed by a five-year warranty with technical support. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Chrome OS. Many newer laptops come with a USB-C port, to fit perfectly. Like most of the latest Apple devices and Android cell phones. And even if your device doesn’t, you can get a USB-C to USB converter to get the job done. I did this for part of my data transfer and it worked quickly and perfectly.
Here is the thing. I didn’t know in advance exactly how much data my photos would take. Turns out they’ve occupied just south of 100gb. Which left me plenty of room. So I took the 30 years of document scans that I packed in about 25 USB drives and consolidated them onto this drive as well. It still left me plenty of room. I then backed up all of my computer files – that is, years of business files, columns I wrote, and magazine and newspaper articles I cut and scanned – as well. And music files. And there was still room. A lot. For now, I have placed the Kingston device in my safe and destroyed these 25 USB drives. Talk about an effective exchange. Honestly, I don’t think I need another high capacity storage device unless USB-C devices become obsolete one day.
I almost bought a separate external hard drive two years ago to do the same consolidation. But I’m so glad I waited because this product is relatively small in size and works so fast. It is also available in capacities of 256 GB ($ 91) and 512 GB ($ 153). But honestly, I suggest you create one for your future with a capacity far beyond what you think you need. It is always better to have more space than to run out of it. You will never regret this buying decision.