Monday, January 21, 2013

Get Ready For Huge Flash Drives

Kingston Terabyte flash drive image from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture production blogI've been prematurely predicting the takeover of solid state memory from spinning disc hard drives for a couple of years, and even though the technology has made some inroads, it still hasn't come to pass. 2013 just might be the year, starting with the new USB 3 flash drives from Kingston that are now available up to a terabytes.

Although the terabyte version is not shipping yet, the 512GB model, known as the HyperX Predator, is readily available. It's not cheap however, with a price of $860 online.

Solid state computer drives prices have come down in the last year, but not as much as was probably expected. A 256GB drive is still around $200, although 64GB drives can be had for under $60 if you look around.

Still, if you need a major amount of storage at your fingertips, it really is now at your fingertips. If you have the cash, that is.

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1 comment:

Jef Knight said...

What is the "shelf life" of the files on these things? Years? Do they have a power source in them?

My question is really about using them as long-term backup storage for projects vis-a-vis regular drives.

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