A One Terabyte Flash Drive is Awesome

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You may have noticed a few articles late this afternoon regarding Kingston’s unveiling of the world’s first 1 Terabyte flash drive. After witnessing, and participating, in a few debates over social media, I was compelled to write a post as to why this is an awesome product introduction, and why in a few years, you will most likely own one. Let’s begin by looking over the basics of a flash drive in comparison to your computer’s hard drive.

Unless you own a solid state drive, which is highly doubtful due to high prices and little consumer knowledge, your PC or laptop is sporting a hard drive with moving parts. You might have noticed some laptops will have disc protection services that react when you drop it, or hit a bump driving down the road. Why is this necessary? If you cracked open your scary looking hard drive case you’d notice something similar to this:

inside of a hard drive

Look inside a hard drive

See that shiny, circular object? Reminiscent of a CD or DVD, isn’t it? That moves. In the case you were to drop, or kick your tower, you could potentially cause permanent damage to files and physical harm to the disc itself. Here we will compare the inside of a flash drive:

inside of a flash drive

Explore the “scary” flash drive

See anything that depends on the motion of another part? That’s because it doesn’t exist. Much like solid state drives (using less advanced technology), the flash drive features memory opportunities on the go, with higher reliability than many consumers may realize. Not only can you save the same files, games, movies and music to a flash drive as you can a hard drive, but it’s easily portable and actually features more safety to your info at a cheaper price.

Kingston has introduced the world’s first 1 terabyte hard drive, without a published price tag (can you blame them?). Although the capacity seems a little far fetched for everyday users, you might take a look back at the history of memory before you open your mouth.

kingston 1 terabyte flash drive

The world’s first 1 terabyte flash drive

Most of today’s generation is rather familiar with a Gigabyte, and recently familiar with a Terabyte. Some of you may remember the Megabyte (as it’s still slightly popular today), and a select few, or those in the technology field, have heard of a Kilobyte. Then there’s Bytes, Nibbles, Bits… blah blah. What you should keep in mind is that twenty seven years ago, everyone laughed at the idea of Gigabytes. “No one can afford it”, “Normal people won’t ever use that much space”.

Remember clearing storage off your computer so you could install a new game? Yeah, who’s laughing now? It’s funny to hear everyone criticize Kingston’s advancement, especially when I know you will be using it in a few years, once the price is reduced from the alleged $2,000+ price tag. Keep in mind, the military uses this technology for years before it’s given to the general public. By now, this is old news to them. Continue laughing, someone has to remind you of this event once you purchase it like one of the “cool kids”.

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3 thoughts on “A One Terabyte Flash Drive is Awesome

  1. Marc

    The history of storage, as you mention, is a Moore’s Law of expansion. I go back to the double-sided floppy disks at the beginning of the PC age, when the IBM mainframes had huge cooled rooms with giant spinning 3330 DASD hard drives that could hold an incredible 200MB (with 30 millisecond avg access times and high latency too). I have no doubt that applications / entertainment methods will come along to use the increased storage.

    • Thanks for your input, Marc! That’s exactly the point I am stressing. People laugh at the technological advances as they are introduced but, in reality, everything will move toward higher storage requirements. I find humor in online remarks, and congratulate Kingston on their efforts.

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