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Kingston Technology Unveils the World’s First 256GB USB Flash Drive

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London, UK – 20th July 2009 -- Kingston Technology Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of the world’s first 256GB USB flash drive, the Kingston Technology DataTraveler® 300. The Kingston DataTraveler 300, allows users to carry around a whole digital world, from thousands of image files to a whole database of documents. Users will also benefit from quick transfer rates and the option to password protect their data.

The Kingston DataTraveler 300 is ideal for netbook users who want to extend the limited capacity of their machines. It can also be used by business consumers who work with large databases, or even designers who need to transfer large graphic files from one place to another.

“The DataTraveler 300 will enable users to carry huge volumes of data with them everywhere they go – up to 365 CDs for example. That’s one album for every day of the year, and it demonstrates how far flash technology has developed,” said Kirsty Miller, Product Marketing Manager – Consumer, Kingston Technology Europe. “Business users and consumers can also safeguard their data by initialising the Password Traveler software which will allow them to password protect their data in a privacy zone without the need of administrator rights.”

The Kingston DataTraveler 300 features a sleek cap-less design that will protect the USB connector when it is not in use and is enhanced for Windows Readyboost™. The Kingston DataTraveler 300 is available only in 256GB and is backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 Tech Support. The Kingston DataTraveler is built to order only; customers who wish to purchase the drive can place an order with many reseller and e-tailers.

DataTraveler 300 Product Features and Specifications:
Capacity***— 256 GB
Speed****— Data transfer rates of up to 20 MB/sec. read and 10 MB/sec. write
Safeguarded — includes Password Traveler security software for Windows
Convenient — does not require Administrator rights to access the Privacy Zone
Dimensions — 2.78” x 0.67” x 0.87”  (70.68 mm x 16.90 mm x 21.99 mm)
Operating Temperature — 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
Storage Temperature — -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
Simple — just plug into a USB port
Practical — durable, capless design
Guaranteed — five-year warranty
Enhanced — for Windows ReadyBoost™ on Vista-based systems******

* Approximate number of standard JEG pictures at 10 Megapixels. JPEG file sizes vary based upon camera model and default settings, as well as user-selected resolution and compression mode settings.
**Approximate number 1,346m. Based on 500 sheets creates a pile approximately 5cm tall.
*** Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage.  For more information, please consult Kingston Technology’s Flash Memory Guide at
**** Speed may vary due to host hardware, software and usage.
**** Although DT300 is enhanced for ReadyBoost, Password Traveler will not operate properly if ReadyBoost cache is enabled on the drive. However, you may enable ReadyBoost cache on a separate drive.

Compatibility Table

Operating System

File Transfer

Password Traveler

Windows Vista®** (SP1)



Windows ReadyBoost™



Windows XP (SP1, SP2, SP3)



Windows 2000 (SP4)



Mac OS X v.10.3.x +



Linux v.2.6.x +



Kingston Technology DataTraveler 300 USB Flash Drive  

Part Number

Capacity and Features



DataTraveler 300 256GB

£565.67 excluding VAT

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