A few months ago SanDisk created the world's largest SD card, which holds 1 terabyte of information. For reference, that's like cramming an 85 million-page book into a disk that measures less than a square inch.
Kingston, a rival company, just one-upped SanDisk by creating a flash drive that is double the capacity. They unveiled the device this week at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The DataTraveler® Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is Kingston's latest creation. It holds up to 2 TB (there's a 1 TB version too) and has USB 3.1 Gen 1 performance (a higher file transfer rate). Although the flash drive will be available in February, the company hasn't released a price yet.
With approximate measurements of 3 in. x 1 in. x 1 in., it should easily fit in your purse or pocket. The case is made of zinc alloy for shock resistance. It also comes with a five-year warranty and free technical support.
Kingston's Flash business manager, Jean Wong, had this to say:
"At Kingston, we push the limits of what’s possible. With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow-up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily."
In case you were wondering, a 2 TB flash drive can hold:
- 34,000 hours of music
- 2,000 hours/80 days of non-stop SD video
- 620,000 photos
- 1,000 hours of video
In regards to storing data, they say: "If it doesn't exist in at least three places, it doesn't exist." After going through the trouble to store so many important files, it'd be a shame to lose it all. But life happens, and that's why it's crucial to back up everything.
Another storage location for precious photos could be DVDs from a media transfer service. Costo, Walgreens and Walmart have photo service departments that can transfer photos from an SD card to a DVD. They will also transfer content from vintage media items like slides and VHS tapes.