Please, Don’t Buy This   1 comment

Engadget reports Kingston is shipping a 256GB USB thumb drive.  No, that’s not a typo.

Okay, so it’s $1,000, which is pricey for something so small you might run it through the wash and ruin it.

Still, let’s assume for a minute that Engadget is properly labeling it 12 MB/sec (typically, I expect data transfer rates to be in megabits per second, not megaBytes), and that the storage is in the usual 1,000,000,000 bytes to the GB instead of the normal filesystem 1,073,741,824 bytes to the GB.

That’s 256,000,000,000/12,000,000 ~ 21,333 seconds to write it full (with no overhead – ha – that happens in the real world precisely never). About 6 hours.

If, of course, it’s actually 12mpbs instead of 12MBps, you’re looking at 42 hours to fill the damn thing up, again assuming no overhead (yeah, right)….

That is one huge Fat32 partition, assuming you were technically neophyte enough to put the standard removable drive filesystem on it, but simultaneously savvy enough to figure out how.  My God, it makes my brain hurt just to imagine how many centuries it would take to defrag the thing.  On the upside, you’ll be able to hide one heck of an encrypted TrueCrypt volume on that sucker; I don’t think you’d be able to find it in a reasonable amount of time with TCHunt just because of the gigantic size of the thing and the amount of *time* it would take to read it.

Posted February 18, 2010 by padraic2112 in gadget, hardware, tech

One response to “Please, Don’t Buy This

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  1. But, but…..TECHNOLOGY!

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