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Kingston Data Traveler Elite DTEP/1GB

The second drive from Kingston is larger and differently shaped. Its gray plastic case with a metallic shimmer is curved in at the middle and extends towards the ends. The two inserts of black rough plastic on the drive’s sides help hold it tight in the fingers. The manufacturer’s name is embossed on the top of the drive. There is a blue LED indicator there, too. The model name and capacity are printed at the bottom of the case. The cap is somewhat unhandy. It has small juts to hold fast on the case, but they make it difficult to put the cap on and take it off.

The Data Traveler Elite family includes models with capacities of 256KB, 512KB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. The manufacturer declares a read speed up to 24MB/s and a write speed up to 14MB/s. The drive supports USB 2.0. Its dimensions are 77.4 x 22.1 x 10.1mm; the weight is 11.3g.

The drive comes with a neck cord and software (stored on the drive itself). The software bundle includes MyTraveler and TravelerSafe+ utilities and their manuals in PDF format.

With the MyTraveler program you can organize your data on the drive and synchronize them with a PC. You can also specify preferences that would evoke certain actions when the Data Traveler Elite drive is connected. Particularly, you can visually control the drive via a console designed like a small LCD display. It shows the total capacity of the drive and the amount of free space on it. It also displays icons that denote restricted-access zones and read-only mode. The console menu gives you access to advanced options like setting up a password for the personal zone, enabling read-only mode, synchronizing all the folders, including My Favorites and My Documents, and creating personal folders.

The TravelerSafe+ utility allows to create a special zone on the drive where password-protected confidential data can be stored.

The average retail price of the drive is $56.

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