The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace is a bootable USB 3.0 flash drive designed to be used with Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 Enterprise. The USB 3.0 drive incorporates SandForce SSD controller technology to produce a high-performance, low-latency drive. It’s factory configured as a fixed drive, so It only boots as a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 fir supported hardware.

The DataTraveler Workspace is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (built to order) capacities. The review drive I have is of 64GB capacity.

Kingston DataTraveler Workspace Specifications

  • Capacities:

o    32GB (DTWS/32GB)

o    64GB (DTWS/64GB)

o    128GB (DTWS/128GB)

  • Speed:

o    Max Sequential Read/Write speeds: 250/250 MB/s

o    Sustained Random 4k Read/Write: 3,750/9,800 IOPS

o    PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 22,250

  • SandForce SF-2281 controller
  • Supports TRIM and S.M.A.R.T commands
  • Dimensions Height: 0.6″ x Width: 0.9″ x Length: 3.0″
  • Operating Temperature 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace by all appearances looks like your standard everyday flash drive. Kingston went with a bronze exterior with a silver lining. You’ll find the Kingston name and logo on either side of the drive towards the back. The drive’s name and capacity is located on one side.

The drive is a little thicker than normal, coming in at just over a half inch in thickness. The drive has a plastic cap with the same color and texture as the body of the USB drive. The front of the drive has a standard male USB port. The drive is a USB 3.0 interface. USB 2.0 is supported via backward compatibility.

It is slim pickings when choosing Windows to Go device, thankfully Kingston came to rescue. The drive supports plug and play for easy usage. You plug the device into a computer, select to boot from the USB drive and you are off and running. During the startup process, the drive runs through a quick setup process to recognize the drivers and devices installed in you PC.

When the process is complete, the Windows To Go installation is ready to use. The drive aorks on a wide variety of Hardware, custom built PC, OEM provided PCs,  laptops,  netbooks, you name it and it will work on that system.

  • 2MB Sequential read: 145.7MB/s
  • 2MB Sequential write: 44.9MB/s
  • 4K random read: 3,727 IOPS
  • 4K random write: 10,263 IOPS

The DataTraveler Workspace offers some of the fastest 4K random read/write performance numbers tested in a USB 3.0 flash drive. With Kingston incorporating a SandForce SF-2200 controller and SSD-grade NAND into the drive, it makes the drive capable of running the Windows To Go efficiently

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review-kingston-datatraveler-workspace-64gbWith the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace that offers Windows To Go experience, with SSD like performance, in a compact fashion is a real plus for every user. Users can bring their Windows 8 Enterprise OS to just about any PC that is bootable from a USB drive. The 64Gb version has some space reserved for Windows To Go and rest is offered for personal files. HGunified recommends Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 64GB to those looking for a high-performance Windows to Go solution though, capacity may be less of an issue, with key documents accessed via cloud or other secure remote locations. Price In India : Rs 12,000


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