Kingston: Behold the 1-terabyte flash drive

Available sometime this quarter, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator will offer a whopping terabyte of storage with USB 3.0.

The first 1TB flash drive.
The first 1TB flash drive. Kingston

Want to back up your entire computer and more on a single flash drive? You'll be able to do that courtesy of the latest gadget from Kingston.

The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB flash drive is currently shipping with 512 gigabytes of storage. But the next generation due out this quarter will ramp up the capacity to a full terabyte, making it the largest USB drive available on the market.

Kingston is also touting the drive as fast. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, the HyperX Predator offers transfer speeds of up to 240MB per second when reading data and up to 160MB per second when writing data. And with a zinc alloy metal casing, the drive is made to be durable as well. It also comes with a five-year warranty.

The drive is compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows 8, Windows 7 with SP1, Windows Vista with SP1 or SP2, Windows XP with SP3, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and Linux 2.6 or higher.

"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager for Kingston, said in a statement. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit, and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."

Those of you eyeing such a hefty flash drive should be prepared to spend big bucks. Kingston didn't reveal the price of the 1TB model, but the 512GB edition retails for $1,750, according to a company spokesman.

Corrected 8:00 a.m.PT to change 512MB to 512GB.

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