Comments about Kingston Digital 32GB Data Traveler 3.0 USB Flash Drive - Red (DTIG4/32GB )

Kingston Digital 32GB Data Traveler 3.0 USB Flash Drive - Red (DTIG4/32GB )
Compliant - with USB 3.0 specifications
Dual Compatibility - USB 3.0 connectivity; backwards compatible with USB 2.0
Practical - cap protects the USB plug
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I purchased three of these Kingston flash drives to create recovery media for my computers. They work great for this purpose, and they're inexpensive to purchase. Since I'm using them only for recovery the drive speed is not a major concern. The only negative is design of the cap is goofy. It is designed to fit the back of the drive so it won't get lost during usage, but if you have a cord or chain in the built-in loop you won't be able to use the cap that way. It would have been smarter to put the loop on the cap instead of the body of the drive. Since I don't carry these around anywhere, for me it is no big deal. But it limits the drive's utility for someone wanting to carry it around on a chain.

I love to have a few spare Flash Drives lying around. For example, if I want to take files with me to a University, it's wonderful to put them on a Drive on my keychain, then I can't forget to bring the Flash Drive home with me because I can't drive without the keys.

This is a convenient size drive, and lightweight enough that we don't worry about adding extra weight to our driving keyring (you don't want to have a heavy key ring hanging from your ignition).

There are many flash drives out there. The price was right on this, so I bought four for me and two for my brother.

Anecdote: The last time I tried to post this review, I think Amazon's bots thought I was cheating the system. They must have figured out that Dave and I were brothers, so two orders in fifteen minutes should not have triggered their fraud alert. FUNNY!!!!!

I was looking for some USB 3.0 drives of smaller capacity, to be used to create UEFI bootable drives for various windows installs as well as utilities, such as MemTest86+ and Intel Processor Diagnostic. Microsoft told me that a 64gb drive (which I had used successfully) was too large. I didn't think the size was causing the problem I was experiencing but needed to eliminate any potential causes.

These fit the bill perfectly at a great price.
I cannot vouch for the speed - they are certainly far faster than USB 2. I didn't test for true USB 3.0 speeds, as others have mentioned that they didn't reach them.

I bought 3 and used them quickly - and so ordered 2 more.

Does what it's supposed to, and nice looking. There's one design element that may or may not be of interest to potential users.

As shown in the photo, one end has a red plastic loop, that facilitates handling or might be used to attach the drive to a key chain or lanyard.

Except:

A plastic cap on the business end must be removed to expose the connector. To help avoid losing it, the cap can be snapped onto the end with the red loop. Except: if you have anything else attached -- the keychain or lanyard, for instance -- the cap won't fit, and you have to be careful where you place it. If you don't plan on any such attachment, that won't be an issue.

Two other even more minor notes: when in use, the drive doesn't snap fully into place: there's a but of metal still exposed, and the drive wiggles around a bit on my computer. On the other hand, it seems to connect well, and I had no trouble transferring data. And this particular drive comes only with a red plastic loop (at least when I bought it through Amazon). Having the same size drive available in different colors would make identification easier: photos of the kids on the "red"drive, backups of love letters on the "blue," and so on. As it stands, different capacity drives have different colors. And with the number of old love letters I have...

Great flash drive! Worked flawlessly plugging it in for the first time, with no errors. The transfer speed over USB 3 is very fast and convenient.

-And, above all, I like that there was no "garbage" on it, as on some occasions manufacturers add stuff to "optimize" external media.

-Note that there is no activity LED, but this isn't really an issue for me.

I just bought 10 of the 8GB drives, and I have a suggestion if you can't access the drives. Read every Q&A on their website http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/products?model=DTIG4. If you still can't access the drive (what people are saying are Dead on arrival drives) open Windows Explorer (Windows 7). Put the drive in a primary port that is physically in your PC, and after a time it will show the drive list under Computer. It can take minutes for the PC to find it. There won't be a name, just the drive letter of the port. Right click on it and choose format, set the parameters to Default, and click Format. I had one out of 10 that wasn't readable and after I did this it works just fine. Just to be sure I format EVERY flash drive I buy first. Who knows how the manufacturer formats these? If I'm using it on my copy of Windows 7 then I want it to be formatted by my copy of Windows 7. Dunno how long they will last so I can't comment on that. Lastly I consistently get 4 MB/sec which is not terrible for a USB 3.0 controller.

I wish I had read other reviews on this product before I bought it. I purchased 3 on sale, and in this instance it was IMO a case of you get what you pay for. These drives are not the fastest out there, I needed to make recovery media for 3 computers that were just upgraded to Windows 10 and while I was able to do so it seemed to take forever for each one to complete. I watched the transfer speeds and with these drives those speeds fell to the lower end of the spectrum. I then used a USB 2.0 flash drive from a different manufacturer and got about the same speed.

I gave them an extra star because I like the fact that they are not the type with the sliding connector which I dislike. But if you are looking for top speed transfers of your data alas I believe you should look elsewhere. If speed is not a main objective however, they could be a great deal.

Have used for several weeks and so far no real issues with it. Has been detected the majority of the time when plugging into sources and I can't say for certain the stick was at fault when it wasn't. Once connected it runs as it should with fairly quick read and write speeds. Build quality is a bit on the cheaper side but at least they didn't replace the metal connector with plastic like another brand does - Lexar - which I refuse to buy from again. If you need something cheap you can't go wrong with this one

Shape is less rounded or torpedo shaped than Kingston's USB 2.0 G2 and G3 drives. So not as easy on one's pockets. But the hole for attaching to a key ring or the like is much more useful now without having to resort to a small lanyard. And the cap appears much more durable plus it stays on the ring better when the drive is in use. Obviously, you can't have the drive on the key ring and then place the cap over the hole. So maybe better on a carabiner style clip where you can remove the stick you want to use with little problem.

As for speed, oh, I dunno. I suppose I was expecting it to be significantly faster than the USB 2.0 devices. Yes, I am using USB 3.0 ports, and it is faster, just not as much as I'd envisioned. Writing approximately 12 GB (to the 16 GB versions) of both a USB 2.0 G2 Kingston drive and these USB 3 drives, the former took about 20 minutes. The same files took about 14 or 15 minutes on the USB 3 stick. Note these numbers aren't "stopwatch accurate", but were done just to get a rough idea of performance, and ensure the sticks work. Certainly not the "SuperSpeed" 5 Gbit/S as per the standards, though that may be a question of whether or not my ASUS P8Z77-V Pro mobo supports SuperSpeed. Thought it did but that may be what I get for thinking. Or it could be these sticks don't support the higher transfer rates. Since SuperSpeed is roughly 10x the speed of USB 2.0, one might have expected my 12 GB to transfer to the USB stick in less than 5 minutes, and that's not what I experienced.

So, bottom line: Is it worth tossing all your USB 2 sticks and replacing with these? Probably not. But since they are the latest standard, and prices are reasonable, go ahead and switch to USB 3 sticks as the occasions arise as they are compatible with USB 2 ports, will just transfer more slowly than with a USB 3 port.

For flash drive and its capacity, you get a good price. Although the actual capacity I have it around 58 GB, I know it's because there are certain limitations on capacities, but I wish companies would be more honest about how much capacity there is on a single flash drive. At the very least, go above the capacity states, since costumers would definitely appreciate that more than getting less capacity than what they asked for.
The design of the flash drive is simple, no complaints on my end. White and purple is nice and easily identifiable. I have tried using sharpey to write a name on it, but the ink does not stay, just so you know. Maybe put a sticker or tape on the flash drive if you wish to mark your flash drive.
The flash drive arrived at my residence very fast, even when on the slowest delivery option. The packaging was good, and it left a very small chance for the item to break inside of it.

Pro:
Good price
High capacity
Great delivery time
Simple design/color pallet

Con:
Nearly 6 GB not available
So smooth you can't put sharpey on it

Overall: a great product, highly recommendable.

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