Reviews and Problems with Kingston DataTraveler SE9 (DTSE9H)
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Possibly got a dud?
Peter O., Newegg
25 October 2014
Summary: So far it has not corrupted any of my data, but I'm watching its performance carefully. I bought this product specifically because it was a Kingston brand.
Pros: Large Capacity Excellent Price (<$1/GB) Metallic casing makes it small and sleek
Cons: I must have received some memory from a bad batch, because it overheats like crazy if I try to copy more than a few megabytes at a time. The outer case metal gets very warm to the touch, so we're seeing at least a 15 degree C temp rise after only a few minutes. When moving several gigabytes, the heat causes it to slow down the transfer rate so it takes much longer to copy, and that's WITH a fan pointed directly at it to provide some airflow!
Pros: Tough case, and large hole for key ring that cannot break off or otherwise fail, as so many other attachment points do.
Cons: Often does not get recognized by several Windows machines, unless inserted and removed several times. Works flawlessly when it finally DOES get recognized, but it's annoying to have to play around until the computer finds it. This has happened on machines with Vista, Win 7, and Win 8 OS.
Summary: So far so good – just received it today. Interesting that the request arrived the same day I received the Kingston 64GB. May not keep this e-mail for a year – that would be a time to see if it survives some use.
Pros: Is small and fits on my keychain. It was quickly available for quick data reads or writes.
Cons: Stopped working after 4 months. Plugged it into my computer and didn't even mount. Tried on multiple machines and it didn't show up on any of them. The build suggests a rugged design but it didn't deliver.
Cons: This is one of the slowest "USB 2.0" drives I've ever owned. Even though the price is pretty cheap, I wouldn't bother purchasing another one of these. In the amount of time you will spend waiting on files to transfer, you can probably find enough change in your couch and on the ground to purchase a more expensive, faster thumb drive.
Summary: Read speed is nothing to write home about, but it is decent enough. about 15 megabytes per second for large files.
Pros: I purchased the 16 GB version of this Kingston DataTraveler. It is very small, looks decent, is pretty durable, and fits securely on a keychain
Cons: A massive con for this drive is the extremely slow write speed. This thing is the slowest flash drive I have ever owned. It writes even slower than a bargain bucket 512MB Sandisk usb thumbdrive that I bought for $9.99 eight years ago. The sustained write speed for this drive is approximately 3 megabytes per second for LARGE files. Writing large numbers of small files results in agonizingly slow speeds. have tested this thumbdrive in a variety of computers and ports to...