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3.0 out of 5 stars Slower than specified, but still a useful size., 14 May 2012
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This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 16 GB USB Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
I bought two of these memory sticks badged as 'Kingston Data Traveller 101 Gen2 16GB USB Drive', hoping to use one as a record buffer on my Freeview TV to allow for time-shifting, and one as a spare. The actual data capacity is 14.7GB, which would offer about 12 hours of SD TV or about 4 hours of HD TV.

The speed specification of 10MB/s Read and 5MB/s Write, as shown on the packaging for these devices, should have been ample; the TV needs 2.6MB/s Read and 4.3MB/s Write, easy on a hard disk drive. Alas, only one of my sticks was just fast enough at 2.8MB/s Read and 4.6MB/s Write, and the other was rejected with only 1.57MB/s Read and 3.27MB/s Write.

Also, as supplied, the drives had an assortment of junk .dll files on them which tried to automatically install themselves when I first tested them on the PC. Fortunately the PC had sufficient protection set up so that illegal attempt failed.

I reformatted both to clean them and they seem to work OK as a basic memory stick. I'll wait and see how long the slow one holds my last photo-shoot demo, before giving it anything important. But I should not have to reformat them!

Summary.
They seem to be slower than claimed. They have junk on them. Format them and they become ordinary USB memory sticks.

Addendum 17th May 2012
I examined the offending DT101 stick with H2TestW on this PC, and it passed with flying colours giving 16.8MB/s Read and 7.84MB/s Write. So I tried it again in the TV and still no joy.
A different and very old stick of only 1GB which H2TestW tests at a mere 8MB/s Read and 4.5MB/s Write passes in the TV. I'm at a loss to explain why the DT101 is not liked by the TV.

Addendum 6th Sept 2012.
I've revised my rating up from 2* to 3* because the TVs are the only things to have problems with these DT101 sticks. They work well with PCs and can be formatted with either Fat32 or NTFS, and also work directly with Humax Fox T2 set-top boxes.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2012 02:17:15 BDT
RADCOMX says:
Formatted size of any drive is always smaller due to "overheads" Your TV may have an older type of USB connection

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2012 21:54:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2012 21:55:15 BDT
Good points.

I always expected the formatted size to be smaller. I mentioned it because I like to know the real, actual useable capacity.

The TV is a brand new 2012 model, but, knowing Samsung, probably with antique "well proven" technology inside.

But H2TestW on a ten year old laptop was also happy to give it a fast-ish rating, admittedly not USB3 speeds, but still faster than three different Samsung TVs.

A Humax Fox T2 Freeview+HD box was happy to stream HD onto the DT101, and another one happily pulled off that video in real time.
So perhaps the stick gains another star, and the TVs lose one.
:^)
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