Today we will look at the Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive. To see if this flash drive can deliver what it promises we will put it through some rigorous testing. The flash drive comes with built in FIPS 140-2 level-3 validated hardware. The 256 Bit AES encryption and anti-theft measures, which include, after ten attempts of entering the wrong password, the flash drive will format itself and enter read only. By entering read only mode, anyone attempting to access the drive will be stopped and the drive will be protected from such things as the installation of malware, for example.
The Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 series flash drives come with high performance NAND as well as an encryption engine built in. The sizes are 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with performance for the 64GB version we are reviewing at 250MB/s write and 85MB/s read. With the use of Super Speed USB 3.0 technology, users don’t have to compromise performance for security. The flash drive comes with a nice 5-year warranty with free technical support.
PACKAGING AND FIRST LOOK
The Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB flash drive comes in a basic yet durable plastic clam shell style package. The package is heat sealed so when we opened it up we had to get out the scissors. One advantage of this is tamper proofing so the consumer can easily tell if the package has been open.
The packaging also contains the usual leaflet filled with information on the flash drive and compliance’s that are met.
The flash drive is a simple design with size and logo on the front and model shown on the back. The build is of a titanium-coated stainless steel casing and is waterproof thus protected against water damage. We would not advise to go and drop the flash drive in a bucket of water for example as we are uncertain about protection against full submersion.
The picture below best describes the view of the flash drive’s USB connector.
KINGSTON DATATRAVELER 4000 G2 SETUP
To setup your Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB flash drive you must have at least two available drive letters free which for practically everyone should not be an issue. Now we will show you the basic steps to setup your Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB.
As you connect the drive to your USB port, you will be prompted to run the setup executable. Once you run it you will be prompted with the first screen, which simply is selecting your language followed by the second step in which you agree to the terms.
Step three is the most important where you must enter your password in which general password rules apply. The password hint is optional, as is the last step for your name, company and details.
Now that you have setup your Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB flash drive, when you connect and run it, you will be prompted to enter your password and once entered you can now use your flash drive. Remember though that ten consecutive incorrect password attempts will lock the flash drive, format it and place it in read only mode.
Pricing & Availability
Security for a price
The Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB flash drive offers nice performance as well as security features. Pricing seems a bit high for such a flash drive but that's what you pay for to have peace of mind when it comes to your data.