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Kingston DataTraveler Workspace Windows To Go Review

by on January 7, 2014
 

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace is a bootable USB 3.0 flash drive that uses Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 Enterprise with the help of which you can use the OS portably on any USB enabled device. It also incorporates SandForce SSD controller technology to produce a fast and low-latency drive. The drive is solid-state with USB 3.0 enabled but supports backward compatibility with USB 2.0. The DataTraveler Workspace is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (built to order) capacities. The unit we reviewed was the 32GB one that costs about Rs. 8500.

So we tell you in our Kingston DataTraveler Workspace Windows To Go Review, how good this new little something holds out in real life.

Design and Build

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace looks like your average USB pen-drive, only much fatter. The curves and color combination (brown and bronze) however are different from the flash-drives the company sells. You’ll find the name and capacity on one side.

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The plastic cap fits in quite securely and bears the same colors as the body to give the drive a seamless minimalistic look. The blue color USB connector space tells you it’s a USB 3.0 device.

Usabiliity

Setting up the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace Windows To Go is super easy. Plug the device in one of your computer’s USB drives (preferably USB 3.0 if available), restart the device and on the startup menu instruct the system to boot from the DataTreveller. Wait for sometime as the OS quickly installs required drives and software and optimizes the system for use, and in about 7-8mins it was up and running. You now have a perfectly running Windows 8.0 Enterprise copy.

The drive detects all of the usual peripherals, including game controllers. It also took some of the already present software like Synaptics pointing device, Power manager etc. I found the mouse movement to be slightly slower then that on the original Windows 7 Enterprise installed on our test system. You’ll get about 10.3GB free of the available 29.4GB on the 32GB version, which mightnot be much if you have multimedia to carry along with.

Performance

Bootup time on my default Win 7 Enterprise via built-in SSD: 31secs (with lots of applications installed)

Bootup time from the DT Traveller with Win 8 Enterprise as an SSD – 30secs (with no after-installed apps)

Using IOMeter with a 500MB test file on our consumer test platform, we measured performance over USB 3.0 as follows:

512B Random 0%read

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512B Random 100% read

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4K Random 100% read

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4K Random 0% read

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The DataTraveler Workspace gives a great 4K random read/write performance numbers tested in a USB 3.0 flash drive. With Kingston incorporating a SandForce SF-2200 controller and SSD-grade NAND into the drive, it makes the drive capable of running the Windows To Go efficiently.

The bad this is that the 32GB capacity drive offers only 11GB for free space (after what Windows updates etc. take up), so you’ll have limited capacity to add your personal files for on the go use. You might want to opt for the 64GB or 128GB for more storage options, but they are significantly more expensive.

Verdict

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace Windows To Go Review tells us that the DT has a lot going for it, starting from the fact that it’s one of the not-so-common Windows-to-go certified device, a clean and fast bootup and operation time and awesome speed. The 64GB and 128GB will offer a very good storage SSD option as well. On the other hand, the 32GB doesnot offer much storage plus these are expensive.

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