Kingston DataTraveler 2000 32GB review: Ensuring your data's security
Kingston, one of the most renowned memory and USB flash drive manufacturer around the globe, announced at CES 2016 their latest flash drive; the DataTraveler 2000. What separates the DataTraveler 2000 is that it sports AES-256 in XTS mode making it an incredibly secure flash drive. Unlike some flash drives that have hardware encryption that hides the main partition and uses software to unlock that partition, the DataTraveler 2000 uses an alphanumeric keypad to unlock the drive. If in any case that someone wants to brute force the password, an automatic data wipe will be performed by the drive after 10 failed PIN entries.
The DataTraveler 2000 comes in two flavors; 16GB and 32GB. In this review, we will be taking a look at the 32GB version.
Aside from the drive itself, it comes with its own housing. Everything you need to set up the drive is at the back of the package. It details what the default PIN is and how to lock and unlock the drive. If you need further assistance, there is a pdf of the user manual on the drive itself.
In order to unlock the drive, you’ll need to press the key button. Once the lock icon flashes red, put in your PIN and press the key button again. If done right, the unlock icon will glow green and you can now use the DataTraveler 2000. Be advised, there is a 10-second timeout while you put in your PIN.
As we have mentioned, if you failed to enter your PIN 10 times, the drive will reset to factory settings thus deleting all your data. You can also reset the drive by holding 7 and key button, pressing 9 three times and pressing the 7 and key button again.
Of course, as a flash drive released recently, it supports USB 3.1 Gen1 to provide advertised read speeds of up to 135MB/s and write speeds of 40MB/s (120MB/s read, 20MB/s write for the 16GB version).
To test the claims of Kingston we plugged it to an USB 3.1 Gen1 compatible motherboard and ran CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 and Anvil’s Storage Utilities
CrystalDiskMark reported the drive read speed was 154.7MB/s while the read speed was at 47.13MB/s. Anvil’s Storage Utilities pretty much reported the same speeds. Read speed was at 154MB/s while write speed was at 43.52MB/s. Both results from the benchmarks show higher speeds than advertised.
In terms of performance, the Kingston DataTraveler 2000 performs up to spec. The reported speeds from the benchmarks are even faster than the advertised speeds from Kingston. However, if you are interested in this particular drive you are probably more interested in its security features. Due to its AES-256 XTS hardware encryption, it is one of the most secure flash drives in the market. Even if you lose the drive, 10 failed PIN entries would make sure that your data do not make it into the wrong hands.