Certified for Windows To Go, Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 64GB is compatible with Windows® To Go1, a feature of Windows 8 or 8.1 Enterprise2. This is a bootable USB drive and can be fully configured and managed with Windows 8 workspace. Talking about BYOD(Bring Your Own Device) and security at the same time, this USB drive can be used to access corporate environment without any security threats. The high-performance and low-latency is a result of the SSD controller technology in this USB 3.0 device.
Design and Build
Kingston DataTraveler Workspace is made up of an impressive quality of plastic along with a minor use of aluminium. It gives a good feel when held and provides a firm grip. The design looks great and has a professional touch as it is targeted towards the corporate segment.
Boot process: Capable of USB boot
Firmware: USB boot-enabled. (PCs certified for use with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 can be configured to boot directly from USB; check with the hardware manufacturer if you are unsure of the ability of your PC to boot from USB)
Process Architecture: Must support the image on the Windows To Go drive
External USB Hubs: Not supported; connect the Windows To Go drive directly to the host machine.
Processor: 1GHz or faster
RAM: 2GB or greater
Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.2 or greater driver
USB Port: USB 2.0 port or greater
Getting Started and Performance
The 64 GB variant that we got for review gives 59.6 GB storage which is impressive considering that on many occasions we see that a considerable chunk is eaten up by the device software. It can only be used on systems certified for use with either Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 operating systems. The drive comes preformatted with NTFS file system.
Kingston DataTraveler is very easy to use and works like any other plug and play device except from the fact that it requires a Windows boot. Once you boot and select this drive, it is all upto the device ssoftware to set it all up for you. The drive and the host machine cannot access each other’s files. However, the drive does use the PC or laptop’s hardware to function.
Here comes the most important feature of the drive- you do not need to worry of your files being cached or stored on the host machine. Just plug in the drive, boot, use and the host machine would get absolutely no data of what you did.