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-- Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB Flash memory drive
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: merlinicorpus
-- Posted on: 2004-10-01
-- Price: ~ $87.00 USD
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After plugging in the drive and getting everything working, it was time to install the software.  On the root of the drive you will find 2 programs you can install, and a couple of PDFs full of information.  You are not required to install either program, and if you choose not to, the drive will still work fine.

The first program is a really neat app called DataTraveler.  Basically itís a multi-purpose tool that you can use to synchronize your My Documents folder, Favorites, and other personalized items with the drive.  This way, if you frequently use computers other than your own, you will have up to date copies of all of your files with you at all times.  The app also allows you to unmount the drive by simply clicking the eject button.  This saves you the trouble of having to go through Window's cumbersome process of removing the drive.  It also gives you a running tally of how much free space you have on the drive.

The second and very useful app contained on the drive is TravelerSafe+.  Basically, this app reformats the drive and breaks it into two sections.  The first section acts like a standard USB drive, while the second section is only visible and accessible via a password.  Setup is a breeze.  Simply run the executable found on the drive, select how much space you want to keep private, enter your password twice, a hint should you desire one, and then click Ok.  Be warned though, this program will erase everything on the drive, so if you have anything on it, back it up first.

After the program is finished setting up the drive, only the TravelerSafe+ executable will remain on the drive.  Right now, the drive looks and acts like a normal drive would.  Since I set my private area to 150MB, the public drive only has around 350MB of free space rather than the full space of the drive.  Essentially what the program has done is partition the USB drive into 2 sections. When you run the program again, and enter your password, the drive accesses the second partition rather than the first.  The only drawback is that you cannot access the private and public areas of the drive at the same time.  So if your MP3 collection is on the public side and your spreadsheets are on the private side, you cannot listen to your MP3s and work on spreadsheets at the same time, unless you move one or the other onto another drive.

Getting to the secured files is ridiculously easy.  All you must do is run the executable found on the public area of the drive, enter your password, and hit log in.  The public contents will disappear and be replaced with the private ones.  You even have the option of "trusting" the computer you are on.  If you enable this option, the drive will not prompt you for a password when you are on that machine.  This would be handy to do on your home computer or any computer that you frequently use and don't want to bother with a password.

Once you enter your password, the private area of the drive is shown.  You can tell that your files are private when they are highlighted with orange.  When the drive is in the private area, it acts just as normal until you double click the logout shortcut in the private area.  You can even eject the drive without logging out of the secure zone.  It will still prompt you for a password when the drive is reinserted.

The program will warn you about leaving the private zone.  Once you leave the private zone, it will be like you ejected the drive, so naturally you should save and close anything you opened before doing so.

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