Kingston Data Traveler Workspace Windows To Go Flash Drive Review


You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebie simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

For those who would like a visual representation of  the visible performance of the DT Workspace compared to a SATA 3 SSD, the disk access times (Resp. Time) do just that.  For a flash drive, these are the best you will see anywhere.  Also, the Workspace Data Sheet lists a high of 9,800 IOPS at 4 k random write disk access where we see a high of 16,816 IOPS in ASU.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The Kingston Workspace reached a high Total Point Score of 21, 706 points with a high transfer speed of 128MB/s while testing in Media Center.  Although this is very close to the listed Vantage result, we can see that the Vantage performance is still about 1/3 of what we might see in todays top-tier SSDs.  Having said that, I could not tell any difference visibly between the Workspace and a normal SSD in typical computer usage.  In fact, the Workspace started faster than the desktop.


We thought we might try to get in this decent picture of the PCB:



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    Win8ToGo is really only suitable for Volume Licence versions because Retail versions are locked to one particular system, so you would only be able to use it on the system it was activated on

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