One of the features for mobile workers that Windows 8 will support is the ability to boot and operate Windows 8 from a portable device such as an external USB drive. Kingston has announced a new flash drive that is certified for Windows To Go with the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system. The drive specifically designed to help IT administrators support the mobile users.
The drive is called the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash Drive. The device is an external USB 3.0 Flash Drive promising SSD-like performance. The drive is certified by Microsoft for Windows To Go allowing the deployment of a bootable corporate workspace.
The drive is not designed for data storage and is intended to allow users to operate from multiple PCs with a secure environment. The drive supports BitLocker for data encryption and Trusted Boot to protect the boot process and the drive has anti-malware software. The device is also resistant to accidental removal allowing the worker to plug the drive back and continue working with no downtime as long as the flash drive is plugged back in within 60 seconds.
The flash drive is compatible with machines operating Windows 7 or Windows 8. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, though undoubtedly, you’ll lose performance. The Workspace drive is available with 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage and maximum sequential read/write speeds are 250 MB/s.