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No. The data on the drive cannot be recovered. Even if you create a new password, the data on the drive is erased and a new encryption key is created. Also, the number of failed password attempts cannot be increased. Unless you can provide a password the drive will accept, the data on the drive will be lost.

FAQ: KDT-111714-PRV-05

To transfer files larger than 4GB, the DataTraveler must have a NTFS or exFAT file system. Unfortunately, the FAT32 file system is not capable of handling a single file larger than 4GB (to be exact, one byte less than 4GB). Follow the steps below to format the DataTraveler with an NTFS File system:

Warning, all data on the DataTraveler will be lost! Please backup the data on the DataTraveler before proceeding.

  1. Locate My Computer (Computer in Vista and 7). Right-click on the Kingston drive and select Format.
  2. Select NTFS or exFAT from the file system drop-down list.
  3. Select Quick Format as the Format option and click Start.
    Note: If NTFS is not an available option, close the Format window and follow steps 4-9.
  4. Right-click My Computer (Computer in Vista) and select Properties.
  5. Select the Hardware tab and click Device Manager.
  6. Expand Disk drives and right-click on the Kingston drive. Select Properties.
  7. Click on the Policies tab and select "Optimize for performance."
  8. Click OK.
  9. Repeat steps 1-3.

Be aware MacOS 10.6.5 will support full read and write access to exFAT formatted drives. MacOS still has read only access to NTFS formatted drives.

Some devices (MP3 players, digital photo frames, etc) will not read NTFS or exFAT file systems.

Also Windows XP and Vista will require an update in order to access exFAT.

FAQ: KDT-010611-GEN-05

Because the DataTraveler is 32GB or larger, Windows 7 will not allow you to format it FAT32. You will have to convert it using a Command Prompt. Click on Start>Run and type in CMD and click on the OK button. On the command prompt type the following (see image). Where F is your drive letter for your drive, replace it with what ever yours is. Please take notice of the spaces in between.

FAQ: KDT-010611-GEN-14

When you click on decline, a file named usbtocloudinstalldeclined.txt is created. This prevents the installation request from coming back. If this file is deleted or the drive is formatted, this request will reappear when you log into the drive again.

To prevent accidental deletion of this file, right click on the file and choose properties. In the general tab under attributes, check the box next to Hidden and click OK. As long as your computer is not set up to see hidden files, it will not be seen. But be aware that formatting or resetting the drive will still delete the file.

FAQ: KDT-110714-U2C-01
You cannot add a cloud service that is not listed. The "more clouds" option just allows you to request that your cloud service be added.
FAQ: KDT-110714-U2C-02

This DataTraveler requires two consecutive drive letters AFTER the last physical disk that appears before the ‘gap’ in drive letter assignments (see figure below). This does NOT pertain to network shares because they are specific to user-profiles and not the system hardware profile itself, thus appearing available to the OS.

What this means is, Windows may assign the DataTraveler a drive letter that’s already in use by a network share or Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path, causing a drive letter conflict.If this happens, please consult your administrator or help desk department on changing drive letter assignments in Windows Disk Management (administrator privileges required.)

In this example, the DataTraveler uses drive F:, which is the first available drive letter after drive E: (the last physical disk before the drive letter gap.)Because letter G: is a network share and not part of the hardware profile, the DataTraveler may attempt to use it as its second drive letter, causing a conflict.

If there are no network shares on your system and the DataTraveler still won’t load, it is possible that a card reader, removable disk, or other previously-installed device is holding on to a drive-letter assignment and still causing a conflict.

Please note that Drive Letter Management, or DLM, has improved significantly in Windows XP SP3, Vista, and 7, so you may not come across this issue, but if you are unable to resolve the conflict, please contact Kingston’s Technical Support Department for further assistance.

FAQ: KDT-011411-PRV-02

We've seen this when security software blocks the users ability to write to CD/DVD's. Run gpedit.mscand go to Windows settings>security setting>local policies>security options and make sure Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only is set to disabled.

Also, too many entries for mounted devices in older computers can cause this problem. When all the entries cleared the drive should work again. To do this, go to start and type regedit in the search field. Make sure to back up your registry before making any changes. Here are instructions for backing up your registry.

In the directory list on the left side, find the entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Remove all entries except for default (it won't let you anyway).

You can also look at Device Manager when the Data Traveler is connected to see if the drive comes up with any yellow exclamation marks. Uninstalling the device with the exclamation mark and scanning for new hardware sometimes will work as well. You may want to try this even if you do not see any yellow exclamation marks for this device. You will need to run the uninstall as the Admin to be able to perform this while logged-in as a non-Admin.

Also check the setting for your security programs (Norton, Symantec, etc).

FAQ: KDT-121311-PRV-03

This drive is designed to be 100% encrypted. The security is build into the drive and cannot be removed or disabled.

FAQ: KDT-012914-PRV-04

The problem may be due to the update deleting your user Temp folder. The drive uses this when running the security software.

To access the location of this folder, you must first un-hide all files and folders. To un-hide the files and folders, right click on the Start button and select File Explorer, click on File at the top then on Change Folder and Search Options. Click on the View tab and select Show Hidden Files and Folders.

Once un-hid, go to the C: drive>Users>Username (where username should be your name)>App Data. If there is no file called Temp, create a new folder and name it Temp. Once this is done, try your drive again.

FAQ: KDT-101515-PRV-08

The changes Apple made in MacOS 10.11 disabled the functionality of our secure USB drives. We recommend that you update your Kingston secure USB drive by downloading and installing one of the updates provided on the following page.

Update for MacOS 10.11 support

If you have a custom secure USB drive, please contact your IT department. 

If you have a DT4000M or DT4000M-R drive, please contact technical support.

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To determine if your product is counterfeit, please contact our technical support department at (800)435-0640 or fill out the Technical Support form on this page.

The only way to guarantee the authenticity of a Kingston product is to purchase it via a reputable partner. For a listing of some of these, please visit,

FAQ: KGF-011411-GEN-01

Although it is possible to boot from the DataTraveler, it is not a feature Kingston supports.These drives are intended as storage devices.

FAQ: KTD-082913-GEN-27
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