Well, today has been that day. And to be fair, it is only the most recent in a very long string of days in which my to do list gets longer and longer. When that happens, the only things that get done are those with a deadline.
This is one reason I have photos of my family languishing on cds tucked in random places, flash drives hanging out in miscellaneous drawers, or on a gazillion different websites. I have just been hoping that they will all still be handy when I am ready to make that scrapbook of my 4 year old's first year!
I was really excited then when Mom Central offered to send me a SanDisk Memory Vault, which is "designed for long-term preservation." In reality, it looks and functions an awful lot like a standard flash drive. But what intrigued me about it is that it "engineered" to help my photos and files stay safe for at least 100 years.
Now, we aren't going to be around in 100 years to verify that claim. And of course, USB memory technology hasn't been around that long to have experience to rely on. Instead, SanDisk is relying on complicated (to me) algorithims and software to make it happen. You can read more about that here on the SanDisk Preserve page. And if you are going to invest this much money into a storage medium, then you should look at that information.
Currently, the largest size they offer is 16 GB. Even at that size, I wouldn't be using this as my primary photo storage for every single picture I take. Seriously, I take far too many pictures for that. Instead, I would use those 16 GB to store important documents, photos, and videos that give key insights into the life of my family. From a picture perspective, that basically means everything on this blog. Which probably won't even be around in 100 years!
I think the SanDisk Memory Vault would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah present for your favorite scrabooker, blogger, or photographer. If you are considering it, then let me help you make it a little easier to buy. I have 4 coupon codes good for 20% off the 8 GB San Disk Memory Vault at Shop SanDisk. The first 4 people to leave a comment with their email address will get it. The codes are good until December 31st, so don't wait to ask for and use your code.
“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of SanDisk and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and coupons to giveaway.”