Summary: Products claiming a longevity many times the technology's existence are always questionable. That said, the Vault may have what it takes. The whole internal magic appears to be "a proprietary ASIC controller, non-volatile memory, and a system firmware to tie the two together." That honestly doesn't sound much different than an ordinary flash drive, but ok. Pros: Nice heft, feels solid.
Summary: I have a few 12 year old digital cameras that require a serial port to move images from their permanent memory. Seen a serial port on a new PC lately? While I like the solid look and feel of the unit, and have had good results with Sandisk, I doubt if a USB port will be found in 3014. But I guess it's a better guess than a Zip Disk, SuperDisk or the ill-fated Flopticle disk! Sure looks cool. Found mine on clearance for $10.
Great Gift & Great Motivation To Organize A Photo Collection . . . .
11 September 2012
Summary: Back when I first started printing digital pictures, I remember spending hours researching printer ink. Which ink would create pictures that lasted the longest? Then, it dawned on me that what was most important time wise was actually what was used to store the pictures. Hence, I ended up burning all the pictures on my desktop on Verbatim disks, which I then put in plastic CD cases and then placed all in a box.
A bold promise - protect and retain your photos for 100 years
Gaby at Starting Fresh blog, Amazon
11 September 2012
Summary: The SanDisk Memory Vault is pricey at nearly $50 for 8 GB but the flash drive is supposed to retain these photos and their quality for 100 years while the usual lifespan on a flash drive is supposed to be 10 years. As other reviewers have pointed out, very few of us will able to check if the photos do last 100 years since the technology will likely have changed by then.
Summary: This memory vault has been a godsend in more ways than I can count. It already has been dropped and drooled upon and still kept my important documents safe. It's been used on an important business trip with sensitive material, and it saved my laptop it's memory and speed because off all the downloading and storage of pictures and videos that I have taken of my children and events. There does not seem to be a downside.
Summary: This is easy to use, looks great and has a USB connecter with a long cord. It took me less than a minute to store my first photos. I have Windows 7 on my pc. I attached the USB connector to the Memory Vault and my computer. I went to my computer which recognized the Memory Vault as removable disk J. I Clicked on disk J then clicked on my desktop where a picture folder was stored. I then copied the folder and pasted it to disk J.
Summary: This little drive is definitely built to last but it comes with a high cost. It's sleek and has a nice feel to it, but it's also heavy and difficult to carry around. It also requires a cable to connect it to a computer. I'm generally a huge fan of SanDisk but this product's value escapes me. I wonder why anyone would want a flash drive that saves his or her precious moments for 100 years.
Summary: The SanDisk "Memory Vault" *feels* like top quality. The heavy metal case is impressive! The "breathing" red LED lends a nice futuristic impression. When you get right down to it though, this is just another "USB Flash Drive". As best I recall, all flash memory will retain data for "100 years", the key technical factor is how many times a particular bit is rewritten.
Summary: Update: a fellow Amazon shopper notified me that SanDisk uses a less reliable form of flash memory for this line of products (MLC) than the preferred type (SLC), thereby questioning the longevity claims. My star rating has been adjusted accordingly. As with the other reviewers, I'm not sure how to rate the SanDisk Memory Vault.