SanDisk Vault Holds Photos for 100 Years

As part of a new suite of retail products introduced on Wednesday, SanDisk revealed the Memory Vault, a USB-based storage device that promises to preserve photos for up to 100 years. The device reportedly utilizes SanDisk's Chronolock technology which incorporates "key elements of advanced solid-state storage to create a proprietary memory management solution."

"SanDisk already offers great image-capture products, and we’ve built upon that expertise to create a new category of image-preservation products," said Tim Sutton, senior product marketing manager, SanDisk. "The Memory Vault allows parents to preserve photos of their daughter’s first steps alongside videos from her wedding and then pass those images down for generations to come."

According to SanDisk, the Memory Vault is now available in two capacities: 8 GB for $49.99 and 16 GB for $89.99. Requirements include a USB 2.0 port, and operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X v10.4.11 or above.

In addition to the Memory Vault, SanDisk launched a number of additional products as listed below:

64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I Card

SanDisk doubled the performance and capacity of its professional-grade imaging lineup to create a new SD card based on the latest SD 3.0 specification’s Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus architecture. The card delivers up to 90 MB/s write speeds and up to 95 MB/s read speeds. SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards come in 8 GB to 64 GB capacities with MSRPs starting at $109.99.

64 GB SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDXC Card

This new 64 GB UHS-based, high-capacity card can double the capacity of smartphones and tablets while offering up to 30 MB/s transfer speeds and the Class 6 performance needed to capture Full HD videos. The card is compatible with any tablet or smartphone equipped with a microSDXC card slot, and comes in capacities ranging from 4 GB to 64 GB with MSRPs starting at $24.99.

Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Switch USB Flash Drives

The Cruzer Fit USB flash drive measures about the size of a dime, and comes in 4 GB to 16 GB capacities with MSRPs starting at $24.99. The Cruzer Switch USB flash drive features a cap-less, slider-less, flip-top design and comes in 2 GB to 32 GB capacities with MSRPs starting at $19.99.

SanDisk SecureAccess Software

This encryption and online backup solution is featured (up to 2 GB optionally available) on almost all of SanDisk's retail USB drives. The software creates a password-protected private vault on the drive that lets consumers share the files they want while protecting sensitive data.

ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer

Based on USB 3.0 interface transfer performance of up to 500 MB/s, this card reader/writer reduces transfer time when downloading data from a card to a computer. It's outfitted with four card slots and carries an MSRP of $49.99.

  • unlicensedhitman
    100 years later, and it's not going to be compatible with USB 10.0.
  • kriswone
    The MicroSD market should be bigger and faster, just about every non apple product does use it, (every phone) why are they slow and low?
  • brucen13
    8GB and 16GB is not a lot of space for today's megapixel cameras or HD camcorders.
  • koga73
    have they verified the data after the claimed 100 years?
  • jn77
    Humm.... I want a 64gb card for my phone....

    But it might be worth $219 (MSRP) about 4 years ago.... Its about time 32gb cards hit the $60 MSRP and 64gb cards should retail for around $99.

    I guess I will skip this one.
  • warezme
    I could build something shmancy looking and claim 200yrs storage..., who's gonna call me out on that after 200yrs if it fails? That is a steep price for 16GB which is nothing by current standards. whatev
  • anony2004
    Not much foreseeable practical use, and whose gonna survive 2012 anyways...
  • stingstang
    warezmeI could build something shmancy looking and claim 200yrs storage..., who's gonna call me out on that after 200yrs if it fails? That is a steep price for 16GB which is nothing by current standards. whatevProps for the use of shmancy.
  • That's great - I really want my photos to be intact when I'm 130.
  • dontknownotsure
    You've probably have to keep that vintage win7 machine, with perfectly working screen. mouse, usb port, etc 100 years in to the future if you want to access the vault. Then, hope that someone make new driver so you can migrate from your ancient machine after that 100 years.

    Even NASA recently have trouble accessing old apollo data tapes, and thats just 40 years ago.