Before I had my children I just dabbled in photography and didn’t particularly take that many photos. Once they were born, as all new parents do, I felt compelled to snap numerous pictures of the boys each and every day as they grew. Even though I didn’t have all of them printed, I slowly over time, have acquired thousands of images on my local hard drive and that which we store on our home server as well. Besides the obvious digital storage options, I have always wanted a place though, to keep them besides just on the home computer.
Our plan was to ultimately burn all our photos on to cds, and make triple copies, sending one to my parents to keep, one to put in a safe and one to just have on a shelf in our home. That way I would be sure to have copies, no matter what happened. I am always on the lookout, however, for compact ways to have my most precious memories kept safe without risk of damage and readily available to me if I need to access images. Let’s face it, cds break, get corrupt, and hard drives fail. Having a low risk, highly reliable, and compact way to store your pictures has to be the most logical and desirable way to store digital images and video.
But, what if there was a way to store your photos for at least one hundred years, in a compact location, with minimal risk of losing your precious photos? And what if you didn’t have to rely on your computer’s hard drive to store your digital images and risk them failing? SanDisk has come up with a way to protect, and store your most important images, and videos for at least 100 years. The SanDisk Memory Vault is designed for long-term preservation. All you have to do is connect it to your computer’s USB port and drag-and-drop.
SanDisk Memory Vault features Chronolock™ technology:
- Engineered to preserve the quality of photos and videos long term
- Tested to support data retention for up to 100 years*
- Physically designed for long-term reliability and durability
*For more information, see www.sandisk.com/preserve
1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage.
Minimum System Requirements
- Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 and Mac OS® X v10.4.11 or above
- USB 2.0 high-speed connector
- SanDisk Memory Vault
- USB 2.0 transfer cable
- Quick start guide
- Writable labels
- Storage pouch
With as many pictures as I take, the SanDisk Memory Vault is very useful. I also like the designated place that they have for a label which is provided with the Memory Vault and the handy little storage pouch. I was sent the 16GB SanDisk Memory Vault for review and I found that I am going to need a whole lot more space than what is available on it. I take so many pictures that it was full in the first twenty minutes of transfer. Currently, the SanDisk Memory Vault retails for a whopping $90, which personally I feel is a tad on the steep end for a flash drive like device with some added technology. I would like to see a much larger storage capacity at that price range. Putting the price aside, I feel like it is a really nifty little device and has a potential to be a a really great go to device for the future of photo storage. I would like to see this with more storage capacity and for organization sake a place like storage box in which I could slide the SanDiskMemory Vaults into it, with the labels visible within the box. The SanDisk Memory Vault is a great forerunner in the future of digital memory protection and storage options.
If you are looking for a great way to preserve your treasured photos and memories, the SanDisk Memory Vault would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for an avid photographer or just a special person in your family. DoubleBugs would like to offer a 20% discount to the first four people to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The coupon is good for one discount and can only be used at the SanDisk online store (http://shop.sandisk.com) and expires December 31, 2011 at 12am EST. Keep your memories safe with the SanDisk Memory Vault.
“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.”
When You Look Up
When You Look Down
So I took a little walk this afternoon and was reflecting on things. I love those walks where I can peacefully take a time out, and do a little quieting of the mind. After seeing a pair of bald eagles (beautiful creatures), and just soaking in the sun on my face, I started snapping pictures along the way.
I have decided to make this a week in pictures for my blog. After taking yet another sabbatical from blogging, this one longer than the last, I have come to realize that I need a bit of a change. I happen to love blogging, but have developed a writers block.
Becoming a parent has been such an exciting time and something I really love, but somewhere along the line, I have lost some of the creativity and time to think. I am usually a very quiet person, and I also really value my quiet and alone time. Growing up and only child, I sort became very used to spending hours doing things that I enjoyed. Now as a mother of twin boys, I am rediscovering how to find that balance in my life and realizing that I miss some of those things that defined a little of who I am.
So here I am trying to find that perfect balance of mom and me…and to start I plan a week in pictures. Please feel free to share yours along the way.
Here is a tree that I took a pic of along my walk
(an artistic approach, I like it! I think I will make this my tree and take photos of it throughout the year)
I was on my way to the laundry room this morning, and around the corner I see this. I had to laugh because it was just a funny finding! Maybe it’s their way of adding a decorative touch LOL!
This day and age everything seems to be reliant on computers. I know that I am on mine close to 8 hours a day and it is where I do a majority of all my writing and storing of just about everything. Since we are smack in the middle of the digital age when it comes to cameras and taking pictures, it is only natural that you are storing them on your computer. When it comes to backing up images on your computer I bet a lot of us fail miserably.
I take tons and tons of pictures of the boys and I will have to sheepishly admit, that I don’t have too many of them hanging on my walls. Let’s face it in the digital age of picture taking, we all get lazy and get all too comfortable with the idea that we have them stored somewhere on our hard drive. The reality of it is, that, hard drives fail and ultimately put you at risk for losing all of your precious memories. My husband has a server in which he keeps a lot of our important files and photos on, but even then, I like to keep a disk or something that holds my pictures in a safe location far away from the computer. Anything can happen and knowing that I have some alternate location for storing my photos eases my mind.
Up until now, there really wasn’t an easy way to gather all of my pictures on my computer. I store all of my photos in different locations on my hard drive. I have photo files dedicated to reviews that I do here, my photography business stuff is stored in another file, and the pictures of my boys are in another. So everything is sort of all over, and wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to have a device that does all the work for you and gathers all the pictures on your computer, organizes them, and wahlah, you have them all together?
Well now there is a simple solution, and what I like to call my magical anti-stress device, called the Picture Keeper. I was recently given a Picture Keeper to try and I am very impressed! The Picture Keeper is a little USB flash drive that creates a backup of your images simple by plugging it in your computer and clicking the “start backup” button. Then it works its magic and finds all images with jpg extensions on the computer. If you wish to backup other images with a different extension there are advanced option to where it can save additional file types. The folders and sub-folders are copied just as they are on you computer! And it gets even better. If you have multiple computers, which I do, you can just plug it in on the next computer and do the same thing. There is no special setting, and Picture Keeper does the work. When you want to go back in and update your files and do another backup, you don’t have to remember what files you have or haven’t gotten because the Picture Keeper will do that all for you as well. Do they make husbands like this? LOL
Being someone who takes a lot of pictures and in the photography business, I am always conscious of the fact that I have so many pictures and that computers do fail, and having some other form of a back up is critical. The Picture Keeper is nice because I can set up a few different backups and store a few of these flash drives in various locations. I would recommend getting several, and keeping one in your home, giving one to a trusted family member to hang on to, and maybe keeping one in another location. This way you have multiple back ups in case something happens with your home then you have all your memories preserved. Just to see how it worked, I plugged it into my laptop and let it go. Later when I did a backup on my main computer with all my photos, it was just as simple.
ABOUT PICTURE KEEPER
Inventor Matthew Stanchie knew there had to be a better way to backup digital images. Despite working
for Hewlett-Packard, the thought of backing up his personal photos gave him a headache, and he could
only image what others without a background in computers went through. So, he created a user-friendly
program that automates the task (making sure to get the approval of an evaluator from his target
demographic—his wife.) Picture Keeper plugs into any PC, including Macs, and copies all images with
one click. With Picture Keeper, it’s a snap to save.
Picture Keeper is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB sizes online at www.picturekeeper.com.
I was amazed at how fast all my files were backed up and how easy it was to use. Anything that can make my life easier, is a huge plus. The Picture Keeper is so awesome that Dr. Toy awarded them with a Best Vacation Product for Summer 2009 Award. I definitely give The Picture keeper the mom seal of approval and I applaud it’s ease of use. It isn’t a complicated gadget and yet it is worth a million dollars if something ever happens to your photos. Picture Keeper retails for 8GB ($39.99) and 16GB ($59.99). The price is worth it when you consider how much it would be if you lost all of your photos!
Would you like to win a Picture Keeper of your very own??? DoubleBugs is giving away an 8GB Picture Keeper to one lucky reader.
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