In 2004 my computer crashed and burned (well, not literally on the burning part, but that sounds better than crashed and died, which is what happened) and I lost all of the pictures I had taken of Princess Nagger’s first few days and beyond.

I can still picture some of them in my head, like her new dada holding her the day after she was born, sitting in my hospital room in a chair wearing his black leather jacket.  There are many other ‘awwww’ moments that were captured during the first couple of years of her life, only to be lost forever after one final Blue Screen of Death my computer was sporting before it finally denied any access at all to my hard drive.

Precious memories gone in an instant.

I did have a collection of her first year saved to a CD, but it was a small percentage compared to the number of pictures that were actually taken during that time.  I learned (obviously the hard way) that saving all your pictures on your main hard drive isn’t such a great idea.  I now have an auxiliary hard drive that houses all the pictures, documents and important things in order to avoid any future losses.

But what about when I’m traveling?  I’m not about to take my desktop auxiliary drive along for the ride, and my portable drive isn’t as conveniently portable as I would like.  Enter the SanDisk Memory Vault:

How Does the SanDisk Memory Vault work?  The Memory Vault connects directly to your PC via the included USB 2.0 cable for quick and easy data transfer and saving. Once digitally stored inside the vault, your photos and videos are essentially locked in and protected, yet you can still easily access them.   To save your photos, select the images you desire for long-term preservation and simply drag-and-drop them into your SanDisk Memory Vault. You will know when the device is full by the blinking light.  As the light blinks faster, the closer you are to approaching the threshold.  When the drive enters “preserve-only” mode and is full, the indicator will cease blinking and remain lit. Once the SanDisk Memory Vault is filled up, put it away for safe keeping.   Simply take it out when you are ready to view or share the photos plus videos with family and friends.

The SanDisk Memory Vault is available in 16 gigabyte and 8GB capacities and can store thousands of images plus hours of HD video. The device carries MSRPs of $89.99 and $49.99 and includes a lifetime limited warranty.  The device would make an awesome gift this holiday season and can be purchased at

SanDisk Memory Vault supports the following operating systems: – Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP – Mac OS® 10.4.11 or above.

Get this – not only is it so simple to use, it’s also been tested to retain data for up to 100 years (the estimated storage life) and was designed for long-term use.  Too bad these weren’t around in 2002 when I was fanatically documenting Princess Nagger’s milestones in pictures.

I love the compact size of the Memory Vault – it’s smaller than a deck of playing cards, which makes it super easy to transport when traveling or on vacation, so you have literally a mini vault to save all those once-in-a-lifetime photo-ops.  It’s also small enough that it’s unobtrusive enough to subtly rest on top of your CPU or desk.  The price is reasonable for the amount of space offered, at just $89.99 – especially considering the simplicity of use and its reliability.

I highly recommend the SanDisk Memory Vault to anyone looking for a simple way to keep their photos and videos safe – it’s perfect for a casual family photographer to a passionate professional.

Interested in getting one for yourself or one of those hard-to-buy-for people on your gift list?

SanDisk Memory Vault 20% Off Giveaway!

Four (4) lucky Stacy Uncorked Readers will win a Coupon Code for 20% Off a SanDisk Memory Vault.

The coupon codes will only be redeemable at the SanDisk online store ( until December 31st.  Because of that, and since Christmas is right around the corner, this will be a quick giveaway to give you time to get it in time for the Holidays.

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You have until Midnight EST on December 14, 2011 to enter. 4 lucky winners will be randomly selected. I will email the winners who will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or new winners will be chosen. Open to U.S. residents. Good luck!



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.  All opinions are mine and not influenced by outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.

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