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SanDisk flash drive automatically backs up data on the Internet

SanDisk introduced a new flash drive that will automatically backup your data onto the Internet. The backup is done via a Web server offered by a start-up called BeInSync. SanDisk says that this is the first of its kind.

SanDisk introduced a new flash drive that will automatically backup your data onto the Internet. The backup is done via a Web server offered by a start-up called BeInSync. SanDisk says that this is the first of its kind.

Except from ZDNet News:

The Cruzer, which retails for $59.99 and goes on sale in March, will come with 4 gigabytes of storage and provide six months of free online backup. After that period, a user pays $29.99 a year to continue the online storage service. After an initial registration, when the user is online and the drive is plugged in, the information will sync automatically with an online storage account.

It is not known whether a driver software must first be installed for the automatic Internet backup to take place. In all likelihood, a BeInSync client is launched automatically via autorun.

Personally, I think it is nothing more than something evolutionary at best, or a ploy for free marketing mileage at worse. Still, BeInSync looks interesting by itself, and you might want to check it out.

Also, it's certainly something worth knowing about when upper management starts demanding for a "Internet-enabled flash drive."

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

3 comments
Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

SanDisk is the perfect candidate to partner with an online backup hosting company; with there flashdrives, you'll soon need that backup image. I went through three Sandisk Titaniums on warrenty and all consistantly currupted data within two too four weeks after initial use. Eating the personal files and programs I carry with me is not acceptable. I should have known the first warrenty visit though when two other people in a six person line where there with the same flashdrive. A flashdrive wrapped in a 2000 pound resisting titanium casing with a usb plug slider instead of seporate cover. What's not to like? - The cheap chips they soldered into it that rott out in record time. I have been tempted to try they newer titanium wrapped flashdrive they offer but I just can't trust the brand after that experience. If I go back to full casing flashdrives (Kingmax superstick and ocz MiniKart have been good to me since) it'll be an Ironkey.

MGP2
MGP2

$29.99 per year to backup 4GB worth of data? As opposed to the $49.99 I paid for a 400GB external hard drive? Thanks, but no thanks.

michaelv
michaelv

If lightning strikes or fire destroys yr setup, you may lose the data on the ext hd too.

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