At the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany, SanDisk announced the FlashBack Adapter. It slides with the flash memory card into the ExpressCard slot of the laptop. Made for Windows, once installed users pre-select backup sources by individual files, folders and/or file types. The device backs up and encrypts data automatically and continuously. As soon as a file is changed, added or deleted it is stored on the memory card without any prompt from the user. The amount of storage available is displayed on the screen and an icon in the taskbar keeps user apprised of the backup status.
To restore files which have been backed up the user logs in to access encrypted files on the memory card and indicates the restore destination. Backed up files can also be restored to any PC that has a memory card slot and uses Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. The adapter is not needed for this.
The Flashback Adapter also offers an option to an online backup service provided by BeInSync Inc. for a fee. This allows easy file sharing between computers and protection against loss of data should laptop be stolen.
The product will be available in Q2. It comes with a two-year warranty and a price tag of $29.99. (Memory card purchased separately.)