MDM Releases Secure Backup SD Card

Mobile Digital Media (MDM) today announced the dual platform Secure File PDA Backup for Palm OS and other devices with expansion slots is now available at retailers nationwide and online. 

The 64MB PDA backup card can save all of a user’s data – databases, applications, contacts, lists, calendar entries, memos, work files, and photos -- every time for a quick-and-easy backup.  Users simply pop in the Secure File PDA Backup card, which automatically launches the backup software.  With as little as one tap, most devices are fully backed up. Or users can choose to backup one or as many specific files they choose.  

“People put their entire ‘lives’ on their PDAs but don’t bother to regularly back up their data, or often find themselves away from their PC and unable to sync,” said Kurt Baumberger, MDM Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer.  “The time it takes to backup a PDA with Secure File PDA Backup is literally seconds – seconds that save hassle, worry, time and money if a user deletes data by mistake.  And we have all deleted important data by mistake some time in our lives.”

The suggested retail price for the Secure File PDA Backup card is $49.95. It is now available at retailers nationwide and online.   

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Secure Backup SD Card

Robotica1 @ 11/12/2003 2:00:02 PM #
The article mentions nothing about encryption, so I have to assume that the word "secure" only addresses the security of having a back-up card in general. If it's just a simple me-too backup product that is bundled into a memory card, that's something I don't need. With Backup Man 1.45, I'm able to store two backup files (with different saved dates) for the 38 MB of data that I have residing on my Palm. The two backup files are compressed down to 50 MB on an SD card. These days you can get 256 MB SD Cards for about $75 so you're spending a pretty high premium for this bundled product.
RE: Secure Backup SD Card
Altema @ 11/12/2003 2:22:23 PM #
BackupMan was the way to go for me too... automated backups according to your schedule. I've got mine set to backup at 5am every morning. No card swapping or even thinking about it until you need it.

RE: Secure Backup SD Card
hkklife @ 11/12/2003 3:00:28 PM #
If nothing else, this card seems preferable to the Palm-branded one that came out earlier this year because:

1. It's cheaper ($MSRP wise).
2. It's multi-platform
3. It comes in vastly nicer packaging and includes a nifty little SD caddy/holder plastic thingie.

RE: Secure Backup SD Card
cbowers @ 11/12/2003 6:27:32 PM #
"The article mentions nothing about encryption, so I have to assume that the word "secure" only addresses the security of having a back-up card in general. "

Actually no, if you go to the site, you see that there are optional tick boxes for compression and encryption.



RE: Secure Backup SD Card
gasfs @ 11/13/2003 5:19:52 PM #
Both "sides" of the card have encryption and compression. The Palm side does because I use it on my Treo, and I know the Pocketpc side does too because I checked it out on my wife's iPAQ.

How about backing up the info on my SD card?

StatCoder.com @ 11/12/2003 2:55:18 PM #
Now if they would just invent a Palm-like receptacle device that would back up an SD card...

RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
hkklife @ 11/12/2003 2:58:56 PM #
It's called a USB SD reader/writer...available for $15 most anywhere. Seriously, I just dump the contents of my 256mb SD card onto my HD once a week or so...while the card's in the SD drive attached to my desktop, I drop a few new mp3s onto it as well.



RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
JKingGrim @ 11/12/2003 8:19:57 PM #
Well, doesn't that defeat the point of backing up? The whole point of a backup card is because when your PDA looses power, the memory is lost. A SD card will always hold the info.

RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
otter @ 11/12/2003 8:32:44 PM #
>>A SD card will always hold the info.

Unless you're using a T3. ;)

RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
hotpaw4 @ 11/13/2003 2:40:06 AM #
> A SD card will always hold the info.

Not if it's stolen, destroyed while the house burns down, or "accidentally" reformatted, etc... To be on the safe side, you need backups of your backups, with some of those backups stored off-site... and encrypted if you're worried about any personal information being stolen.

RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
alanh @ 11/13/2003 4:09:22 PM #
BackupBuddy (not VFS, the Conduit version) will optionally backup VFS cards. Unfortunately, you can't tell it "don't backup my .MP3s" or "don't backup my Plucker docs." It's all or nothing. For me, "All" adds a good 2 minutes to my Hotsync time....

-alan
RE: How about backing up the info on my SD card?
JonathanChoo @ 11/14/2003 6:22:23 PM #
I backup my SD card because anything can happens including the failure of the card itself. It could even 'expire' after 10 years of usage (the typical lifetime of a flash memory) or 100,000 write/erase cycle.

Anyway, we need backups for all backups. Being how unreliable harddisks are today(most manufacturers are only offering 1 year instead of the usual 3 year warranty), I am running RAID-1 which provides redundancy because data is written on two separate HDD. If one fails I have another.

I then backup important stuffs to a 2.5" 40Gb USB 2.0 portable harddisk which I brings with me on long holidays in case my house gets broken into and my PC stolen.

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Out of Stock

Quickster @ 11/12/2003 3:48:30 PM #
Another interesting point is that if you follow the link to their web site none of the products are in stock.

As a bonus on some of them they are offering FileMan and SplashClock two very lame products IMHO.

RE: Out of Stock
Quickster @ 11/12/2003 3:51:04 PM #
Sorry I messed up the name of one of those. It is FilePoint by Bachman. Still lame though.

RE: Out of Stock
Hippocrates @ 11/12/2003 4:14:48 PM #
Sorry I messed up the name of one of those. It is FilePoint by Bachman. Still lame though.

I hope people don't get confused:

FileMan is one of the best PalmOS file managers around.

FilePoint is a bloated app that is indeed "lame".


RE: Out of Stock
just_little_me @ 11/13/2003 2:41:34 PM #
The same two lame arse apps that palmOne include with their 128MB SD card...


JLM

RE: Out of Stock
hkklife @ 11/13/2003 4:28:05 PM #
I'm a registered user of Splash Clock. Useless? Almost. Neat? Yes. Well done? Yes. I've seen worse "picture frame/big clock" type apps out there and the fellows at Splash Data always put out polished stuff...



RE: Out of Stock
gasfs @ 11/13/2003 5:11:45 PM #
I ordered the secure file backup product from their site. I saw no warning about "out of stock", and they're indeed not because I'm using the card right now.

Sorry...

Strider_mt2k @ 11/12/2003 5:31:07 PM #
I'm sure this is a nifty product, but BackupBuddy VFS has been doing this for me for years, and they aren't requiring me to change cards to do a backup either.
Or to carry a dedicated back up card.
And it's WAY cheaper.



Wondering....

vesther @ 11/12/2003 6:07:10 PM #
....if this is ACTUALLY better than the BackupMan program itself....

I've been holding off Backup Utilities because I don't have the need, but I'm just curious whether or not this is something that I really want to use....

In a Desolate Forest, an enchanted Palm-Powered Handheld is waiting to possess a helpless soul in the wake--The Palm-Powered Handheld's name is EURENZANNIG.

RE: Wondering....
Robotica1 @ 11/12/2003 8:45:18 PM #
"I've been holding off Backup Utilities because I don't have the need, but I'm just curious whether or not this is something that I really want to use . . "

If you own a T3 and went through the process of restoring data after the recent ROM update, you'll appreciate the need of a backup utility. A simple hotsynch will not restore important preferences (e.g. shortcuts, 3rd party launcher preferences, registration data for certain 3rd party apps, Grafitti 1, etc.)

David

RE: Wondering....
vesther @ 11/13/2003 6:28:37 PM #
Actually, I own a Tungsten C.

I'm just wondering if a Secure Backup SD Card by MDM is an alternative to Backup Man....

In a Desolate Forest, an enchanted Palm-Powered Handheld is waiting to possess a helpless soul in the wake--The Palm-Powered Handheld's name is EURENZANNIG.

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