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Western Digital Acquires SanDisk

In an unsurprising move, hard drive maker Western Digital have acquired flash memory specialists SanDisk for US$19 Billion. This purchase will help Western Digital evolve from a company that produces more traditional hard drives to a business that is at the forefront of flash memory technology.

I personally started using SanDisk memory cards in 2000 when I bought my first professional DSLR camera called the Canon D2000. I really didn’t know too much about SanDisk back then but thought I would give them a chance as I had heard good things about them from fellow photographers. I also heard that Nikon were rubbish, Leica were expensive and Canon were amazing but that’s another blog post!!

Canon D2000 Digital Camera

This camera cost me the price of a small car!!

Since that first purchase, it has been a 15 year love affair with SanDisk memory cards during which I shot around one million images.

Shooting one million images is not that remarkable in itself but to have only one card failure which led to permanent data loss is pretty incredible and goes to show what a remarkably robust product SanDisk have when it comes to their memory cards.

Believe me when I say during these past 15 years I have tried my best (not deliberately) to remove the data stored on my cards. I have washed, stood on, dropped, chilled, muddied and taken them to such humid conditions that it would make a Swedish sauna look like a cold store. However, try as I may to destroy all my hard work I have always been able to retrieve the images. Great job SanDisk and keep up the good work!

MyMemory SanDisk Card

Not my camera but you get the idea!

I have also had the pleasure of using Western Digital for my external hard drives and have around 20TB of drives storing my work. I moved to them after a spate of Lacie drives crashing on me. This was very frustrating but ever since the move to WD several years ago I have had no hard drive failures.

Perhaps Western Digital and SanDisk are a match made in tech heaven!

Christian Keenan
When not blogging for MyMemory Christian Keenan is a professional photographer.

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  1. ‘I also heard that Nikon were rubbish, Leica were expensive and Canon were amazing but that’s another blog post’
    That’s a little bias at least 1.5 out of 3 isn’t bad… But then I guess that’s another blog 8-).
    I’m glad if anyone were to buy Sandisk it was Western Digital, I have always found them to be superior drives. I was concerned that Seagate would acquire them, after there acquisition of Samsung drives division, not that I particularly have an issue with Seagate but they have gathered somewhat of a reputation, especially with drives DOA and early failures. On the whole statistics for drives failing is low.
    I pretty much use Sandisk exclusively (ok someone bought me a Lexar as a present) they are indeed excellent cards always been perfect, personally I wouldn’t trust any other make now. The worrying thing is the amount of fakes there are in the system. Out of 5 of my photographer friends we have identified 3 fake cards, that’s why I always buy from a reputable source!
    All the best Steve…. Nikon user!

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