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Sony Launches Micro Vault MACH Flash Drives

Sony Europe announced its Micro Vault MACH family of flash memory drives, which employ SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology.

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Sony goes faster with Super Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drive

17 January 2012

New Micro Vault MACH accelerates file saving and sharing

• First USB 3.0 flash memory drive from Sony
• Available in 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB capacities
• Ultra-fast transfers up to 120 MB/s read / 90 MB/s write*
• Sleek aluminium body with retractable USB connector and LED indicator

Get ready for even faster saving, sharing and uploads of your personal media files. Brand-new Micro Vault MACH is the first family of flash memory drives from Sony with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology for blazing performance that won’t slow you down.

Micro Vault MACH is ideal for consumers and business users who need the convenience and reliability of ultra-fast on-the-go data transfers. Available in capacities from 8GB up to 64GB, Micro Vault MACH offers data speeds up to 120 MB/s (read) and 90 MB/s (write)*. You’ll enjoy faster sharing and uploads of music, photos, HD video and media-rich documents – and less time spent waiting for your files to copy.

Micro Vault MACH is backward-compatible with USB 2.0, so you can use it seamlessly with current PCs and other devices that don’t support the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard.

Micro Vault MACH is encased in sleek, solid aluminium body that’s built to withstand day-to-day knocks. The retractable USB connector’s click mechanism offers extra protection while shrinking the drive’s size for even greater portability. There’s a handy LED indicator to give visual confirmation of data transfers when the drive is in use. For extra peace for mind, all drives come with a standard five-year warranty.

Downloadable software for Micro Vault MACH series includes File Rescue and x – Pict Story™. File rescue enables users to recover any important data that might have been deleted by mistake, making retrieving lost data such as images, movies and music files a breeze. The x – Pict Story™ software allows the creation of an automated photo presentation using the files stored on the Micro Vault.

The new Micro Vault MACH series of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed flash memory drives by Sony is available from January 2012.

* Based on Sony internal tests with USM64GQ as of November 2011. Transfer speed may vary depend on host devices, software and usage. Not guaranteed. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Technical specifications: USM8GQ, USM16GQ, USM32GQ, USM64GQ


Super Speed USB (USB 3.0)

Port type

Type A USB

Power supply

USB bus power (no external power supply)

Compatible devices

Computers equipped with type A USB port and Windows OS

Macintosh equipped with type A USB port

Compatible OS

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3 or later)

Mac OS X 10.1-10.7

Capacity notice

Capacity is based on 1 GB = 1 billion bytes

A portion of memory is used for data management functions; therefore usable storage capacity will be less than the amount shown on the device

Transfer speed (read)

8GB: 60MB/s (max)

16GB/32GB/64GB: 120 MB/s (max)

Software (as download)

File Rescue, x-Pict Story

LED indicator


External dimensions

Non-retracted: 19.7 x 9.7 x 69.4 mm (approx.)

Retracted: 19.7 x 9.7 x 58 mm (approx.)


14g (approx.)

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