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Starlights
Jan 31, 2011, 04:55 PM
I am sure a lot of MBA owners must rely on external HDDs for storage - I have been looking for one. Recently i bought a 1TB WD for my wife. Even though its small, its not "small enough" :)

I was wondering if anyone has found a 1.8 inch based external HDD with a very tiny form factor...... Anything up from 250GB would be good.

(PS: I do use a couple of 16gb Micro SD cards ... but those are mostly for document based data backups only or for movies on the go.)



alust2013
Jan 31, 2011, 04:58 PM
I believe that the largest 1.8" HDD made is 220GB and I don't know of any external drives using such small components.

firewood
Jan 31, 2011, 08:04 PM
I have a couple of those tiny Memorex USB 1" HD drives, but their capacity is fairly small, 4GB and 8GB. I don't think they make them any more, as 8GB flash drives are smaller and cheaper.

hfg
Jan 31, 2011, 08:13 PM
The smallest "drive" I have found it the Lexar Echo ZE 32GB USB 2.0 Backup DriveLEHZE32GASBNA currently at $60. You can barely see it on the side of the Air. I use it to store movies and videos to watch, but not take up precious ssd space.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0031RG2A6/ref=oss_product

-howard

happyslayer
Jan 31, 2011, 10:35 PM
Hey,

Hopefully, I'm not hijacking the thread here... See bottom for large Air drive recommendation.

About the Lexar Echo... Does it get hot? I am in the market for a very small USB stick like that but the last one I tried got very hot so I took it back to Fry's.

I found one review on Newegg and the guy said it got hot and that it had problems transferring large files. Have you noticed any issues?

Thanks in advance.

Also, for a large capacity USB HD, I use the Iomega eGo silver model. Mine is last year's model - 320 GB and I have had no issues with it. Admittedly, it looks more like the older model Air, but it is pretty thin.

hobbbz
Jan 31, 2011, 10:38 PM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347330

Just bought. Love.

blueroom
Jan 31, 2011, 10:47 PM
I have a 50G SDD in my MBP, I've got all the storage I could ever use wirelessly with my NAS (Synology) and WebDAV.

hfg
Jan 31, 2011, 10:59 PM
Hey,

About the Lexar Echo... Does it get hot? I am in the market for a very small USB stick like that but the last one I tried got very hot so I took it back to Fry's.

I found one review on Newegg and the guy said it got hot and that it had problems transferring large files. Have you noticed any issues?

Thanks in advance.


I haven't had any problems with mine so far. I am surprised it would get hot unless it was defective. There is also a tiny little USB device which holds a microSD card and it is even smaller than the Lexar Echo. The microSD card inserts into the USB plug side of the thing ... amazing!

http://www.amazon.com/elago-Mobile-microSDHC-Memory-Reader/dp/B002HGFKR8


-howard

Sam Spade
Jan 31, 2011, 11:19 PM
The smallest "drive" I have found it the Lexar Echo ZE 32GB USB 2.0 Backup DriveLEHZE32GASBNA currently at $60. You can barely see it on the side of the Air. I use it to store movies and videos to watch, but not take up precious ssd space.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0031RG2A6/ref=oss_product

-howard
Users report this drive as being extremely slow. I need a drive for the reasons you mentioned above -- I need storage for movies that I can watch on the plane on my MBA. Does the poor performance of this drive make it a bad choice for this use?

Starlights
Jan 31, 2011, 11:28 PM
Users report this drive as being extremely slow. I need a drive for the reasons you mentioned above -- I need storage for movies that I can watch on the plane on my MBA. Does the poor performance of this drive make it a bad choice for this use?


I use a couple of these:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JMHUqv-1L._SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002K7EJDK/ref=oss_product

coupled with these:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21MU0ma72NL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WIRFD2/ref=oss_product

Each 16gb card can store about 4 ripped DVDs - Used them on a recent Transpacific flight with my MBA without any problems whatsoever for back to back movies.

Only word of caution - writing a ripped dvd to these micro sd cards takes time as they are slow to write. Playback is fine though. They dont get hot (even warm) either.

But back to my original post - still looking for a larger capacity "Micro" HDD

Thiol
Feb 1, 2011, 12:16 AM
This isn't a 1.8" hard drive but rather a USB thumb drive. Expensive, but technically small and larger than 250 GB:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139147

hfg
Feb 1, 2011, 12:25 PM
Users report this drive as being extremely slow. I need a drive for the reasons you mentioned above -- I need storage for movies that I can watch on the plane on my MBA. Does the poor performance of this drive make it a bad choice for this use?

It seems to work fine with the .m4v HandBrake files on my 11" MB Air viewing under VLC. It does not heat up at all. I did reformat the drive as OS Extended Journaled (it comes as Fat32. I don't know if that makes a difference or not. I have seen a very short video breakup once or twice, but I don't really know if that is the encoding of the video, the MBAir, or the memory speed.

-howard

St. G
Feb 1, 2011, 12:51 PM
I've got a 16GB MosKeyTo and a 1TB Rikiki GO. I'm thinking of returning the Rikiki Go, though. The picures make it look like it's exactly as thick as the USB connector, but it's actually about 40% thicker. I'm guessing that the pic is of the 500GB version and that the 1TB model has an additional platter, making it thicker. In any case, it's a little thicker than I would like. I think I may just stick with my 320GB Seagate FreeAgent Go for now.

Anonymous Freak
Feb 1, 2011, 02:20 PM
You realistically have three options:

1. SD card (assuming you have a new 13".) They're available at up to 64 GB, obviously still under your 250 GB requirement. There are USB flash drives at up to 256 GB, but they're insanely expensive ($700+,) 128 GB is slightly better at ~$300. I lump SD and USB together in the 'ultra-small, but expensive for the capacity' grouping.

2. 1.8" hard drive. These are the same hard drives that are used in the iPod Classic. More expensive than physically-larger, at much lower capacities, but still way cheaper than an SD card or USB drive of equal size. Toshiba *JUST* released a 250 GB model, but it isn't shipping in any devices yet.

3. 2.5" hard drive. Bigger than a 1.8", but still not too big (and USB-powered.) Available up to 1 TB. This really is your best bet. They're not too large, yet they are available in high capacities, for not too much money.

There's also the "not really the same thing" choice of cloud storage. Many different internet-storage providers, from the simple Apple MobileMe iDisk to Microsoft SkyDrive, etc. Most have a monthly/yearly cost, and you have to have internet access to get to them, but they don't require anything physically present.

Ben32
Feb 1, 2011, 03:02 PM
I use a lacie rikiki hard drive (up to 1tb) and a moskeyto usb key (up to 16gb) too. They both look great!
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11559
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11572

benjones
Feb 1, 2011, 03:09 PM
The Samsung S1 250GB 1.8" USB hard drive has been shipping for over a year.

Perfect for the MBA.

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/newsView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=261

http://www.samsunghub.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/s-series-hdd.jpg

DukeOfHunslet
Feb 1, 2011, 03:43 PM
This is my Toshiba 250gb 1.8" drive.

It cost me 90 from Amazon.

I use it with my Mac Mini's and my work laptop.

It measures 90mm by 58mm by 10mm.

It is thing of beauty as well as ver small. Comes with a protective case - as the casing is black chrome...

http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m322/thedukeofhunslet/IMG_0138.jpg

Whoops! Shown bigger than actual size. Sorry about that...

Consultant
Feb 1, 2011, 04:11 PM
This isn't a 1.8" hard drive but rather a USB thumb drive. Expensive, but technically small and larger than 250 GB:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139147

LOL

256GB
$722.99
"Limit 100 per customer."

Sure, I want 101 at that price.

Sounds Good
Feb 1, 2011, 04:14 PM
$722.99
"Limit 100 per customer."

Sure, I want 101 at that price.
I know, right? Crazy price...

C64
Feb 1, 2011, 04:51 PM
Whoops! Shown bigger than actual size. Sorry about that...
Use [TIMG] tags :)

And.. very nice HD! Small enough to slip in a pocket / bag without ever noticing it.

Starlights
Feb 1, 2011, 10:59 PM
This is my Toshiba 250gb 1.8" drive.

It cost me 90 from Amazon.

I use it with my Mac Mini's and my work laptop.

It measures 90mm by 58mm by 10mm.

It is thing of beauty as well as ver small. Comes with a protective case - as the casing is black chrome...


Very neat!
I looked all over the web for it - doesnt seem to be available in US at all.. :(

firewood
Feb 1, 2011, 11:41 PM
Looks like in the U.S. one has to buy a bare 1.8" HDD, and a 1.8" USB enclosure separately.

weckart
Feb 2, 2011, 01:01 AM
I bought the Samsung S1 250GB for 33 from here (http://www.orangeaccessories.co.uk/broadband/external_drives.html?npc=22). Now only pink and red 120GB sizes left for 28 delivered for those in the UK. Much smaller and lighter than its 2.5" sibling and less shoddy on the transfer rates than you might have expected. I have quite small hands - this thing is really compact.

http://i53.tinypic.com/987b6a.jpg


Low res photo courtesy of the MBA it accompanies.

talkingfuture
Feb 2, 2011, 02:17 AM
Hopefully these will come down in price and go up in capacity fairly quickly

http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=11589

Then you can have SSD backup too.

telemark948
Feb 2, 2011, 11:03 AM
I bought the Samsung S1 250GB for 33 from here (http://www.orangeaccessories.co.uk/broadband/external_drives.html?npc=22). Now only pink and red 120GB sizes left for 28 delivered for those in the UK. Much smaller and lighter than its 2.5" sibling and less shoddy on the transfer rates than you might have expected. I have quite small hands - this thing is really compact.

http://i53.tinypic.com/987b6a.jpg


Low res photo courtesy of the MBA it accompanies.

Only pink left, even at that low price I can't do pink:D

Starlights
Feb 2, 2011, 11:40 AM
Only pink left, even at that low price I can't do pink:D

I looked at this Samsung drive also - but something about it doesnt appeal to me (doesnt look classy enough to me i guess) - even though a lot of people may laugh at this comment, but hey - if its only for function, i would have gone with the numerous 1TB 2.5 drives.

I liked the Toshiba 1.8 Drive for its form and looks (specially in Silver) and am continuing to search for it.

Over Achiever
Feb 2, 2011, 12:21 PM
Hopefully these will come down in price and go up in capacity fairly quickly

http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=11589

Then you can have SSD backup too.

Don't these work best with USB 3.0 which the MBAs don't have yet?

CommanderData
Feb 2, 2011, 12:44 PM
I bought an Aegis (Apricorn is the manufacturer), 240 GB 1.8" HDD with integrated USB cord that folds around and snaps into itself. This thing is fantastic, and I carry it in my laptop bag along with my 11.6" MBA and some of those little micro-SD readers that were shown here for good measure.

Take a look at it here:
http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?id=5&type=family

Think I picked mine up on Amazon.com if I recall correctly :D

telemark948
Feb 2, 2011, 01:19 PM
Don't these work best with USB 3.0 which the MBAs don't have yet?

Yep:(, wasting your money if you buy one now for the MBA.

telemark948
Feb 2, 2011, 01:22 PM
Only pink left, even at that low price I can't do pink:D

I bottled it the price was too good...So my fantastic looking silver MBA is now compromised with a puffy looking pink usb drive.....but it was cheap:D....Is that a good enough reason, or will I be handing this over too the wife once a better color comes along..

hfg
Feb 2, 2011, 01:46 PM
I bought an Aegis (Apricorn is the manufacturer), 240 GB 1.8" HDD with integrated USB cord that folds around and snaps into itself. This thing is fantastic, and I carry it in my laptop bag along with my 11.6" MBA and some of those little micro-SD readers that were shown here for good measure.

Take a look at it here:
http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?id=5&type=family

Think I picked mine up on Amazon.com if I recall correctly :D

I looks like Amazon has a bit of a disconnect regarding pricing right now. They are asking $191.99 for the 240GB that Apricorn is selling direct for $149.:confused:

-howard

St. G
Feb 2, 2011, 01:56 PM
I've decided to return the Rikiki GO. It's just too fat. And a little heavy.

weckart
Feb 2, 2011, 03:39 PM
I bottled it the price was too good...So my fantastic looking silver MBA is now compromised with a puffy looking pink usb drive.....but it was cheap:D....Is that a good enough reason, or will I be handing this over too the wife once a better color comes along..

Good man. If you want to remain cheap, head on down to Poundland and grab one of these semi-hard black camera cases

http://i55.tinypic.com/14kfg1z.jpg


Fits the drive like a glove and has space for both the cables it comes with. Plus it hides your shame. :D I doubt that there will any further stocks of these; you have to be quick to grab what you can get from that website.

zenio
Feb 2, 2011, 08:21 PM
The optional drive from Apple is quite nice, and very well priced.

fs454
Feb 3, 2011, 02:41 AM
The optional drive from Apple is quite nice, and very well priced.

optional external hard drive? uh.. if Apple made an external drive enclosure i'd own ten.

Starlights
Feb 3, 2011, 04:57 PM
This is my Toshiba 250gb 1.8" drive.

It cost me 90 from Amazon.

I use it with my Mac Mini's and my work laptop.

It measures 90mm by 58mm by 10mm.

It is thing of beauty as well as ver small. Comes with a protective case - as the casing is black chrome...



Thanks for the Headsup DukeOfHunslet - I ordered one (1.8 250GB) via Amazon UK Marketplace for GBP 79.xx :D

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/317oRCXUF8L._AA300_.jpg

Sam Spade
Feb 3, 2011, 06:06 PM
^ Can you order one if you are in the U.S. and have it shipped to the U.S.?

Starlights
Feb 3, 2011, 10:26 PM
^ Can you order one if you are in the U.S. and have it shipped to the U.S.?

Nope - ordered it to a cousin's address in UK - he will ship it out.

Icaras
Feb 8, 2011, 01:01 AM
Well I was actually planning to get this:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

It's their newest drive, but is 2.5" though. Amazon currently has a February 10th release.

They're also marketing this new drive specifically for the new Macbook Air.

http://www.g-technology.com/products/_images/g-drive-slim/product-page_topper_g-drive-slim.jpg

Glaxx
Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM
Well I was actually planning to get this:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

It's their newest drive, but is 2.5" though. Amazon currently has a February 10th release.

They're also marketing this new drive specifically for the new Macbook Air.

http://www.g-technology.com/products/_images/g-drive-slim/product-page_topper_g-drive-slim.jpg


I was in an Apple Store the other day, and they had one of these plugged into one of the 13" MBAs. I was amazed at how small it was. It was just about as thick as the MBA and complimented it perfectly.

YMark
Feb 8, 2011, 10:53 AM
Well I was actually planning to get this:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

It's their newest drive, but is 2.5" though. Amazon currently has a February 10th release.

There should be an abundance of these drives available at this price. $100 for 320Gb is a bit expensive.

Icaras
Feb 8, 2011, 04:31 PM
I was in an Apple Store the other day, and they had one of these plugged into one of the 13" MBAs. I was amazed at how small it was. It was just about as thick as the MBA and complimented it perfectly.

Awesome :)

There should be an abundance of these drives available at this price. $100 for 320Gb is a bit expensive.

Price and GB/$ ratio isn't the only thing we're talking about here. The OP asked for the "smallest" external hard drive, so we should factor style and design as well into the package.

There may be an abundance of these types of drives, but how many are this thin?

YMark
Feb 8, 2011, 05:02 PM
Price and GB/$ ratio isn't the only thing we're talking about here. The OP asked for the "smallest" external hard drive, so we should factor style and design as well into the package.

There may be an abundance of these types of drives, but how many are this thin?

Good point, and something I should consider. Maybe I'll pick one up, but I'm still on the fence.

weckart
Feb 8, 2011, 05:04 PM
There may be an abundance of these types of drives, but how many are this thin?

Soon, all of 'em. It is just using the new 7mm single platter form factor. (http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_travelstar_z5k500_announced_single_platter_7mm_500gb_notebook_hard_drive)

Anything by G-technology is going to be very spendy. Just because.

blkonblk17
Feb 8, 2011, 05:42 PM
Here's my "G-Drive Slim" next to my 11.6 MBA...

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o189/rocejo/IMG_1128.jpg
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o189/rocejo/IMG_1127.jpg

Unstupid
Feb 8, 2011, 06:36 PM
Go get one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148360
And put it in one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707232

These are supposed to be "portable" hard drives... You really want your data spinning around at 5400 rpm? :D Spinning hard drives are so 2008! ;)

Big D 51
Feb 9, 2011, 08:47 AM
Well I was actually planning to get this:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

It's their newest drive, but is 2.5" though. Amazon currently has a February 10th release.

They're also marketing this new drive specifically for the new Macbook Air.

http://www.g-technology.com/products/_images/g-drive-slim/product-page_topper_g-drive-slim.jpg

I like this. I'm going to pick me one up. Thanks for sharing. :apple:

Sam Spade
Mar 8, 2011, 07:38 PM
Well I was actually planning to get this:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

It's their newest drive, but is 2.5" though. Amazon currently has a February 10th release.

They're also marketing this new drive specifically for the new Macbook Air.

http://www.g-technology.com/products/_images/g-drive-slim/product-page_topper_g-drive-slim.jpg
Just ordered one of these on Amazon for $98.

Big D 51
Mar 8, 2011, 08:27 PM
Just ordered one of these on Amazon for $98.

That's a good price. Thanks for sharing.

iNotion
Mar 12, 2011, 02:55 AM
Wait for this slim Seagate goflex hdd.

Seagate Ces 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikkKcZNUe3A)

chenry
Mar 12, 2011, 01:28 PM
Might also want to have a look at the Freecom USB Memory drives. This one is a 250GB, which I think is the biggest they do. Next to a MBA 11 for size comparison:

Sam Spade
Mar 13, 2011, 11:03 AM
Wait for this slim Seagate goflex hdd.

Seagate Ces 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikkKcZNUe3A)
Excluding USB 3.0, isn't this the same thing as the G Drive Slim, which has already been released?

Chip NoVaMac
Mar 13, 2011, 11:21 AM
Size and the amount one wants to spend enter here. For that reason I love my Seagate FreeAgent drive....

abriwin
Mar 14, 2011, 10:31 AM
Surely this has to be the smallest ext hd at the best value:
La Cie Rikiki 320Gb
http://www.datastores.co.uk/LaCie_Rikiki/LaCie_320GB_Rikiki_USB_2
for 42.00p

but check that it's usb powered as I have a La Cie 320gb Little disk by Sam Hect (not a Rikiki) which only works properly with an adequate usb output or an extra usb connection with 5v output.

.Max.
Mar 14, 2011, 11:01 AM
If you have a 13" MBA you could make use of the Card reader and keep a 128GB SDXC Card in their... No real extra space taken up at all :D http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/27867/128gb-sdxc/

ZipZap
Mar 14, 2011, 11:46 AM
At those prices you could also just replace the SDD for a larger one at OWC.

IngerMan
Mar 14, 2011, 12:04 PM
+1

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 01:42 PM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347330

Just bought. Love.

Yours is the Toshiba Canivo 500GB portable hard drive. I bought the 640GB version of this drive more than a year ago. I liked it so much I gave one just like it to my daughter. I store recorded books, movies, and a number of backup files on my portable hard drive so a couple of weeks ago I upgraded the 640GB drive to the Toshiba Canvio Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041RS5LY)

I got these drives from Amazon and recommend them highly. I use a long USB cable to connect them so that the drives can stay on a table near where I sit when I use my MBA. These drives are much bigger than the micro drives some use with their MBAs but there is a lot of difference between 32GB of storage and 1TB.

noripwr
Mar 15, 2011, 03:34 AM
I just bought a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB and I love it. I tried another external before that had a USB Y-cable and didn't like it much. It had to use both USB ports to provide enough juice which would've been difficult to pull off on the MBA.

On the GoFlex, it is really quiet and can power itself on its own cable. The only con I can think of is that it uses a proprietary connector. The plus side though, is that the connector can be switched out for other "accessory" plugs like FireWire, USB3.0, eSata, TV dock, and "nas" dock. I'm assuming that if ThunderBolt becomes immensely successful, Seagate might go ahead and release a TB connector accessory for it.

Mine came with the USB 3.0 plug (not the 2.0 one) and I got it cheap for $79. It was an open/returned item and the neatest thing was that it came with a ripped movie that is in a language I am unfamiliar with! :D