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AppleAdam
Apr 1, 2013, 12:33 AM
Bought this for $30 on Amazon. Was initially a bit worried about color/quality and lack of photos, so thought I would share. This is my first post - enjoy;
(Edit: 4/10/13 - by popular demand here are more details :) )

In summary, it works great, blends nicely with the aluminum chassis and shipped super quick. I ordered it on a Tuesday and got it Friday. Unlike the Kickstarter "NiftyDrive", "TheMiniDrive" from Amazon did not have issues (not being able to write to it, needing to put tape on it, having the face plate break off, etc.) The Mini Drive has worked great out of the box - i did have to pull it out and re-inset it to get it to read once, but it has worked flawlessly since.

This is the website of the MiniDrive (different company then the kickstarter one): www.TheMiniDrive.com (http://www.TheMiniDrive.com)
This is a link to the one I bought via Amazon: TheMiniDrive Air on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFMUT7Q?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00BFMUT7Q&linkCode=shr&tag=darrenrowse-20&creativeASIN=B00BFMUT7Q)


http://imageshack.us/a/img818/9614/96291720.jpg

The "unboxing"

http://imageshack.us/a/img515/5677/47803705.jpg

Outside of the packaging

http://imageshack.us/a/img32/4340/69756830.jpg

Wrapped around the MiniDrive is red wire. The wire is used to remove it after you insert it into the SD slot. It is bendy.

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/7620/46427990.jpg

Half-way stuck into the computer

http://imageshack.us/a/img402/7739/37094622.JPG

Fully stuck into the computer It is COMPLETELY flush.

http://imageshack.us/a/img687/8255/73663729.jpg

Another angle of it stuck into the computer. Again, it is completely flush and feels nice when you run your finger across it :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img855/9181/36026614.jpg

This is a side view with the red wire removed. It completely fills the gap of the slot.

http://imageshack.us/a/img59/6465/36249410.jpg

To remove it, you need to stick the wire back into the hole. This took some patients but I got it through the hole on the 3rd try. The trick is to bend the wire into a hook before you try to stick it into the hole.

http://imageshack.us/a/img248/4038/55269897.jpg

I got the 64gb Sandisk UHS1 card. I was a bit worried about speed, but it has not been an issue. I watch movies with out a problem and transferring files is pretty fast.

http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1803/38593619.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img16/8607/92106959.jpg

This is the one from this website: www.TheMiniDrive.com



justperry
Apr 1, 2013, 12:36 AM
Hmm, didn't they have problems with the first batch.

Edit: Review, Photo's where????

simsaladimbamba
Apr 1, 2013, 12:39 AM
Where is the review and where are the photos?

AppleAdam
Apr 1, 2013, 12:44 AM
Where is the review and where are the photos?
Edit: Review, Photo's where????

Fixed.

Edit: 4/10/13 - Fixed even more!

simsaladimbamba
Apr 1, 2013, 12:55 AM
Fixed.

What is fixed? The problems with the first batch or the photos? And there is still no review, unless the text you wrote counts as review for you.

jkim13
Apr 1, 2013, 01:34 AM
Looks exactly like what I got except you got better packaging. The colored edge is a little darker than the silver on the MBA but it's close enough that it's not too noticeable at a glance.

Worked as soon as I stuck it in and works just like any SD card. No issues reading or writing.

simsaladimbamba
Apr 1, 2013, 01:37 AM
Looks exactly like what I got except you got better packaging. The colored edge is a little darker than the silver on the MBA but it's close enough that it's not too noticeable at a glance.

Worked as soon as I stuck it in and works just like any SD card. No issues reading or writing.

Have you ever benchmarked the read and write speeds with this thing?

justperry
Apr 1, 2013, 01:49 AM
Good photo's but still no review.

ColdCase
Apr 1, 2013, 07:41 AM
Nice photos. I just installed the same one. It is just a passive adapter, the performance depends entirely on the micro SD card you use with it (purchased separately). I used a SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card without issue. Read speeds are great, writes a bit slower than the internal SSD, but much faster than a external USB SSD. I have not run benchmarks, but there are quite a few reviews out there.

Physically it does fit flush but the plastic is not quite the same color or have the smooth finish as the MBA case. It could be a better match, but not as bad as some other attempts.

emartins
Apr 1, 2013, 12:19 PM
Have you ever benchmarked the read and write speeds with this thing?


I have ran tests through blackmagic and I get about 10 write and 35 read. I only store my itunes music on it so its fine for what I need it for.

I use the SanDisk 64gb ultra mini sd card.

Boyd01
Apr 1, 2013, 02:32 PM
Read speeds are great, writes a bit slower than the internal SSD, but much faster than a external USB SSD.

I believe the internal slot is also connected to the USB bus. So (all things being equal), why would it be "much faster than an external SSD"? For example, if you placed that same SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 card in an *external* USB reader, wouldn't the performance be exactly the same? :confused:

ColdCase
Apr 1, 2013, 02:54 PM
I believe the internal slot is also connected to the USB bus. So (all things being equal), why would it be "much faster than an external SSD"? For example, if you placed that same SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 card in an *external* USB reader, wouldn't the performance be exactly the same? :confused:

The internal SD card reader is on the much faster PCI bus, not a USB kludge.

Trey M
Apr 2, 2013, 02:59 AM
Bought this for $30 on Amazon. Was initially a bit worried about color/quality and lack of photos, so thought I would share.

This is my first post - enjoy;




Thanks for the pictures- I literally have not yet seen what the actual Minidrive Air looks like inside the Air! Can't believe they sell it as a separate product yet don't even have a picture on their website or Amazon of the adapter in the computer. I'm glad it blends nicely with the computer, it looks very stock.

On a side note, does anyone know if the Minidrive Air will fit into a rMBP 15'' ? As you can see in my signature, I own both of these machines, but I don't really want to spend $30 on a small piece of plastic unless I'll be able to use it with both machines. Appreciate the help! And thanks AppleAdam for the pics!

Boyd01
Apr 2, 2013, 05:46 AM
The internal SD card reader is on the much faster PCI bus, not a USB kludge.

What do you base that assertion on? I have a late 2011 MacBook Air, and I just checked this to confirm. The reader is on the USB bus. Perhaps they changed this on the 2012 models? It's easy enough to check for yourself...

So again, I don't see what the advantage is to using the internal slot - aside from convenience. The same card in an external reader should give the same performance.... shouldn't it?

edsono
Apr 2, 2013, 07:17 AM
I've read a lot of reports, in Amazon reviews, about problems when reformating the SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC. So I want to ask if you did reformatted for MacOs Extended filesystem, or used it on default ExFat format.

Thanks in advance...
Edson

ColdCase
Apr 2, 2013, 08:29 AM
What do you base that assertion on? I have a late 2011 MacBook Air, and I just checked this to confirm. The reader is on the USB bus. Perhaps they changed this on the 2012 models? It's easy enough to check for yourself...

So again, I don't see what the advantage is to using the internal slot - aside from convenience. The same card in an external reader should give the same performance.... shouldn't it?

Apple support says:

"Macs that use the USB bus to communicate with the SD card slot have a maximum speed of up to 480 Mbit/s. Newer Macs use the PCIe bus to communicate with the SD card slot and can transfer data at a much faster rate."

However Anandtech says: "Max performance of the MBA reader appears to be capped at 40MB/s" The MBP was shown to have a 80MB/s rate.

I think the MBA may not have been updated yet. Don't have the MBA handy but this is what a rMBP shows:

Boyd01
Apr 2, 2013, 08:44 AM
Don't have the MBA handy but this is what a rMBP shows:

Well we're in the MBA forum here. ;) Maybe someone with a 2012 MBA can check this?

When I first got my MBA I was excited over the prospect of the card slot. So I tried a 16GB 10x card and it took forever to copy some big files to it. I didn't benchmark it, but it sure wasn't anything like I would expect from a fast hard disk. After that, I never bothered with the slot again.

jkim13
Apr 2, 2013, 09:09 AM
Thanks for the pictures- I literally have not yet seen what the actual Minidrive Air looks like inside the Air! Can't believe they sell it as a separate product yet don't even have a picture on their website or Amazon of the adapter in the computer. I'm glad it blends nicely with the computer, it looks very stock.

On a side note, does anyone know if the Minidrive Air will fit into a rMBP 15'' ? As you can see in my signature, I own both of these machines, but I don't really want to spend $30 on a small piece of plastic unless I'll be able to use it with both machines. Appreciate the help! And thanks AppleAdam for the pics!

You can use it but it wont sit flush as in the MBA. They have a rMBP specific model on Amazon

Seamaster
Apr 2, 2013, 11:49 AM
Well we're in the MBA forum here. ;) Maybe someone with a 2012 MBA can check this?

This is what my 2013 MBA reports:

http://i47.tinypic.com/10dtgn6.jpg

Boyd01
Apr 2, 2013, 01:39 PM
This is what my 2013 MBA reports

Thanks - that's an "upgrade" that I had not read about anywhere before, good to know. :)

Is there actually such a thing as a 2013 MBA yet? I got mine in Feb 2012, but it's a 2011 model and the 2012 models came later in the year.

Acorn
Apr 3, 2013, 07:50 PM
at 10 mbs that is worthless for any real usage. yea maybe music would be tolerable but anything else would really suck to use. this is one of those add ons where you put up with waiting 7 hours to load the data on it and never move the data again.

JonLa
Apr 4, 2013, 03:26 AM
That was Nifty's Minidrive that had problems with the first batch - this is "The MiniDrive" - different company with a clone product, as far as I can tell

Seamaster
Apr 5, 2013, 10:45 AM
Be cautious of ordering one of these from Nifty. The discussion on their Kickstarter page suggests they've done a runner.

rdunlap
Apr 5, 2013, 04:01 PM
Be cautious of ordering one of these from Nifty. The discussion on their Kickstarter page suggests they've done a runner.

I have to take a look at this because I was planning on buying one of these too. Do you have a link to the discussions? I'd like to check it out.

ctdonath
Apr 5, 2013, 04:33 PM
10 write and 35 read

Units? Presumably megasomethings/sec, but bits or bytes?

Database
Apr 5, 2013, 06:32 PM
I thought I had read someone say that with one of these in place your laptop will not go into sleep or deep sleep or something.

Can anyone confirm if this is accurate? I'd really like to get one, but that could be problematic.

ColdCase
Apr 5, 2013, 06:59 PM
See https://support.apple.com/kb/HT4392

Seamaster
Apr 6, 2013, 03:23 AM
I have to take a look at this because I was planning on buying one of these too. Do you have a link to the discussions? I'd like to check it out.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1342319572/the-nifty-minidrive/comments

emartins
Apr 7, 2013, 08:20 AM
Units? Presumably megasomethings/sec, but bits or bytes?


Its Megabit/s

ratboy90
Apr 8, 2013, 11:24 AM
Design wise this is basically an exact replica of the Nifty right?

ColdCase
Apr 8, 2013, 12:36 PM
Similar, seems to be glued better and the read only cutout problem seems to be fixed. They provide a small wire instead of a tool for extracting.

jkim13
Apr 8, 2013, 01:38 PM
I use a staple to remove the drive since I don't plan on carrying that piece of wire around everywhere and staples are readily available everywhere.

ratboy90
Apr 9, 2013, 06:11 PM
Interesting. So is there going to be a review from the OP? Otherwise is the Amazon one the same as the one on the website?

ColdCase
Apr 9, 2013, 08:56 PM
Interesting. So is there going to be a review from the OP? Otherwise is the Amazon one the same as the one on the website?

Reviews are scattered through the thread.

77slevin
Apr 10, 2013, 02:00 AM
Be cautious of ordering one of these from Nifty. The discussion on their Kickstarter page suggests they've done a runner.

you can say that again. I bought 2 drives from their website after the Kickstarter run. I had to wait 6 month for delivery, to receive 2 cards of which 1 has the dreaded Read-Only error (See the comments on their Kickstarter page for more info.) To make matters worse, because I was not in the initial Kickstarter run, I don't have the same tools available for contacting them (Email ticketing system).
I mailed them in February for a solution and haven't heard back from them. They did indeed do a runner.:mad:
Buyer Be Aware.

JHUFrank
Apr 10, 2013, 02:22 AM
That's too bad. I got one of their drives and it works perfectly. I had a bad feeling this was going to happen. Delivery time for me was about the same.

you can say that again. I bought 2 drives from their website after the Kickstarter run. I had to wait 6 month for delivery, to receive 2 cards of which 1 has the dreaded Read-Only error (See the comments on their Kickstarter page for more info.) To make matters worse, because I was not in the initial Kickstarter run, I don't have the same tools available for contacting them (Email ticketing system).
I mailed them in February for a solution and haven't heard back from them. They did indeed do a runner.:mad:
Buyer Be Aware.

rdunlap
Apr 10, 2013, 08:40 AM
I think I am going to order this product tonight. Makes no sense to wait for nifty since it seems they are horrible at customer service and their product seems to be subpar at best.

I'll let you guys know how this goes. Also, can't wait for a 128gb micro sd.

AppleAdam
Apr 10, 2013, 07:21 PM
Looks exactly like what I got except you got better packaging. The colored edge is a little darker than the silver on the MBA but it's close enough that it's not too noticeable at a glance. Worked as soon as I stuck it in and works just like any SD card. No issues reading or writing.

Totally agree Kim. The color is pretty good. I was worried about color before I purchased it, and couldnt find photos anywhere - hence this review :D

Good photo's but still no review.

I just updated it :)

Thanks for the pictures- I literally have not yet seen what the actual Minidrive Air looks like inside the Air! Can't believe they sell it as a separate product yet don't even have a picture on their website or Amazon of the adapter in the computer.
Totally agree. I almost didnt buy it for that exact reason. I couldnt find photos anywhere - that is why i posted this.

does anyone know if the Minidrive Air will fit into a rMBP 15'' ?
I tried it in a 13" retina, it does not fit - Too thick.

did reformatted for MacOs Extended filesystem, or used it on default ExFat format.
Edison - I read that the Mac OS Extended was the fastest. No idea if it is true or not, but that is what I have been using. If you find something different - please share.

Be cautious of ordering one of these from Nifty. The discussion on their Kickstarter page suggests they've done a runner.
The Kickstarter guys definitely dropped the ball - I was waiting for them to release their minidrive, but after reading about all those problems... glad i found this one.

I was planning on buying one of these too. Do you have a link
I edited the first post w/ a link to the one I bought

I thought I had read someone say that with one of these in place your laptop will not go into sleep or deep sleep or something.
I am running 10.7.5 not an issue for me.

Design wise this is basically an exact replica of the Nifty right?
This one has more of a "finished" look to it. Functionally it is the same though.

Similar, seems to be glued better and the read only cutout problem seems to be fixed. They provide a small wire instead of a tool for extracting.
exactly.

I use a staple to remove the drive since I don't plan on carrying that piece of wire around everywhere and staples are readily available everywhere.
That is really clever :)

Interesting. So is there going to be a review from the OP? Otherwise is the Amazon one the same as the one on the website?
I put up a much better review and included links to both the company website and the amazon page.

you can say that again. I bought 2 drives from [the kickstarter NiftyDrive] website after the Kickstarter run. I had to wait 6 month for delivery, to receive 2 cards of which 1 has the dreaded Read-Only error (See the comments on their Kickstarter page for more info.) To make matters worse, because I was not in the initial Kickstarter run, I don't have the same tools available for contacting them (Email ticketing system). I mailed them in February for a solution and haven't heard back from them. They did indeed do a runner.:mad: Buyer Be Aware.

I have had no issues with the Amazon Company.

That's too bad. I got one of their drives and it works perfectly. I had a bad feeling this was going to happen. Delivery time for me was about the same.
I didnt have to wait that long :)

I think I am going to order this product tonight. Makes no sense to wait for nifty since it seems they are horrible at customer service and their product seems to be subpar at best. I'll let you guys know how this goes. Also, can't wait for a 128gb micro sd.
go for it.

rdunlap
Apr 11, 2013, 10:57 PM
Is there an app that let's the MacBook Air go to sleep with the SD card inserted?

Seamaster
Apr 12, 2013, 02:42 AM
Yes, Jettison - it's in the App Store. Works great.

ratboy90
Apr 12, 2013, 04:11 PM
The eBay auction only shows the one with the plastic tab to pull out. Has anybody bought one yet off eBay?
Is it the one the OP posted or does the plastic tab one come?

jkim13
Apr 12, 2013, 07:28 PM
I think mine goes to sleep with the SD card in? I just close the lid at night and when I wake up it has roughly the same amount of battery life

ColdCase
Apr 12, 2013, 08:10 PM
The Apple tech notes says the air will sleep (draws a little power) but not deep sleep (draws no power).

Has anyone confirmed that Jettison allows deep sleep, i.e. does the SD drive just need to be dismounted or must it be physically removed to enable deep sleep (AKA hibernation).

ratboy90
Apr 13, 2013, 02:32 AM
The Apple tech notes says the air will sleep (draws a little power) but not deep sleep (draws no power).

Has anyone confirmed that Jettison allows deep sleep, i.e. does the SD drive just need to be dismounted or must it be physically removed to enable deep sleep (AKA hibernation).

Supposedly it does if you believe Nifty's kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1342319572/the-nifty-minidrive/posts/278696

ColdCase
Apr 13, 2013, 10:16 AM
I've been reading that Jettison can unmount/eject a SD card (and perhaps a USB memory stick) but can't auto remount them with Mountain Lion. Also features in the newer rMPB will prevent deep sleep unless the SD card is ejected.

See for more detail:

http://www.atpeaz.com/index.php/2013/automaticlly-eject-external-disks-on-sleep-reconnect-after-os-x/

splitpea
Apr 13, 2013, 10:39 AM
What happens if, say, you have your iTunes library on the SD card and you don't quit iTunes before unmounting/ejecting the card for sleep?

ColdCase
Apr 13, 2013, 12:13 PM
Jettison will not be able to unmount the drive, and you will see a notice that disk X could not be ejected because it is in use. I dunno for sure if the MacBook will go to sleep anyway or that it stays running.....

ratboy90
Apr 14, 2013, 01:52 AM
What does everybody think of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1W70HF4297

Seamaster
Apr 14, 2013, 03:06 AM
I've been reading that Jettison can unmount/eject a SD card (and perhaps a USB memory stick) but can't auto remount them with Mountain Lion.

Unmounts and remounts my SD card fine on my 2012 MBA running ML.

ColdCase
Apr 14, 2013, 09:13 AM
What does everybody think of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1W70HF4297

I don't like the colors :) If you are going to have something sticking out anyway, why not just use a standard SD card?

WillPwr
Apr 14, 2013, 09:22 AM
What does everybody think of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1W70HF4297

I just got these and they are great...colors arent ideal, but you don't notice it much as barely even sticks out (about couple mm's) just enough for that there is a ridge so that you can pull it out with a fingernail....which is MUCH less than how a regular SD card sticks out.

ratboy90
Apr 14, 2013, 12:00 PM
I just got these and they are great...colors arent ideal, but you don't notice it much as barely even sticks out (about couple mm's) just enough for that there is a ridge so that you can pull it out with a fingernail....which is MUCH less than how a regular SD card sticks out.

I'm thinking of buying one but sure about them. Is there no chance they'll get stuck?

WillPwr
Apr 14, 2013, 12:21 PM
I'm thinking of buying one but sure about them. Is there no chance they'll get stuck?

It wont have anymore or less chance than a regular sized SD card thats for sure. It sticks out just a bit enough to have a recessed grove (for a fingernail or something equivalent) to pull the card out. Yeah, its not flush, but to me its flush enough. I got 3 for $20, so I can give one to a friend and still have a spare.

Ill try to post a pic in a bit.

ratboy90
Apr 14, 2013, 12:35 PM
It wont have anymore or less chance than a regular sized SD card thats for sure. It sticks out just a bit enough to have a recessed grove (for a fingernail or something equivalent) to pull the card out. Yeah, its not flush, but to me its flush enough. I got 3 for $20, so I can give one to a friend and still have a spare.

Ill try to post a pic in a bit.

The blue doesn't look too bad. I'll think about it. Thanks for the pic!

WillPwr
Apr 14, 2013, 12:39 PM
The blue doesn't look too bad. I'll think about it. Thanks for the pic!

No prob!

Here's one more pic from another angle...

splitpea
Apr 14, 2013, 12:42 PM
I just got these and they are great...colors arent ideal, but you don't notice it much as barely even sticks out (about couple mm's) just enough for that there is a ridge so that you can pull it out with a fingernail....which is MUCH less than how a regular SD card sticks out.

Do those corners get caught when you slide your laptop in or out of a sleeve? Seems like rounding off the corners with a file might be a good idea.

WillPwr
Apr 14, 2013, 12:48 PM
Do those corners get caught when you slide your laptop in or out of a sleeve? Seems like rounding off the corners with a file might be a good idea.

I havent had an issue myself...but your idea does sound good.

Thanks!

rdunlap
Apr 14, 2013, 06:31 PM
Hmmmm ... was just going to order this and it looks like they are all out on Amazon of the Air versions.

AppleAdam
Apr 14, 2013, 08:04 PM
Do those corners get caught when you slide your laptop in or out of a sleeve? Seems like rounding off the corners with a file might be a good idea.

Yea - I read somewhere that they get snagged if you put the laptop into a case/ bag. Not a problem if you never move your laptop from your desk I guess, but that kinda defeats the point...

http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=407761&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1365961170

Edit: I guess that you can see how it sticks out above.

rdunlap
Apr 15, 2013, 07:56 AM
Yea - I read somewhere that they get snagged if you put the laptop into a case/ bag. Not a problem if you never move your laptop from your desk I guess, but that kinda defeats the point...

Image (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=407761&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1365961170)

Edit: I guess that you can see how it sticks out above.

Yeah, might as well just get the regular SD card if you're going to use this.

silverf1re
Jul 1, 2013, 12:00 PM
So I purchased a 2012 air after the keynote at a discounted price and They didn't have the option of a bigger SSD when I ordered. Anyways how have these things held up since they came out?

how does the speed stack up against a standard mechanical 5400 rpm drive or 7200 rpm drive. I know it wont touch ssd performance.

paulrbeers
Jul 1, 2013, 02:19 PM
So I purchased a 2012 air after the keynote at a discounted price and They didn't have the option of a bigger SSD when I ordered. Anyways how have these things held up since they came out?

how does the speed stack up against a standard mechanical 5400 rpm drive or 7200 rpm drive. I know it wont touch ssd performance.

Speed of the "drive" is solely dependent upon the speed of the Flash memory. The Flash memory is the bottleneck, not the "drive". As far as performance, I bought a fairly fast one and it "feels" to be about half speed compared to a mechanical drive. However, for storing my MP3's, it is completely adequate (just takes awhile to get them copied to the drive). I wouldn't trust it for any kind of mission critical storage. I actually use a cut up SD to MicroSD adapter that I bought off Ebay for 3.15, but it works just the same.

ctyrider
Jul 1, 2013, 05:08 PM
May as well get this.. Although the $200 price tag for 128GB card is a bit absurd..

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/pnys-storedge-adds-up-to-128gb-of-storage-to-your-macbook-via-its-sd-card-slot/

kincarpenter
Jul 1, 2013, 06:31 PM
Yeah, might as well just get the regular SD card if you're going to use this.

Disagree- have you seen just how far an SD card sticks out?? It's much more than this. Also, I like the idea of having a small lip to grab onto to remove it if needed (to reset for example).

ctyrider
Jul 1, 2013, 06:43 PM
Disagree- have you seen just how far an SD card sticks out?? It's much more than this. Also, I like the idea of having a small lip to grab onto to remove it if needed (to reset for example).

Not the PNY card I linked to above.

http://icdn8.digitaltrends.com/image/pny-storedge-in-macbookpro-625x1000.jpg

silverf1re
Jul 2, 2013, 06:42 PM
May as well get this.. Although the $200 price tag for 128GB card is a bit absurd..

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/pnys-storedge-adds-up-to-128gb-of-storage-to-your-macbook-via-its-sd-card-slot/

I like this! where can i buy one online :)

ctyrider
Jul 3, 2013, 12:08 PM
I like this! where can i buy one online :)

These just got announced, don't think they are shipping quite yet.

mattferg
Jul 3, 2013, 04:12 PM
The internal SD card reader is on the much faster PCI bus, not a USB kludge.

Yes but MicroSD storage doesn't go anywhere near the speed limit of USB 2.0 let alone 3.0.

----------

These just got announced, don't think they are shipping quite yet.

Interesting to note it appears as a regular hard drive, not an SD card, meaning the issue of having it plugged in when the laptop turns on is solved. Wonder how they managed that.

ctyrider
Jul 4, 2013, 11:25 AM
Interesting to note it appears as a regular hard drive, not an SD card, meaning the issue of having it plugged in when the laptop turns on is solved. Wonder how they managed that.

How do you figure? It's a regular SD Card, they just reduced the form factor so that it doesn't stick out as much as a standard-sized card.

zipur
Jul 13, 2013, 10:17 AM
I loved this at first. it fits perfect and with a 32 G micro connected you almost have a spare hard drive.

Then I took it out a few times to copy files over to another PC. TheMiniDrive has now broken open. The thing split it two!

Don't waste your money on this product.

RazzelDAZZEL
Jul 31, 2013, 12:23 PM
I found this, the adapter looks ok, but the page looks kind of strange.
http://hdcaddy.com/product.php?id_product=14&id_lang=1
Is there someone with any experience of this adapter?

(new to the forum, so please bear with me)

77slevin
Jul 31, 2013, 12:49 PM
Looks like a webshop for a store in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The site mentions the KvK number. This a number needed by the Chamber of Commerce to run a business in Holland, so from that end it looks legit.

iLuvMyMacToo
Nov 28, 2013, 10:17 PM
I bought the Nifty Drive and then Jettison to auto eject when my MBA goes to sleep.

Unfortunately Jettison did not work (I'm on OS X 10.9 Mavericks) and despite emails back and forth with St Claire Software we couldn't work out why I still kept getting the OS X message "Disk Not Ejected Properly" when my MBA was woken. Given that I requested a refund and won't be using the Nifty Drive. :(

JonLa
Nov 29, 2013, 01:16 AM
Remind me: why did you need Jettison?

I have a mini drive with my iTunes library on it and it's permanently in the machine....

iLuvMyMacToo
Nov 29, 2013, 04:21 AM
Remind me: why did you need Jettison?

I have a mini drive with my iTunes library on it and it's permanently in the machine....

From what I understand Jettison is used to dismount the SD drive rather than having to eject it manually to enable the MBA to go to sleep when the lid is closed. From what I've read if you don't dismount/eject the drive your MBA won't go to sleep.

JonLa
Nov 29, 2013, 03:29 PM
From what I understand Jettison is used to dismount the SD drive rather than having to eject it manually to enable the MBA to go to sleep when the lid is closed. From what I've read if you don't dismount/eject the drive your MBA won't go to sleep.

Ah I see. My 2010 sleeps fine with the mini drive in, but I don't know how to check whether it's the deep sleep or just normal...

drj1485
Dec 18, 2013, 10:14 PM
I have a newly purchased 2013 macbook air. just testing out with an old card, it sleeps with the SD card in. as far as deep sleep I don't know, and I don't know how to check, so that's out of the question. the amount of time it takes to shutdown and restart is like 15 seconds at most, so I just completely shut down when I am done for a while. I don't like using third party apps to control my OS. as far as a lot of the comments about the speed. The SD slot is a great place to put files that you don't really need to access all the time but don't want to permanently delete them and/or want them to be readily accessible still for whatever reason. old notes, presentations, emails, photos, etc. those things add up after a while on a 128gb drive. anything you use all the time should just stay on your SSD. This is just me, but I wouldn't have bought the Air if memory-intensive usage was a daily occurence. Although it is powerful, it isn't a workstation. So unless you're very impatient or find that you move insanely large files around your computer a lot it might be worth it.

I was looking at the nifty because I preferred the style of theirs and I read a bad review about this particular one. But now that i've read this post I think I will give these guys a whirl. it's less expensive than the nifty anyways.

Good post, great comments. thanks.