|Aug 5, 2011, 07:13 PM||#1|
How to expand 13" storage by 32GB (Flush)
I was working on a little project, getting more storage into the MacBook Air.
The 13" MacBook Air has the SD Card slot, as you all know. When I bought it I thought I'd just pop a 32GB SD in it permanently and leave it there. However, to my surprise, it stuck out half way and this killed the purpose.
So I did some googling around for a while and couldn't figure anything out. There was another topic on here that said to get a Micro SD / USB / SD card adapter and cut the USB half off and it would fit flush and use a Micro SD card with it. This sounded like a good idea however the OCX card they were looking for was out of stock everywhere, nowhere to be found.
And then I found an alternative on eBay from Norcent.
Buy a 32GB Micro SD. I got a Lexor 32GB Class 10 from Amazon for 90$ however you can get a class 4 for around $50.
Or get a 16GB if that's all you need.
Cut the USB end off the Norcent adapter. With scissors. And maybe sand it down to make it smooth if needed.
Put the Micro SD card in the Norcent adapter.
Put the Norcent adapter in your SD card slot.
You will need Tweezers to remove it, but it fits flush and is great for some extra permanent storage for those of you that might run low especially with the 128GB SSD.
And yes, I've done this, and it works. Supports SD, SDHC, etc. My Lexor 32GB Class 10 works like a champ.
Last edited by LeakedDave; Aug 5, 2011 at 08:20 PM.
|Aug 5, 2011, 07:32 PM||#3|
Thanks for that.
The Elago USB adapter is good, but not flush (but more secure than a protruding SD card.
note: maybe super glue a little flexible tab on it for removal? (could always undo that mod, I would think). - I'd hate to have to try to get it out in a hurry without a pull tab
( now if they just would jump on the thunderbolt wagon we really would be rockin )
|Aug 5, 2011, 07:37 PM||#5|
I've been thinking of ways to expand my 11" storage (aside from throwing in a bigger SSD), so obviously the only option is via USB. There are some pretty neat ones the size of Logitech RF Adapters (for example) that don't particularly protrude that much... which are really just tiny Micro SD adapters with Micro SD cards in the USB plug. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820235063
This could be an option for 13in owners as well, if they don't want to bother chopping up an SD card. Again, it's not flush, but it's a tradeoff for ease of use, I'd say.
|Aug 5, 2011, 08:30 PM||#13|
|Aug 5, 2011, 09:05 PM||#14|
Here's 2 USB I have that I use for my MacBook Air 11
Both micro sdhc card reader is using a Sandisk 32gb Class 4 Micro SDHC.
6/24/2010 - iPhone 4 16gb AT&T
12/20/2012 - iPhone 5 16gb AT&T
|Aug 6, 2011, 04:45 AM||#17|
Great thanks. I have a 32 gb lexar class 10 laying around and I can use that for my itunes library in it. Then use the space that my library use to take and make it my bootcamp partition.
mid-2013 Macbook Air. i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD
|Aug 6, 2011, 03:34 PM||#18|
|Aug 11, 2011, 11:28 AM||#22|
|Aug 15, 2011, 08:27 PM||#24|
Could you do us a favor and run "Disk speed test" on your Micro SD ? It's an app from the Mac App Store.
I'm concerned that the micro sd adapter or the SD interface in the MBA could limit the speed of your Class 10 Micro SD card.
|Aug 15, 2011, 10:38 PM||#25|
As for the disk speed test I'm getting 9.6 mb/s write and 15.6 mb/s read.
Last edited by LeakedDave; Aug 16, 2011 at 01:52 AM.
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