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Old Feb 8, 2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Portable External Drive

So the space on my Macbook Air drive has quickly filled up. I have what is probably a 4 year old 500 GB external drive that is big a bulky and only use it for backing up stuff. However im looking at getting a smaller external drive that I could store music, movies and documents on that would be easy to carry around and take on trips. Any advice?

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Old Feb 8, 2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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I know everyone has a favorite brand; mine is G-Technology. Their 500GB USB3 "slim drive" is literally that - about the size of my iPhone, the same finish as my Air. I have my entire iTunes library on the drive, which saved me a lot of space on the SSD.

This drive is less than $100 and - in my view - represents great value for money, especially since it's such a speedy performer. Overall, it's a good companion for the Air.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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So the space on my Macbook Air drive has quickly filled up. I have what is probably a 4 year old 500 GB external drive that is big a bulky and only use it for backing up stuff. However im looking at getting a smaller external drive that I could store music, movies and documents on that would be easy to carry around and take on trips. Any advice?

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I really like the WD My Passport line.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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Try this. I got one a few days ago. Its fast and cheap as chips

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-STBU...0439690&sr=8-5
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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I made my own portable USB 3.0 drive using a 500GB 5400 RPM drive I had laying around from an upgrade to my Mac mini. I have a 2012 13" Air, so I bought a $20 USB 3.0 enclosure from Amazon.

It took me three tries to get iTunes to have my music on the Air and the movies/TV shows on the portable drive, but it works like a champ now.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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I have a 1 terabyte usb 3.0 western digital passport. you can get it in silver for about 80 bucks. I like it alot.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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This is my first bummer about having a 2011 model. The choices are either running a usb3 drive at slower usb2 speeds or buying an expensive Thunderbolt drive which has an active cable and drains the battery faster.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 11:43 PM   #8
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If you do not care for Thunderbolt speeds just go to your local walmart and buy a cheap one. I personally have a Samsung 500gb (I don't know the exact model) that I purchased for $40
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 11:55 PM   #9
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So the space on my Macbook Air drive has quickly filled up. I have what is probably a 4 year old 500 GB external drive that is big a bulky and only use it for backing up stuff. However im looking at getting a smaller external drive that I could store music, movies and documents on that would be easy to carry around and take on trips. Any advice?

Thanks!
If you have an SD card slot in your Air, and you've been getting by with the SSD up to this point, maybe you don't need a full external hard drive and a 64 or 128GB SD card is all you need? It'll give you a little bit more space without the need to attach something every time you want to access your music, etc. Like a 2nd internal hard drive, format it as HFS+ for better speed and even encrypt it if you're already using FileVault2 on your Air.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 06:57 AM   #10
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If you have an SD card slot in your Air, and you've been getting by with the SSD up to this point, maybe you don't need a full external hard drive and a 64 or 128GB SD card is all you need? It'll give you a little bit more space without the need to attach something every time you want to access your music, etc. Like a 2nd internal hard drive, format it as HFS+ for better speed and even encrypt it if you're already using FileVault2 on your Air.
That's a really good idea with the SD slot, didn't even think about that. Lucky I came here first before I went and brought a 2tb Western Digital Passport. (Over kill for the space I need)
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 10:50 AM   #11
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That's a really good idea with the SD slot, didn't even think about that. Lucky I came here first before I went and brought a 2tb Western Digital Passport. (Over kill for the space I need)
Another thing to add...if you're ok with being limited to 64GB (the max current size of micro SD cards), there are a couple adapters on the market that let the cards sit flush with the side of Macbooks:
http://theniftyminidrive.com
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http://theminidrive.com/TheMiniDrive.com/Specs.html
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This is my first bummer about having a 2011 model. The choices are either running a usb3 drive at slower usb2 speeds or buying an expensive Thunderbolt drive which has an active cable and drains the battery faster.
Well, I chose to follow a third route with my 2011 Air: 29 Thunderbolt to FW800 cable + 129 WD MyPassport Studio 1TB. I recommend you that setup which works pretty well. Matte Aluminum finish, outstanding build quality, 3 yrs warranty and nice 60 MBps transfers!
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 07:18 PM   #13
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Well, I chose to follow a third route with my 2011 Air: €29 Thunderbolt to FW800 cable + €129 WD MyPassport Studio 1TB.
Thanks so much for posting that, getting very interested. That adapter cable looks nice and short, and would leave the two usb ports free.

Somewhat tempted to velcro the drive on top of the MBA lid/flap. What do people think, bad idea?

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Old Feb 12, 2013, 08:54 AM   #14
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There's also this, which includes the thunderbolt cable: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Buffalo/HDPA1.0TU3/

I also have a 2011 MBA, but I don't think this would be a good solution because most of the time I use it with an old Apple Cinema display and need the thunderbolt port for a DVI adaptor.

I have also cringed at the cost of upgrading to an OWC 512GB SSD and came to the conclusion that it would make more sense to just get a new MBA built to order with Apple's own 512 SSD since I could also get USB 3 and 8GB RAM that way.

But I'm not to that point yet, I still have about 140GB free on my 256GB SSD and it should meet my needs for another year I'm sure.
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