Adding 256GB of ultra-portable storage - USB Flash or MicroSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Doctor Mabuse, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Doctor Mabuse, Oct 31, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013

    Doctor Mabuse macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2013
    Lots of threads here about how easy it is to add smaller amounts of storage but I need to move my still-expanding 160GB iTunes library off my 256GB MBA (late 2012).

    I'm fed up with carting around my LaCie 500GB rugged, but more practical options beyond 128GB are expensive!

    (For various reasons there are no cloud-based solutions that will be satisfactory for me - I need the original copy of my iTunes library with me at all times on and offline.)

    Clearly this Lexar 256GB MicroSD would be the ultimate solution, but at $800+ (in Europe) it's insanely expensive:

    So I'm looking at the cheaper ($300) Kingston USB option, specifically the Kingston Data Traveler Hyperx 256GB USB stick:

    Reviews of the latter say it is 'chunky' - my worry is whether it will even sit flat on a tabletop Air, let alone block up other ports likely to be in use all the time too (power on left, thunderbolt on right).

  2. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    If you're looking at spending $300+ why not simply buy a larger SSD and sell your 256GB?
  3. cerberusss, Oct 31, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013

    cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
  4. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    How about Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB the replacement for Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500 GB.

    My experience is that the usb drives are way faster than any sd cards.

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