Back-up drives for MBA


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 22, 2011
Not sure if this was posted before, but I'm looking for a back-up drive for my MBA 11, 128GB, but I'm wondering about something small.. like Flash Drive small. Anyone know of anything? I am aware of Time Capsule, Western Digital, etc... but is there a smaller alternative?


macrumors 65816
Sep 7, 2004
issue with "flash drive small" is that flash drives often have terrible read/write speeds.

I have a 128gb one my dad got me by Kanguru, but it's slow, see specs on google products here:

I don't use it for backup of my air, rather, I keep my important stuff on my Mini, which backs up to two drives on a schedule with Carbon Copy Cloner. Anything I load on my air on the go, I copy to my mini as soon as I can so it gets backed up.

If you don't have that option, just grab a 7200 RPM 2.5" drive and a USB enclosure.

If you don't care about size, or the need to have a power plug, get the lacie little big disc, it uses thunderbolt and comes in 1tb and 2tb sizes. Sick speed.

Bob Coxner

macrumors 6502a
Mar 24, 2011
I have been thinking about getting one of these, just waiting for price to come down.

They are cheaper on amazon and some other places.
Prices are not going down they're skyrocketing up due to flooding in Thailand. It will likely be at least 6 months before things begin to return to normal with HD pricing.


macrumors member
Apr 1, 2004
Vancouver, Canada
I build custom computers on the side and my suppliers are saying about 2 months for prices to start dropping perhaps even sooner. The question is should people wait to buy a hard drive to backup data to save a few bucks or bite the bullet and start backing up right away. I tell people data is to important and get the drive.

As for backup drive solutions I would go with a full size powered external drive with at least 1GB of space. The small portable ones, including the ones that get its power off of USB are slower. The portable nature of them make them pron to more risk of damage because they get moved around and some brands which plug into 2 USB ports for power don't always work well on Mac's.

The nice advantage of a Time Capsule is nothing to think about and nothing in the way on your desk. And it is a server grade hard drive inside of it which should be reliable for a long time.
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