Extra storage MBPr : USB 3.0 or SDXC Card?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by imageWIS, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    So I'm getting a new MBP Retina sometime next week, and I'm going to need to quickly transfer large files (photos / illustrator / photoshop files) quickly from my Macmini to my MBP and I want to be able to take the external storage with me.

    Is it better to buy an external USB 3.0 HD drive or an SDXC card?

  2. p3ntyne macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    A USB 3.0 drive is definitely much faster but they are usually less portable. Based on your usage needs, a fast and large (capacity) USB HDD seems to be the best option.

    Another thing to consider would be to buy a thunderbolt cable (provided that your Mac Mini is 2011+) for "ultra fast" tranfers and then a USB Flash Drive for portable storage whenever necessary.
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    How large? If less than 62 GB then a SD card is convenient. Otherwise a USB3 enclosure with a SSD is much better than a rotational drive in a USB3 enclosure. A portable thunderbolt SSD even better, if both Machines have thunderbolt ports. Fast is not cheap so is a minute for large file transfers fast enough for you... or do you need 10 seconds.
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    You can grab 2TB USB 3 externals very cheaply now...I have a WD that I've put in a CIT enclosure and use with my rMBP. Works very well and is fast enough and small enough to carry around.

    I dislike self powered drives so mine has it's own dedicated PSU.
  5. magnumpi macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
  6. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I use both. I generally keep an SDXC card mounted in my rMBPs. For most files, by the time I locate my SSD, locate my cable, mount the drive, copy my files, dismount the SSD, pack my SSD... I could have copied the files to the SD card and been out the door!
  7. zballer macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2012
    MBPr extra storage

    I have a MBPr with 1TB flash storage plus using a 128gb SDXC mini sandisk. I also use the Airport Time Capsule 3TB to wirelessly backup my files on my MBPr. I dont use a USB for extra storage but keep a 1TB usb to transfer files when need be.

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