Going from MBP to an MBA (external SSD questions)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mcash1, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. mcash1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Well - I'm making the switch tomorrow. I have a 3 year old C2D mac book pro 15" and I'm moving to a 13" MBA with 256GB.

    I need some external storage to fit my Aperture RAW libraries. Any advice for which SSD to pop into a 3.5" enclosure? I'm not going to get anything larger 128GB.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Read the reviews on Newegg. Anything above 4 stars with 100+ reviews is a good one.
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I wouldn't worry about it too much - you're going to be limited by the USB 2.0 port which is only capable of 40MB/s.
  4. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    This is definitely worth thinking about. You're going to be paying a significant premium for an SSD, while the performance difference between an external SSD vs platter drive is going to be minimal.

    What kind of enclosure/connector are you going to be using to connect the external drive?
  5. DouchGod macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2010
    Do you need a mobile storage solution or is this just for at home? I find banging redundant files and all my iTunes library on a NAS gives my air plenty of free space.
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    The only connection on a Macbook Air that is even possibly capable of accepting the full bandwidth of an external SSD would be thunderbolt, and I don't know of any thunderbolt SSDs. Even then you'd have to test it, but the potential for bandwidth would be there. SSDs do break just like mechanical drives. The lack of moving parts isn't a complete and automatic fix for hard drive reliability issues.

    If you're popping a drive into an enclosure, you should do your homework on enclosures. I've seen some decent ones, and some very bad ones. I've got a fanless icydock firewire enclosure (it runs surprisingly cool) that's worked okay for a very long time, but many people have complained about dead power supplies on them. Then I've seen others with noisy fans that still ran hotter. A good design goes quite a long way on these.
  7. mcash1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Totally huge thanks for the replies. I'm going to get a 1tb drive for now and see where the ssd market goes. Obviously a thunderbolt ssd solution will be what I'll want when it's ready to sell.

  8. femtochemistry macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    I believe this is what you are looking for:



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