Is there a 128gb low-profile USB flash drive that I can use with the MBA 11?

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  1. watermelonbook macrumors regular

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    Is there a 128gb low-profile USB flash drive that I can use with the MBA 11?

    Sandisk makes a 64gb USB 3.0 low-profile flash drive that be left attached
    to the MBA. However, I want something that's 128gb or bigger. Doesn't
    even have to be USB 3.0. USB 2.0 will be fine for my uses.

    Any info apprecited! :)


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  2. iterva macrumors regular

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    Dont know of any USB options besides the Sandisk you already mentioned.

    Another option might be Nifty drive -
    http://minidrive.bynifty.com
     
  3. sracer macrumors 603

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    I have both versions of the Sandisk Cruzer Nano in the 64GB model. The USB 2.0 version works fine and what I use to keep permanently installed in my 11" MBA.

    I thought that the USB 3.0 model would be better... because of 3.0 and because the edge was curved. However the corners of the curve DON'T sit flush with body of the MBA and so it creates 2 little "hooks" (one on each side) that catch on things.

    I have not seen anything in the 128GB size yet.


    That won't work for an 11" MBA... there is no SD card slot. I bought something similar for my daughter who has a 13" MBA... works great.

    I wouldn't buy the nifty though... for $10-$20 on Amazon you can buy a version that takes microSD cards.
     
  4. watermelonbook thread starter macrumors regular

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    do these drives get warm like the reviews on Amazon claim?

    thanks! :)
     
  5. sracer macrumors 603

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    I have used both extensively and never had them get warm.
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    They do get warm while transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds, like all 3.0 thumb drives do. But it's not a reason for concern.
     
  7. xylitol macrumors regular

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    I concur, I have two of those 64GB Sandisk Ultra Fits and they might get warm but never hot.
     
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    I also bought the Sandisk 64gb USB 3.0 model, but found out that it is draining my Air's battery. I guess because it doesn't go deep enough to sleep with the drive inserted. After one night it had drained my full battery with 15%. I also have a 32GB USB2 mini drive (from another brand) and that one I can leave permanently in the USB-port of my Air without that problem.

    I tried several utilities to eject the drive, when the Macbook goes to sleep (like Mountain), but that didn't prevent the drainage of the battery with the Sandisk.
     
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    i use the transcend 128 GB jetdrive for the SD slot.
    it sits flush and works great.
     
  12. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    The 11" which the thread is about, don't have an sd-slot. So transcend jetdrive is not an option.
     
  13. ruben! macrumors newbie

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    bubulol

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    What is that usb called on the picture you posted?
     
  14. ruben! macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, anyone know of a similar product with thunderbolt plug

    Thanks.

    Anyone know of a similar product, only with thunderbolt. This way you can use both usb's and the thunderbolt to upgrade your storage by 192 gb on your macbook air :)
     
  15. twocircles macrumors newbie

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    If you don’t mind tying up two USB ports and you are running Yosemite, you can use two 64 GB flash drives and set them up as a RAID 0. Upside: faster and 128 GB. Downside: you always have to use both drives.
     
  16. ruben!, May 23, 2015
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    ruben! macrumors newbie

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    This is interresting

    There are several micro sd card readers in this size. You can combine a micro sd card reader with micro sd card up to 256GB and get a total of 512 if you Raid them together.
     
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  18. dangegland macrumors newbie

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    This is absolutely brilliant... Just checked this thread hoping for something like this. Christmas present sorted.
     

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