Is there an External Enclosure with UASP for the SSD I have from my 2011 MBA?

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  1. Meshari, Jun 16, 2014
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    Meshari macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    So I upgraded my Mid-2011 MBA with the 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD and have my original SSD standing by if needed.

    I also have a base model 2013 iMac 21.5 with 1 TB HDD. I was thinking of adding the SSD I have to boot the iMac from. I read that I need an external enclosure with UASP if I need to use the USB 3.0 port rather than the Thunderbolt port.

    Is there an external enclosure with UASP for the SSD I have from my 2011 MBA?

    Will this work?

    http://kingwin.com/products/cate/enclosures/km-u3msata.php#overview-tab

    Thank you!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The only option available I have seen is the OWC Envoy product. That one you linked won't work as the Apple flash device uses a different connector.

    The Envoy comes in different models depending on what year your Air is, so make sure you get the right one.
     
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  4. Meshari thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses!

    OK, so I wanna know if the envoy the OWC provides would work just fine on the iMac or not. I'm not a professional user. I only wanna use the computer for FaceTime calls, word typing and stuff. No photo or video editing.

    who is OP?
     
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    Look in the mirror ;^)

    You is the OP - "original poster" ;^)
     
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    Yes... once you put the flash blade in that gadget you can attach it to any computer and it will be seen as a normal external drive.

    Sorry... OP is an abbreviation for "original poster" (you). :D
     
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    But then can I boot the iMac from that external drive with no issues or not? Will be there some limits to how I use the computer or any features I will loose?
     
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    Yes it will boot and run just fine and you will not lose any functionality.

    The only downside to using a USB flash storage drive like this is USB does not support the TRIM command, so it is possible that over time the write speeds of the drive will slow a bit.
     
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    OK, thank you so much for your great help!
     
  10. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Transend also makes one.

    Lou
     

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    I know Transend includes that enclosure if you buy one of the drive conversion kits, but I have not seen where they are selling the enclosure stand alone that would be what the OP wants, so I did not mention it intentionally. Have you seen the Transcend enclosure alone for sale anywhere?
     
  12. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^I have not, but has anybody every asked them if they would? I will ask on the thread they started when the JetDrive was released. I'll report back.

    Lou
     

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