Mac Air 2011 + Samsung 850 EVO 500GB - Enclosure help

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macrags, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. macrags macrumors newbie

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    I bought a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD along with Sabrent Ultra Slim USB 3.0 to 2.5-Inch SATA External Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure. My mac air 2011 (only has USB 2.0) can't read the drive. Will a simple USB 2.0 - Male A to Male A work as Sabrent says it is USB 2.0 down compatible? If not can anyone recommend an enclosure which works?
     
  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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  3. macrags thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank You.. I realized I have to initialize and format the SSD before use :)
     
  4. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Seems like a waste of 500GB SSD if you can't use USB 3. Too bad thunderbolt enclosures are expensive.
     
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

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    The main benefit of SSD is lower access times, which you get with USB 2.0 just as much as USB 3.0.
     
  6. macrags thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I never used 3.0, but 2.0 looks fast enough for me with SSD. I primarily wanted a reliable back up for my images(raw) so opted for SSD.
     
  7. doboy macrumors 68000

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    I see. You should also look into online backup if it's important enough.
     

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