Memory Card to add drive storage? ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cmeisenzahl, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    Just got a new 13.3" MBA with the 128GB SSD. What's an affordable option for using the SD card slot to add some storage?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    I world probably go for an USB SSD,gives more storage for the money,for example 500 Gb storage cost only twice the cost of a 64 Gb memory card.
  3. itsmefudge macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2009
    Middle of the Pacific
  4. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I went with a nifty drive and a microsdxc card. 200gb microsdxc cards are about $80. The nifty drive is around $40 for an original and knockoffs can be found cheaper.
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    My iTunes is well over 400GB so SD card is not an option for me.
  6. Fabmac macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2017
    The mba is a ultraportable macbook.
    Connecting "always" an external drive is a complete mess.
    Even if not 400GB is a lot of music, i use spotify and now apple music for me there is no way back to just "store" files.
  7. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    After reading news saying "x artist pulls y album from z streaming service provider" and downloaded iOS app was the only one I have when app is pulled from App Store conpletely, I trust no streaming service anymore, as I don't want to not be able to listen to my most favorite one day I get up, only to find the song is pulled from service provider.
  8. cnev3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    I have a $25 128GB Lexar thumb drive that is barely larger than the metal tip of a USB cable, so when its plugged in, its almost invisible, no ugly keychain sticking out. Plenty of storage now for my needs.

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  9. Pollewop macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2015
    Zug, Switzerland
    I've installed a 200 GB MicroSD card via a Nifty cardholder for extra storage and Time Machine (Works perfectly fine).
    I have upload my entire itunes music library to Google Music. What I want to hear when I'm offline (which is seldom) I can download on my MicroSD...
  10. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    But again, whatever you download would not be Hi-Res or CD quality music (which is actually not that great after all). Plus, when service is down, you are on your own.
    Too bad that I could not add SD card on my Mac Air because of 11" or I would like to do Time Machine backup on computer or store my entire OneDrive library.
  11. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I had a thread not too long ago. I did the SD card - got one really fast. But in the end - for the same price I got a 250 SSD (Samsung T3) and it's lightening fast. It's pretty small too.
  12. Boyd01 Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    The Samsung T3 drives are very nice, I have a 500gb and 1tb although I don't use them on my MBA (which has an internal 512gb SSD). Smaller than an external hard drive but of course it's considerably larger than a flash drive or SD card. They're fast. :)

  13. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    I recommend the Transcend Jetdrive Lite or a microSD adapter (such as the Nifty Drive) paired with either the Samsung PRO mSD or Transcend Ultimate mSD card. All of these are MLC-based SD cards - they write much faster than the cheaper TLC cards, are generally more reliable, and generally have a much longer service life. Around 80-100 MB/s both read and write speeds are realistic figures.
  14. dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    I have several "half" cards that I use in the SD card slot.

    Both PNY (StorEDGE) and Transcend (JetDrive) make cards with fixed storage sizes. Not sure what the current storage capacities are these days... my StoreEDGE is 128GB.

    TheMiniDrive and Nifty make cards with removable MicroSD cards and currently support sizes up to 128GB.I have several brands, as well.

    The StorEDGE has a small lip that sticks out just enough to allow you to grab it to eject the drive. The other versions sit completely flush with the rMPB, and have little slots where you can "hook" them with the provided tool to eject them.

    Nifty Mini Drive
    PNY StorEDGE
    Transcend JetDrive
  15. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Not for nothing, but the nifty drive supports 200 and 256gb cards as well.

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