PNY StorEDGE 128 GB

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  1. davids8477 macrumors 6502

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    I just received and installed the StorEGDE from PNY and, of course wanted to test its speed.

    Before that let me comment on the product fit and finish.

    I have a 13"MBA 2013 - just recently got it from the Apple refurb store - love it so far.

    The StorEDGE fits beautifully in the SD slop with about 1/8" protruding - allowing for easy removal. When I first installed it it showed up as a hard drive on the desktop - formatted ExFat.
    I copied a large (5gig) file to it and watched the write speed in Activity Monitor. Write speeds were in the range of 60 to 121 MB/Sec. Read speeds were about the same.

    I then tested it with free Blackmagic App and the results seem about the same - see screen shots below. For comparison I tested the SSD in my MBA also.
    Obviously it was MUCH faster - see screen shot below.

    Overall I am very pleased with the fit, finish and performance of the StorEDGE.
     

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  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Much, much better than the speeds you'd see in the 2010 or 2011 Airs over the SD card.
     
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, before 2012 the card slot was connected to the USB bus and access was really s-l-o-w on my 2011 MBA. :)
     
  4. copa macrumors member

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    is there a solution like this that sits flush and does not involve microsd cards?
     
  5. davids8477 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's the info from About this Mac on the SD slot.

    Its under the USB segment.
    Internal Memory Card Reader:

    Product ID: 0x8406
    Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
    Version: 0.05
    Serial Number: 00000000AP05
    Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec
    Manufacturer: Apple
    Location ID: 0x15300000 / 12
    Current Available (mA): 900
    Current Required (mA): 224
    Capacity: 128.71 GB (128,713,752,576 bytes)
    Removable Media: Yes
    Detachable Drive: Yes
    BSD Name: disk1
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
    Volumes:
    EFI:
    Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
    BSD Name: disk1s1
    Content: EFI
    StorEDGE:
    Capacity: 128.5 GB (128,501,940,224 bytes)
    Available: 128.48 GB (128,475,201,536 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: ExFAT
    BSD Name: disk1s2
    Mount Point: /Volumes/StorEDGE
    Content: Microsoft Basic Data
    Volume UUID: 9C39A235-EABA-327E-AD1A-6B343AD4EAF
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Sorry, I may have the details wrong. But Apple did something in 2012 to improve performance of the SD card slot. Maybe it was just the USB3 switch, but I recall reading that the interface was actually different. I think there was something on the 2011 MBA that made the card slot even slower than the USB ports.

    I no longer have my 2011 13" MBA and my 2013 MBA is an 11" model with no slot (which I never really used anyway on the old machine).
     
  7. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    I wish there was such solution. I ordered a Nifty Minidrive clone and a Samsung Pro 64gb MicroSD combo. It fits flush, but the speeds aren't as good as the PNY StorEDGE. Plus it goes up to 128GB. So I ordered it from B&H for $97. It sticks out a bit, but it's faster and double the space.
     
  8. copa macrumors member

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    The speed and everything is probably worth the sticking out too...
    Did you notice any impact on battery life? I heard various people claim that leaving an SD card in continually would reduce running time by about an hour or so.
    On that notion: do you leave it in continually? Did you yet notice in a negative way that it wasnt sitting completely flush or is it a non issue ( I'm wondering if it would cause the whole machine to get stuck on sleeves, zippers of bags and such)?

    I'm still debating whether it would be worth shelling out the money for a 128gig one if I didn't have it in all the time (for whatever reason, battery or else)
     
  9. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    I have the 64gb card. No issues whatsoever with battery life. I leave it in all the time. Doesn't bother me at all that the black piece just slightly sticks out and it doesn't interfere with my zipper pouch or bag.
     
  10. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    With the knock off Nifty Drive and Samsung microSD card, I left it in all the time. I had no issues with battery at all. Also I have a case on my MBA and I think the case would stick out more than the drive. So there really wouldn't be a problem.
     
  11. teffers macrumors regular

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    I'm using a 'clone' of the mini drive with a 32GB Samsung too. Has anyone else noticed some input lag on the boot up password screen when using a card / setup like this ?
     
  12. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    I rarely reboot. I haven't noticed any lag, but I'll look out for it next time.
     
  13. teffers macrumors regular

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    Appreciate that. I removed and re-inserted it and the lag seems to have gone again.
     
  14. ECJ macrumors 6502

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    FYI the PHY StorEDGE 128GB is back in stock @ $98 at B&H.
     
  15. chiraoka macrumors newbie

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    I am getting extremely slow speed using the 128Gb unit, 8MB/s Write and 20 MB/s Read.

    This was after I formatted the unit to MAC OS Extended (Journaled). I even think that it is worse after I formatted the unit.

    When I first installed the unit a external HD icon appeared, now it just shows and SDRAM icon ..... don't know if that means anything but i am quite dissapointed.

    Any ideas on how to improve the speed ?


    Carlos H.
     
  16. chiraoka macrumors newbie

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    Using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test (3Gb)
    Storedge 128Gb

    Test 1:

    MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
    Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Write: 7.5 MB/s
    Read: 18.3 MB/s


    Test 2:

    MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
    Format: ExFAT
    Write: 9.8 MB/s
    Read: 18.8 MB/s
     
  17. copa macrumors member

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    don't the MBAs from earlier years have their SDcard slot connected differently (I'd assume USB 2.0 ?) to the main logic board than the 2013 MBAs? I think I read somewhere that the 2013s have the SDcard slot connected via PCI instead of using a USB port.

    That might have something to do with your slow read/write speeds. Although I thought even USB 2.0 was faster than that so that it shouldn't be a bottleneck...
     
  18. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    FWIW I just tested my StorEDGE card (128 gig) with black magic using a 5 gig file size. The card is formatted ExFAT. The system is a 2013 MBA 8 gig 1.7 ghz i7.
     

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  19. chiraoka macrumors newbie

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    Thanx for the reply.

    Now once installed an icon of an SDRAM appears so would like to know if there is a way to turn it back as when it came out of the box ..... Just plug it in an an additional drive icon appears on my MacBook Air desktop.

    CH
     
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  21. chiraoka macrumors newbie

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    now i am in the search of a way to convert a removable SD Card into a permanent drive, think that is the way to find a solution …..

    CH
     
  22. estockme macrumors regular

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    hi folks- i just got one of these things (64GB) and am only getting 40MB/sec read and write out of the box. My mid-2012 mba is plugged in and everything is otherwise looking good. what gives?
     
  23. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Did you format it for MacOSX? I think disks perform slower on the Mac with Windows formatting, which is generally the standard "out of the box".
     
  24. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502

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    I just got the 128 GB on Tuesday and I have 13" 2013 MBA Im getting 45 write and 80 read on the StorEdge. Im happy with it Im using it for time-machine and movies. I just will turn on time machine when I make changes to the computer so not backing up every hour, it did not take that long to make backup of computer 36.2GB just as fast as 3.0 128 usb thumb drive. I just love the way it is almost flush with computer and always there for extra storage when needed, I opted for the 8 gigs of ram and 128 when I bought the computer so the extra 128GB for 79.95 from amazon was a no brainer!:D (I formatted for mac when I installed first time)
     
  25. vitaminch macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem...


    Hello. I have the same problem with my pny StorEDGE 129gb. do you find the way to turn it back to the original state?
     

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