Show me your SD drive storage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adam9c1, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

    adam9c1

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    I'll be getting a 13" MBP 2010 model with SD reader.
    I'd like to utilize as additional storage.
     
  2. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

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    Why bother.

    A fast SD card is double the price of a lot faster SSD drive in similar capacity.
     
  3. adam9c1 thread starter macrumors 65816

    adam9c1

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    I will be sticking a smallish SSD and installing current HD in optical bay.
    I'm not buying a new / larger SSD.
     
  4. boabmatic macrumors member

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    I use the SD card for OS testing... currently got a El Capitan installed on a SD card so I don't need to mess with the partitions on my main drive. Also use it as a back up (but never had to use it yet) if my main OS dies at a gig I can boot from the SD card instead.
     
  5. meyer1131 macrumors regular

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    How do you install an OS to an SD card? Also, how do you boot to that drive?
     
  6. boabmatic macrumors member

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    Format the SD Card via the Disk Utility app.
    Download the OS installer from the App Store as normal
    Select show all drives when prompted by the installer and select the SD card.

    When turning on the Mac press and hold "alt/option" key before the boot sound occurs and you will get the option to select the boot drive.

    check here for more details...
    http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutor...1010-yosemite-on-an-external-drive--cms-21330
     
  7. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    SD cards have awfully slow random read/write times. Running an OS or any app that has a lot of I/O to the drive will cause it to crawl. I wouldn't use an SD card for anything but music/video file storage.
     
  8. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    That's all I use them for. Copying files to an SD card sometimes seems slow but copying from sometimes seems much faster.

    There was one time I booted a MBP from an external hard drive that was originally in the MBP and that was extremely slow.
     
  9. boabmatic macrumors member

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    I only use it as a last resort backup if my main OS dies at a gig (and some testing) , I wouldn't use it as a main OS drive .
     

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