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The MiniDrive | microSD Adaptor | MacBook Air/Pro/Retina

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  • Quickly, simply, and discreetly increase the data storage space in any MacBook through use of a microSD.
  • Sits flush and fits securely into the SD slot of all modern (2010+) MacBook computers, except RETINA 13".
  • Fits: MacBook Air 13'' Late 2010+ | MacBook Retina 15" Early 2012 - Mid 2013
  • Fits: MacBook Pro 13'' Mid 2009+ | MacBook Pro 15'' Mid 2009+ | MacBook Pro 17'' Mid 2012+
  • The Nifty MiniDrive Alternative. Shipped OEM w/out retail packaging.
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$19.54 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details In stock on March 6, 2015. Order it now. Sold by TheMiniDrive and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The MiniDrive | microSD Adaptor | MacBook Air/Pro/Retina + SanDisk Ultra 128GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS Memory Card Speed With Adapter (SDSDQUA-128G-G46A) [Old Version] + SanDisk Ultra 64GB UHI-I/Class 10 Micro SDXC Memory Card Up to 48MB/s With Adapter- SDSDQUAN-064G-G4A [Newest Version]
Price for all three: $164.48

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 inches ; 0.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00AL1385C
  • Item model number: MiniDrive_v3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,921 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 1, 2012

Product Description

The MiniDrive is a unique "short" microSD adapter that allows anyone to quickly and easily increase the available storage space in a modern laptop through use of the computer's standard SD card reader. With this adapter, you can take an inexpensive 64GB microSD card and add "plug-in-and-forget" storage space to your MacBook. When the MiniDrive is placed into the computer it is discretely hidden. The MiniDrive can be removed by pulling a plastic tab that can be folded away when not in-use. TheMiniDrive Original is 19.5mm long and is our most universal model. It will NOT fit flush however in the MacBook RETINA 13" (sticks out by 3.5mm). MacBook RETINA 15" produced after October 22, 2013 (sticks out by 1.5mm), older versions of this computer are fine. Please see our other product offerings for these computers. Please also email us if you have any questions about compatibility.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

A piece of plastic to remove it?
Sarah L. Oliveri
The special thing about it is that the mini drive fits the slot in the side of the macbook perfectly.
Ana
It is a Kludgy piece of equipment and not worth the money I saved buying a good one.
Cameron Crane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 125 people found the following review helpful By J. Boerhout on March 13, 2013
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I purchased two of these, both failed. To be sure, I did test the micro SD card with other adapters; as expected the memory card it self was just fine.

The quality/look is shoddy, using a clear plastic strip to pull out the card looks pretty hokey to me. I would avoid this thing.

EDIT 3/27/2013. I opened one up and put it under the microscope. It appears quite clear why these devices do not work. The printed circuit board is cut up on one end to make it fit flush with your computer. The cut goes right through the copper plating with small pieces sticking out, possibly providing pathways for short circuits. These things are NOT NEW but rather modified boards that should not be sold as new. Even if the quality you happened to have is good enough to work, would you trust your data, your work to be saved on an SD card in this device? I wouldn't.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Tumey on July 3, 2013
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Bought this for my Samsung Chromebook because normal SD cards stick out fairly significantly from the slot. Does the job.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By knickfango on December 15, 2012
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Does the same job as Nifty MiniDrive but cheaper.

Pros:
1) Cheaper than Nifty MiniDrive
2) Fits all my Macbooks, Easy to transfer from book to book
3) Does its job and it is hidden from view

Cons(Minus 1 Star) :
1) Nifty MiniDrive looks slightly better
2) A bit flimsy & ugly

I would recommend this product to those who want a cheaper alternative to Nifty Minidrive in order to quickly add storage space.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Morley Gill on May 17, 2013
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Bought this for the Zenbook, even though it was designed for the Mac. Works great, but does protrude about 1/8 inch. Access speed is a little slow but the extra 32GB storage is a big plus on a 128 GB SSD system. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Eric Montgomery on June 29, 2013
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Lets be clear. The MinDrive does EXACTLY what it's supposed to do. It allows you to insert a Micro SD card into your MacBook and not have the huge stub of the end sticking out. Where the MiniDrive fails is that it has a 1/2" long strip of plastic secured to it so that you can eventually retrieve the MiniDrive from your MacBook. As another customer mentioned, it ruins the clean look. Think of it as going to an interview with the tags still on your new pants. It's possible to tuck that piece of plastic in so that you can't see it, but be careful as you may have trouble getting it untucked later.

All in all though, it was well worth the money!

11/10/13: Just a quick update to pass along another interesting note about this product. It fits PERFECTLY into a Raspberry Pi when using a PiBow case. If you use the Adafuit Micro-USB adaptor board you'll see that the case bows a little when you tighten it down due to the thickness of it. No such problem here. It slides in nicely and the little plastic tab allows for removal if you want to change cards.

03/09/14: Another thing of note. This is NOT meant for frequent swapping around from device to device. It's pretty flimsy. the tiny tines between the contacts will bend really easily. You'd be better off going with a PNY StorEDGE (which works great.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DXB-Amazoner on April 28, 2013
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I bought this product based on the description given here as well as some of the answers provided to specific questions from 13" MBPro Retina owners. Unfortunately the description and the answers given by the advertiser are wrong - this MiniDrive does not fit the 13" MB Pro flush. It sticks out about 3-4 mm, and gets tugged out if it snags on your MBP's cover/sheath/protection. Wouldve been better off buying a regular 64mb SDXC instead of this 'adapter' and a separate 64mb microSDXC. Waste of money, my first real disappointment with a purchase from Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Ward on May 14, 2013
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Bought this to go in my Samsung Chromebook, and it works a treat - if a little tricky to remove.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janis Otter on January 6, 2015
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TheMiniDrive worked right away with a MacBookPro mid2009.
The microSD adaptor itself does not have any specials concerning it's fabrication - materials and fabrication are comparable to any microSD adaptor except, of course, that this one here is shorter and hides about 3-4cm inside the MacBookPro mid2009. As described, there is a transparent plastic tab to pull the adaptor out of your Mac again. This, I must say, looks a bit adventurous to me, as the named plastic tab really appears to be simple transparent tape. I would have preferred to have a hook or something alike for pulling out the adaptor - or a cord, as described in the black-and-white manual which has been delivered with the device.
But let's be honest, it is not the plan to pull the adaptor out everyday or even every week...I am using it as additional memory - so I am planning to leave it in the slot.

Last but not least: The named manual shows, as described earlier, an adaptor, which has a cord stuck to it, with which the adaptor can be pulled out of the MacBook. Further, the in "painted-style" illustrated manual shows an adaptor, that does not vanish inside the slot but has an additional backside, which flushes with the adjacent areas of the side of the MacBook. This is not the case in reality, as mentioned above.
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