The MiniDrive | microSD Adaptor | MacBook Air/Retina/Pro
|Price:||$19.54 + $1.46 shipping|
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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 most modern (2010+) MacBook computers. See compatibility chart for further info.
- Fits: MacBook Air 13’’ Late 2010+ | MacBook Retina 15" 2012 (Only)
- Fits: MacBook Pro 13’’ Mid 2009+ | MacBook Pro 15’’ Mid 2009+
- Shipped OEM w/out retail packaging.
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|Sold By||TheMiniDrive||Amazon.com||Photoplaza||Amazon.com||PHOTOTECH||US EcoZone|
|Computer Memory Size||64 GB||200 GB||200 GB||—||256 GB||64 GB|
|Digital Storage Capacity||200 GB||200 GB||200 GB||200 GB||256 GB||64 GB|
|Flash Memory Type||—||MicroSDXC||MicroSDXC||—||SD, SDXC||Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)|
|Item Dimensions||0.83 x 0.75 x 0.05 in||0.59 x 0.04 x 0.43 in||0.42 x 5.5 x 4 in||0.59 x 0.43 x 0.04 in||2.6 x 5.39 x 0.2 in||0.59 x 0.31 x 0.43 in|
|Item Weight||0.1 ounces||—||0.59 ounces||0.35 ounces||1.59 ounces||0.32 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||200 GB||200 GB||200 GB||200 GB||256 GB||64 GB|
|Secure Digital Association Speed Class||—||Class 10||Class 10||Class 10||—||Class 10|
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 or 200GB 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) nor 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 upto 14mm long for these computers for. Please also email us if you have any questions about compatibility.
Legal DisclaimermicroSD card sold separately.
Seller Warranty DescriptionAlways tested before shipping. 10 day warranty for replacement.
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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.
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.
What I don't understand is why manufacturers have not started using microSD card slots? This would save a lot of trouble. After all, the mini HDMI socket seems to be standard on phones and laptops now.
Smaller foot print/ sticks out only 2mm from the SDXC slot! Perfect for occasional removal. No need for the plastic insert that your supposed to fold back into the slot. I have a Speck Macbook case that adds about 1mm of plastic armor around the macbook, so really only 1mm of the minidrive is exposed. If you read the instructions, you may actually trim 2mm off the drive with a sharp instrument... But i would not just cause it doesnt bother me.
Smaller and faster than the Sandisk Cruzer Fit 64GB it replaced (6MB/20MB write/read), but write speeds of the minidrive are only a touch faster.
Im using 64GB G.skill SDXC UHS1 card which is capable of writing @ 12MB/sec, and reading at 26MB/sec (mp4 movie files) using its own full size SDXC adapter.
In my tests, the Minidrive transfers a 2GB MP4 x.264 movie file at rates of 7.3/7.4 MB/sec. (read/write)........ Quite a let down..... I tried two different formats, FATex and NTFS... no difference.
In closing, I love the size of the minidisk; I get 64GB more disk space and my USB 3.0 port back. The 1 MB/sec increase in write speed helps greatly from my 64GB Cruzer Fit, but the loss in read speed is quite disappointing. It works fine if you want to move your music and movie library to this drive. Playback of 1080p HD movies is fine and near instantaneous... I even use it to download all my torrent files directly too it.... I would not reccomend this for any kind of photo editing where you need some bandwidth to move data fast. I save that for my USB 3.0 flash drives. This is a great buy if you are looking to expand your mac's SSD and use that underutilized SD card reader!