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MiniDrive by Nifty
Category: Storage
Works With: SD-slot-equipped Mac
Price: $20

The Nifty MiniDrive is small caddy that lets you hide a microSD card completely inside the SD card slot on your MacBook Air (or any other Mac with an SD slot). The idea is that you can inexpensively add storage to your SSD-equipped Mac.

When I first composed up the MiniDrive as a news piece, an entire bunch of readers got in contact to inform me just how much it drew, mainly since it did not fit properly into the SD slot on their Macs.

My experience has been fine, so I am taking down those bad experiences to being the first wave of Kickstarter order fulfillments. That’s no excuse, clearly– if you offer something it should work– however I can just examine what I’ve to assess. And so I will.

What It Is

Once the MiniDrive is in you can forget about it.

The Nifty MiniDrive is a small microSD adapter that’s the precise shape of a routine SD card, just with the end cut off. You slot the microSD card into the side, and afterwards slot the MiniDrive card into the Mac. You need to do this rapidly or the Mac will not see the card. As you’ve to ensure the card is pressed all the means in, without the benefit of a “manage,” you need to use something like a coin or a difficult thumbnail to shove it house.

The great information is that when you’ve actually done this you can forget about it.

To eliminate the drive, you need to slot a piece of wire through a hook in the external surface. Since the MacBook does not have a spring-loaded SD slot you can not just push to eject like you can with some computer systems and most cams. In practice this is not an issue as the MiniDrive is meant to be a semi-permanent addition to the computer system.

The Good

The apparent benefit’s that you now have up to 64GB additional storage in your Mac. If you’ve a 64GB MacBook Air then you simply doubled its capacity. Speed depends on which card you choose to make use of in the adapter (the Wirecutter advises the SanDisk Ultra, for $25 (32GB) and $49 (64GB) on Amazon), however clearly won’t be anywhere near that of the native SSD. However if you treat this as a sort of cold-storage overflow drive then you are good.

HD movies run great, even in the Finder in a Glimpse window.

In my screening I’ve been using the drive for motion pictures and images, both of which take up a great deal of area on my Air’s 128GB drive. HD motion pictures run great, even in the Finder in a Peek window, and skimming images is just as receptive as doing it from the SSD. In this case I did a Select All on the pictures copied from my Dropbox Electronic camera Uploads folder (around a gig and a half of JPGs from a Fujifilm X100S), set the Quick Planning to complete screen and scanned. The speed felt the exact same on the SSD and the MiniDrive, although as I stated this depends entirely on the speed of the card.

The Bad

It’s mini. It’s a drive. MiniDrive!

The MiniDrive feels a little inexpensive. The plastic caddy is fine, but completion cap feels loosely linked and rough. It’s far from the smooth aluminum finish of the unibody MacBook it’s indicated to match. This might be why production is currently on hold, with a the next batch planned to be made at Foxconn.

The other trouble is quite obvious: the MiniDrive uses up an SD slot. This is not really a huge offer if you do not utilize your camera with your Mac, however if you do then you could discover it a little bit ridiculous to be making use of a USB card reader to get your images into the MacBook. On the other hand, this implies that you can import the photos straight to the MiniDrive. This one actually depends upon how you work– I either import photos to a second internal HDD inside my iMac, or through electronic camera connection kit to an iPad mini (from where Picture Stream amazingly transfers them to my iMac and afterwards my Dropbox).

The Verdict

The MiniDrive is a terrific concept, and I’ll be leaving mine in till I find a need to take it out. Today you can not get one from the official website, however the link below will take you to the product on Amazon.

I likewise came up with another use for it: If you reformat the SD card inside to be a correct Mac drive, and not the FAT32 file system that SD cards utilize as basic, you can utilize the MiniDrive as a Time Equipment disk. That’s rather neat, right?