Nifty MiniDrive: Invisible add-on flash storage for your MacBook
You can never have enough storage for your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, but the cost -- and challenge -- of installing a new SSD in your device can be prohibitive. Not to worry, since two gents from Manchester, England have come up with just the solution on Kickstarter and have already gotten enough pledges to ensure that their project is funded in August.
The Nifty MiniDrive works with the 13" MacBook Air and any MacBook Pro. All of these devices have one thing in common -- an SDXC slot. Now if you just stick an SD card into this slot to add some storage, it's going to stick out. That's not something that's really good for a device that's going to be thrown into your MacBook case or backpack.
So these guys got the brillant idea of making a tiny adapter (those colored stripes in the MacBook Pros above) that sits flush with the side of your MacBook and contains a micro-SD card that you provide. The MiniDrive is that adapter, and it will start shipping in October or November for about US$30. A quick look at Amazon shows that SanDisk 64 GB Flash Memory cards go for as little as $52 on sale, meaning that you could add a convenient 64 GB "backup drive" to your device for just over $80.
It's a great little storage solution and only requires a toothpick or paperclip to remove the drive from your MacBook. Take a look at the video below and then show your support (and make your pre-order) on Kickstarter.
[via the incomparable Doc Rock]
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