128GB MicroSD: exFAT vs. HFS Performance on the MacBook Pro

The new SanDisk 128GB MicroSD card seems to slow down when formatted with the Mac native filesystem.  Here’s one data point. Out-of-the-box: Results 22.09 System Info Xbench Version 1.3 System Version 10.9.2 (13C64) Physical RAM 16384 MB Model MacBookPro10,1 Drive Type Apple SDXC Reader Disk Test 22.09 Sequential 36.23 Uncached Write 145.82 89.53 MB/sec [4K blocks] […]

MacBook SD Card Update: Still No NiftyMiniDrive for the 15″

A year after the first post on flush-mount SD card adapters for MacBooks, the sleek-looking NiftyMiniDrive for the 15″ MBP is still “undergoing testing,” and the humble MiniDrive is still in service. This month the long-awaited 128GB MicroSD card is available for the first time.  That makes the upgrade even more attractive.

MacBook SD Card Adapter

The internal storage capacity on a Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air can be augmented with an SD card. The problem is, you’ll have half an SD card sticking out the side. A MicroSD card would fit entirely inside if only there were a half-height SD-to-MicroSD adapter available.  There are a few products manufactured to […]