Finding an external storage solution for your MacBook is easier than ever, and there are plenty of great resources out there if you need your choices narrowed down. But what if you don’t want to lug around a portable hard drive everywhere you go? Thankfully, storage options are getting physically smaller while their capacities continue to go up. Still want something that has a negligible footprint? We got you covered.
In an effort to go truly portable, we explored three options that offer great portability while still providing users with a ton of extra storage space. Our line of work constantly requires us to be on the move, and since we work in media, using an extra hard drive is crucial for pictures and video. Constantly transporting them around, however, is another issue entirely. Not only do they require more space in your bag, but you need cables and occasionally extra software for them to work. We found solutions that are so small and easy to use you’ll hardly notice they’re there.
The most recognizable storage option on the list is the Samsung T3, a tiny portable SSD we’ve covered on our channel before. The T3 enclosure is incredibly small and offers read/write speeds of up to 450 MB/s; it’s also shock resistant and offers secure encryption, which is becoming more important than ever. Unfortunately, the small devices aren’t exactly cheap. The 500GB option is $169, while the 2TB one retails for a whopping $749.
SanDisk Ultra Fit
I can’t think of a smaller, easier way to expand your computer’s storage than the SanDisk Ultra Fit. And these little dongles are fairly affordable, too; the 128GB model is just $30 right now through Amazon. The Ultra Fit offers read speeds up to 150 MB/s, write speeds up to 15x faster than a standard USB 2.0 drive, and optional SecureAccess software.
Want to double your MacBook’s storage in seconds? The TarDisk Pear is an interesting option in that is integrates with the storage currently onboard your machine, essentially equipping your laptop with one big Fusion drive. What’s cool about TarDisk’s solution is that it’ll run the heavy load on your machine’s SSD and keep all other less important files on the Pear. Simply slot this into your computer’s SD slot and you’ll be up and running in seconds. Beware, however: not only does the Pear essentially hijack your SD card slot, but it’s not cheap. The 256GB option for the MacBook Pro costs $399.
To learn more about these three storage solutions, check out the video above. Ron pretty much lives his life on the go, so he’ll tell you what it’s like to use these different options and what works best for someone who edits video for a living.