MacBook Pro 2021 – expand memory without conversion and loss of warranty

After the MacBooks of the past few years, which have been greatly reduced in terms of their physical interfaces, Apple released new models of the MacBook Pro last year. In addition to Thunderbolt connections in USB-C form, these bring, among other things an HDMI connection and an SD card slot With. With the latter, the memory can now be expanded locally again, so that when buying the laptop you can easily choose a cheaper model with a smaller SSD hard drive. As also shown in 2017, you can use special memory cards that do not protrude from the housing and can therefore remain safely in the card reader slot during transport.

With a precisely fitting SD card (Transcend JetDrive Lite) or a regular SD or microSD memory card, you can expand the MacBook Pro 2021 memory - without any modification or loss of warranty. Here you will find various solutions from 32 GB to 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB to 1 TB.
With a precisely fitting SD card (Transcend JetDrive Lite) or a regular SD or microSD memory card, you can expand the MacBook Pro 2021 memory - without any modification or loss of warranty. Here you will find various solutions from 32 GB to 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB to 1 TB.

Perfectly fitting SD cards for the Apple MacBook Pro 2021

The Apple MacBook Pro from 2021 is available with a 14-inch and 16-inch display and optionally with one M1 Pro or M1 Max chip. In addition to the internal hardware, Apple has made a few concessions for those who want to do without dongles. In addition to three Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3,5 mm headphone jack, there is now also an HDMI port and an SD memory card slot. You can find more specs here: Apple October 2021 Event Summary. You can use the card reader slot like before to expand the memory of the MacBook Pro - without a cloud, external hard drive or USB stick and therefore ideal for on the go.

A provider for this special use of SD memory cards in exactly the right format is Transcend. The Transcend JetDrive Lite is therefore worth a look at this point, as it was five years ago. You are currently getting on the Amazon product page for the MBP models from 2021, the memory card with 512 GB is primarily offered. The other memory sizes are aimed at the previous models of the MBP (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, etc.) and have a different form factor accordingly. Although they should also fit in the new Apple laptops, they could protrude from the case. So they don't close flush.

10,71 EUR
Transcend 512 GB JetDrive Lite extra memory expansion card for MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 14" &...
  • Compatible with MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 14" & 16" 2021 / MacBook Pro (Retina) 13" Late 2012 - Early 2015
  • Specially designed to fit seamlessly into the card slot of select MacBook Pro models
  • Up to 95MB/s read; 55MB/s write

Transcend JetDrive Lite 1TB for MacBook Pro 2021

In addition to the collection product page with various memory cards for different MBP models, there is also a separate page for the Memory card with 1 TB capacity. This custom-fit memory expansion for the MacBook Pro 2021 has only been available for a few days and currently has a rather fluctuating availability. You are welcome to bookmark this guide in the Browser Save to check from time to time via the Sir-Apfelot affiliate link whether the card is in stock ;) 

13,24 EUR
Transcend 1 TB JetDrive Lite extra memory expansion card for MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 14" & 16"...
  • Compatible with MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 14" & 16" 2021 / MacBook Pro (Retina) 13" Late 2012 - Early 2015
  • Specially designed to fit seamlessly into the card slot of select MacBook Pro models
  • Up to 95MB/s read; 55MB/s write

MacBook Pro memory expansion with SanDisk alternative without a form factor

If you don't care about a custom-fit shape and don't have to worry about the card getting stuck somewhere or breaking off during transport, you can of course use any other SD card. You can also use microSD cards with an SD adapter to expand the storage of the MacBook Pro 2021. You get a SanDisk Extreme PRO with UHS-II for up to 300 MB/s with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB – Order here. A SanDisk Extreme PRO with UHS-I for up to 170 MB/s is available with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB – buy here.

SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-II memory card V90 128 GB (300 MB/s, 8K, 4K and...
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  • The SD card offers maximum efficiency thanks to the extremely fast read speeds of up to 300 MB/s....
  • Thanks to the V90 and UHS Speed ​​Class 30 (U3) standards, the SD memory card enables uninterrupted recording...
54,34 EUR
SanDisk Extreme PRO 256GB SDXC Memory Card up to 170MB/s, UHS-1, Class 10, U3, V30, Black
  • Professional performance for fast recordings and 4K UHD videos with the SanDisk memory card. Included...
  • Thanks to the fast transfer of up to 170 MB / s, you won't have to wait long while your pictures and videos are ...
  • Make lossless video recordings thanks to UHS speed class 3 (U3) and video speed class 30 (V30) with the SD ...
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card 512 GB (V30, transfer speed 170 MB/s, U3,...
  • Professional performance for fast recording and 4K UHD videos with the SanDisk memory card; Included...
  • Thanks to the fast transfer of up to 170 MB / s, you won't have to wait long while your pictures and videos are ...
  • Make lossless video recordings thanks to UHS speed class 3 (U3) and video speed class 30 (V30) with the SD ...
SanDisk Extreme PRO 1TB SDXC Memory Card up to 170MB/s, UHS-1, Class 10, U3, V30
  • Professional performance for fast recording, 4K UHD videos and accelerated app performance with the SanDisk...
  • Thanks to the fast transfer of up to 170 MB / s, you won't have to wait long while your pictures and videos are ...
  • Make image lossless video recordings thanks to UHS Speed ​​Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed ​​Class 30 (V30) with the SD...

If the "big" SDXC cards are too old-fashioned for you or if you tend to use your new memory card in other (newer) devices besides the Apple MacBook Pro 2021, then it is worth buying a microSDXC card with an SD adapter. There are also models from SanDisk, the manufacturer that we always recommend based on good experience. From 32 GB to 1 TB you can choose different "Extreme PRO" models as microSDXC cards with SD adapters - here is the complete selection.

22,84 EUR
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB microSDXC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A2 App Performance + Rescue Pro ...
  • The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC is ideally suited for all Android smartphones and tablets, as well as drones or...
  • The microSD card ensures better app performance and faster loading thanks to the existing A2...
  • With a reading speed of 170 MB/s and a writing speed of 90 MB/s, you can transfer your data...
108,04 EUR
SanDisk Extreme Pro 512 GB microSDXC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A2 App Performance + Rescue Pro...
  • The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC is ideally suited for all Android smartphones and tablets, as well as drones or...
  • The microSD card ensures better app performance and faster loading thanks to the existing A2...
  • With a reading speed of 170 MB/s and a writing speed of 90 MB/s, you can transfer your data...
SanDisk Extreme Pro 1 TB microSDXC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A2 App Performance + Rescue Pro...
  • The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC is ideally suited for all Android smartphones and tablets, as well as drones or...
  • The microSD card ensures better app performance and faster loading thanks to the existing A2...
  • With a read speed of up to 170 MB/s and a write speed of up to 90 MB/s, you transfer...

Expand Apple MacBook memory without a physical medium

In addition to an SD card, you can also expand the memory of a computer with a USB stick or an external hard drive. Here, too, you do not have to unscrew the housing or make any modifications. Accordingly, the warranty claims remain. Another way to expand the memory does not require any additional hardware - that's right, it's all about the cloud! As an Apple user with an Apple ID, you certainly have an iCloud account. You can use this to store files and folders. There is also Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. If you always work with Internet access on the MacBook, you can also expand the memory and swap out data.

Which solutions for memory expansion, data backup and backup do you use on Mac, iMac, MacBook and Co.? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic!

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5 Responses to “MacBook Pro 2021 – expand memory without conversion and loss of warranty”

  1. Then there is the equally perfect alternative from BaseQi, which has announced a MicroSD adapter suitable for the new MacBook Pro M1 (14+16″) 2021.
    Actually for the end of April, but with the lack of chips it will probably take a while!
    Type designation:
    (1) ISDA-520AS (for Silver color )
    (2) ISDA-520AG (for Space Gray color )

    The Transcend are unfortunately extremely slow...
    :-(

  2. So you can't see it as an extension of the internal SSD. It is about 100 times faster: Write: 4300-4700 MB/s
    Read: 5200-5500MB/s. I can't see any point in it.

    1. Yes, the specs may be correct, but I see this extension for stuff that doesn't depend on working at 4GB/s. If I store a music collection on it, for example, nobody cares whether it is loaded with 40 or 4000 GB/s. But everyone can decide that for themselves.

  3. Hello, is the 1 TB SD card, for example, also activated automatically when saving content, or do I have to give an extra command for this? Can I set up folders there and use them like in the Finder?

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