Permanent memory expansion for MacBook with SD card slot without modification

MacBooks memory expand without modification with SD memory card

If you want to expand the memory of the Apple MacBook, but do not want to convert it (installing an SSD or similar), then you can count yourself lucky if you have a model with a slot for SD cards. Because this is ideally suited for permanent and replaceable memory expansion for the MacBook. SD cards with up to 256GB storage are specifically available in a form that fits directly into the design of the Apple MacBook (Air / Pro Retina), so that you do not have any protruding elements or use cables or adapters.

Permanent memory expansion for MacBook with SD card slot without modification. Ideal for traveling with MacBooks (Air and Pro Retina) up to 2015. SD card, adapter for MicroSD or USB stick.
Permanent memory expansion for MacBook with SD card slot without modification. Ideal for traveling with MacBooks (Air and Pro Retina) up to 2015. SD card, adapter for MicroSD or USB stick.

Expand storage via SD card on MacBook Pro until 2015

At the current MacBook Pro with touch bar there is no longer a card slot into which an SD card could be inserted. With this model, the memory expansion must then be implemented with USB sticks or via dongle / hub with other media. With MacBook models and especially with the Apple MacBook Pro Retina from 2012 to 2015, however, there is the option of inconspicuously, safely and without modification - and thus without loss of warranty - to expand the memory by up to 256GB. Instead of an SSD or HDD hard drive, you can use specially made SD cards:

Transcend JetDrive Lite 64GB
SD memory card with 64GB storage for optimal integration with the Apple MacBook Pro and Apple MacBook Air. Selectable on the Amazon product page for the following models: Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2010 - 2015 / Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 20212 - 2015 / Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2012-2013 / Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2013-2015. Maximum 95 MB / s read and maximum 60 MB / s write.
Transcend JetDrive Lite 128GB
128GB additional storage for the MacBook. Compatible with the above MacBooks. Ideal for transferring documents, photos, videos, films, series and other files from MacBook storage. Can also be used as a mobile back-up. Can replace the external SSD while traveling, on vacation and in the office.
13,01 EUR
Transcend JetDrive Lite 256GB
Memory card as a replacement for SSD and other storage devices via USB. Can be used with the MacBooks, MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air, of the years mentioned above. Can also be used with 2017 models of Apple laptops as well as Mac and iMac via reader and hub. Good for exchanging data between Mac models without cables and the Internet.

Micro-SD adapter for Mac laptops with card reader slot

If you're not spending that much money on the above SD cards, but an existing one MicroSD card want to use, then the appropriate adapters are the right thing for you. The PhotoFast brand has the right adapters for the individual models of MacBook Air, Pro and Pro Retina, which, like the Transcend cards shown above, fit into the design of the Apple laptop:

PhotoFast Memory Expandable Kit
Memory from Apple MacBook Air, Pro and Pro Retina expand with their own, exchangeable MicroSD. Ideal if you want to use the MicroSD in other devices. Plug & Play for uncomplicated memory expansion without converting the mobile Mac.

Storage and data exchange between Mac and iPhone

Since I've already touched on the topic of exchangeable and flexible memory expansion without conversion and hard drive, here's a flash memory in compact format: an Apple-certified USB stick (USB-A 3.0) with Lightning connector for data exchange with iPhone and iPad:

10,90 EUR
128GB Lightning USB Stick 3.0
Memory stick with USB 3.0 and Lightning. Ideal for use with Mac, iPhone and iPad. Compatible from iPhone 5 to iPhone 7 and iPad with Lightning. Requires at least iOS 8. Compatible with Apple Mac with OS X 10.6 or higher and PC with Windows 7 or newer.

Second hard drive without loss of warranty

The articles shown for expanding the memory of Mac, MacBook, iPhone and iPad from Apple are well suited if you need more memory for new devices or loans. The individual data rates are of course not sufficient for professional use in video editing or VR matters. However, the SD cards, adapters and USB sticks are particularly space-saving for mobile use, on vacation and for travelers. This means that important data is not lost even in the event of a hard drive crash, or loss or failure of a MacBook or Mac, iPhone or iPad.

The adapters for microSD cards are particularly practical, as they can then also be used in other devices. In general, all items can be seen as a "second hard drive", but despite being integrated into the overall picture, they have nothing to do with a conversion and thus nothing to do with a loss of warranty.

Expand memory on MacBooks 2016 and 2017

If you use one of the MacBooks from 2016 or 2017, you may be able to do something with the USB stick or SD adapter via an adapter or hub. Hard drives that can be connected via USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 are particularly suitable for storage expansion on these models of the MacBook (Pro). If you want to expand the memory of the corresponding MacBook models or use fast SSD disks and HDDs on your Mac, then I have a few more interesting articles and advice for you:

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