Expanding the storage capacity of a MacBook is typically an expensive or warranty voiding process, but a new Kickstarter project called the Nifty MiniDrive seeks to turn the integrated SD card slot offered on certain Apple laptops into a cheap, semi-permanent backup drive. The design utilizes a small plastic adapter to house a microSD card, which can be inserted into any full-size SD port on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. While a standard SD card would jut out from the side, the Nifty MiniDrive rests flush with the casing, thus retaining the benefits of removable storage without the risk of it falling out or detracting from Apple's original industrial design.
To maintain the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air's design aesthetic, the Nifty MiniDrive's outward facing panel is made out of aluminum, though users will have a variety of colors to choose from. It supports microSD cards of up to 2TB (although 64GB is the largest microSD card widely available on the market right now) and can be removed at any time by hooking a paperclip through a small eyelet built into its front panel. The device's creators are seeking $11,000 in funding with backer tiers ranging from $25 to $1,000. In exchange for their support, backers will receive special recognition and one or multiple first-run models. While a retail price for the Nifty MiniDrive has not been established, you can bet it will be cheaper than buying a new SSD and cracking open a MacBook with a torx screwdriver.
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