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New SDXC cards with Macbook Airs?

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lippyloggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 23, 2011 8:16 AM

I just ordered the new 64 GB Class 10 SDXC Flash Memory Card for my MacBook Air SD slot and was wondering if anyone's tried it out in their own MacBook Air, and what their experience has been so far.


How fast is it?


Did you need to reformat it?


If so, what's the optimum format choice?


Mac OS Journaled?




Free Space?


I read a review with a posted comment claiming it runs as fast as an internal 7200rpm drive, although I'm skeptical of this claim. I was planning on using it as my iTunes library, but if it's really that fast maybe I can install Windows 7 via bootcamp?


Any advice would be much appreciated.


Thanks in advance

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 13"
  • voipben Calculating status...
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    Apr 23, 2011 10:33 AM (in response to lippyloggy)

    According to other threads, the slot does not support SDXC cards (see for example). I'd be interested to hear if you find that the cards do in fact work, so please keep us posted.



  • hawleyrw Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 23, 2011 12:01 PM (in response to lippyloggy)

    That's what I know also - From what i found SDHC is the highest standard that MacBook Air uses, Max is 32G, I bought a Class 10 32G which is what I keep in my 13" for additional storage.


    Others have said SDXC is supported which is contrary to what I had read.  I'll keep looking.



  • voipben Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 23, 2011 12:17 PM (in response to lippyloggy)

    Thanks! Missed that thread, which sounds promising. I will be looking forward to your findings, both re. the card working and running Win from it (which would also be of interest to me--as I'm sure you know, standard SD cards don't perform well for this but perhaps the XC's faster data transfer rates will resolve the issue, assuming the reader supports them).

  • hawleyrw Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 28, 2011 6:56 PM (in response to lippyloggy)

    Sweet!  I guess I'll have to get one then....I'm a sucker for more storage in my MBA



  • EricInMaryland Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 29, 2011 4:20 AM (in response to lippyloggy)

    I'd like to better understand the speed and reliability of these cards. Which brand carries the best reliability. Assume you would need a class 10 version.


    Can you reformat these to HFS?

  • voipben Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 30, 2011 1:57 AM (in response to lippyloggy)

    Congrats, and thanks for letting us know. Let's hope the pricing on those 128GB cards starts to come down soon...

  • bryguy13 Calculating status...
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    Oct 3, 2011 1:15 AM (in response to lippyloggy)

    I was excited at the prospects of using a 128 GB SDXC for my iTunes library but its not working out so well.


    I copied all of my songs over to the card and then created an alias of the parent folder and parked that at ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music. I experimented with playing some songs and overall it was working ok. It did take a little while when switching between tracks rapidly (0.5-2s) but I was ok with that.


    My problems started when I tried adding new songs. iTunes is totally getting locked even when adding just 1 new song to the library. Its taking about 60s to process each song.


    I do have a pretty large library at 12k + songs, but I've been trying to diagnose the issue and started adding songs to a completely empty library. It was behaving alright until I got to about 3k or 4k songs added then it really took a nose dive. I also have tried explicitly changing the iTunes media folder rather than using an alias and its still not behaving well.


    One recourse might be to go back to manually organizing and keep some files on the SSD, but I'd rather have iTunes keep my media files organized for me. It sounds like a total pain to do otherwise, especially as I'd need to move stuff off to the card and then have iTunes relocate these files.


    If anyone has tried this as well or has any suggestions, let me know.

  • bryguy13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 2:08 PM (in response to lippyloggy)

    I did not format myself, but it is in the ExFAT format. I'm not sure if the size would effect the speed, but as I said when I started with a fresh library it started to slow down around 2000 or 3000 songs.


    I'm curious, do you get any kind of slowdowns with iTunes? Adding an album of songs? How is your Library setup, did you set the Media Folder location within iTunes or use folder aliases?

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