What happens when you run out of space on your hard drive? Sure, you can start purging old files and unneeded programs, but that will only get you so far. The other option is to add a second drive, or simply replace it. Replacing an entire drive can be a lot of work, what with copying everything over, and getting your computer set back up the way you like it, and few laptops allow a second drive. Well, if you’re a MacBook owner, there’s a new option at your disposal.
The TarDisk Pear is a new drive that slips into the MacBook’s built-in SD card slot. Unlike a normal SSD, this one is designed to be merged with your laptop’s existing drive, creating a Fusion Drive. The TarDisk Pear automatically sets this up for you, so there isn’t any hassle for you to deal with.
Much like Apple’s own implementation of a Fusion Drive, the OS, applications, and the system’s read/write buffer will all be kept on the much faster SSD. Files that are less-frequently used will generally be stored on the TarDisk Pear, ensuring that you see very little change in how quickly everything runs.
The most important thing to remember is that once this little drive is in place, it’s a part of your computer. It has been designed to match the brushed aluminum of the MacBook. So much that it really does look like a part of the computer. Should you remove it, some of your data will become inaccessible. So once you’ve installed it, you’ll want to leave it in place.
The storage options aren’t cheap, though. You’ll see a 128GB for $149, with a larger 256GB model fetching around $400. If you’re tech-savvy enough to replace your entire SSD with a larger one, that’s going to be the most effected route. However, if you don’t want to mess with all of that, and want an easy upgrade, this could be an interesting option.