- Answered by Holly P
- 4 Oct 2019
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this be compatible with my Early 2014 MacBookAir?)
17 Questions + 11 Answers
I have a late 2015 21.5 inch iMac
One answer says "No". But Apple has this listed with drives when I filtered on ThunderBolt. If it is not ThunderBolt ready out of the box, they are doing their customers a disservice. If it is capable of Thunderbolt throughput but an extra cost cable is required, that should be stated.
I am ready to buy a small capacity Thunderbolt drive and I can't believe how difficult it is to determine if what I'm buying will fit the bill.
So far, only a the Buffalo MiniStation and an offering from LeCie seem to meet that spec. I'd expect Apple to have a similar product in their Accessories list.
Yes, this will work with Surface or any PC laptop :)
The iPad Pro doesn't support external storage as yet.
Can I connect it to the new Apple Macbook Air 13" (2018) model to use Thunderbolt 3 speeds with the supplied USB-C cable? If not what additional cable will be required to connect it to the 2018 Macbook Air for Thunderbolt 3 compatibility?
It’s not clear at all on the advert, I have 2 of these drives and the USB-C cable provided is not Thunderbolt 3 compatible, it basically means that it is Thunderbolt 3 ready if you buy thunderbolt 3 cables to go with it - I purchased a couple of 0.8m Thunderbolt 3 cables from Apple but have never measured the speed! Hope this helps.
Will I be able to use MACs as well as PCs without reformatting or downloading software for each computer I use?
No, this is not a SSD drive, although Apple Store is showing it in their SSD drives list.
It has a mechanical drive with 5400RPM.
I have a G Drive mobile USB. I have over 8,000 pictures on my phone. I'm wondering if I can delete the photos and videos from my phone assuming they are safe on the G Drive. I back up my MacBook Profrequently which has all the same pictures and videos as my iPhone. If I delete from my iPhone they delete from my MacBook and vice-versa.
I don't want to lose my pictures but don't want to have 8,000+ pictures on my phone.
The short answer is yes this drive would make a good backup drive. However remember no drive is perfect. Also it can be difficult to tell when your backup drive is damaged until it is too late.
Given your concern of not losing your photos, exporting them may not be the best solution. Apple's iCloud is a far, far safer place to store your photos than any home based hard drive. Apple has professional procedures and technologies in place to protect data that a user can not easily match at home. If the safety of your photos is paramount, then I recommend leaving them in iCloud.
A better solution for reducing the space used by photos on your iPhone would be to use the 'Optimize iPhone Storage' feature introduced with iOS 11. This feature places small thumbnails for all photos on your phone, but only downloads full sized copies for the images you are using. This will save space on you iPhone, however all photos remain safe, accessible in Apples cloud, and manageable from any linked copy of Photos. To implement this feature, on your iPhone, go to 'Setting>Photos' and put a check next to 'Optimize iPhone Storage'.
If you wish to remove all photos from your phone. You can turn off 'iCloud Photo Library' on your Mac and iPhone. This will stop them from sharing photos.You can then delete them from your iPhone without impacting iPhotos on your Mac. Then use good backup procedures to protect them. Remember that after this any photos you take with your phone will need to be manually transferred to your Mac
Hope this helps