Dec 14, 2008
I wanted to know how some of the rest of you who also have MacBook Air computers have been dealing with the fact that these machines only have one available USB Port. The single most inconvenient aspect of this is that, due to the mere 80GB hard drive I have installed in my MacBook Air, I use an external USB hard drive to store my iPhoto Library on and then when the time comes that I want to copy photos to my iPhoto Library, there's no way to do so because the SD card in my camera has to be plugged into my MacBook Air via USB.
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I've found three solutions for dealing with this problem.
1) Copy the photos from the SD card to my MacBook Air's internal drive first, the disconnect the SD card and connect the external hard drive that has the iPhoto library on it, then copy the photos to the iPhoto library from the MacBook Air's internal drive.
2) Use a USB Hub to provide a means of connecting both the external USB Hard Drive as well as the SD card via a USB card reader. The one major problem with this approach is, to the best of my knowledge is, that it would have to be a powered USB Hub (in order to provide the power required to run two external hard drives - SD card & USB HD). This means that my ultra thin, uber-portable MacBook Air is now tethered to a power outlet.
3) The third and final method I've come across that I've most recently been playing with is through using the Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Card. This awesome little device, which Time Magazine has just listed as one of it's top 10 gadgets of the year, is truly incredible, you can read more about it here. This device would totally and completely solve my problem if it were not for one major detail, it's not compatible with RAW images (which for obvious reasons, I would much rather be using than JPEG). This one simple fact is most likely going to wind up being the deal breaker.