Add 1TB of storage to 2021 MacBook Pro with JetDrive Lite 330

Add 1TB of storage to 2021 MacBook Pro with JetDrive Lite 330


Add 1TB of storage to 2021 MacBook Pro with JetDrive Lite 330
The JetDrive Lite 330 might be the best option for Time Machine backups for the 2021 MacBook Pro.
Photo: Transcend

The Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 is now available with 1TB of storage. This SD card is designed specifically to add to the capacity of the 2021 MacBook Pro, and sit flush with the card slot.

Once inserted, the card acts like any other drive. And data transfers are fast enough for Time Machine backups.

This post contains affiliate links. Cult of Mac may earn a commission when you use our links to buy items.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 now offers 1TB of MacBook Pro storage

Standard SD cards don’t insert all the way into Apple’s latest notebook. That’s not a problem with the JetDrive Lite 330 — it is smaller than the standard SD card so it sits flush in the slot. That allows the MacBook Pro to be safely carried around with the card inserted.

“Transcend’s JetDrive Lite 330 expansion cards are designed to seamlessly integrate with your MacBook, blending in perfectly without any awkward protrusion,” says the developer.

The card’s maximum read speed is 95 MBps, while the max write speed is 75 MBps. Real-world performance varies, but Transcend promises it’s fast enough to use this accessory to make Time Machine backups. So if something unfortunate happens to your notebook’s hard drive, you still have a backup.

More on-the-go storage

Previously, the JetDrive Lite 330 was available in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB capacities. And now Transcend has added a 1TB version. This is available on Amazon for $249.99.

Buy from: Amazon

The 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro released at the end of 2021 is the first in years with a built-in SD reader. And the JetDrive Lite 330 fits it, as well as 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2012 to 2015. But making the card sit flush with the slot requires a specific shape, and it isn’t compatible with other MacBooks with SD card slots. But Transcend makes cards designed for older models… just not with 1TB of capacity.


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.