About this project
TarDisk is a secure, tool-free upgrade that doubles (or even triples) the onboard storage of your Macbook by adding up to 256GB of extra space. Simply insert TarDisk into your MacBook's SD slot and TarDisk instantly mounts into OSX as an available drive, semi-permanent and seamless.
After a stressful visit to an Apple Genius Bar with a completely full hard drive in my MacBook Air, I simply needed a way to store more files. As someone who uses my MacBook everyday, this solution needed to work without requiring me lug around extra bulk or delete my existing files and programs. The only options available were time consuming, expensive or would void my Macbook's warranty. I could not accept the "official answer", that there were no easy ways to upgrade the hard drive in a MacBook.
TarDisk 256, is faster than a traditional USB Hard Drive. It utilizes your computer's SD port, and leverages your high-bandwidth PCIe bus connection to directly transfer data to your system when needed. Speeds are fast:
• 95 MB/sec Sequential Read.
• 70 MB/sec Sequential Write.
Comparisons of USB External 7200RPM Hard-Disk Drives at: http://www.cnet.com
TarDisk 256 is built around an industry leading flash memory controller. The controller was developed for professional HD equipment requiring UHS Speed Class 3 or above. This provides the core makeup of TarDisk's speed and stability. The controller is paired with high-density 16 GigaByte (128 Gigabit) (MLC) NAND dies. Eight, 16GB NAND chips are assembled into a stack. Two stacks are placed side by side and combine with the controller to produce a final product that is 14mm long x 22mm wide.
Secure. Simple. Seamless. Just like the MacBook Pro, TarDisk is constructed from a solid aluminum uni-body frame. A block of 6061 Aluminum is precision machined, to within 0.005 inch accuracy. The metal then undergoes a glass bead blasting and anodization process to add wear-resistance and perfectly to match both your MacBook's texture and color.
This isn't just about looks though. TarDisk's design provides both physical protection and a performance boost. The unique unibody chassis dissipates excess heat generated by the flash chip, providing for increased longevity and stability.
For us, it is crucial that each TarDisk perfectly integrates into the computer for which it has been designed. Feel confident knowing we support all MacBooks with an SD port through six unique designs. There is no ambiguity when shipping the right TarDisk to you -- we have developed a simple "one-click" piece of software, available for download in the Mac App Store, that every backer will use to ensure your TarDisk fits perfectly, before your reward is shipped!
The Manufacturing Plan
By partnering with a leading flash memory manufacturer to build a miniaturized 256GB MMC chip and a U.S. based, industrial grade, precision metal parts manufacturer; we are proud to introduce the TarDisk 256 Unibody.
The money we raise on KickStarter will pay for tooling and machine time, fund the materials needed for the initial manufacturing batch and incentivize the chip manufacturer to work with us. By supporting our Kickstarter, you are giving us a fighting chance to work with huge manufacturers who otherwise would overlook us.
- Uni-body cases. We will launch a multi-thousand piece manufacturing run at a partnered facility here in Mass. Capabilities & production scale quality have been confirmed and terms have already been negotiated.
- 256GB 14mm Chips. We will engage a production run of "short" 256gb chips with a partner facility in Taiwan. Capabilities & production scale quality have been confirmed.
All finish work, packaging and shipping logistics will happen here in the United States. Assembly is straight forward.
Simply put: TarDisk provides an easy way to double (or triple) onboard Storage in a MacBook. Our Uni-Body-Aluminum, Chip-on-Board design, makes it water proof, shock proof and generally idiot proof. Removal, if ever necessary is easy - just use a finger to slide the drive out. You can easily corral your storage space hogs, like your large iPhoto library, iTunes collection or DropBox account in a snap. Most importantly, TarDisk maintains the ability to integrate with your MacBook's native TimeMachine. Feel confident knowing that your files are protected in the event of an accident.
Kickstarter Reward Overview
With fully functional prototypes in-hand, and a heavy investment in design and sourcing relationships, we have taken the TarDisk as far as we can on our own. We have invested everything into building TarDisk. Now we turn to you, to help us successfully fund the first ever flush, solid-aluminum 256GB MacBook onboard expansion.
We’re humbled that you’ve taken the time to learn about our project and we sincerely can’t thank you enough for the support. None of this would be possible without you! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
For the 64GB and 128GB TarDisks, there is minimal risk. Relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, as well as contracts outlining costs, are already in place. For the 256GB TarDisk, there is no risk on the technology side, however we need to convince our chip manufacturing partners that there is market interest for TarDisk and that this is something people want -- with YOUR help, we are confident this will not be a problem!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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