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TarDisk comes in two* sizes: 128GB or 256GB and can be used with any compatible MacBook, regardless of that computer’s original HD size. *(Older 64GB TarDisk models are still sold by some retailers).
If compared to an “SD card” a TarDisk is about half the length and generally more powerful. Each TarDisk is specifically tailored for the computer it was designed for. This includes variations in length and width and allows TarDisk to live inside your computer without the danger of being lost or knocked loose. Our shortest TarDisk is 16mm and our longest is 22mm. A full product compatibility chart can be found here with representative images to show size.
All MacBooks support both the 128 and 256GB TarDisk Models. For selecting the correct model, there is no ambiguity -- we have developed a simple one-click piece of software available on the footer of this page to ensure your TarDisk fits perfectly before it is shipped!
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If Pear'ed, TarDisk maintains a cache on your SSD making any speed differential between TarDisk and your lighting fast SSD, almost unnoticeable.
If you are not yet backing up to the cloud, you can receive 30-days of online Backup for free here.
Rest assured knowing that TarDisk is water proof up to 72 hours, temperature proof from -13°F to 185°F, shock proof up to 500Gs of shock, immune to airport X-rays, and capable of up to 5000 Gauss of static magnetic field!
In this example a 256GB TarDisk has been Pear'ed with a 256GB MacBook Pro to produce 489GB free of 507GB. Notice that the MacBook Pro's SSD is 251GB while the TarDisk is a true 256GB, this is normal. Also notice that the colored bars are a reflection of each other, this too is normal and shows that both pieces of hardware are functional.
Finally the assigned names such as "Flash Storage" or "Secure Digital Disk" will vary depending on your MacBook Hardware which has been Pear'ed -- this too is normal. In the event that the sum of the two drives is not shown on the right hand side (i.e. you do not see 507GB or the combine equivalent) something in the Pearing process may not have completed fully and you should now review the trouble shooting steps in this FAQ.
*Please note that if you previously Pear'ed your TarDisk to your system and have since removed Pear, you will need to delete the EFI partition from your TarDisk, more info here. This only applies to users who have completed the un-Pear process.
We also made a video of our TIGHTEST fitting TarDisk to demonstrate how to remove it with a credit card! Remember to never use a metal object when removing your TarDisk or damage will occur!
If you have not run your computer down to 0% battery, but the TarDisk has still ejected, the first thing to try is shutting your computer down and with the computer off unplugging and plugging your TarDisk back in TEN-Times. It is possible that if you rarely used your SDxc port prior to using your TarDisk, the pins in your computer’s slot are dirty and not making good electrical contact with the TarDisk. The act of pushing your TarDisk in and out may fix the problem. (Remember never use metal objects to remove your TarDisk)
If your TarDisk is involuntarily unmounting from your MacBook upon sleep, there are software fixes for you here that will help as this is a setting in OS X.
Please note that if you Pear'ed your TarDisk to your computer, and received this error code, "Step 1" and "Step 3" are not applicable to you.
If your TarDisk is not sitting completely flush, it is likely that you received the wrong model or your are not inserting it correctly. We are happy to replace your TarDisk with the correct model, just ship it back and explain what is going on with a hand-written note and a copy of your original receipt! In the event that you confirmed that you did in fact order the correct model (using the selector software in the footer of this page) and your TarDisk is still not fitting correctly, please get in touch with us: help@TarDisk.com. Please include;
Pearing your MacBook is a simple, but permanent process. To prevent the potential for data loss, please make sure to follow the steps below carefully. Pearing makes edits to your operating system's core storage that results in a Macintosh HD that is additively larger. Please follow the steps below or visit us online for the full instructions: www.tardisk.com/pages/instructions
Enjoy your new Peared MacBook!
If you have additional questions, or you had any trouble with the process please review this guide and confirm that all steps were properly followed. In the event that you intentionally skipped any of the optional steps above (i.e. Step 8), this may be the source of problems. For trouble shooting assistance please visit: www.tardisk.com/pages/help
Although the Pearing process is permanent, there may be instances where you need to remove your TarDisk for troubleshooting etc. In these cases the un-Pearing process is listed below and can be accomplished in eight steps. For a step-by-step guide, please click the link below.
For a step by step tutorial please visit here.
Note that after you un-Pear your TarDisk, the TarDisk itself will need to be wiped clean before it will function properly again. To wipe the TarDisk clean, you will need to delete the EFI partition. More info and a guide here.
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