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Mar 17, 2012, 09:20 AM
Hi, all. I picked up a MBA at a garage sale for $10. :eek::eek::eek:
I got this from powerbookmedic.com by checking the serial number:

Model Family: MacBook Air
Processor: 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo (P7700)
Manufacturer: Intel
# of CPUs: 1
Codename: Penryn
Size: 13.3"
Finish: Glossy
Resolution: 1280x800
Backlight: LED-Backlit
Base Memory: 2GB PC2-5300 SODIMM
Brand: Apple
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
Color(s): Aluminum
Original OS: Mac OS X 10.5.1
Battery: 37-watt-hour non-removable lithium-polymer
Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 (144MB)
Base Storage: 80GB 4200RPM EIDE 1.8"
Optical Drive: N/A
Model Number: A1237
Sales Number(s): MB003LL/A
Machine Number(s): MacBookAir1,1
Dimensions: 12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.76 in
Weight: 3.0 lb
Production: Jan 15, 2008 - Oct 14, 2008
Factory: Remanufactured Model
Production Year: 2008
Production Week: 33 (August)
Production Number: 251

But it wouldn't boot up. So I got it to boot up with a USB install stick :cool:, but was shocked to find there is no hard drive installed. NONE. But for $10, who is bitching? :rolleyes: LOL

So, I have the hard drive caddy, the bracket and the rubber insert and the flex cable. I pulled a DERP and bought a 120GB 1.8" SATA drive but as most of you know, that isn't gonna work. (oh, well)

So I'm trying to figure out what to put in this thing. Is a LIF PATA and a ZIF PATA the same thing? Will a Samsung MK1224GAH hard drive work?


Or this Samsung MK1224GAL?


I appreciate any help you all might offer. Thanks!


Mar 17, 2012, 09:35 AM
Hi, all. I picked up a MBA at a garage sale for $10. :eek::eek::eek:



Wow for $10 that's great! I suggest putting an SSD in there, they are much slower without SSDs besides you can get a 60GB SSD from OWC for your MBA for $160 so then you have a Mac for $170

Congrats on the Mac!
Oh, by the way, did you get a box and charger as well? if you did they could have sold the charger alone for atleast $40 :D

Mar 17, 2012, 10:05 AM
I did indeed get the box and charger and adapter and everything else including discs. It was a good deal, no?

Don't want to go to SSD, trying the PATA drive route (cheapskate). Help?

Mar 17, 2012, 04:34 PM
OtherWorldComputing has the following SSD that will work.


There is also a 60GB version.

Edit: I just saw your post about not wanting an SSD. That said, OWC advertises the SSD as ZIF PATA, so that suggests the Toshiba drive ought to work.

Mar 18, 2012, 03:10 PM
10 bucks.. congrats on that one. I've got a photofast gmonster v4 zif SSD in mine. Works without problems.


and there are loads of cheaper options on ebay


just make sure it has a zif connector

Mar 20, 2012, 07:38 AM
Thanks. I ended up picking up a 120GB MK1321GAL drive for about $80. Hope that it fits. I'll post back and let you all know.

Apr 5, 2012, 01:36 PM
...and the drive worked perfectly.

...and the best part of this? The broken hinges that it had were COVERED under an extended warranty by Apple. Dropped it off at an Apple store on Friday, got it back on Tuesday. They replaced the hinges, the hinge clutches, the hinge cover, the video cable, the antenna and the camera cable. FOR FREE.

So, I have a first-gen MacBook Air, running Lion on a 120 GB hard drive for about $95 ($10 for the buy and $80+ for the hard drive). LOL!

Thanks for your advice, all. Back to lurking.


Apr 5, 2012, 02:44 PM
Wow that is one hell of a deal!

Apr 5, 2012, 05:06 PM
I'll buy it off you for $20, double your money! :P Congrats on the amazing find!