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BrownManUPS
Jun 24, 2012, 10:37 PM
Hi guys,

I'm running out of space on my 128GB SSD, and was thinking about upgrading to 256 rather than buying a new machine (though I love the 11inchers on the market).

I am willing to pay 200-300 to have Apple do it -- is this an option? Has anyone used AppleCare/theStore to give your computer in for an upgrade? Does anyone know the price?

And if this isn't an option, has anyone done the upgrade to 256SSD themselves? Is it hard to do? I'm sorta experienced with upgrading RAM in the older MacBooks... the iFixit guide seems to suggest it isn't too hard if you have about 15 minutes. Thoughts?

Thanks.



aleni
Jun 25, 2012, 02:08 AM
dont think apple will upgrade the air's ssd.

the only way to upgrade is to buy the air's drive from owc.com and upgrade it yourself. it's easy.

flatfoot
Jun 25, 2012, 04:13 AM
dont think apple will upgrade the air's ssd.

the only way to upgrade is to buy the air's drive from owc.com and upgrade it yourself. it's easy.

No, owc is not the only way. There are plenty cheaper original MBA SSD offers on eBay. The owc upgrade, however, gives you the SATA3 speeds the MBA 2012 is capable of.

I did the upgrade myself (64->128) on my MBA11 2010 and was done in less than 15 minutes. Just make sure you have the two screwdrivers listed on ifixit.

BrownManUPS
Jun 25, 2012, 08:06 AM
No, owc is not the only way. There are plenty cheaper original MBA SSD offers on eBay. The owc upgrade, however, gives you the SATA3 speeds the MBA 2012 is capable of.

But it is compatible with the Mid-2011 air? Also, do I need to get the 3G or 6G for those speeds?

flatfoot
Jun 25, 2012, 08:12 AM
But it is compatible with the Mid-2011 air? Also, do I need to get the 3G or 6G for those speeds?

The SSDs from 2010 and 2011 MBAs are the same, but they are "3G" (SATAII 3Gbit/s). Your 2011 MBA is SATAIII (6Gbit/s) ready. To make use of that you have to get an OWC Mercury Aurora Pro 6G SSD. Those are about twice as fast but cost a whole lot more, too.

PBG4 Dude
Jun 25, 2012, 08:18 AM
The SSDs from 2010 and 2011 MBAs are the same, but they are "3G" (SATAII 3Gbit/s). Your 2011 MBA is SATAIII (6Gbit/s) ready. To make use of that you have to get an OWC Mercury Aurora Pro 6G SSD. Those are about twice as fast but cost a whole lot more, too.

It's less than $20 difference between the 3G and 6G 240GB option. ($358 vs. $340) The OP was looking for a 256GB SSD. 240GB is the closest OWC makes.

jimboutilier
Jun 25, 2012, 08:24 AM
Apple has a rather odd policy of no upgrades. They'll replace failed parts with like parts but will not perform any upgrades.

There are third parties with Apple trained techs that can do such upgrades (like BestBuy)

Or of course you can do something as simple as an SSD upgrade in an AIR yourself. The physical replacement is only about 10 minutes work, but of course the backup before and restore after can take a while.

If you are looking for a faster/larger SSD I would highly recommend OWC. Their kits come with all the instructions and tools you will need and their SSDs are much faster than Apples stock SSDs (even their 3GB ones).

flatfoot
Jun 25, 2012, 08:24 AM
It's less than $20 difference between the 3G and 6G 240GB option. ($358 vs. $340) The OP was looking for a 256GB SSD. 240GB is the closest OWC makes.

I was talking about used blades from eBay.

PBG4 Dude
Jun 25, 2012, 08:32 AM
I was talking about used blades from eBay.

Oh, you mean used blades vs. OWC upgrades? Gotcha.

flatfoot
Jun 25, 2012, 09:31 AM
Oh, you mean used blades vs. OWC upgrades? Gotcha.

No prob. I didn't really express myself clearly.

BrownManUPS
Jun 25, 2012, 09:38 AM
Thanks for all the help. If I will do this, I think the extra money for the 6G option would be worth the upgrade. I'm sure it isn't too difficult to do the full backup and restore... though if anyone knows of a step by step link to do this, I'd appreciate it.

Stetrain
Jun 25, 2012, 10:36 AM
Thanks for all the help. If I will do this, I think the extra money for the 6G option would be worth the upgrade. I'm sure it isn't too difficult to do the full backup and restore... though if anyone knows of a step by step link to do this, I'd appreciate it.

For an extra $20 OWC will include an external enclosure for your old SSD. This should let you migrate directly from your old SSD to the new one once you had the new one installed.

You could also clone your current drive to an external hard drive and restore from that.

mds
Jun 25, 2012, 10:50 AM
Does the 2010 MBA support 6G?

flatfoot
Jun 25, 2012, 02:18 PM
Does the 2010 MBA support 6G?

Nope, unfortunately not. The 6G SSDs should work in them, though, and saturate the SATA2 (3G) port better than the Toshiba or Samsung 3G models they come with.

mds
Jun 25, 2012, 09:31 PM
Thanks. Good to know.

It also just occurred to me the benefit of the SD slot on the 13" MBAs. A 32-128GB card could be kept in there for normal storage. How fast does that slot run? I know cards are slow, but some of the pro-style ones dor over 60MB/s.

marioman38
Jun 25, 2012, 10:50 PM
Yea, they're slower than SSD and still expensive. I just saw this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1206894) thread though, and it looks kind of neat.