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JPamplin
Aug 8, 2012, 01:09 PM
Folks,

I'm going to get the SATA3 240GB OWC SSD (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Air_2011) for my 2011 MBA and wanted to use my 128GB stock SATA2 SSD on a Hackintosh as a boot drive.

What's the form factor for the SSD? Is it a 5cm or 7 cm PCIe card? On the assumption that it's a 7 (also known as mSATA?), would this work to convert it to an internal drive form factor?

eBay Link (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RunCore-70mm-50mm-Mini-PCI-e-SSD-to-2-5-SATA-II-Converter-Adapter-RCSATA-MPCIE-/221086445871?pt=US_Solid_State_Drives&hash=item3379c7712f#ht_2568wt_1168)

Please let me know, or recommend something else I can buy to use my MBA SSD card in a desktop as a SATA2 boot drive.

JP



wonderboyP8NT
Aug 8, 2012, 04:07 PM
Im also curious about this...

matthewtoney
Aug 8, 2012, 10:11 PM
Folks,

I'm going to get the SATA3 240GB OWC SSD (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Air_2011) for my 2011 MBA and wanted to use my 128GB stock SATA2 SSD on a Hackintosh as a boot drive.

What's the form factor for the SSD? Is it a 5cm or 7 cm PCIe card? On the assumption that it's a 7 (also known as mSATA?), would this work to convert it to an internal drive form factor?

eBay Link (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RunCore-70mm-50mm-Mini-PCI-e-SSD-to-2-5-SATA-II-Converter-Adapter-RCSATA-MPCIE-/221086445871?pt=US_Solid_State_Drives&hash=item3379c7712f#ht_2568wt_1168)

Please let me know, or recommend something else I can buy to use my MBA SSD card in a desktop as a SATA2 boot drive.

JP

You should ask OWC (and report back to this thread) :) I bet they'll know...

Lunchb0x8
Aug 8, 2012, 10:15 PM
If you buy the enclosure from them (the larger plastic one instead of the slim one) it has a SATA to MBA SSD adapter.

JPamplin
Aug 9, 2012, 02:16 PM
You should ask OWC (and report back to this thread) :) I bet they'll know...

Actually Matthew, I did. It was not helpful - basically, they don't offer ANY product which converts your MBA SSD into an internal SATA drive. They have solutions for external, yes. Their high-end enclosure (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB) even has eSATA, which would work if nothing else was available - but it's pricey.

I'm looking to plug my MBA SSD into a SATA port on a desktop and use it as a boot drive. I think the eBay link above will work, but I can't verify. Please, if anyone has had experience with this, reply here.

Thanks!

JP

JPamplin
Aug 9, 2012, 04:18 PM
Ok, big update here...

I spoke to OWC again and got a much more helpful human. It turns out that the pinouts for the Apple SSD are proprietary (different from mSATA). Also, it's 110mm long, which makes it a different size (longer) than a 2.5" drive.

BUT, there's a card that is specifically designed to do this - and it's $20 shipped on eBay. Here it is:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-MACBOOK-AIR-mc505-mc506-64G-128G-256G-ssd-to-3-5-SATA-5V-3-3V-Adapter-New-/320957825547?pt=US_Drive_Cables_dapters&hash=item4aba93c20b#ht_2482wt_1165

Enjoy!:cool: