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Old Feb 11, 2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Is there a cheaper alternative to OWC Aura Pro?

I'm looking for a ~500gb ssd for my 2012 macbook air 13", but I rather compromise on lower speeds than pay OWC's price.

Is there a cheaper alternative?

And if there isn't, is there any external storage that designed to mount on macbook air? using external hdd is really annoying when I'm using the laptop in the living room (on the couch\on the lap my ext hdd is near death like 10 times an hour).

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Old Feb 11, 2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Sometimes OEM drives are available for a little cheaper on eBay. Do you want all of your storage to be portable? You could always get an external and hook up to a wireless router so it's not physically connected but you can retrieve the files when you need them and then take them on the go if necessary. More information on your budget/how it will be used would help with making suggestions.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Also keep in mind that 500GB of SSD in a 2.5" size is $400-500. OWC is packing it in even tighter with much more expensive chips in a somewhat custom board and is asking $680. Its really not much of a premium. And don't ask me why but similar chips on ebay are $1000.

I seriously doubt you will beat OWC in price on such a high end product. 128GB chips, sure, another story.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:29 AM   #4
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My 512 GB Toshiba SSD from OWC was $297 which I felt a fair price to pay.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 09:06 AM   #5
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RunCore released a Macbook Air compatible SSD but I don't know much else about it. What sizes, where to buy...
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