256 GB SSD on 11" Macbook AIR?

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    256 GB SSD on 11" Macbook AIR?

    any aftermarket to upgrade and confirmed it works?
    the 11" is perfect for my travels...
     
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    It would be nice but

    what about the price?
    What about one of these for 50 quid
    LaCie Rikiki 2.5" USB2.0 Portable Hard Drive, 250Gbs in the smallest package around.you wont get a 250Gb ssd for the same price. What about the hassle getting one fitted. I just recommended the 640Gb to a friend for archiving.
     
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    This puzzles me because the MBA doesn't use an SSD - it has memory chips on the motherboard. Not a "drive" at all. Not sure how this would actually be done without removing and replacing existing chips. For a MacBook Pro, sure, that would be great.

    Perhaps I'm missing something here but I would not count on being able to make any such changes without doing violence to the motheboard and voiding the warranty as a result.

    Cheers
     
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    Check out this page:

    ifixit question

    If you go through the answers, one guy took the 256 from a 13". From his pics, it looks like it fits. I'm not so sure how it'll last in the long run though.
     
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    Do you think the new OWC SSDs will have the same tight-fitting problems as the 256 Toshiba ones?
     
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    The press release from OWC says

    "...is available immediately for pre-ordering in three capacities compatible with all 11.1" and 13.3" 2010 MacBook Air models..."

    so it seems like they'll fit, but I still think it'll be pretty tight.

    I dunno for sure, but from the picture on the OWC website, it looks like the blade has 6 small chips per side vs. the 4 per side on the Toshiba.. so maybe it'll fit fine.

    Hopefully we'll find out more soon. I'm planning on picking up an 11" and would probably want to upgrade the drive as well.

    Edit: Nvmd, actually, that looks like a stock photo of an ssd...
     
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    the "SSD" is built into a stick-like formfactor that fits into an mSATA slot on the mainboard, making it removable, and thus replaceable.
     
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    the 11" MBAir is no thinner than the 13" version. they're both. .68" at their thickest point.
     
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    The logic board is arranged differently. Refer to the link in dragon13's post. There is certainly less room near the SSD on the 11" model.
     
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    if you reread my post, i was addressing thickness not being the reason why it wouldnt fit. i never said anything in regard to the overall width and arrangement of the mSATA connection.
     
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    That wasn't clear based on your wording. But you are correct too! I just didn't want people to get the idea that the same laptop thickness implied similar space inside.
     
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    There was a company called PhotoFast that was prepping a 256 gig upgrade for the MBA11 back in October. They were shipping it with a USB external enclosure to stick your existing 128 (or 64) gig chip in to use to restore your system and then have an external "drive" of sorts. Apple asked them not to make it.

    I noticed on the OWC site, it's supposedly available for order, but will take nine days to ship. Good thing I don't have $600 right now or I'd be getting the 240 gig version. Still, I'd love to have that USB enclosure to put the 128 stick in.

    Rob
     
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    That is actually pretty uncool. They cropped a stock SSD photo to the shape of a Toshiba blade SSD. Why don't they just show their own product?
     
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    thanks. now i just have to find a nice review

    thanks. now i just have to find a nice review
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    No smoke and mirrors here. It's their own design. I held one yesterday at CES.
     
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    Macsales SSD

    Wait a while. I bought a 120gb SSD from OWC last August. Price is now one-half of what it cost me. Same reduction with ram.

    I do love it though. My 4-year old 15in MBP flies.
     
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    The biggest problem I see with upgrading an 11 inch MBA's flash storage is that doing so would void the warranty. The new MBAs are designed so as to have no user serviceable parts, as is demonstrated by Apple's use of heretofore nonstandard Torx security screws in MBA cases.
     
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    Well I've ordered the 320gb for my 11". I've really been amazed by the new Air and take it everywhere with me. This extra space means I can now also fit my music and photos on there and ditch the USB drive. Should ship tomorrow. :D
     
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    DAVEOZ, when you get it, can you take some pictures of the install and give it a review?

    I am interested too.. but gosh... $$$$$$$
     
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    Where did you order it from? (Are you serious...a 320G drive is available for the the 11.6" MBA?!)
     
  23. DaveOZ, Jan 10, 2011
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    Oh yes I'm serious.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Express

    To me this stuff is still cheap. I used to pay $30,000 for a Sun workstation that was 1/10000th the speed of the Mac Book Air.

    BTW, did you read this thread at all??

    I'll try but I'm usually too impatient to install to do reviews but I will take some pics and post here.
     
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    Wow! Thanks for the link...that is very cool! I don't think I will be able to justify buying it but that is pretty amazing.
     
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    You mean 360gb?

    that's even cooler :cool:
     

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