How can I add more storage to my macbook air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by itai, May 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    I have the new 13" macbook air with only 128Gb of storage. I was wondering whether I could just buy another chip of 128Gb and install it by myself, or do I need to take it to a lab to have it done?

    Thanks.
     
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    KylePowers

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    There's only one spot for an SSD, so you'd have to replace your 128GB with something higher if you want more storage (like a 256GB)

    But yes, you can do it yourself
     
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    Capt Underpants

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    The only company I know of that sells Macbook Air SSD's is OWC.

    You can find them here.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Like it's been stated, OWC offers SSD's with higher storage capacity and speed.
    You can do it yourself too, but I think it might void your warranty, but in case you're not that easily scared, have a whack at it.

    I read some posts about someone who had added an SSD from OWC and who had really benefitted from this, and at the same time used the SSD that came with the MBA as an external harddrive.
     
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    leftywamumonkey

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    I guess OWC would be your first option although expensive, or you could add a 64GB SD card, for additional storage.
     
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    Cheffy Dave

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    Will NOT void your warranty, you are replacing a hard drive which happens to be an SSD.
    I do NOT believe there is an external case that accepts the Apple SSD stick, so
    I don't know how you'd use it as an external drive.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Do they allow people to open up their cases?
    - I didn't know that, I guess we all learn something new every day.

    With my own Acer, if you open it, you void your warranty, and looking at how Apple seems to run its show I just assumed that it would most definately void ones warranty - Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    I think the warranty issue would really come down to which Apple employee you were talking to. Anyway, the OWC SSDs are great, loving my 240GB version so far.
     
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    Cheffy Dave

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    See the video at OWC on how to do it, simple!
    I bought 2 refurb 11" 1.4/4/64 MBA's, removed the 64 SSD and installed a OWC 360 SSD in each, couldn't be happier, my Third refurb MBA arrives tomorrow, I will be doing the same upgrade to it for my Son. Both my "kids" are teachers and love the 11" portability, but needed more storage.What are :apple: Dads for?
    NO, I don't want to adopt anyone,;-)
     
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    I've never had an issue w/Apple due to my upgrading drives and RAM. I even had one 13" MB that had so many problems Apple eventually replaced it with a new one. They even gave me credit for the HDD and RAM upgrade that I'd performed (aftermarket) when determining a trade value for my old machine.

    If you're still worried about a warranty issue, it's pretty easy to swap the factory drive back in when/if you ever need service. It's not an issue as far as I'm concerned.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps he was referring to this. [engadget]

    Though I think I remember that product getting pulled at Apple's request.. [edit: yep]
     
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    MultiFinder17

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    Seeing as how Apple didn't seem to mind my replacing the HDD in my older Air with an SSD, which is much more involved than in the newer ones, I'm sure that they won't mind in yours. I just had the screen replaced, and they didn't make a peep about it.
     
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    I don't believe this true. The MBP uses normal screws and documents in the user manual how to upgrade a hard drive. The MBA uses tamper proof screws and has no documentation on how to upgrade the SSD.

    It will probably come down to the who looks at a failed MBA and makes the call, but technically I'm very certain the opening the MBA voids the warranty. The tamper proof screws are there for a reason. Apple doesn't consider the MBA to be user upgradable at all.
     
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    YMark

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    Good stuff. Pricey storage though.
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Just because Apple didn't make the SSD easily upgradeable does not mean that upgrading it voids warranty:

    http://images.apple.com/legal/applecare/docs/NA_APP_English_v5.3.pdf

    Unless you damage something, the warranty is not voided.
     
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    That's good to know, I guess Apple aren't as uptight about it as Acer.
    Their laptops, at least mine, is full of stickers, and over the bays one would want to open to pop in new hardware, one would first have to break that plastic sticker thing, and if that has been done, one is on their own.
     
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    Obviously, if there is a "warranty voided if removed" sticker, then it voids warranty, even in Macs. However, I have only seen them in CPUs in iMacs. MBA shouldn't have any from what I have seen.

    Of course, it is still recommend to put back the original parts if you ever have to send it to Apple. Some reps may not be as nice as others so it's best to play safe (we had a thread about this which pretty much proved that from a legal standpoint, you can upgrade nearly everything in Macs as long as nothing is damaged).
     
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    Please adopt me as you black son.
     
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    peskaa

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    If you're after plain 'ol storage, why not buy a 64GB SD card? It'll be fast enough for documents/music/etc storage, and a lot cheaper than an after-market SSD upgrade.

    Hell, you could even get two.
     
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    No longer available, pulled at APPLE's request:cool:
     
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    Cheffy Dave

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    lol!:d
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    Magnuson Moss Warranty Act

    Perhaps taking a look at this will make you feel better about warranty issues. Basically, unless you cause damage, to a product it's illegal for the manufacturer to void a warranty because of repair or replacement of parts, even third party parts if the product was legitimately sold in the USA.

    A lot of manufacturers would have you believe different, and indeed it might not be worth the hassle to fight as an individual at times, but such manufacturers deserve class action suits.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson–Moss_Warranty_Act
     
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    No please adobe me!
     

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