Is the SSD on the 2013 MBA upgradable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Shadow-Man4, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I know that the RAM is built into the system, but is the SSD upgradable? Like can I get a 128GB SSD base model and change it later?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    nope sir
     
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    Weaselboy

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    Yes... you can open up the Air and there is just a screw holding it in, so you can remove it and put a new, larger one in. The problem is at this point nobody makes a replacement.

    OWC made one for previous models like this one for the 2012 model. But the 2013 uses a different hardware layout, so the old model will not work.

    I did read on the OWC site they are working on a new version that will fit your 2013 Air but they have not announced a ETA.
     
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    scaredpoet

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    Bottom line: not upgradeable as of today, but probably will be upgradeable soon via vendors like OWC. The module itself is removable and assuming vendors make PCIe SSD modules, should be easily replaced/upgraded. it's just a matter of vendors making the SSD in that form factor, with that connector.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    Considering that OWC's SSD prices are higher than if you just bought the higher capacity SSD in the first place shows that you should buy or save up to get the storage capacity you NEED RIGHT NOW. Yes, they are technically upgradable, but it's not financially wise.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe not today, but in 3 years time, who knows how cheap those will become. I'm talking about the future, not currently. ;)
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    Well, since OWC has a monopoly on these Apple Proprietary drives they like to charge $100 to $200 more than other SSD drives in the standard 2.5" form factor. For example for the 3 year old 2010 MBA with their proprietary SSD's, OWC will charge you a whopping $550 for 480GB of SSD. Meanwhile, it's common to find 512gb SSD's for less than $350.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    The OEM ones will show up eBay soon enough.
     

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