MacBook Air: Can the HD be swapped for a SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Manatee, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors demi-god

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    I'm thinking about getting the MacBook Air. I'll know better after I play with it at the Apple Store in a couple of days.

    The performance is sufficient for the way I'd be using it. I'd like a bigger disk, so I want to make sure I'll be able to swap disks if a larger one becomes available. (I'm comfortable messing around under the hood.)

    What I really want to know is if the regular HD can be replaced with the SSD. That is, can I unplug the 80GB HD, and plug in the 64GB SSD? (Or a larger SSD if/when one becomes available that fits in the case.)

    Has anyone found this information yet?

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    From the photos circulating the web, it's appears that access to the HD is about as easy as access to the battery. One site stated that the HD is held in place by a single screw. (Gizmodo gallery IIRC)

    The only difficulties I foresee is finding SSD drives that have a PATA interface and the 5mm height form factor.
     
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    Manatee

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    Thanks.

    Is the SSD that Apple is currently using PATA or SATA? I know SanDisk makes SSDs with both interfaces (not in the same unit, of course.)

    What I'm hoping to do is buy the "cheap" Air, and upgrade when SSD becomes cheaper.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Yeah, you could upgrade in the future. The HD is PATA interface btw. Just make sure it's the right dimensions or it won't fit. More information about this will be available as more people get their hands on the Air.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Newegg already has a few 1.8" PATA SSD drives available. I'm just waiting for a) exact dimensions and b) someone else to be the guinea pig. :D
     
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  8. macrumors newbie

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    You've got it. That I think is the only commercially available for single unit sales sdd that you can put in the Air. (I haven't gotten my air yet so I don't know for sure.)

    Also as far as I know there are no traditional 1.8" hdds with a 5mm height larger than 80gb. (So no upping to a 250gb hdd anytime soon).

    The single platter 1.8"x0.2" platform for drives has been incredibly rare.
     

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