Macbook Air hack 2.5" HDD??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rmn1644, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011

    Anyone seen anything on hacking up a Macbook Air to take a 2.5" HDD? The 128GB thing just kills me.

    The bottom is aluminum - it wouldn't be too hard to get a ball-peen hammer and a wood mold and contour a divot for a HDD. Or make your own custom sheet metal base! Or bamboo!

    The connection looks to be challenging tho - the SSD uses some zipf connector. Don't suppose you just plug the SATA into it.

    Any ideas? Anyone seen any creative hacks?

    [I can already read the future ("Hey dumbass, just buy a Macbook if you want a bigger HD."]
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
  3. macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  4. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009

    or go buy the replacement SSD's from OWC ( They actually have replacement drives that fit in MBA


    God I hope so.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    Yes, you should definitely do this, and report back the results in pictures.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Anyone with more than basic auto engine hacking skills could cut you out an opening in the aluminum base and you could get someone to custom fab an extension down there to fit whatever you want.

    Could not necessarily "should" ... but hey it's your money so have some fun!
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2011
  8. macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    That reminds me, I can never fit all my snowboarding gear into the trunk of my miata. Does anyone know if I can get some roof rails, crossbars, and one of those thule cargo bays for it?
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    I used to fit my 8-foot longboard in my Miata to go surfing.

    Guess I'm just more creative than the rest of you folks who like your stuff as-is. :)

    But seriously, is it even technically feasible to add a HDD to a Macbook Air?
  10. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    Lacking a basic understanding of physical dimensions is not creative, or maybe you're just trolling. It simply does not fit in the enclosure. Look at the Air, and look at the dimensions of a 2.5" drive. If you want a 2.5" drive you're looking at an external option. The Air becomes pointless anyway with your intended configuration. It's not light because it's thin. It's light primarily because of internal design.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I call BS on this. This is way 12 year olds need to be monitored on the Internet.... Unless you are just hanging it off the top it OS impossible. Further Surfers don't own miatas and vice versa....
  12. pgiguere1, Dec 10, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011

    macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The original MBA had a 1.8" HDD in its basic configuration. To fit one of those would be a more realistic goal, but even then I doubt it's possible considering the new MBA is thinner and has less space for the SSD now that it's not standard 1.8".

    Even if you could do it, AFAIK the largest capacity right now for a 1.8" hard drive is 220GB. SSD will offer you more storage for its size. You'd be better spending some extra money for a bigger and faster 256GB SSD, and not lose you money/time/warranty on replacing working parts with outdated tech.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    Once more and more Intel Ultrabooks come out, we will hopefully see a wider range of SSD sticks at a lower price.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    Nice try trying to be funny... but not good enough:( , try again!

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