MBA PCIe SSD: convert to internal SATA?

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  1. JPamplin, Aug 8, 2012
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    JPamplin

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    Folks,

    I'm going to get the SATA3 240GB OWC SSD for my 2011 MBA and wanted to use my 128GB stock SATA2 SSD on a Hackintosh as a boot drive.

    What's the form factor for the SSD? Is it a 5cm or 7 cm PCIe card? On the assumption that it's a 7 (also known as mSATA?), would this work to convert it to an internal drive form factor?

    eBay Link

    Please let me know, or recommend something else I can buy to use my MBA SSD card in a desktop as a SATA2 boot drive.

    JP
     
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    You should ask OWC (and report back to this thread) :) I bet they'll know...
     
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    If you buy the enclosure from them (the larger plastic one instead of the slim one) it has a SATA to MBA SSD adapter.
     
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    Actually Matthew, I did. It was not helpful - basically, they don't offer ANY product which converts your MBA SSD into an internal SATA drive. They have solutions for external, yes. Their high-end enclosure even has eSATA, which would work if nothing else was available - but it's pricey.

    I'm looking to plug my MBA SSD into a SATA port on a desktop and use it as a boot drive. I think the eBay link above will work, but I can't verify. Please, if anyone has had experience with this, reply here.

    Thanks!

    JP
     
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    Update

    Ok, big update here...

    I spoke to OWC again and got a much more helpful human. It turns out that the pinouts for the Apple SSD are proprietary (different from mSATA). Also, it's 110mm long, which makes it a different size (longer) than a 2.5" drive.

    BUT, there's a card that is specifically designed to do this - and it's $20 shipped on eBay. Here it is:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-MACBOOK-...es_dapters&hash=item4aba93c20b#ht_2482wt_1165

    Enjoy!:cool:
     

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