SSD Upgrade in the Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bmstrong, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    Newbie question? If I were to purchase a new SSD Air? Can I have that upgraded at some future point? Or is it a one time, one shot deal?

  2. macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2008
    For us Gen1 MBA users, our choices are very limited. First off, anything less than 80GB is pretty useless these days, so you are looking for something at least 120 GB in size. Gen1 has PATA interface with ZIF plug and it needed ONLY 5mm think drives!. Anything 8mm or taller, the bottom case will NOT close. This is the space constraints.

    It seems that all new SSDs are built with sata interfaces, so the pata days are pretty much gone?. I was hoping Apple pressure either Toshiba or Samsung to make limited production runs of SSDs (128GB variety that is PATA ZIF and 5 mm tall) for Gen1 users. I would pay up to $350 for this. One can get Patriot 128GB for less than that today but it is 2.5inch stat2 and 9.5mm think (not fit).

    For non-SSD but HDD, the biggest size is likely only 120GB, so it is not much of an increase. The 5mm height restriction is a huge limitation to the upgrade second only to the pata/ZIF interface.
    Note: There might be a "converter cable" that had pata/ZIF on one side, a sata/pata bridge chip in the middle and mini-sata on the other end. This will allow sata drives to be installed (if there is space in there).
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2008
    What about these??

    RunCore is happy to announce the immediate availability of our Low cost 1.8” Zif/PATA SSD solution in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (5mm) and a special 128GB (8mm). Retail pricing for these parts will be $69.99, $119.99, $199.99, and $389.99 respectively.

    I'm sure someone will upgrade their MBA soon and we'll see posts on the web on how to do it.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    re: runcore--

    obviously the 8mm ones are too thick. 5mm only.
  5. macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2008
    you can always have your HDD/SSD upgraded in the future by an apple technician (not a genius at an apple store, but by apple technicians that work at places like iStore, re-mac and other 'copycat' stores)..

    that, or you can do it yourself (only about 20 screws and a couple zif connectors)...takeapart is on, amongst many other places..

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