Transcend Debuts JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kits Up to 960GB for MacBook Air, Retina Macbook Pro

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    Transcend has introduced new JetDrive SSD upgrade kits designed for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The upgrade kits offer up to 960GB of internal storage capacity and come with both installation tools and instructions.

    JetDrive kits also ship with an aluminum USB 3.0 enclosure, which allows upgraders to reuse their original SSD, and all kits include a five year warranty.

    The JetDrive SSDs are able to take advantage of JetDrive Toolbox monitoring software, which keeps track of the health of the drive and enables TRIM support for optimum write speeds and SSD life. JetDrive SSDs also have maximum read speeds of 495MB/s and maximum write speeds of 495MB/s.

    The company has three separate products for early MacBook Airs, mid-2012 MacBook Airs, and mid-2012 Retina Macbook Pros, in multiple capacities. While mid-2012 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros can be upgraded with 240, 480, or 960 GB of storage space, earlier MacBook Airs (late 2010 and mid-2011) are limited to 240 or 480 GB. Transcend's JetDrive kits are not PCIe and are not compatible with the most recently released 2013 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros.

    Transcend's JetDrives can be found on Amazon.com, with prices ranging from $190 for the lower end upgrade to $600 for the higher end upgrade. Ordering information and specific links can be accessed on Transcend's website, but the 960 GB SSDs have yet to make their way to Amazon.

    Article Link: Transcend Debuts JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kits Up to 960GB for MacBook Air, Retina Macbook Pro
     
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    Wow, that's pretty nicely priced. I may have to jump on that myself.
     
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    Cute!
     
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    YAY!!! Finally can stop living with 64GB!
     
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    Wow thats a great price for 1 tb ssd, hopefully the pricing of ssd would accelerate further down.
     
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    I don't own an Air, but I think the USB housing for your old drive looks great.
     
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    I hope its compatible with my 2012 rMBP - The amazon link doesn't really say
     
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    Ah... not for the late 2013 retinas with the new pci-e connector for the internal ssd.
     
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    So NOT for the 2013 Macbook Air :(


    They need to get 3rd party SSD's for the 2013 models!!!
     
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    Why doesn't the article state that these are not PCI-e SSDs and thus are not compatible with the most recent laptops?
     
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    Looks like it's compatible with the Ivy Bridge models that have the SATA interface.

    No PCI-e interface yet for the haswell versions.
     
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    I think 2013 models use PCIe SSD's not SATA.
     
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    Indeed they do.
     
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    So, I'm a bit confused here. I see the different pricing as well as the 500/520/720 stuff. Is this just the price for the enclosure? I don't see the size for SSD under any of the the link. For example: Transcend 2.5-Inch 720 SATA III 6Gb/s Jet Solid State Drive, Silver TS240GJDM520, that's the $189.99 one. But I don't see the size of the actual SSD, is that mean we have to buy the SSD separate from the enclosure?
     
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    The amazon listings are confusing.

    TS240GJDM520

    that's the capacity.

    http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Inf...JDM720/dp/B00JKCHMP0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics

    TS960GJDM720

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    Once these have been out for a couple of months and no serious issues pop up, I'm pretty sure I'm getting an upgrade. Even though my 2011 MBA can only take up to 480GB, that's still a helluva nice deal.

    Also, nice job on the video. They made it look extremely user friendly to complete the transplant. Plus the enclosure... I somehow feel cheated. They left me nothing to complain about.
     
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    The upgrade kit comes with the SSD and external enclosure. You can either install the SSD into the enclosure permanently, or use it to assist in data migration and then swap out with your current SSD.

    The TS240GJDM520 is 240GB. The size is displayed on the website, although it is as an image so perhaps it didn't load.
     
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    It does:
     
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    This is really cool.
     
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    Ups, sorry, missed that! Or they have edited the news after they saw my post :D
     

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