1 terabyte SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DrMotownMac, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. DrMotownMac macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know if a one terabyte SSD will be likely in a MacBook Air anytime soon? I'm interested in upgrading, but primarily for the sake of storage space. I'd really like to be able to maintain all of my photos and videos on one computer (along with cloud backups, of course). As it is, I have a mid-2013 MacBook Air with the 1.7 GHz i7 processor, 512 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. It's actually a good machine for the most part, but I could really use that beefed up internal storage!

    Also, on a different but similar topic, what about the iMac with 2 GB or 3 GB SSD? My 2008 iMac is ready for the junkyard any day now, and it's primarily the slow spinning hard drive grinding away in there that's killing it. I REALLY want to upgrade that, but because of my negative experiences with the slow hard drive, especially when using iPhoto (or even Photos), iTunes, and other storage-intensive applications, I loathe the concept of purchasing a brand new machine with soon-to-be obsolete technology like a mechanical drive. Shouldn't SSDs be ubiquitous enough by now to completely replace hard drives? Anyway, that's my two cents. And I know you're all going to scream at me and tell me how it would make iMacs too expensive, blah blah blah...yeah, I know. But shouldn't it be an option? I mean, the Fusion Drive is a cool concept, but wouldn't the whole thing be a lot cooler (literally) with no moving parts??
     
  2. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I think your 2008 iMac is old enough that Apple wasn't doing their proprietary temperature sensor shenanigans.

    So you should be able to just buy an SSD from Amazon and throw it in there.

    You might need some shims to make a 2.5" SSD fit in a 3.5" bay but those only cost a couple dollars.
     
  3. DrMotownMac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought about putting a 1 TB SSD in the MB Air, but every one I've looked at is compatible with models other than mine! For example, check this out: OWC Aura SSD Upgrades for Apple MacBook Air & Retina, Free Installation Videos

    My model is "MacBookAir6,2" according to my System Information.

    As you can see, my model number is not listed. OWC simply does not make or sell an SSD for my particular model. Strangely, they sell them for models as far back as 2010. But anything after 2012 is not compatible. Any other ideas?
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Oh, I don't think I've heard of a 1TB upgrade for the MacBook Air.

    I was talking specifically about being able to upgrade your 2008 iMac. That should be no problem other than the usual hassle of swapping the internal drive.
     
  5. AQ1225 macrumors newbie

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    I have heard of the OWC's crashing after a month so I ended up returning mine and getting one from Transcend for a mid 2011 MBA; they have a 1TB option available for mine but currently not for your 6,2
     
  6. DrMotownMac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, okay. That makes more sense. Yeah, I thought of taking out the hard drive and putting in an SSD. But I don't love investing more money in a 7 year old iMac. I'm thinking I'm going to try to upgrade the 2013 MacBook Air, and REPLACE the iMac. But I just want a 3 TB SSD rather than the 3 TB Fusion Drive. I may be waiting another 7 years, though. Oh well....
     
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    SSD is pricy, and it will be in a very long term, except there is some breakpoint on basic technology.
    I don't mind using HDD because this is the best ever and easy to get budget storage in the market so far. Tape or some sort of other things are just not for personal or small organisation.
    I do love the speed on my MacBook Air, and its super quick response and super fluent when running Windows 10.
     
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I have a 2012 iMac with a slow spinning drive. I discovered that without having to open up the iMac, I can boot up from a external SSD Thunderbolt off the second Thunderbolt display. It works almost perfect except for updates reset it to go to the original drive and I have to boot back to my SSD drive.

    Anyways, any Thunderbolt Mac including the Macbook Air can boot up from an external 1 TB SSD using Thunderbolt.
     
  9. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I did this with my Mac Mini and USB 3.0 for a couple years. It worked pretty well but one thing with USB is that it can't support TRIM, so eventually my drive filled up and if I wrote more than 1GB to the drive in a short amount of time, my system would be brought to a stuttering halt and I would have to let it "rest" for a while.

    I'm not sure Thunderbolt suffers from the same limitation but might be something to keep in mind.
     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I upgraded from a 2011 256gb MBA to a 2013 512gb MBA like yours, primarily because I also wanted more space. For awhile I was also hung-up on getting a machine with a 1TB SSD because my iTunes library just kept growing. I finally reached a point where it became obvious that even a 1TB would not be enough eventually.

    So a year ago I got a Mac Mini for an iTunes server and put my library on a 3TB external drive. Have been really happy with this solution. I keep a small subset of the library on my MBA, and I change it to suit my whim from time to time. I don't need the whole media library on the MBA all the time.
     

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