2011 Macbook Air SSD Upgrade Question

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  1. jerm8832 macrumors newbie

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    I have recently acquired a 11 inch 2011 macbook air. I am interested in purchasing a faster and larger ssd for it. Could anyone make any suggestions? From my understanding, I can also pick up an adapter so I do not need to purchase ssd's made specifically for the macbook air?
     
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  3. jerm8832 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply! So this drive will have faster read/write speeds than the stock 128gb ssd?
     
  4. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    No.
     
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  6. mackme1 macrumors newbie

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    I bought OWC along with the enclosure for the old SSD (which turns it into a great external HDD) Easy install and works fantastic. Mine was on a 2010 MBA so the improvement in speed was 60%. You will get more being a later model. (2x?)

    Highly recommend. I think I have screen shots of the read/write speeds before and after if you want them.

    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-air/2010-2011

    Edit: Don't forget to enable trim in terminal

    http://lifehacker.com/enable-trim-for-third-party-ssds-in-os-x-with-a-termina-1714978260
     
  7. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    I've had the transcend model in my 2012 11" MBA for over a year now with no problems. Came with all necessary tools and a cool USB3 external enclosure for my old SSD that matches the MBA's aesthetics.
     
  8. jerm8832 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what would be the difference between the OWC and Transcend drives?
     
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  10. NathanA macrumors 6502a

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    You can indeed buy an adapter; here is a link to one for your model.

    Apple was still using SATA for flash in 2011, so you have a bunch of great value options. Look up MyDigitalSSD. They have 250 and 500GB SATA sticks that fit this adapter for $75 and $130, respectively. I put their 250 in my 2010 Air; speeds are fine and TRIM works if you use 'trimforce'.

    If you care more about performance, probably go for like a Samsung 850 EVO. Roughly $100 for 250 and $180 for 500 on the street.

    Heck, go for Transcend's own SATA M.2 blades (MTS800 series), which are about the same prices as the Samsung ones. And consider for a moment how crazy that is, given that the components (the flash chips and the controller chip) on the Transcend MTS800 blades are *EXACTLY THE SAME* as the ones they use on their JetDrives (the Transcend blades that fit in a MacBook without an adapter). So you save nearly $100 on the storage itself by using a $10-15 adapter. The mark-up on the JetDrives and OWC Auras is nuts...

    -- Nathan
     
  11. haralds macrumors 6502

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    I also bought a 1TB OWC. The speedup over the factory SSD was noticeable. Then there is all that space

    In a disk, quality is key. No place to save pennies or a few bucks.
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