256Gb upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by stevemoore, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. stevemoore macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008

    Has anyone discovered if it is actually possible to upgrade the internal flash storage to 256Gb as per the (Engadget) Photofast and Toshiba news stories?

  2. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    yup it is, photofast has a great Sandforce 1200 based replacement, although it has not been released and i emailed photofast and it apparenty it will come with the tool to remove the screws to do the upgrade.

    no known release date yet, but i assume it will be soon.

    i cant wait to do the upgrade.
  3. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    how about a ram upgrade? will that ever be possible?
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you google the pictures that ifixit took of taking the Air apart, the RAM is soldered in. I'm guessing if you had the skills to unsolder/resolder, it might be, but for the average person, it's not upgradeable.
  5. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Are you asking about upgrading the 11" or 13" to 256 GB? I don't think if we know whether or not the 256 GB flash module will fit into the 11" MBA.
  6. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    only as a CTO at purchase.
    doubt in the future Apple will provide upgradable slots for the Air.
    little fingers tend to void warranties, esp with 'unauthorised' memory
  7. stevemoore thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008
    yes - for the 11"

    yes Thiol - that is EXACTLY my question:

    can an aftermarket 256Gb storage card be fitted successfully into an 11" MBA

    (it is NOT NOT NOT available as a BTO)

  8. rsdq macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2008
    I'm also wondering about this.

    Does anyone know if the 256 upgrade will fit in the 11" MBA?


    Any news on release of this update?

    Ifixit makes it look pretty simple - I think I'm in.

    Would this upgrade void apple warranty or apple care?
  9. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    The 256 GB is slightly thicker than the the 64 and 128 GB flash drives. We don't know if that's a deal breaker or not yet...

    Specs here:
  10. kfscoll macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2009
    The hardest part about this upgrade seems to be getting a hold of a Torx Plus screwdriver with the pentalobular pattern to remove the Air's security screws. It's not the same pattern as the five-pointed Torx screws with the pin in e middle.
  11. rsdq macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2008
  12. Gruber macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    No, the hardest part is the fact that no 256GB SSDs for the 11in MBA are available. Press releases are not products, and the fact remains that while it might be possible in the future to upgrade existing MBAs, we don't know for sure.

    Filing down a Torx screwdriver might be annoying, but will probably not be too difficult. Perhaps it even suffices to pad a smaller Torx.

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