Alternative SSD's for the MBA? Building in yourself?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Philflow, May 19, 2008.

  1. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    OK I know most reviews say the SSD is not worth the extra money.
    But, when I worked on my friends SSD I must say it just feels faster in normal use. I also know this from my previous laptop where I had SSD.

    So I'd like to know:
    are there SSD's out there that we can buy and install ourselves?
    Which ones and how much do they cost?

    I believe it needs to be 1,8 inch with Ziff connection... right?
     
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    the problem i've found is they're still too expensive. $1000+ for a 64GB, $400-500 for 32GB.

    storage size needs to go up and price needs to come down, which should happen as SSDs become more common.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The Apple SSD is very cheap; you buy the drive retail, you won't be able to get the same prices. I believe Intel said they will be making a 160GB model available for $600 or so, which is very good value. As of now 1.8" SSD will still be very expensive; the Intel one will be 2.5"
     
  4. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can i buy the 64GB SSD retail? where?
     
  5. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    StreetPrices.com: 64GB solid state disks... although you'll have to wade through the list of mostly 2.5" and 3.5" drives and pick out only the 1.8" ones.
     
  6. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/ca...t_name=Samsung+64GB+ZIF+SSD&exact_match=exact

    I believe this one is the one they use in the Air . It 'should' fit.

    This link is referred to by Tomshardware.com and others. So it should be safe to buy here.

    32GB drives can be got for about half this at approximately $500 to $600

    The 32GB version is at Newegg.com, or at this link .

    Solid State Disk Drives


    Mfgr's part number MCCOE64GEMPP-01A
    Capacity 64GB
    Form Factor 1.8"
    Dimensions Standard 1.8", height approx 5mm
    Interface ZIF "Zero Insertion Force" (ribbon style IDE / PATA)
    Weight lighter than Sandisk 32GB
    Unique feature(s) Highest Capacity and fastest ZIF
    Tested Performance 55MB/s read, .2ms (less than 1ms) access time
    Enclosure Metal
    Our benchmarks all benchmarks here (use drop-down box to select)
    Operating Temp range "extended" (-25 to 85C)
    Similar Products 32GB Sandisk also stocked
    Quantity Discount available Yes
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    $1140
     
  7. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the recommendations guys.

    I forgot to say I am in Europe, but it's good to know what I am looking for.
     
  8. ktbubster macrumors 6502a

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  9. nintendude macrumors 6502

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    no, they are using the SATA interface, the Air uses PATA, wish it would work though.......
     

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