Can MBA SSD be replaced in a store?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Gregabyte, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Gregabyte macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    I have a 2011 MBA 13" i7 which I am really enjoying. My only concern is what happens if the SSD fails. Is that something that can be fixed easily in a retail store, or am I going to be without my computer for a few days?

    Also, what is the consensus these days on SSD failure? I had heard that they fail more than mechanical HDs (which is why I'm worried about the replacement process)


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  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    You can replace the SSD in about 5 minutes if you have a pentalobe screw driver. The Apple store should do it for you while you wait, if it ever becomes an issue...
  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    That is completely untrue. SSDs are much more reliable than magnetic media. They have no moving parts that can wear out, and thus they typically last longer with a much lower failure rate than magnetic media.

    No need to be worried.
  4. Razzz macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    i was under the impression that the ssd was soldered to the board on the mba?
  5. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    not true you can change and upgrade on this air model
  6. krburrell macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2007
  7. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    That is the memory modules.
  8. Gregabyte thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    Thanks for the info. Do Apple stores usually keep HDDs and SSDs in stock?

    Also, I want to believe that SSDs are perfectly reliable, but the media hype about write limits and wear have me a little worried.

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  9. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    Can ssd be upgraded???

    I just got a 2010 11 inch with 64 gb ssd. Can it be upgrades to 128???
  10. ejisfun macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    Check out OWC for SSD upgrades. This is the lowest capacity, at 180 GB.
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    SSD hasn't been in widespread use for that long so can what you say be proven as fact yet? In no way would I defend the reliability of spinning disks over SSD, I'm just curious if thats an actual fact or not.
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    In addition to the OWC upgrades, you can also often find SSDs on eBay from people who are selling the stock ones from their MacBook Airs.
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    180, 240, 360, 480GB capacities available with prices from $359 to $1,297!
  14. PaulDoFish macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Well SSDs do have a limited amount of write cycles, but it will take REALLY long (8 years of normal use?) to deplete the write cycles, especially with newer SSDs that use garbage collection or TRIM, which helps lengthen the life of an SSD.

    I've never had a mechanical HDD die before some other part in its computer die. So the longest I've ever used a HDD is probably 6 years. You'll probably be wanting to replace your MacBook Air by the time the SSD dies.

    I say their lifespans are probably similar under normal use. (For now, but SSD technology will improve :D)

    But, obviously, if you drop your laptop with a HDD writing at 5400 rpm, I could definitely see the consequences... :p
  15. MarocSpecops macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2011
    no. The replace the whole logic board. I do that to @ Mac repair center.

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