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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by n0de, Oct 22, 2008.
Has anyone successfully upgraded the harddrive of their 1st generation MBA?
If so, what make/model?
There aren't any thing bigger than 80GB that will work in the Air. Do a search and you'll see A LOT of talk about this.
or 128GB SSD
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that these new drives use SATA and not the Zif connector used in the 1st gen air.
You are correct. 1st gen Air uses 40pin Zif connector.
Is it possible to find the sata cable for 1st gen Macbook Air to replace the hard drive ?
I don't understand your questions-- the 1st gen uses a PATA zif connector for PATA drives.
I found that the 1st gen Macbook Air is using a PATA connector to connect to the motherboard, and it is unique and special (thin like a paper). However, the 2nd gen Macbook Air is using a SATA connector. Is it possible to have 3rd party vendor to sell the SATA connector for 1st gen Macbook Air, therefore we can upgrade hard drive with SATA ? Any comment or ideas ?
instead of special adapters or the like, does anyone currently make hd's bigger than 80 gbs that utilize the PATA connection? I feel like the 120gb in the new classic uses this connection but can it be bought?
I am also interested in this exact topic. is there not a upgrade yet? any options?
pata is not sata
For those looking to upgrade the 1G MBA
Toshiba MK1231GAL (due out in november)
Both 120gb PATA/ZIF 5cm height single platter drives
Apparently the new SATA drives in the Rev B notebooks are LIF SATA.
Which is a Zif cable similar to the REV A PATA zif.
It may be difficult finding a SATA Lif drive outside of OEM at this time.
note: You can see LIF written very clearly on the new SATA drive in a photo posted here in an earlier thread.
The drive has a ZIF connector.
Strangely, you can zero the drive, meaning you can write to it. The drive identifies itself as a Toshiba MK1231GAL but even using fdisk you can't alter the disk geometry.