Gen 1 MBA Harddrive Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by n0de, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. n0de macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone successfully upgraded the harddrive of their 1st generation MBA?

    If so, what make/model?
     
  2. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  3. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    wow 120GB

    or 128GB SSD
     
  4. Essjay macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  5. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    You are correct. 1st gen Air uses 40pin Zif connector.
     
  6. ansontin macrumors newbie

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    Is it possible to find the sata cable for 1st gen Macbook Air to replace the hard drive ?
     
  7. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    I don't understand your questions-- the 1st gen uses a PATA zif connector for PATA drives.
     
  8. ansontin macrumors newbie

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    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 ?
     
  9. TheRiseofTheFal macrumors regular

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    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?
     
  10. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    I am also interested in this exact topic. is there not a upgrade yet? any options?
     
  11. spencers macrumors 68020

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    pata is not sata

    For those looking to upgrade the 1G MBA
    Samsung HS122JB
    Toshiba MK1231GAL (due out in november)
    Both 120gb PATA/ZIF 5cm height single platter drives
     
  12. fsosx macrumors newbie

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    FYI
     
  13. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  14. fsosx macrumors newbie

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    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.
     

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