Gen 1 MBA Harddrive Upgrade

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

  1. n0de macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    Has anyone successfully upgraded the harddrive of their 1st generation MBA?

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

    Jul 24, 2008
    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


    Feb 26, 2008
    wow 120GB

    or 128GB SSD
  4. Essjay macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    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

    Jul 24, 2008
    You are correct. 1st gen Air uses 40pin Zif connector.
  6. ansontin macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Is it possible to find the sata cable for 1st gen Macbook Air to replace the hard drive ?
  7. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    I don't understand your questions-- the 1st gen uses a PATA zif connector for PATA drives.
  8. ansontin macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    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


    May 9, 2008
    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


    Apr 3, 2003
    Studio City
    I am also interested in this exact topic. is there not a upgrade yet? any options?
  11. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    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

    Dec 12, 2008
  13. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    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

    Dec 12, 2008
    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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