Is 3mm that much? (speculating about 8mm drives)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by K1dGorgeous, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. K1dGorgeous macrumors newbie

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    I know the 80gb hard drive in the air is 5mm thick and the next biggest size hard drives are 8mm (due to the second platter). There is a 160gb samsung with a PATA/ZIF connector (HS161JB/A) and considering that the air about 19mm thick around the hard drive area anyone with an air think its possible to squeeze that extra 3mm in there (maybe a little off the foam)? My Air is arriving tomorrow but Id like to hear any thoughts on this possible mod.
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    If there was a way to do that, Apple would have put in a 160. I'm fairly certain things are pretty tight it there. There's not enough room for one.
     
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    And don't forget that even if there is physically enough room for the larger drive, there may be temperature-related reasons not to try to squeeze one in.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Well there is about 1/2mm worth of padding sponge affixed to the HDD, so surely you probably 'could' put in a 5mm without it.

    Personally I would'nt risk it..
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    You can put one in it. You can't just move the system or have any "major" vibrations. Also, it might bulge out like its gonna explode :D
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    is 3mm a lot? yes. it might seem like an insignificant amount at first, but when you're talking small spaces it adds up fast.
     

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