MacBook Air Rev. A - internal USB drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by molfen, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. molfen macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    Can this be done? I have been reading that there are too many issues getting zif and pata solutions to work, but will an internal USB drive work? :confused:
  2. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    Are you thinking that it could be used as a boot drive?

    if so, this would be a horrible step backward in performance because of the transfer speed of USB itself.
  3. molfen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    I was hoping to strip down a usb thumb drive and squeeze it in somewhere - know there are 32GB avail. that whould bring the Rev. A. up to 80+32 internal... not fantastic... but better than nothing :)
  4. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    Why would you want to do this??? For a mere extra 32GB storage? Pointless performance wise as either a boot drive or storage, and a waste of time and money IMO.

    You'd be better off looking at and spending on a solution to swapout your rev.A 80GB HDD altogether. Problems exist because of the bespoke ZIF/PATA config, but it has been done. Or else sell your rev.A and buy a refurb rev.B 120GB HDD.
  5. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    I've heard that the MBA has extra internal USB buses (or was it that the single USB port was connected to multiple buses?) I suppose you could if you found the right parts and assuming it would be do able.

    The extra 32 GB would be nice if you wanted to store music and documents because the slow transfer speed wouldn't effect it because they are files. HD movies may be pushing it though.
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Interesting and innovative idea. If you know a lot about circuit (logic) boards, and how to solder, someone has posted where to find several internal USB connection points on the Rev A MBA logic board.

    I agree, adding 32 GB to that would be really nice. Not that the USB will be faster than PATA, but to add 50% more space could be worth it.

    Has anyone found a 128 GB PATA SSD for the original MBA?

    I am not a big original MBA fan, but would be cool to see some alterations like that. I am a tech fan, and I think an original MBA could be fun to modify and play with cool ideas like that.

    Good luck.

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