MacBook Air Rev A New Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jfriedman8, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. jfriedman8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    I just purchased the 1.8GHz 64GB SSD refurb, but I would like more hard drive space. The original SSD was a SATA connection right? I know the HDD was PATA.... Anyway, I cannot find a 120GB HDD in a 1.8" form factor with SATA connections ANYWHERE. I know Toshiba makes them, but if anyone can point me in the direction to get a new hard drive for my rev A MBA that would be very helpful. I do not need a SSD, but would like a HDD of at least 120GB. I went with the refurb because I wanted the better processor since I will need it at times.
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    All Rev A are PATA drives (both SSD and HDD). There are other threads on HDD replacement in the forum so you might want to do a search...
  3. RayK macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    That's my only concern about my new refurb rev a air. I got the 64gb ssd as well. I think it'll be fine for me with what I use it for, but I could always use a bigger one. External storage sure is cheap though!
  4. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    So can anyone refer a reliable online store to check out for one of these drives?
  5. shokunin macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2005
    The Rev A MBA uses a PATA interface, but uses a ZIF connector to the hard drive (SSD or HDD). Even in the Rev B, while technically uses a SATA interface, it does not use standard SATA connectors and apparently uses a LIF connector to the hard drives. Even in Rev B, it'll be difficult to find a replacement SATA drive that uses a LIF connector versus the traditional (bulky) SATA connector.
  6. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    Ah, thanks for the explanation. Just out of curiosity.... If I had a 160GB iPod with a broken screen but working hard drive, could that fit?
  7. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    There's another thread called, "Think the 160GB 1.8" iPod Drive can be crammed in an Air?". I'd start there...
  8. MacLet macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2009
    SSD for Macbook Air

    My friend told me a company called Foremay that supply Mac compliance SSD. I went to their website, and did find 1.8" ZIF SSD that is good for MacBook Air Rev. A. They also have 1.8" micro SATA SSD that is for MacBook Air Rev. B, which I bought one. I can feel significant the speed boost after I made the upgrade.

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