MBA 11" SSD Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by slifty, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. slifty macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2011
    I fail. I'm dumb. 6 months ago I bought an air 11" with a 64GB hard drive thinking "what could go wrong! This won't have media, so that's plenty!"

    Applications take up lots of space.

    Anyone know if there is a way to get Apple to upgrade your hard drive? Any way to upgrade on my own without spending a billion $$?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    im only using 35 gb out of my 320 gb oem hdd on my mbp 13" i5. Im soon going to get the 120 gb vertex 3. I would have been fine with the 64 gb ssd if i wasn't going to need approx. 30 gb for my windows partition later on when i install parallels.

    Do what i did. I have over 1.5 TB of music, videos, and docs on my external. I created a NAS thru my AEBS. I can access the everything over my home wifi network almost as quickly as having the information on my laptop itself, and i can access everything from anywhere with an internet connection. (it is slightly slower but not too bad).
  4. slifty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2011
    Thanks for the links -- will check. I assume that this means there really is no way to just pay $200 and get an upgrade from Apple :p

    Yeah like I said -- it is already a media free zone. I have a Synology NAS for that stuff!

    The issue is that this is a portable productivity machine for me. This means heavy hitters:
    - MatLab
    - XCode
    - Office & iWork
    - OSX
    - StarCraft (oh wait....)

    Plus dozens of 200mb odds and ends (e.g. TeX, Eclipse, Arduino, ... Google Chrome??? ... etc) which all add up fast.

    TL;DR -- I have 5 GB left and I would much rather not have to scrimp this early in the game. There's probably 7Gb of crap I will never use, but I wish I could keep it just in case...
  5. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    The SSD replacement is really easy to do, there's no way Apple is going to let you upgrade at this point.

    If I were you i'd just skimp for a few months and keep watching the price of the SSD upgrades until they're acceptable enough to upgrade.
  6. guitardave62000 macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    I actually contacted apple about this because I was interested in upgrading as well and didn't want to void the warranty. I was told to contact my local Apple Store and said most of them should do it, they'd just order in the SSD for you. I'm not sure of prices but it is a possibility. There are also certified Apple repair places that can do it as well.
  7. VNM macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Run xSlimmer or monolingual on the machine, should save you at least a few gigs.
  8. Ridley macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    Do you know officially if there are going to be more SSD upgrades manufactured or even allowed? I know there was some drama there between Apple and the manufacturers initially.

    I had a post about this previously, I am actually SHOCKED that every hardware manufacturer ever isn't racing to define a new super slim standard for RAM and SSD. Apple is basically saying, "hey the stuff we need doesn't exist, yet there is a huge market for it so we're gonna try and make it on our own". There is sooo much money to be had in defining a standard. Just look at how bad Sony wanted betamax, and mini disk, and UMD, and BluRay. I'm baffled by the current hardware situation with the MBA.
  9. macamacamac macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2005
    Try OWC computers/

    OWC has a 360GB stick you can swap on your 11" air for $1180....

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