mba rev.b 120 gb hdd change to ssd? possible?

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  1. marcip3 macrumors newbie

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  2. mhobelsb macrumors newbie

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    hi,

    i am asking myself the same. i wrote the seller and he said that it is possible (positive feedback of customers). but i still can´t believe it. told me i have to use the adapter of the old hdd for the new one. but i think it is not an adapter but a special build hdd for apple.

    he told me i should have a look at that manual:

    http://anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=3226&p=13
     
  3. marcip3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    he wrote me the same. but this link is for the old mba with the 80gb hdd.
    so, the answer on this question would be very interesting...

    marcip3
     
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    If you have a rev B with HDD you can change it to SSD. However, it MUST BE the SSD drive used in the rev B MBA. A standard 1.8" drive has a SATA-II connector. The rev B uses a SATA to LIF connector.

    There was a person who successfully upgraded his HDD to SSD in a rev B. It required knowledge and soldering to make it work. That post is called something like Micro-Sata LIF conversion...

    In short, an SSD has to be 1.8" to fit with a 9mm clearance when removing the surrounding support for it. But to fit just without removing the surrounding support casing, the drive has to be 5 mm tall.

    Your best bet is to buy an SSD from Apple. The cable you have will work as long as you get the drive from Apple.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
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  6. marcip3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but i think, that it is not possible to get an ssd from apple???
    thanks for the link, but it sounds a little bit difficult. so, it would not be so easy to replace my hdd :(

    marcip3
     
  7. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    Probably not easy to get through Apple directly considering the HDD is not considered customer replaceable in the Airs; however, in another thread, a poster was able to get a quote for an upgrade to an SSD including labour through an Apple authorized service provider.
     
  8. mhobelsb macrumors newbie

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    i already asked an apple service provider for an orig. apple ssd. he said it is possible but it will cost me 1200 euro (!!!!) without the replacement cost. so it is WAY cheaper to sell the hdd air and buy a new ssd one. hmpf...
     

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