MBA Rev. C SATA interface?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kntgsp, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Is the MBA Rev. C SATA II or SATA I? Can't seem to find the info on the wiki. Would make a difference if I decide to pop in one of the new Intel 34nm X-18's when they finally release. They'll blow the stock SSD Apple includes out of the water.

    As far as I can tell they use SATA II, and have since Rev. B. But after that whole SATA I MBP debacle last year, I just wanted to make sure.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The "debacle" was solved by a firmware upgrade, and now all the SATA 3Gbps interfaces actually show up and act as SATA 3Gbps interfaces.

    Also it was the June update this year, that brought up the problem of confused SATA interfaces.
  3. kntgsp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Right but I thought it involved units built in 2008, that's why I said last year.

    Anywho, the Air wasn't part of that issue as far as I remember. So does the Rev. C use SATA II or SATA I? That was the question.
  4. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    It uses a SATAII interface.

    And no, the air's wasn't involved in the 1.5gbps/3.0gbps problem as the MBP's suffered
  5. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    This would be great if possible. Anyone have any experience with swapping the SSD in the Air?
  6. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    The only issues will be:

    1) the thickness of the Intel drive -- only if it is not 5mm (I haven't looked). The the MBA is designed for a 5mm thick drive rather than 8mm; however, with an SSD, you can possibly install the thicker drive without padding.

    2) the interface. despite being SATA 2 (both Rev B and Rev C), the cable from the motherboard to the drive expects the drive to have a SATA-LIF socket on it rather than a standard SATA or micro-SATA interface. It's not impossible to get around this limitation as there is a thread in this forum where a user was able to solder a micro-SATA adapter onto the ribbon cable and install an SSD.
  7. maroulis macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    this is from system profiler on my Rev C. 128GB SSD version....

  8. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    I wonder if apple would replace a broken HDD in the air with an SSD. They must carry the parts. And charge reasonably for the after sale upgrade?
  9. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    They might be willing to for a price differences; however, you might have better luck with an independent authorized repair shop. I vaguely recall a forum reader in the UK reporting that they had asked one about it and were able to get a quote for an HDD to SSD upgrade (not even a repair, IIRC).
  10. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Apple policy is no upgrades. They'll replace anything defective with the same capacity but will not add more memory or a larger hard drive. They'll send you to a third party that has apple techs like Best Buy.
  11. Runcore macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Rev C has a SATA bus with a LIF interface there is deffinatly no room for a LIF to SATA adapter if there is such a thing.

    Take a look at the Runcore Pro IV SATA LIF SSD.

    Here is a link to a thread about the upgrade.

    Matt Dawson

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