New iPod Classic 120GB hard drive compatible with MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by yaemes, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. yaemes macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    I believe the MacBook Air 80GB HDD comes straight from the iPod Classic. So up until now, I don't think it's been possible to upgrade the MBA since the 160GB drive was a bit thicker than the 80GB. Well now since the iPod classic 120GB is the same exact size as the 80GB classic, that leads me to believe the new 120GB drive is the same size as the 80GB. Which if that's the case and someone can verify that, I'd swap out the drives in a heartbeat. I'd definitely post a tutorial with pics too.
  2. dudup macrumors regular


    May 28, 2008
    São Paulo, Brazil
    Yes, Toshiba announced new 1.8" drives recently. 120 GB and 240 GB replacing the previous 80 / 160 GB.

    So its perfect reasonable that a upgrade will be painless and easy.

    But be mindful we have lots of SSD coming soon. Intel just announced their 80GB SSD for US$ 500 (no word on 1.8" form yet). I know SSD is more expensive, but I would be completely game for a 80 GB SSD below US$ 500.
  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    I would like to see this and maybe try it out myself. Extra 40GBs would be nice on an Air.
  4. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
  5. dudup macrumors regular


    May 28, 2008
    São Paulo, Brazil
    One less issue for an MBA refresh.

    New CPU, new HDD...
    RAM amount will still be the same, I think...

    And a hopeful project design revision that won't have graphic chip issues.
  6. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    just bought the new classic, probably going to attempt the mod tomorrow. now just one thing: my plan is to boot into the leopard installer via the included DVD and launch disk utility. then, with the ipod plugged in, restore my ipod to the contents of the built in hard drive. then i'll do the swap, power it on, and hope for the best. sound like it'd work?
  7. gcmexico macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
  8. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    actually trying to do the mod now. macbook air is taken apart, hard drive is removed.

    but oh GOD the iPod is a bitch to take apart.... wish me luck because this may bend the case beyond repair.
  9. DaveOZ macrumors regular

    May 13, 2008
  10. ducatidoc macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2008
    i guess the $64k now is buy the drive and do it yourself today or hold out till oct 14 to see how sweet the update is.

    am i being too optimistic to hope for a complete core shutdown fix with the next update??
  11. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    i have temporarily stopped until i can get some ipod opening tools. gonna try going to the apple store and pilfering some but otherwise ill just order from ifixit
  12. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    i'd rather replace the hd for $250 than replace the whole laptop for $1800 but still i cant wait till they release the new airs.

    unrelated: i installed MacBook Air Update like a month ago. wasn't that supposed to solve the heat closing down one core?
  13. nathans89 macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    after seeing the new thin ipod classic I was going to do this as well! especially as it was announced as $249 which is about 125 GBP here in the UK, then on the apple UK website its listed as 179GBP which as about $358 which is damned unreasonable! just because we're british doesn't mean we should pay a crap load more!
  14. RealEvil macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2007
    Check the exchange rate - it isnt anything like what you just quoted. It used to be 6 months ago but not anymore. Now $250 = £142. And the exchange rate is (in the short term) likely to get worse - i.e. very very soon $250 will be £150 etc. And then you have to consider VAT which is included in the UK price and NOT included in the US etc etc.

    I am not saying this to justify high prices but the 'normal' USD exchange rate (which is around what it is now), better justifies Apple's pricing. When the dollar was weak Apple could have reduced UK prices but companies just dont do that ;-)

  15. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    good news. i ordered three pairs of ipod disassembly tools from iFixit. note they're having a coupon dealio going on now, 9colors gets you $5 off.

    so hopefully when they come ill come back and revive this thread. thanks for the support everyone!!
  16. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Extremely interesting project at hand. KMA (Keep Me Advised)! :cool:
  17. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    This topic has been doing the rounds :)

    It definitely won't work. as it's 8mm and the present version of the Air uses 5mm.

    Also, i'm not sure it's even a ziff connector.

    As far as I know there is no room in the Air for mods.
  18. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    The new 120GB should be 5mm. Its kinda crowded since the depth is only 10.5mm with the outer case/electronics.
  19. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2008
  20. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Toshiba MK1231GAL Specs Page
    1.8-inch PMR HDD 120GB*
    Height 0.20" (5mm)
  21. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    They need a 5400 RPM drive even more than extra storage.
  22. yaemes thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    I'd rather have the storage...
  23. robfol macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    London UK

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