self upgrade 128GB -> 512GB SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by revheck, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. revheck macrumors newbie

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    Since apple charges a premium for the larger SSD's, has anyone here done or planning to upgrade to a larger SSD themselves?

    Any cons to this plan?
     
  2. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    13"
    128GB SSD is $1,199 from Apple + $750 for 480 GB SSD from OWC
    = $1949

    256GB SSD is $1,499 from Apple + $500 upgrade from Apple
    = $1999

    So, actually pretty equivocal (assuming you don't want processor upgrade) and you'd end up with a extra 128GB blade drive going with the base model. (OWC has external drives to use these in.)
     
  3. revheck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aren't there cheaper 512 SSD's for Air than the one from OWC?

    When I was looking to upgrade a MBP, I've seen 512GB crucial M4 for $400...but maybe that's just for the MBP.
     
  4. Nerio27 macrumors member

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  5. revheck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow. OK, there obviously is a difference. But is OWC really the only choice?
     
  6. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    As far as I know, yes.
     
  7. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Yes.
     
  8. iMusings macrumors member

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    Regretting the Air now eh?
     
  9. revheck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haven't bought one yet. Still trying to decide between maxed-out Air and MBP.
     
  10. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    I wonder if the new MBA uses two 256GB Blade SSDs.
    If so, then it may be possible to add another it you dont get the 512GB version.

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    Problem for me...the retina MBP (what I would want) is TOOOOOOOO expensive.
     
  11. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    There's one slot for the SSD in an MBA 2011. I assume the 2012 models are the same.
     
  12. dgnr8 macrumors member

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    I am stuck in the same boat, what I was thinking is to get the 256gb and keep one of these in the sd card slot at all times for things like videos:

    SanDisk Extreme 128GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Flash Card Model SDSDRX3-128G-A21

    You can get one for about $150

    Are there any veteran Macbook air users who have tried this?
     
  13. Liquidsilver macrumors newbie

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    You just have to keep in mind the SD card does NOT sit flush with the side of the MBA. It sticks out a bit so depending on your intended usage it may not be the best option.
     
  14. ChanneledDan macrumors newbie

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    B&H also has a 128GB Lexar SD card for only $90, free shipping and no tax.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...128CRBNA133_128GB_Professional_SDXC_Card.html

    Granted it's only a class 10, while that SanDisk is class 10 + UHS-1.
    I just ordered one of those Lexar ones for my camera, which isn't UHS-1 compliant so it wouldn't make a difference. I'm also going to try it out with my new MBA when it arrives and see how it works. I'm pretty sure the MBA doesn't support UHS-1 so I don't think you would get the speed advantage.
     
  15. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    Current OWC SSD blades will not fit in 2012 MBA's. Yet. (ifixit.com)
     
  16. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Evidently not. And Apple has changed the connector, so at this point there are not even any third party options. See this article on the MacRumors front page: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/12/teardown-of-mid-2012-macbook-air-reveals-tweaked-ssd-connector/

    [​IMG]

     
  17. mckiram macrumors newbie

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    I ordered a Sandisk 128GB Extreme SD Card Memory Card for $140 last month (Feb 2014) to double the internal 128GB drive. It does stick out a bit and I'm worried about dropping my laptop on it, but those things are pretty sturdy. I have an external 500GB drive that I connect at night with Time Machine in case there's ever a problem. I've moved my VMWare drive, music, and photos to the SD Card. The SanDisk card gets about 40MB/s read/write speed which is significantly slower than the internal drive. It's not noticable except for when I suspend and resume my Win7 VMWare. For music and photos, it's fast enough. Make sure you get a fast SD Card though if you want something more than just photos and music on the drive.

    Once the 256GB SD Cards (e.g. from Lexar) get to the sub-$200 range, it'd be a better option.

     

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  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Thanks, but I would hope the OP has made a decision by now.
     
  19. camdog macrumors newbie

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    You can buy a flush mount SD card for additional storage. I use the JetDrive, 128gb and it's about $75 on Amazon.
     

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