SSD is SATA or PATA?!?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by netdog, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    So the SSD is PATA? The Apple site, which makes it clear on numerous pages that the 80GB is P-ATA, but make no comment on the interface of the SSD, simply saying that it is a 64GB SSD.

    Anybody looked on a system profiler and have information to share? Not sure that any of the reviewers of people who have torn down units have had a 64GB SDD model to examine.
  2. island macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
  3. sir. mac macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2006
    Can you verify that info? Did you check a system profiler on a SSD-MBA?
  4. Anderson3133 macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    it's Pata/IDE :) because Apple will not make the Drives functionality work with both Sata and Pata. Plus I believe they use Samsungs 64GB Pata/IDE SSD
  5. Anderson3133 macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    #5 quotes "Several readers asked us about compatible SSDs to be installed in MacBook Air.
    You will need 1.8" PATA SSDs, with a 5mm thickness and featuring a ZIF socket. As there are different sizes of ZIF, you will need the smallest version.
    To our knowledge, only SSDs from Samsung or Supertalent are compatible with the MacBook Air, with storage capacity toping at 64GB.
  6. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    Mine comes in Monday and will Have DIY Pics of a SSD being installed here
  7. eddietr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    It's PATA. I confirmed this with a demo unit today.

    A couple of days ago I was reconsidering my order when I found out it was probably PATA. Because that may well hinder my ability to put a larger drive in next year.

    But realistically, I looked at my collection of Dell, Sager, IBM, Apple laptops in my closet and around my family (hand-me-downs) and realized I end up getting a new laptop every year any way.

    And I've never really upgraded any of them.

    But, if you want to keep a laptop 2 or more years, it's something to consider.
  8. ansontin macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Macbook Air 1.0 use SATA hard drive

    Is it possible ?
  9. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    From the System profiler:

    ATA Bus:


    Model: MCCOE64GEMPP
    Revision: 2.9.09
    Protocol: ATA

    Capacity: 55.45 GB

    A quick search on Google shows:

    Samsung SSD Drive
  10. JonnyRD macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008
    1.8" SSDs

    Yes, the Samsung will work. But so will the Mtron 1.8" SSD. This is PATA interface with a ZIF connector. It is 5mm in height & I have one in my MacBook Air.
  11. AIRniloc macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2008
    i was thinking about scoring one of M-Trons...ever since i sold my MBPro (which had a 64 GB Samsung SSD running ), i've missed my super-fast seek times and boot times..

    right now, the M-Tron seems to be the only suitable choice for my rev A MBAir, as i don't want the slow read/write speeds of the samsung..

    may i ask how much free space you have left after installing 10.5.5?

    also, are the 100 mb/s speeds actually realized with the PATA interface?

    thanks in advance...
  12. ExcelonGT macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    Are there benchmarks on the MTRON vs Samsung SSD?

    I originally bought my rev a MBA with the 80gb HD back in Feb. Shortly after, I swapped the HD for the 64gb SSD (did the transplant myself)

    I'm on the fence about upgrading to to a Rev B air with a 128gb. I dont think I can sell my rev A for enough to help cover the cost of a rev B/w 128gb

    Does anyone know of any 128GB SSD's being sold on the market that have PATA-iDE, 5mm thick, and ZIF connector.
  13. justit macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2007

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