SSD Upgrade for my Mid-2013 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dsteller, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Dsteller macrumors member

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    Hey all, I have a Mid-2013 MBA with 128gb SSD and am in desperate need for an upgrade because my drive is getting really full which as you can imagine, stinks... I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for an SSD upgrade... It would be much appreciated.

    I heard that the upgrade were supposed to come out Q3 of this fiscal year and I am still yet to find any... Any help/advice would be much appreciated! Thanks.

    Dsteller
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Both Transcend and OWC have said they are working on one, but nothing yet. You can find some on eBay that have been pulled out of machines. For example, if somebody upgraded to the Apple 512GB version and pulled out their 256GB version to sell.
     
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

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    What do you keep on your drive? Why not just offload some stuff to an external drive which you can get for like $60 on Amazon?
     
  4. Hacks macrumors member

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    In addition to what motrek said, you can get a tiny USB thumb drive that barely sticks out of the port. It will give you an extra 64 gigs for files and such.
     
  5. trueredsoxfan58 macrumors member

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    i got a 512gb ssd off eBay for 300. just watch the auctions and try to grab it around that price. super easy to install and works great
     
  6. newellj macrumors 601

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    Make sure you check how much they'll actually stick out before you buy, though. I looked at a couple of these that were supposed to be low profile but actually stuck out a lot more than expected on my rMBP (results may be different on a MBA). The comments on Amazon were very helpful (even if you don't buy there).
     
  7. Hacks macrumors member

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    This is true.

    This is an older model, but it sticks out less than the newer USB 3 version: http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Flash-Drive-SDCZ33-032G-B35/dp/B00812F7O8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8

    Heres the larger USB 3 model: http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-Flash-Drive-CZ43/dp/B00LLEODCK/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

    The price is excellent, $26 and $32 for 64 extra gigs of space.
     
  8. newellj macrumors 601

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    Those are the two I remember looking at. The first one was fabulous physically but was on the slow side (USB 2.0). The second one was speedier USB 3.0 but would be a breakage risk for me. :eek: If speed isn't a big issue (and it might not be for a lot of uses), the first one is great.

    I had also looked cut-off SDHC cards that were intended to be used as external full time storage, but I recall that they had the same issue on at least some MacBooks.

    Edit: Things may have changed since I looked, though. Google Jet Drive and look at this: http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Jet...422802762&sr=8-6&keywords=low+profile+sd+card

    Also look at/Google the MiniDrive. http://www.amazon.com/MiniDrive-mic...422802762&sr=8-5&keywords=low+profile+sd+card
     
  9. Hacks macrumors member

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    I once read that USB drives are better for this purpose opposed to the memory card slot because when using a memory card the laptop doesn't go into full sleep mode and it also might use more power when running, I'm not completely sure though.
     
  10. newellj macrumors 601

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    Interesting - hadn't read that. That would be a fatal flaw (to me, probably for most).
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That will be an issue with either an SD card or USB attached storage.

    The laptop will still sleep, but it won't enter the "deep sleep" standby mode. So you are looking at roughly 1% per hour battery drain in sleep vs. up to 30 days on battery sleep in standby mode.

    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202124

     
  12. Hacks macrumors member

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    Thanks for clearing that up!

    In addition to not letting it go into deep sleep, do you know if either type of device uses a noticeable amount of battery power?
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I know just from comments in one of the SD card threads people said they did not notice a difference beyond the no stand by issue.
     
  14. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    Nice bit of info there that I didn't know about. Thanks.
     

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