Upgrade My MacBook Air's Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thiagos, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. thiagos macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2007
    NYC (Manhattan)
    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if you could help me out. I have the 80GB version Macbook Air and I am running out of space. I don't want to carry an external hard drive nor a flash drive.

    I have upgraded MacBook Pros before and I don't think it would be any different. I read that the MacBook Air uses a PATA drive.

    I have found a Samsung 120GB 1.8" PATA Drive but when I look close in the specs, it says that it is an ATA drive.

    The model number is HS122JB, would someone be able to confirm the model and if it is compatible?

    Are 5400 RPM Drives available for the MacBook Air as of yet?

  2. Mark-Mac-Attack macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2007
    It's the thickness that's the problem. Have you checked that out?
  3. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    I'm pretty sure it'll void the warranty, as the HD isn't meant to be taken out. Having said that, good luck.
  4. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    The product specs list this drive as .3 in
    .3 in = 7.62 mm.

    The drives in the Air are 5mm, so the HS122JB drive is too thick.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It would void the warranty but the HD can be taken out.
    Check out this YouTube video.
  6. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    It can, yes. What I meant was that it isn't meant to be taken out by non-apple personnel and hence isn't designed that way. May be an obvious point but alas.
  7. gooddeal macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2008
    Clean reinstall

    I think you can just do a clean OS X reinstall. You will still have about 70GB left after OS. I cannot imagine people need more than 70GB of storage unless they load a lot of music and video on it.:rolleyes:
  8. hogprint macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2006
    geez, i don't know why people need more than 640k of ram...........

  9. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
  10. gooddeal macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2008
    That's the problem between need vs want. I have a friend who like to carry an additional 320GB external HD all the time b/c he ONLY has 320GB of storage w/ his Dell XPS laptop.:confused:

    However, I also have many other friends who don't need more than 50GB of HD on laptops to store the stuffs they need, all the software and a couple GB of musics and videos.

    BTW, I still have about 55GB left on my 80GB Air after I installed Office, BlueJ, Skypes and a bunch of other software + about 10GB of musics and videos.
  11. Heavenkittykat macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    How is that possible? My 80 GB air arrived with 53 GB free. How did yours after installing programs and 10 GB of music still has remaining 55 GB free? Did you use any programs to to free hard drive space?
  12. gooddeal macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2008
    53GB is a bit low but I'm not sure how much free space I had before I re-installed. I did a clean re-install with this instruction http://guides.macrumors.com/Complete_Steps_to_Perform_a_Clean_OS_X_Reinstall_on_Your_MacBook_Air

    I think I had about 65GB after the clean re-install. When I installed Office, I also took out some of the extra features that I don't need. To be exact, I have about 63.5 GB of free space (after Office, Skypes...etc.) before my 9.2GB of musics and videos.
  13. .product macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Without including:
    1.mp3s/movies/TV shows
    2.uncompressed video/photos

    Can anyone propose a reasonable set of programs that would use up 60+ GiB of HDD space?

    I think for the Air's intended market, 80GB is more than enough.
  14. jwflutterby macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Xcode, VMWare Fusion, Photoshop... I don't even have 10 GB of music/videos and maybe 5 GB of photos but my Air is pretty full :( I have a Windows XP guest VM session and I really want RedHat and Vista as well but don't have enough room :(
  15. .product macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Xcode ~ 2.5GiB
    PS ~ 0.3GiB (I'm using CS2)

    I use Parallels instead of VMWare Fusion, but the actual virtual HDD is what's important. My virtual HDD weighs in at only 1.5GB. I used nLite to significantly slim my XP Pro installation.

    I don't see how that's close to even 40GB. Maybe you should use the freeware app GrandPerspective to find where your space is being used.
  16. RealEvil macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2007
    None of these comments help with the actual question.

    I believe, but may be wrong, the HD needs to be 5mm thick. 7.62 is too much. I have not tried it but there are numerous other threads which detail this (search for HD replace or SSD upgrade etc).
  17. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
  18. nintendude macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    so anybody think that Apple will alow people to take there Macbook Air's to the Genius Bar and get the HD upgraded once larger capacities are released?
  19. iPave macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    Why not
  20. makahahawaii macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2009
    what is the verdict on the hard drive upgrade?

    Is there a verdict to the hard drive upgrade:
    1. the Toshiba 240gb model
    2. anything faster than the stock 4k RPM model

    Thank you, much appreciated.
  21. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Your best bet for a faster drive would be if a compatible SSD comes out. Its the PATA interface that's the bottleneck.
  22. krofa macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    It definitely is NOT the PATA interface that is the bottleneck!

    Get this; I've installed an Intel 80 GB SATA SSD to the PATA interface of my MBP as my system drive with the help of this: http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/index.html. This gadget allows you to replace your SuperDrive with a second hard drive. Your Super Drive is on PATA. So the gadget allows you to install a SATA HDD in place of your PATA Super Drive. Communication between the HDD and the Mac takes place over the PATA interface. Guess what; my OS is loaded but flies becuase of the SSD even if it is on PATA. It boots in under 30 seconds. Faster than a stock Mac Pro.

    You see the bandwidth that is provided by PATA is 100 MB/s. Only recently are consumers seeing HDD's that hit that mark and/or pass it. Your regular 500GB 7200 desktop drive doesn't even get close to that.

    The problem with the PATA non-SSD drive is the drive itself and not the interface. If you take a 4200 rpm conventional HDD and put it into the fastest interface (today that would be SAS), you are going to be dying of slowness! Becuase the drive is the bottleneck. So don't think the SATA 4200 rpm drive in the 2nd generation MB Air is going to kill the PATA version. It will most probably be just the same. If there is say a 1% improvement in the perfomance, that's going to be because of an improved HDD and not the switch over to SATA instead of PATA.
  23. demonx macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2002
    Wondering this myself, looking at the specs on this Toshiba Drive it should work
    Model Number MK1214GAH

    Size looks good, but guessing that it might have the no standard zif problem since apple decided to switch things up to make replacing the HDD even harder than it should be:rolleyes:
  24. gmerin macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    don't think so: the MK1214GAH is 8mm thick but there is only room for a 5mm thick drive in the Air. it seems single platter drives are 5mm and dual platters are 8mm+.

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