Upgrading to SSD aftermarket?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Gregintosh, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    Hey guys,

    I am thinking about buying an SSD for my MacBook Air to get the speed boost, especially while launching applications and what not.

    I was wondering if I acquire an SSD hard drive that fits the macbook air physically and is PATA would it work right away or require some sort of additional drivers or configuration?

    Also, does anyone know where you could purchase the Macbook Air SSD separately? I am sure it has to be available for purchase SOMEWHERE since people who get defective ones must be able to get replacement parts.

    I've seen a few links posted on earlier forums about 3rd party ones but none seemed to be very promising.

    And of course if anyone here has done or knows someone who has done this procedure, any feedback or experience comments would be welcome!

    Thanks in advance!

    EDIT: Also, I found this drive on Newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147021

    Will this work with the Air? It looks like its just a smaller capacity version of the one that comes with it.
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Storage devices such as hard drives, SSDs, etc do not need drivers to function... it'd be a paradox if they did. Anyway, you can find them around (use google... 1.8" SSD), but the price really isn't worth the benefit, you won't notice any difference once the computer gets going. The drive you found will work with the Air, but it is very low capacity. After you install OSX you'll have 19 Gb or so left on it, which is not a lot, considering the MBA comes with an 80 Gb HD, which is not that much slower than a SSD for use in a MBA.
     
  3. Gregintosh thread starter macrumors 68000

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    When I used the MBA on display at an apple store it seemed far more snappier. SSDs are supposed to produce less heat, which will be good or the overall health of the computer.

    I am also worried about reliability. I am planning on going overseas for a while (like a year) and I don't want my hard drive to crap out on me at some point and be stuck without a computer. I am under the impression this is not a problem with SSDs due to the lack of moving parts.

    32GB is a small amount of memory, but it would be just enough for my Macbook and the few programs I use (Photoshop, Word, Pages, etc.) and a stripped down version of my iTunes/iPhoto libraries.

    It's funny that as I write this on my iMac I am playing with my Air and it does kind of seem decent once everything loads up. Maybe I am just too impatient lol.
     

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