What hard drive to use in my Rev A MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OneRing2Rule, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. OneRing2Rule macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    Hi, all. I picked up a MBA at a garage sale for $10. :eek::eek::eek:
    I got this from powerbookmedic.com by checking the serial number:

    Model Family: MacBook Air
    Processor: 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo (P7700)
    Manufacturer: Intel
    # of CPUs: 1
    Codename: Penryn
    Size: 13.3"
    Finish: Glossy
    Resolution: 1280x800
    Backlight: LED-Backlit
    Base Memory: 2GB PC2-5300 SODIMM
    Brand: Apple
    Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
    Color(s): Aluminum
    Original OS: Mac OS X 10.5.1
    Battery: 37-watt-hour non-removable lithium-polymer
    Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 (144MB)
    Base Storage: 80GB 4200RPM EIDE 1.8"
    Optical Drive: N/A
    Model Number: A1237
    Sales Number(s): MB003LL/A
    Machine Number(s): MacBookAir1,1
    Dimensions: 12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.76 in
    Weight: 3.0 lb
    Production: Jan 15, 2008 - Oct 14, 2008
    Factory: Remanufactured Model
    Production Year: 2008
    Production Week: 33 (August)
    Production Number: 251

    But it wouldn't boot up. So I got it to boot up with a USB install stick :cool:, but was shocked to find there is no hard drive installed. NONE. But for $10, who is bitching? :rolleyes: LOL

    So, I have the hard drive caddy, the bracket and the rubber insert and the flex cable. I pulled a DERP and bought a 120GB 1.8" SATA drive but as most of you know, that isn't gonna work. (oh, well)

    So I'm trying to figure out what to put in this thing. Is a LIF PATA and a ZIF PATA the same thing? Will a Samsung MK1224GAH hard drive work?


    Or this Samsung MK1224GAL?


    I appreciate any help you all might offer. Thanks!

  2. mac26 macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2011
    Wow for $10 that's great! I suggest putting an SSD in there, they are much slower without SSDs besides you can get a 60GB SSD from OWC for your MBA for $160 so then you have a Mac for $170

    Congrats on the Mac!
    Oh, by the way, did you get a box and charger as well? if you did they could have sold the charger alone for atleast $40 :D
  3. OneRing2Rule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    I did indeed get the box and charger and adapter and everything else including discs. It was a good deal, no?

    Don't want to go to SSD, trying the PATA drive route (cheapskate). Help?
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    OtherWorldComputing has the following SSD that will work.


    There is also a 60GB version.

    Edit: I just saw your post about not wanting an SSD. That said, OWC advertises the SSD as ZIF PATA, so that suggests the Toshiba drive ought to work.
  5. chambone macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
  6. OneRing2Rule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    Thanks. I ended up picking up a 120GB MK1321GAL drive for about $80. Hope that it fits. I'll post back and let you all know.
  7. OneRing2Rule thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    I love Apple

    ...and the drive worked perfectly.

    ...and the best part of this? The broken hinges that it had were COVERED under an extended warranty by Apple. Dropped it off at an Apple store on Friday, got it back on Tuesday. They replaced the hinges, the hinge clutches, the hinge cover, the video cable, the antenna and the camera cable. FOR FREE.

    So, I have a first-gen MacBook Air, running Lion on a 120 GB hard drive for about $95 ($10 for the buy and $80+ for the hard drive). LOL!

    Thanks for your advice, all. Back to lurking.

  8. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
  9. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    I'll buy it off you for $20, double your money! :p Congrats on the amazing find!

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