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SSD for MacBook AIR 11' Mid 2011 (A1370) ?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am looking to replace the small 65gb toshiba drive on my Air (model 4,1)

The only option I found is an OWC Aura Pro that cost more than 1$ per GB. which I find ridiculous expensive, particularly in 2014 and for a relatively old machine. More that the price of the drive, I can't really believe there are no other alternatives to my model! (at least I could not find one, crucial website says they don't have a replacement drive for my model). I am wondering why is this escenario happening. I got the computer with those 64gb with the idea of upgrading the SSD later, well later has come, I am ready to move but can't.

Is there any other option, than buying a used one on ebay?

thanks.

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by AgostoMortal View Post

I am looking to replace the small 65gb toshiba drive on my Air (model 4,1)
The only option I found is an OWC Aura Pro that cost more than 1$ per GB. which I find ridiculous expensive, particularly in 2014 and for a relatively old machine. More that the price of the drive, I can't really believe there are no other alternatives to my model! (at least I could not find one, crucial website says they don't have a replacement drive for my model). I am wondering why is this escenario happening. I got the computer with those 64gb with the idea of upgrading the SSD later, well later has come, I am ready to move but can't.
Is there any other option, than buying a used one on ebay?

The blade SSDs have a custom shape so they only really work in Apple's machines, which is why you won't see many 3rd party versions. Apple has also switched to PCIe now instead of mSATA in the old one. The price is partly to do with the NAND. The cheaper SSDs now use things like TLC NAND.

I don't think buying a used Apple one on eBay is a good idea. They are slower and will have some wear on them.

One thing you might consider is upgrading the whole machine. Your machine would sell for about $600-650. There's the latest 11" and 13" here on the refurb store with 256GB SSD:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD712LL/A/refurbished-116-inch-macbook-air-13ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD761LL/A/refurbished-133-inch-macbook-air-13ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5

Not only do you get PCIe SSD that runs at near 700MB/s as opposed to around 250MB/s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3eE2SGdDKU

you get a faster CPU, faster GPU (Iris), USB 3, longer battery life, faster 802.11ac wifi, 1 year warranty that can be extended to 3 years. If you do get $650 for the old one, then it's roughly $369 for the latest 11" with 256GB and $449 for the 13".

The best option for just the SSD is the Aura Pro but for around $100 more, you get all the other upgrades.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the detailed reply, makes sense but I don't know if I will be able to get 600 or 650 for this machine (nor where to sell it) and it will take a lot of my time to prepare it, advertise it, sell it, buy a new one and be up and running after all. I am tired of chasing a carrot, and even if that is a reality when dealing with laptop  computers, in this particular case it sucks that I can't really upgrade my machine without spending a lot. 

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Originally Posted by AgostoMortal View Post

Thanks for the detailed reply, makes sense but I don't know if I will be able to get 600 or 650 for this machine (nor where to sell it) and it will take a lot of my time to prepare it, advertise it, sell it, buy a new one and be up and running after all. I am tired of chasing a carrot, and even if that is a reality when dealing with laptop  computers, in this particular case it sucks that I can't really upgrade my machine without spending a lot.

One of the cheapest SSDs would be the Samsung EVO at $157 for 250GB or the 500GB for $323. The Aura Pro is $249 for 240GB and $550 for 480GB. The 500GB is a big difference but ~$92 difference for the 240/250GB isn't too bad. If you get the drive enclosure with it, you also get a neat little backup drive, which is useful for migrating to a new machine in future.

If you wanted to sell the laptop, you can use eBay. Your model has sold recently for $600-650. Here's one that sold for $689:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Apple-Macbook-Air-11-6-64GB-SSD-Intel-Core-i5-Mavericks-10-9-OFFICE-/171225868960

To sell it you'd ideally buy the new one first, even if it's on a credit card, then migrate the data over. Once you were sure everything was ok, you'd secure erase the old one with disk utility, take a photo of it and list the details. Set it up as Buy It Now or Best Offer and people will give you offers for it. Anything over $600 would be reasonable but allow enough for shipping fees and insurance. eBay and Paypal will take a percentage of the sale (can be as much as 10-15% so if you sell for $650, $65-97).
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks again for the info and ideas. Now, the EVO sounds like a good proposition. What specific drive are we talking here? M-sata III? I see one on newegg for $220 not $157

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZX1AU6570

 

And If I buy the EVO how do I replace it and transfer the info?

thanks.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by AgostoMortal View Post

Thanks again for the info and ideas. Now, the EVO sounds like a good proposition. What specific drive are we talking here? M-sata III? I see one on newegg for $220 not $157

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZX1AU6570

And If I buy the EVO how do I replace it and transfer the info?

The EVO is SATA and not a drive you can use in the Macbook Air. It's $157 on Amazon. I was just using it as a price comparison as they are typically the cheapest. If you want to go the SSD replacement route, the Aura Pro drive is the best option.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

So back to square one: Then the Aura Pro is not the best but the only option for a new SSD for my Air, correct?

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by AgostoMortal View Post

So back to square one: Then the Aura Pro is not the best but the only option for a new SSD for my Air, correct?

The other option is a used SSD from eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/256GB-Samsung-MZ-CPA2560-0A2-0A5-SSD-Apple-MacBook-Air-2010-2011-A1370-A1369-/191055922761
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-2010-2011-256GB-SSD-Solid-State-Drive-/221363055356
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Macbook-Air-256-GB-SSD-Hard-Drive-for-all-2010-or-2011-models-/151221428499

I'd say the Aura Pro with warranty, unused and faster is the better option.
post #9 of 11

Never buy a used SSD they do not last very long from experience I had with them.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I'll go with the Aura Pro, but its a shame that there are no alternatives. 

post #11 of 11

Who makes this SSD ? Never heard of it at all.

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