9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2009 8:01 AM by K-M
K-M Level 1 (0 points)

I've been reading through the forum but I am still not sure if it is possible - and more important - if it makes sense.

So I have a few questions:
I have a 1.6 MacBookAir1,1 according to system info with a ATA 80GB Disk.
If I would like to move to a SSD can this be done?
Would an adapter be needed because of different interfaces?
And if yes does it slow down the performance of the SSD?
There seem to be a lot of performance differences for these SSD. Somebody was writing that the Intel X-25 had an impressive performance boost. Are to overal recommendations for the MBA?

Thanks a lot for your help and suggestions.

iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, MBA 1.6, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 (9,330 points)
    The 1,1 macbook air uses a pata ribbon connector. It would be difficult to find an ssd nowadays that supports pata. Most support sata I or II.

  • Soft Reset Level 4 (1,790 points)
    Glor is spot on, finding a PATA interface SSD can be a little tricky. In regards to the Intel X25 SSD, all indications on their product website point to a SATA connection interface (only):


    There are 3rd party PATA SSD drives out there, I remember New Egg selling 32GB versions for about $560 when the MacBook Air first came out.
  • jhillestad Level 1 (45 points)
    I saw some on Ebay awhile back.... they were like $600 however....
  • carl wolf Level 6 (14,625 points)
    The bigger question is "why" you would ever consider doing it.
  • Ewen Level 6 (11,805 points)
    I'd hazard a guess that might want this non-Apple upgrade (if it were possible) because of the performance of the X25-E Extreme. That written, though, you'd only see that improved performance with applications that perform a lot of read/write to the SSD, though I guess if avid photoshop user on MB Air they might see a performance improvement, but if they just use their MB Air for activities such as web browsing or streaming iTunes radio I'd be surprised if the performance was improved more than incrementally. If I were to make a suggestion to OP, if improved performance is what they are looking for, a good first step might be to consider the 2nd generation MB Air with SSD option, certainly a lot easier than user performed upgrade they are contemplating.
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 (9,330 points)
    he's probably looking at the fact he can pick up a 1st gen 1.6 GHZ for $999 refurbished on the applestore.

  • K-M Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for all your replies. Besides performance I had the impression, that moving towoards less movable parts within a notebook might saver in regards to loosing data because of a head crash. But reading your responses it might difficult and expensive with my version of the MBA.
  • Ewen Level 6 (11,805 points)
    Well, SSD doesn't contain the head you find in conventional HDD so, of course, it won't fail at all from that. However, they can fail for other reasons, so I find myself keeping backup of my MB Air, hence I couldn't write improved reliability as a deciding factor in my drive choice, I think I'd be keeping a backup with either as they both have the potential to fail for one reason or another. My reasons for SSD in generation 2 MB Air was, in fact, improved performance in some applications i run, but, i guess, also the slightly geeky aspect of having the more technologically storage system in ultra-portable Mac laptop. There are some smaller advantages, for example it is quieter than conventional HDD, though in much of my environment there is always background noise, e.g. in my office I notice their is always the hum of the air-conditioning system, so that sort of thing not a real benefit either.
  • K-M Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for that info Ewen. I am convinced now to leave my MBA as it is.
    Regards, KM