OWC Launches 1 TB SSD Upgrade Kits for 2010-2012 MacBook Air

Other World Computing today announced the launch of new 1 TB (960 GB) solid state drive options for 2010-2012 models of the MacBook Air.

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Priced at $549 for the drive alone or $579 for a package including tools and an Envoy enclosure to repurpose the original drive for external storage, the new 1 TB option complements existing 120, 240, and 480 GB options for the various MacBook Air generations.

- 2010 MacBook Air SSD upgrades
- 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrades
- 2012 MacBook Air SSD upgrades

With Apple's move to PCIe-based SSDs beginning with the 2013 MacBook Air, OWC has yet to launch new SSD upgrade kits for the latest notebooks, but the company has promised it is hard at work on kits for these machines.

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68 months ago

For those prices doesn't it make sense to sell the notebook and buy a new one?


Unless you want a 1TB SSD.
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68 months ago
What's the holdup on the PCIe versions for newer macs? They've been talking about those for ages.
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68 months ago
Whenever I see something about OWC, I immediately think back to my experience with their 240GB '12 MBA SSDs. The first one was DOA. The second one died in 90 days. Never went for the "third time's a charm."
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68 months ago

What's the holdup on the PCIe versions for newer macs? They've been talking about those for ages.


They used proprietary (non-M.2) PCIe SSD blade drive.
Someone contacted Transcend and they said a product should be available in early 2015.
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68 months ago

Pretty good value actually - though I'm in UK and I'm not sure how much Yank tax would add to the price.


If you're in the UK you can order the Transcend equivalent. I installed one of these.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JQXT5RG
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68 months ago
WHERE ARE THE PCIE SSD'S FOR NEWER MACS (nMP, 2013+ retina mbp, etc), OWC???

last time i checked in with them (earlier this year), the rep grouchily told me "this fall"
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68 months ago

Nice! good value as well... What do you do about TRIM on Yosemite?


Well, with their smaller drives (480/240/120) OWC went with SandForce, which uses very active and aggressive garbage collection and doesn't suffer from the same issues other SSDs do without TRIM. These 1TB/960GB drives use an ASMedia controller, and I'm not sure how their garbage collection works compared to SandForce's.

Also, the latest TRIM Enabler for Yosemite also disables the signed kext requirement, allowing itself to then patch the system files to enable OS TRIM on 3rd-party drives.

Basically, if you don't mind allowing unsigned kernel extensions (which is the default on 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, etc.), then TRIM Enabler might be a good choice to ensure top SSD write performance for non-SandForce drives on 10.10/Yosemite.
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68 months ago
Nice! good value as well... What do you do about TRIM on Yosemite?
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68 months ago
For those prices doesn't it make sense to sell the notebook and buy a new one?
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68 months ago
Funny, it looks like Transcend have been taking customers from them - then have seriously dropped the prices to be able to compete. I'd still take the Transcend upgrade - they have a better reputation.
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