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PhotoFast outs first SSD upgrade kit for MacBook Air

updated 07:25 am EDT, Wed October 27, 2010

PhotoFast intros drop-in SSD MacBook Air kit

Japan's PhotoFast had the distinction of becoming the first company to offer a storage upgrade for the new MacBook Air. The GM2 SFV1 Air not only gives an SSD in the narrow card format needed for the Air but goes beyond what Apple itself is delivering. It gives the 11-inch model its first 256GB option and uses a SandForce SF1200 memory controller that should be about 30 percent faster than the original, at 250MB per second peak in read and write performance.

Along with the drive itself is a USB 3.0 adapter shell. The kit gives MacBook Air owners a way of importing information from the original drive or for a future replacement computer. It still works with USB 2.0 but can use the full speed of the SSD for those who eventually upgrade to USB 3.0-capable Macs.

PhotoFast has said the kits also come in 64GB and 128GB capacities, but it hasn't revealed pricing and will likely be determined by Japan's open pricing system. The company is looking for distributors outside of its home country. [via Akihabara]

by MacNN Staff



  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That was quick.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You said it

    I'll be interested in reviews of this. Assuming it's legit (and not obscenely expensive) it removes that "but what if I want to upgrade to more storage in the future?" complaint about the new MBA.

  1. RiquiScott

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If the solid-state storage is in fact user-replaceable, that addresses my biggest concern with the Air.

    When my wife heard that Apple was planning on going to all solid-state storage for their portable computers some time in the future, she told me "Get ready to buy me the biggest, baddest MacBook Pro that still uses magnetic hard drives right before they discontinue them."

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Most excellent

    Now I might be compelled...

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you want the biggest baddest MacBook Pro, talk to Flatirons Data Recovery in Boulder, CO. They replace the optical drive and can install up to 1.75TB of internal storage in any MacBook Pro, including the 13". I go then to put a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HardDrive in my 13". It's freaking amazing. I have a TimeMachine backup all the time, from the SSD to the HD. My machine boots in 19 seconds, has 8GB RAM. It screams. But yeah, it's just a one-guy shop, and he's goooood! Can we post links? Let's see.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With almost everyone in the cell phone industry suing everyone else, you'd think Apple's lawyers wouldn't have time to hassle a Japanese company over one of the neatest looking products I've seen in a long time. I'd almost buy an MBA, just to have an excuse to buy one of these.

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