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240GB Aura Pro 6G
Solid State Drive

for MacBook Air 2010-2011 Edition
OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides up to nearly 8x the capacity of factory SSDs while offering Faster Performance.
Get 3G speeds with 2010 MacBook Air
  • More SPEED get up to 275MB/s...68% faster than factory.
  • More STORAGE get up to nearly 8x more capacity!*
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
Get 6G speeds with 2011 MacBook Air
  • More SPEED get up to 507MB/s...3x faster than factory.**
  • More STORAGE get up to nearly 8x more capacity!*
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 180GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
The Aura Pro SSD line features:
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (SSD).
  • Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.
  • Intelligent "Recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
Once again, OWC provides Mac users with an upgrade that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! Whether you own or are considering a 2010 or 2011 base model 11″ MacBook Air with a 64GB Solid State Drive or the top of the line 13″ model with a 256GB SSD, OWC's Aura Pro SSD offers higher speed than the factory SSD. Get up to 275MB/s speeds and up to 8x more storage capacity than factory options with your 2010 MacBook. And get up to 507MB/s speeds and up to 8x more storage capacity than factory options with your 2011 MacBook Air!

Unlike the factory pre-configured models with no other SSD choices offered, the Aura Pro SSD line allows you toy buy the MacBook Air you want today and enjoy the flexibility of upgrading for higher performance when you need it.
Better by Design
"Mean Time To Failure" - We all know that nothing lasts forever. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get the most out of your investment. OWC SSD with DuraWrite™ Technology, optimizes writes to the flash memory over conventional controllers increasing the overall endurance and reliability of the complete SSD. Highly intelligent block management and wear leveling also extends the overall endurance. With this technology, even MLC-based SSDs can operate for years in demanding use applications without daily write restrictions. This adds up to a MTTF that is higher than most enterprise class hard drives and SSDs on the market today.

Additionally, as there are no volatile memory elements in this storage device, the need for cache is completely negated. The drive is just that fast from the get-go!

*OWC SSD Maximum total flash capacity 512GB before 7% overprovisioning with 480GB actual usable capacity compared to Apple 64GB Flash option for 11.1" model.
**Random 4K write data rates of 57.56 for OWC SSD vs 18.49 for Apple factory stock SSD.

Note: The Aura Pro 6G SSD achieves 6G speeds with compatible 2011 MacBooks and 3G speeds with 2010 MacBooks.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,2
1.86GHz, 2.13GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,1
1.4GHz, 1.6GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch 2012)
Education Model
(July, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7GHz, 2.0GHz

Includes

  • Aura Pro SSD

NOTE: unless you own or have access to a Pentalobe compatible driver and a Torx T5 screwdriver, or bought a Aura/Envoy bundle which includes these tools, you will need to purchase the MacBook Air 2010-2012 SSD Installation Kit.

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240GB Aura™ Pro Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
240GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components - 256GB
16GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
224GiB
NAND
Tier 1 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory
Controller
SandForce Processor with full SF2200 Series 7% Over Provisioning firmware set.
For the latest firmware update click here.
SMART Attributes
Standard
RAID Support
Yes
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSDAPAE240
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Reliability3

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)4
2,000,000
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery: Up to 24 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
Yes
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Warranty
5 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sequential Read
6Gb/s (up to)
507MB/s
Sequential Write
6Gb/s (up to)
454MB/s
Sequential Read
3Gb/s (up to)
285MB/s
Sequential Write
3Gb/s (up to)
275MB/s
Random 4K Read5
Up to 50,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write5
Up to 50,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Read Power
2.2 Watts
Write Power
2.5 Watts
Idle Power
0.09 Watts
Power Nap compatible

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F)
-67°F to 302°F
Temperature (°C)
-55°C to 150°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels

Installation

How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011

Because OS X Lion is preinstalled on the removable Apple factory flash drive module, you cannot simply remove that drive and replace it with an OWC Aura Pro SSD without some initial preparation.

There are two methods you can select to prepare using an OWC Aura Pro SSD in your Mid 2011 MacBook Air.

Method #1

Internet Recovery Mode via Apple Knowledge Base Article #HT4718
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

NOTE: If moving an OWC Aura Pro SSD used in a 2010 MacBook Air, using this method will completely erase the drive's data. Make SURE you have a Time Machine® backup or clone of the OWC Aura Pro SSD on an external drive.

Method #2

Recovery Partition Restore Mode
  1. Make SURE you have a Time Machine backup or clone of your data (from either the Apple factory stock flash drive or OWC Aura Pro SSD) on an external drive. We will refer to this drive as Drive #1.
  2. Boot to the recovery partition on the stock drive by holding down Command R during
    a restart or boot process.
  3. Use Disk Utility to do a restore on a separate external USB drive. DO NOT use the same external drive that was used for your Time Machine or clone backup. We will refer to this drive as Drive #2.
  4. Replace the MacBook Air's stock flash drive with the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  5. Boot to the USB Drive #2's recovery partition.
  6. Use Disk Utility to do a restore to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  7. Restart or Boot to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  8. Run Apple Migration Assistant to clone your data from Drive #1.
How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
  2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability rates.
  4. Based on SandForce processor operation.
  5. Specifications provided by SandForce.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCSSDAP116G240 UPC#: 794504793826

Reviews

Macworld Best of Show 2011
Best of Show 2011 - Macworld
MacLife Award Winner 2011
Award Winner 2011 Mac Hardware - MacLife
Notebooks.com Best of Macworld 2011
Best of Macworld 2011 - Notebooks.com
Stevies Finalist
Stevies Award Finalist 2011 - The American Business Awards

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 55 out of 57 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dumfries, VA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Product.....Not So Easy to Get Working January 31, 2016 Installing the new SSD was easy and only took about five minutes. However, the installation of the operating system took forever because the website that the OS comes from did not work. I have done this install three times and the problem arose on my second and third install. I was able to overcome the issue but it took a lot of research and multiple hours. The first time I did this....the process was flawless and it only took a short time to install the OS.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Customer Service January 22, 2016 This SSD is great. I was able to bring back to life an old Mac Book Pro just by replacing the drive. It worked so well, I ordered another SSD for my old iMac. I ran into some technical issues, and the folks at OWC (Other World Computing) were great at pointing me in the right direction. Their how to videos are awesome. 5 stars for a great company.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Illinois Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This ssd exceeded my expectations! December 5, 2015 I was surprised at how easy the installation and data transfer was with this product. I will be buying another drive when OWC comes out with the upgrade for my MacBook Pro comes out!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great find June 1, 2015 Great shopping experience. Left the order on Friday (to Finland) and it arrived on Monday. You really can't beat that.

Having only 18GB left on my original SSD HD I found this 480 GB SSD from OWC. There would've been also 1 TB available but thought that this would do plus the old one with the case that comes along with the OWC new HD, so 730 GB all together currently.

Did have some trouble during installation trying to use a shortcut but you really should follow the instructions. Once did that, everything was very smooth and fast.

The only trouble I had was that the other screw driver that came along didn't fit the screw in the HD. Fortunately was able to overcome that and everything just works great, couldn't be happier, especially when statistics show that newer models are actually slower than this mid -11 model.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Switzerland Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product May 23, 2015 the new memory is very fast and the macbook Air starts very rapidly. The installation was also very easy with the two screwdrivers provided by OWC.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bellingham, WA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product, Customer very happy. May 15, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicagoan, IL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Superb Quality May 9, 2015 Awesome product, worked well for the purpose. Still works...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Japan Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very satisfied with this product March 8, 2015 I received my Aurora Pro promptly and, after backing up my OEM drive on two different external HDs, proceeded to install the new drive following the video instructions provided by OWC. It was super easy, taking less than 10 minutes to do the physical installation. There were a few anxious moments when Time Machine failed to perform as advertised (by Apple), but then I booted up in Restore mode, and re-installed the system software via the Internet (very handy indeed). The machine runs very smoothly, no bugs so far. Having 480 GB as opposed to 50 is a huge plus, and I would recommend this product to anyone who has been frustrated by Apple's measly 60 GB drives. Great product, great service.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Charleston, IL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fast and Effective February 27, 2015 First of all, the shipping was fast. Second, the installation was easy and pain free. And, third, the results are impressive. My old MacBook Air runs like new with much more space for documents, pictures, videos, etc.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: London, UK Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 1/5 Incredibly Unreliable January 20, 2015 I had very high hopes for this product, it seemed to tick all the right boxes as a replacement for the stock Apple SSD that comes with the MacBook Air 2010. Initial setup was easy, and the product worked precisely as advertised in the laptop.

Unfortunately, after 10 months of use, the drive failed completely with no warning. One minute it was working perfectly, the next it wasn't recognised by the laptop or any other devices I attempted to use for recovery. A replacement drive was my hope for renewed peace.

Another 12 months down the line, and the replacement drive has died in exactly the same manner. No warning, no recovery, simply dead with no ability to recover any data (thank you backups!).

Usage is certainly not excessive, it's a personal laptop used for day-to-day activities, no intensive usage, certainly nothing to make it reach it's MTBF so quickly.

Disappointing. Very Disappointing.

This review is from 120GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Response from MacSales.com, Customer Service January 20, 2015 Solid state drives have no moving parts, so there's less warning on pending failures as there were with platter-based hard drives. When they fail, they just stop - as you've experienced. That just increases the importance of keeping regular backups - and we're so glad to hear that you do. Sorry to hear that your OWC SSD failed in about the same timeframe as the original SSD in your MacBook Air. MTBF is an average, some happen sooner than average, many much later. Several other factors can also contribute aside from usage such as humidity, shock, temperature fluctuations, etc. In any event, that's exactly why the drive is backed by a 5 year warranty. We'll be sure to get you back up an running as soon as possible.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Eugene, OR Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Wow, easy to install and use! January 5, 2015 Bought this for a client to upgrade their 13-inch MacBook Air. Very easy installation and used the external case to create a small music library backup. They have been very happy with the new drive and all the extra space!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Maryland, USA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 480GB Aura Pro January 3, 2015 Installation went smoothly and the drive performs as advertised. Very pleased with the drive. The extra storage space makes my MBA a much more usable travel computer.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toulouse - France
Rating: 4/5 Quick delivery, easy to install December 18, 2014 It took a week to cross the Atlantic and 15 minutes to replace my 256GB original macbook air SSD and it worked like a charm. Appart from the too high 20% tax I had to pay on arrival :( I'm totally satisfied. It's too bad that just a week after I received the memory OWC announced a 1TB SSD... I would definitely have chosen that one.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Canberra, Australia Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Long Lasting with Great Performance November 16, 2014 Having purchased this in mid-2012, I have been enjoying the extra storage greatly! I haven't had anything to complain about with this drive and installation was a breeze.

The support from OWC has been great, they are friendly folks and are always willing to answer questions about their products, even in their after-sales service, when there isn't any obvious extra money for them to make!

My two tips for folks looking to install this themselves, first, have a look through www.macsales.com/static to make sure you don't damage anything (invest in a wrist strap guys!), and secondly, while the system is open, have your tools above it, in the opposite direction to the battery. This is so you never are holding your screws or screwdrivers over the soft cells of the battery, because you DO NOT want to drop sharp metal things on them! :) Even better, use the bottom case to cover the battery if you can. better safe than sorry!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bologna, Italy Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Molto qualificato per un aggiornamento October 14, 2014 Questo prodotto lo ritengo molto qualificato per un aggiornamento di un iBook air Facile da montare, leggendo le istruzioni ed inoltre ti dà la possibilità di avere un HD esterno di piccole dimensioni e con un'esteca gradevole (acordabile APPLE)

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: France
Rating: 5/5 Brilliant September 5, 2014 I ordered my Aura Pro 2400 GB for the MacBook Air 2011 on Monday night and it arrived here in France on Thursday morning. Really easy to install and really impressed with the speed of my machine. I would really recommend this to anyone. 10 out of 10

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Italy Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfetto per l'upgrade del l'HD del MacBook Air August 30, 2014 Arrivato in 36 ore dall'ordine, ho eseguito l'upgrade dell'HD sul mio MacBook Air con estrema semplicità, prestando la dovuta attenzione ai suggerimento per eseguire lo smontaggio e il montaggio. L'unico inconveniente è stata una delle 10 viti del coperchio sottostante del notebook, che non ne ha voluto sapere di avvitarsi correttamente. Ma ripeto, credo sia soo mia la responsabilità. Per il resto, eccellente.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Volos. Greece (Europe) Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Some problems with my MBA-OWC gave the right solution July 21, 2014 I bought it as a replacement for my MacBook Air (2011). At first sight my MBA didn't recognised the disk. After sending an email to OWC, they sent me a new one in...REM mode! Great A+++ seller in my opinion, and it's not so easy (I'm living in Europe).

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Francisco,CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Enjoying great performance July 16, 2014 I am extremely happy to have upgraded to the 480GB OWC Mercury Aura Pro 6G as it gives me extra flexibility in both storage capacity and fast performance...what a godsend for a frequent traveller!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: MAR ISLANDS Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 So far so good. July 14, 2014 New SSD kit came with everything needed. Installation was a breeze, following the video tutorial.However the new case for the old SSD seemed flimsy, could have been engineered more solidly. The tools also were kind of flimsy, especially the special 5 star driver. You get one chance to drive it in correctly. If you miss you'll probably strip the screw head or the driver itself. But if you take your time, and follow the steps, the install should cause no problems. The new SSD is working fine so far, so no complaints. I should have gotten the 500 gb sted of the 250, but hindsight, oh well.....

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Arlington, MA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent SSD and service July 3, 2014 Nothing to report! That's the good news. All was straightforward in ordering; great customer service (meaning real people who knew what they were talking about without a prepared script); and SSD is working flawlessly Bill R

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Taiwan Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product has great features June 27, 2014 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Buenos Aires Argentina Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 All Good June 24, 2014 TK you solve my Problem TK

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Atlanta Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent bundle! June 14, 2014 Everything you need to make this an excellent upgrade! The installation video shows all the steps in a straight-forward manner and instills confidence in executing this procedure. The enclosure for the "old" SSD makes transferring your data a breeze and is very useful after that. I doubled the internal storage capacity of my MacBookAir and everything is running great!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bowie, MD Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 You can't just eat one June 11, 2014 That was a potato chip slogan, but in my case, the 480GB Mercury was well worth another purchase. I bought one for my wife's Macbook air in the fall of 2013,, the install, and system transfer once Id followed the directions were absolutely simple and without any problem. I highly suggest the transfer kit!! Makes things much easier!! So,, there was nothing to think about when my MB Air started getting bloated with the existing 256Gb drive. This 480 Mercury has sports visibly faster boot times, program startups are noticeably faster and multitasking between apps is noticeably more smooth even with multiples of apps open. Now I have more than 270gbs of free space and "time is on my side" once more... Ok, enough with the metaphors.. I can only hope to see a 980GB or 1TB MB Air drive hit the market in the not too distant future, as my little 2011 Air is rolling like brand new. Me and the wife are two happy campers with both of our Mercury 480s.. Thanks so much OWC! A great value and a lifesaver!

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