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Retask the internal drive found in the Early 2008 MacBook Air as an external USB 2.0 storage solution with this handy ZIF case.
1) Fast overseas delivery (I'm in Japan)
2) External drive case included, which was very handy when I cloned my current drive to the SSD before installing the latter.
3) The installation guide video on the OWC website was very handy. The only downside was that a link mentioned in the video (www.macsales.com/drive-copy) is no longer active.
4) Performance - needless to say, the new drive is a lot faster than my old PATA drive. It has given my MBA 1.1 a new lease of life.I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 64GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit with Tools and Transfer Enclosure for Early 2008 MacBook Air. Customer Videos:
This SSD PATA ZIF (quite rare) disk, arrived in a box which also contained a philips screwdriver, a high quality matt black OWC case, a pouch with philips screws, an internal ZIF connection cable (using this case, the old or new disk can be placed in the case and used as an external disk) and an external USB cable.
My old 80GHDD (which failed various tests, caused software crashes and failed new iOS installations) appeared to have a mechanical failure, metallic 'ticking' was heard in the weeks before the final 'crash' occurred. In the end it was not accessible anymore and it failed the S.M.A.R.T. tests. After I installed the new 60G Solid State Drive and a new MAC OS X Lion software installation, everything worked perfect again.
Then, just for fun, I placed the old HDD drive in the case to see if I could get it up and running again. To my big surprise, it functioned without any problems! It passed all tests and was fully accessible again. So now I have a perfectly working Macbook Air again and a smoothly running external 80Gb HDD again :-)
Thanks OWC!I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 60GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit for Early 2008 MacBook Air with tools and transfer enclosure..
Long story made short, the drive arrived about 3pm, along with the OWC toolkit (well worth $15!), & I had the drive installed and the Air booting from it for the first time before 5pm! You need good lighting unless your eyesight is a lot better than mine, the right tools, a steady hand, some patience (DO NOT RUSH - allow an uninterrupted hour), and a way to watch the install video (or a really good memory) while you do the work. With that, anyone who can operate a screwdriver can do the physical installation.
OWC seems to skip over the software part of the install, but I recommend a good external USB drive, SuperDuper from Shirt Pocket Software for cloning, and Apple's Disk Utility and Migration Assistant.
Once complete, works perfect - faster than new right now actually, but we will see what happens as the drive fills up (SSDs are somewhat sensitive to amount of data stored).Would be 5-stars, but minus one for not giving the the option to buy the drive without the external enclosure and cheesy little screwdriver which is no good to me since my original drive is failing.I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 60GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit for Early 2008 MacBook Air with tools and transfer enclosure..
The videos are the key to success, imo! I watched them through twice before purchasing, then twice again after I had everything set up to start. I played it on my MacBook Pro as I went along, pausing at each step. No problems anywhere. I was done in about fifteen minutes.
Since I already had a SuperDrive, I just plugged that in and slipped in the Snow Leopard disk (decided to roll back to SL after Lion made the MBA unhappy), formatted the SSD, then installed a fresh install of SL.
I put a couple of apps on it that I want to use and left off all the other detritus that had accumulated over the four+ years I'd owned it. Now it's a sweet (and faster!) machine again.
(Note that I had to track down the video for inserting the old HD into the provided case. A search on ZIF on YouTube brought up the OWC video. The tiny screws took up the most time.)
Also note: Buy the nylon pry tool if you don't have one (it's indispensible). And the included screw driver was flawed and didn't work, but I'd ordered a small tool kit with the SSD and was fine.This review is from (*) 60GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit for Early 2008 MacBook Air with tools and transfer enclosure..
Now the air is faster than new. Everything opens snappy even battery life is improved. I just use the old drive for time machine. And since it's a smaller drive, I limit what I save on it but there is still enough space for whatever.
Seriously recommend grabbing one of these drives if you are frustrated with the speed of your original air like I was. Double the speed? Maybe even tripple it!I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 60GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit for Early 2008 MacBook Air with tools and transfer enclosure..
I was not happy when I found that there were no installation instructions with it nor was i able to find them on the support pages. I managed to get it installed on my own without too much guess work.
There also were no instructions for the assembly of the enclosure either. Normally these things are pretty obvious but with this one there were two adhesive foam pads that I wasn't quite sure what to do with.
After my experience I would buy this product again knowing that I would not miss the installation instructions.
I would also like to point out that the instructions for the next gen MBA were missing a recommended step of disconnecting the battery before starting to remove the original HD. This could cause a problem in some cases.I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 120GB OWC ZIF Solid-State Drive Kit for Early 2008 MacBook Air with tools and transfer enclosure..