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Where can I get a HDD replaced on the spot for a Macbook?

Postby aster » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 1:46 am

Not looking for overnight turnaround, 2 day return, etc. Just an on-the-spot quick job of popping the lid open and chucking in a new hard drive.

I'll be roaming around Funan tomorrow asking around, but if anyone knows of a place where I don't have to leave my laptop then let me know.

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Postby durain » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 7:05 pm

how about a bit of DIY?

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/macboo ... ve_diy.pdf

so all you need is a new HDD.

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Re: Where can I get a HDD replaced on the spot for a Macbook

Postby x9200 » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 8:15 pm

aster wrote:Not looking for overnight turnaround, 2 day return, etc. Just an on-the-spot quick job of popping the lid open and chucking in a new hard drive.

I'll be roaming around Funan tomorrow asking around, but if anyone knows of a place where I don't have to leave my laptop then let me know.

It takes some time to transfer/reinstall the system/data. I do not know macs but it is probably at least 1-2h procedure so the quick job is not doable.

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Postby aster » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 9:11 pm

I can do the reinstall, I was just hoping that someone would replace the drive. But it looks like I'll be going the DIY route if nobody can provide the service on the spot. :)

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Postby x9200 » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 9:23 pm

It's trivial and I can't think of anything that could go wrong. Just do not drop or hit the hdd :)

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Postby aster » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:02 am

I think it'll be difficult to buy such a drive for the first generation MacBook Air, got a funny feeling I'll have to order one online from abroad...

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 7:47 pm

If you tell exactly the Mac's model No (or even better the type and model of the hdd) I should be able to tell you what and where.
After wiki:
It was also Apple's first computer with an optional solid-state storage drive.[19] ArsTechnica found "moderate" performance improvements of the 64 GB[note 1] solid-state drive of the first generation Air over the standard 80 GB hard drive in tests. On October 14, 2008, new models were announced with improved capacities of 128 GB (solid-state) and 120 GB (hard drive).

Probably 2.5" PATA or SATA hdd so should be no problem. But if this is 1.8" then it may not be that easy (or cheap) indeed.

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Postby aster » Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:51 pm

It's the very first series of Macbook Air laptops that came out, so we're looking at a 1.8" drive with an ATA-type interface known as ZIF PATA to be specific. It can be an 80GB version running at 4200 rpm or an SSD model. In fact I'd go with the latter if it isn't too expensive as availability will surely be better as well.

The original model is the Samsung HS082HB but the new one can be any brand as long as it works with the first generation Macbook Air.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 18 Feb 2011 5:14 am

Then unfortunately you may be right. Check with Memory World (SLS, Funan) and if the price is too high try on Ebay. I bought a 1.8" hdd for my vaio few years ago from HK via Ebay. In Singapore sony wanted over SGD400 for the replacement (would be cheaper to buy an ipod and cannibalize it) and with Ebay I ended up paying 3x less.


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