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Upgrade Your MacBook Air’s SSD to 360 GB with OWC’s Upgrade Kit

A new set of solid state drives have been introduced by Other World Computing that are designed to upgrade the capacity of Apple’s new MacBook Air models that were released last October. The ‘Mercury Aura Pro Express’ kits are compatible with both the 11- and 13-inch notebooks, and will increase your Air’s SSD capacity up to 360 GB.

There are 3 options available to you if you’re looking to upgrade your drive: prices start at $499.99 for a 180 GB drive and increase to $579.99 for the 240 GB option. The biggest option, currently, is a 360 GB drive, and that will cost you $1,179.99 – just $200 more than the high-end 13-inch MacBook Air itself. All of the drives are compatible with both the 11- and 13-inch models.

Not only do the OWC drives offer more capacity than Apple’s factory options, but they are also faster thanks to ‘SandForce’ technologies:

The Mercury Aura SSD line features industry leading SandForce DuraClass Technologies:

– 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.

If you’re keen to get your hands on one of the upgrade kits, you can order them now through OWC, with an estimated shipping time of 19 days. You’d better be quick, though – there is a chance that Apple could object to OWC’s latest SSDs and put a stop to the company’s sales. PhotoFast, a Taiwanese firm, previously offered a similar set of SandForce-based SSDs, which were quickly removed from sale following a request from Apple.

News from: MacRumors

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