I needed a portable laptop computer that I could carry with me while seeing patients and performing house-calls. The 11″ MacBook Air which was released a few months ago the bill perfectly – well almost perfectly. Finally, this was a MacBook that I could take everywhere without thinking twice.
The Problem: The solid state hard drive was limited to 128GB which makes it tough to fit everything on it, including a copy of Windows 7 Professional.
The 11-inch ‘Air only has two SSD options from the factory — 64GB and 128GB. And even 128GB will simply be too small for many people to use as their primary/only drive.
Fed up with the small SSD hard drive, and inability to use my MacBook Air to it’s full potential, I ordered an OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD upgrade for MacBook Air.
The Aura Pro Express comes in three capacities:
- 180GB – $499
- 240GB – $579
- 320GB – $1,179
I opted the 240GB Aura Pro Express and it morphed my MBA11 from a machine that I could use some of the time to a machine that I can use all of the time. The new SSD doesn’t come with an external enclosure, so you’ll have to clone your original SSD to an external drive (I Carbon Copy Cloner), then clone it back post swap.
The Aura Pro SSDs aren’t cheap, but if you can afford one, it’s one of the best upgrades that you can get for the MacBook Air. With a large enough SSD the MacBook Air can truly become your full-time and only machine. I love being able to tote my little MacBook air with me and be able to run Windows 7 (for the Electronic Health Record) and also have my music, photos and podcasts on the same machine without hauling around another external hard disk.
Check it out at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Express and tell them I sent ya!
This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient. If you have questions please contact your medical provider.
Scott Rennie, DO