Toshiba announces MacBook Air solid state drives available for sale

Apple Online Store“Toshiba this week announced that its Blade X-gale SSD series — the same product first introduced in the new MacBook Air — is now available for mass market sales, potentially bringing up to 256GB of storage to devices like tablets and laptops, and allowing Apple users easier upgrades,” AppleInsider reports.

“As noted by MacRumors, Toshiba’s part numbers are exactly the same as the components found inside the MacBook Air. The internal solid state drives also come in the same three capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB,” AppleInsider reports. “The drives are available for sale to device manufacturers and bulk purchasers, meaning individual users will not be able to buy one direct from Toshiba.”

AppleInsider reports, “Apple’s newly redesigned MacBook Air comes with screen sizes of 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. The smaller model can have up to 128GB of SSD storage, while the larger 13.3-inch MacBook Air can hold 256GB.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Andrew W.” for the heads up.]


  1. What is this guy talking about? I thought the new macbook airs don’t have an ssd at all and instead have the nand directly on the motherboard. You can’t swap the “drive” on the macbook air because it has no removable “drive.”

  2. But, be careful. It’s possible that the 11″ MBA might not be able to accommodate the 256 GB NAND Blade-x Gale SSD. It has not yet been confirmed by Apple or Toshiba that this change in particular will work. It’s a question of the thickness of the NAND chips which are about 35 percent thicker than the 64GB SSD strips.

  3. They have to be talking about the OLD Macbook AIr. The new ones, check the apple site, have the flash memory soldered to the motherboard. Whomever wrote the article is confused as there are no swappable item inside the new models.

  4. The SSD in the new MacBook Air has the same form factor as a stick of Ram. After tacking the bottom plate off and unscrewing the securing screw the SSD pops out.

    Now with respect to physical size, I’m unsure.. The 64GB stick must be the same size as the 128GB, but the 256GB may actually not physically fit…

    The SD Ram is however soldered into the motherboard, and is not user upgradeable..

  5. The ram is on a tiny daughterboard, with a mini-PCIe connector or something like that. Looks like what was in those Dell Mini9s or Vostro A90s, and Asus Eees, but more in a stick configuration. It’s easy to replace, but there is one tricky custom screw that needs to be opened in the casing. Look at iFixit’s teardowns to see.

    And, this is not about the older MBAs, as I have one ,and just replaced the harddrive with a 1.8″ ZIF SSD.

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