With the tape off just pull the cable out of the old drive and stick it in the new one.

We found that the connector on the Samsung HDD Apple used had a more snug fit than the SSD we received from DVNation, we're not sure if this is a modification Samsung made for Apple and if it's possible to get a drive after market with the same drive-end connector. Having a snug fit is very important as we found that unless we taped the cable in place very well, the drive would sometimes not be detected by OS X upon boot. Make sure the connector is secure and then reverse the process to install the new drive.

The mechanical HDD does have some cushioning glued to it, while this isn't totally necessary on the SSD (as it has no moving parts) it wouldn't hurt to move over to the new drive if you can manage to peel most of it off. For the purposes of this article we didn't attempt to move the padding over to the SSD.

With the SSD installed, it was time to benchmark it.

Hard Drive Swap: DIY SSD Install MacBook Air Performance: SSD vs. Mechanical HDD


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  • brianb - Friday, February 15, 2008 - link

    I can't wait for Anandtech to review the Lenovo X300 and do a side-by-side comparison:


    I still think the main disadvantage of the MB is the 4200 RPM PATA. If I were a business user, the HD speed would drive me insane with all the documents and spreadsheets I may have to edit on the plane, train, etc.
  • Bunkerdorp - Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - link

    See above the disk and the connector on the mainbord.
    My harddisk crashed and question is are there cables to connect this disk to a sata disk?
    Perhaps I can recover the data but I can not find a cable or connector for this dis.
    Perhaps you knpw a solution.
    Thans very much.

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