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OWC's Aurora Envoy bundles give MacBook Airs a storage upgrade, repurpose old drives

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Mac parts supplier OWC is offering a number of bundles for its Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs and Aurora Envoy SSD enclosure kits. Buying the bundle saves $27.99 off the price of the enclosure.

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If you’re looking to swap out your 2010 or 2011 MacBook Air’s SSD for something bigger and faster, but still want to make the most of your old drive, OWC is offering some new bundles that could be what you're looking for. If you buy any of the company’s Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs you’ll be able to grab a USB 3.0 bus-powered Aurora Envoy enclosure kit for an extra $20 — down from $47.99. The 6GB/s drives compatible with 2011 MacBook Airs range in size from 120GB ($179.99 for the drive alone) to 480GB ($779.99), while the 2010 Airs are only compatible with the slower 3GB/s drives, which start at $247.99 for 180GB of storage, but otherwise follow the same pricing.

The 1.5-ounce (empty) aluminum Envoy has the same tapered design as the MacBook Air — good news if you're picky about your tapers. We'd be remiss not to point out that the 2010 and 2011 Airs don’t have USB 3.0 ports to take advantage of the Envoy's high-speed output (you'll be limited to USB 2.0 speeds), but the company says SSD upgrades for the new Ivy Bridge MacBook Airs, which do have USB 3.0, are coming soon.