Aside from the obvious warranty void upon doing such an upgrade, can anyone see any issues with removing the current Micron 64GB mSATA drive that is in the Surface Pro and upgrading it to an ADATA 256GB 500/500 drive?
Thats a very good question, Arnold. I am having trouble finding out the consumption level for the drive I'm considering. I am looking at the ADATA XPG SX300 256GB mSATA drive (550/505 read write), and it states ultra low consumption level. I know that it uses the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller, so it's optimized for Ivy Bridge.
The drive itself does not look difficult to get to, after looking at the iFixit breakdown. I have been hacking electronics for about a decade, so I am fairly comfortable.
I hope to get my Surface this weekend when more arrive. Once I have it, the next step will be the drive. I will be sure to do a step-by-step for it including images.
In all my years of repairing iPhones, iPads, MacBook Airs, radios, DVD players ......... whatever, I have very rarely broke anything. If I did, it was usually due to the lack of patience. Which, with a device like the Surface Pro, I will be taking my sweet time with.
I know that some of the gang over at iFixit are quite fearless, due to the lack of ownership of the devices, they couldn't care less about the end result. They aren't "hacks" necessarily, but they are hardly gurus either.
It certainly would be interesting to see. A possible downside would be increased power consumption. You could run into issues with space as well. Given that the chip density may be higher or the dimensions slightly different, it may render it into an exercise in futility.
However should you decide to do it... would love to see the results.
What about upgrading the RAM?