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Replace SSD--Same as last year's model?

Can you replace the SSD in the 11" MBA (mid 2011) the same way you replace the SSD in the last 11" model?

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I think it comes apart the same and uses the same SSD

All Apple did was bump the specs up

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I'm not sure this is always the case.

I tried moving this hard drive from a Late 2010 13" Late 2010 MBA into a 2011 13" MBA and all I could ever see was the "No" sign.

- Jeff

Capacity: 251 GB (251,000,193,024 bytes)


Revision: AXM09A1Q

Serial Number: S0N8NEAB127960

Native Command Queuing: Yes

Queue Depth: 32

Removable Media: No

Detachable Drive: No

BSD Name: disk0

Medium Type: Solid State

TRIM Support: Yes

Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)

S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified



Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)

BSD Name: disk0s1

Content: EFI

jeffme hd:

Capacity: 209.48 GB (209,484,214,272 bytes)

Available: 139.14 GB (139,138,199,552 bytes)

Writable: Yes

File System: Journaled HFS+

BSD Name: disk0s2

Mount Point: /

Content: Apple_HFS

Recovery HD:

Capacity: 650 MB (650,006,528 bytes)

BSD Name: disk0s3

Content: Apple_Boot


Capacity: 40.52 GB (40,521,998,336 bytes)

Available: 18.29 GB (18,286,682,112 bytes)

Writable: No

File System: NTFS

BSD Name: disk0s4

Mount Point: /Volumes/BOOTCAMP

Content: Microsoft Basic Data

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Ok - please scratch my doubt, listed above. With further research, the SSDs in the 2011 MBAs are the same as in the Late 2010 MBAs - the Samsung AXM09A1Q.

The resolution to my problem was identified by a poster in another forum - apparently, you must, must, must format / reinstall the OS on the new machine via the Lion Internet Recovery function (cmd+option+r at the chime). This involves creating a Lion Internet install USB recovery key before going through this process.

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