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How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure

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  1. How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure, Disassemble the enclosure: step 1, image 1 of 3 How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure, Disassemble the enclosure: step 1, image 2 of 3 How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure, Disassemble the enclosure: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the SSD sled out of the metal enclosure to remove it.

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    • Carefully insert your Mac OEM SSD as shown, with the golden contact pads below the connector pins facing upward.

    • The SSD and enclosure are both keyed, so the SSD can only be installed one way.

    • The SSD might take a significant amount of force to insert. Make sure you have the orientation correct before you apply any pressure.

    • When the SSD is fully inserted, the notch at the bottom of the drive should be aligned with the hole for the screw in the enclosure.

  3. How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to install the 4.5 mm screw securing the bottom of the SSD.

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    • Slide the SSD sled into the metal enclosure, SSD connector end first.

    • Make sure the enclosure is in the correct orientation—the sled slides in on the thin rails.

    • The USB-C port should be facing out once installed.

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    • Place the port cover plate onto the end of the enclosure, aligning the USB-C port with its cutout.

    • The screw hole chamfers should face outwards.

  6. How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to install the two 8 mm screws onto the end of the enclosure.

  7. How To Install a Mac SSD into an External Enclosure, Use your new external SSD: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • The drive is now ready to be connected to your computer with either of the included USB cables.

Conclusion

Once your drive is installed, you can transfer data from it, or use Disk Utility to format it and use it as a Time Machine backup.

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Danke für das Teilen. Es wäre besser, wenn Sie ein zusätzliches Video-Tutorial haben. bloxorz

Halle Promise - Reply

The problem is that unless we're talking about a 2tb or larger SSD, the enclosure for an Apple SSD costs as much or more as just buying an external SSD (as I found out the hard way).

RD6 - Reply

Is there any driver that needs installed for this? My MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Windows machine do not recognize any USB storage device is being connected at all. Nothing shows up with Disk Utility.

Albert Einstein - Reply

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