Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Air's solid state hard drive.

Image 1/1: Remove the following ten screws:
  • Before proceeding, power down your machine. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the ten 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

These pentalobe screw sizes can't possibly be right - not even close. Should they perhaps be 0,8 mm and 1,2 mm?

Rulle Boer - Reply

The screw sizes refer to the length of the shaft, not the diameter of the head or socket. P5 is the standard pentalobe size for all these screws, regardless of length.

I agree that the notation is a little confusing. I think it's because, with standard sized hardware like for your house, you have shaft diameter (say 1/8" or 3mm) and shaft length (say 3" or 7.5cm). So we're programmed to think of small numbers like that as diameter. But in this case, they're length.

budpegasus - Reply

Pulling the fan cable out was terrifying but you actually just pull on the cable itself. No way to get any leverage at the connector to dislodge it. Did come out easily but like I said, scared me!

allison - Reply

Draai de schroefjes voorzichtig los en leg ze op een stabiele plek neer en let erop dat de schroefje een verschillende lengte hebben.

bwgvanderveer - Reply

I thought I could replace my 256 Gb SSD with 512? regards

ola m - Reply

Do you have good Test Point Voltages? It appears there are silver colored Test points on the I/O Board. I am working on a water spill and trying to troubleshoot if both the I/O board and the Logic need replaced.

andrew - Reply

It's probably not necessary but may be a little safer to completely discharge the old battery before replacing it.

Larry Smith - Reply

tell a model that was not inferior to the speed of the one in the laptop.

Thank you

ilyabuhov - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the lower case and set it aside.
  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Image 1/2: Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board. Image 2/2: Be sure to pull the connector horizontally toward the battery, and not straight up from the Air, or you may damage the socket on the logic board.
  • As a precaution against accidental discharge or shock, disconnect the battery connector from the logic board.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Be sure to pull the connector horizontally toward the battery, and not straight up from the Air, or you may damage the socket on the logic board.

The clear plastic tab is missing on mine. Whoever worked on my laptop before me seems to have ripped it off. Now what?

mjmorawski - Reply

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  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Slightly lift up the end of the SSD and pull it straight out of its socket on the logic board. Image 2/2: When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.
  • To avoid damaging its socket, do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

  • Slightly lift up the end of the SSD and pull it straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I understand this is probably a noob question, but can somebody explain what is preventing anybody from swapping a 128GB SSD for a 256GB?

Eugene General Ed - Reply

Eugene - nothing, I just followed this guide to upgrade from 256GB to 512GB. It's just that MBA 2012 SSDs are pretty hard to come by. I had to lurk on eBay for quite some time.

Julian - Reply

How do I get the operating system on to SSD?

perarve - Reply

You should be able to transfer the os installer into an 8+ gb thumb drive via DiskMakerX. You do need a working mac with something that works with the mac app store installed and enough space to download the os from the app store. Afterwards, just boot up your mac with the alt key, and install.

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Eugene General Ed - Reply

Are you certain it's a P5 pentalobe driver? We found the P5 doesn't fit, and have always used a Wiha 267IPR / 4IPR x 40

Mac Justice - Reply

Many may not know that the SSD for this model (apparently Macbooks from 2011 to 2013) can be upgraded with a commercial off the shelf M.2 form factor SSD and an additional adapter (from proprietary Macbook connector to M.2/NGFF). The M.2 Standard allows different logical device interfaces, but since the Macbook is limited to SATA access, this must be supported by the SSD (in contrast to PCI Express). I successfully upgraded my Macbook using this SSD http://www.amazon.de/Samsung-MZ-N5E500BW... with this adapter http://www.amazon.de/Adapter-Macbook-MD2... . Just wanted to share this with the community, even TRIM support can now be activated since OS X Yosemite for non-Apple SSDs using trimforce in Mac OS terminal.

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