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Introduction

Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Air 11” Early 2015. This MacBook Air uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Air. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

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

    When you say:

    Remove the following ten screws:

    Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    Do the 8mm & 2.5mm dimensions refer to the LENGTH of those screws, or the size of the pentalobe? That is, are there other sizes of pentalobe drivers like there are for hex, phillips and torx? When only one dimension is provided, it is usually the socket/driver size, not the screw length, maybe since the length cannot be seen when the screw is installed.

    Can I suggest that you clarify your instructions so folks are confident they are only in need of _one_ pentalobe driver?

    Nerdily yours,

    Larry (whose iPhone 4S can now get through a day without 6 recharges thanks to ifixit.com ;-)

    larryleveen - Reply

    The 8mm and 2.5mm are the length of the screws. One pentalobe P5 screwdriver suffices for all the screws (P5 is implicitly the size of the pentalobe screw heads).

    Michael Welham -

    I sourced all the parts from ifixit, plus a magnetic project mat which I found to be very useful for organising the teardown and reassembly.

    Allen - Reply

    The magnetic mat is

    GERARD SZAREK -

    Keep the 2.5mm tiny screws away from the MagSafe connector as they will be attracted and sucked in to the magnet.

    Frank O'Carroll - Reply

  1. Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

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  3. In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.
    • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally bend back and make contact with its socket.

    When reassembling the connector wire needs to be bent to fit.

    GERARD SZAREK - Reply

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

  5. Lift the free end of the SSD just enough to get a good hold of it. Do not excessively lift the end of the SSD. Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.
    • Lift the free end of the SSD just enough to get a good hold of it.

    • Do not excessively lift the end of the SSD.

    • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

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

Conclusion

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

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It is possible to upgrade the 128GB ssd to a larger one for this Macbook Air model?

dgoteixeira - Reply

Absolutely. Just click the parts link at the top of the page, and choose your size.

Jeff Suovanen -

I bought the below model SSD by mistake for my Apple 11" Early 2015 model. Could you please suggest whether it will be compatible.

"Samsung 256GB Flash SSD SSUBX/655-1858K w/ Heatsink for Mac Pro 6,1 JPV256R/0A1"

Ramkumar Sundar - Reply

Hi, I am desperately trying to understand how to repair my macbook air 11 inch early 2015. The internal Hd broke. I would like to repair my macbook mounting the SSD suggested by Ifixit but unfortunately the last upgrade of the system was El capitan so, if I understood correctly, I don’t have the right EFI. What can I do? Is there a procedure to install the EFI the SSD owc aura needs? Or should I buy another SSD? Could you suggest me a solution? Thank you in advance for your time

francesca - Reply

You should be able to reinstall or restore everything via macOS recovery. Your Mac should support that:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204904

Just boot up and either reinstall from scratch or follow the instructions to restore from a backup (or the old HD if it still turns on)

Barry K -

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