Introduction

Use this guide to replace your MacBook Air's removable solid-state drive (SSD).

  • Before proceeding, close your computer and 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 eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

I recommend that one of the tools you obtain is a jeweler's loupe that mounts on your glasses. It makes things easier.

blairweaver - Reply

This is not correct. You need the pentalobe tool at this point.

Duane Hellums - 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: 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. Image 2/2: Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.
  • 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 contact its socket.

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

What happens if the 2.9mm t5 screw got stripped?

Charles - Reply

So when i change my ssd in mac do i have to reinstall Mac OS

sai prahalad Alluri - Reply

Correct, the SSD does not come with OS preinstalled. To install the OS you can completely clone your existing hard drive or you will need to create a bootable flash drive and format your SSD and create a partition in order to be able to install the OS.

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use super duper

jimmyli564656 -

So my wife spilled a Martini on her MacAir and it no longer works and is not repairable, all her music and pictures are stored on the drive, I would like to transfer these files to another drive. What is needed to read the drive once removed?

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Image 1/2: Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively. Image 2/2: Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.
  • Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.

  • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

  • 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.

I performed all the steps above and fitted a Transcend JetDrive 500 which was very easy however when I re-assembled and turned on all I get is a question mark in the middle of the screen, can you explain if I did anything wrong?

Ian Ashton - Reply

Conclusion

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

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is there any difference between SSD for macbook air and macbook pro...??

is that possible that we can just run macbook air only HDD..?

Rohit Lamba - Reply

Any chance of squeezing in an SSD any larger than 256 GB?

Just bought a late-2010 11" MBA off Amazon Marketplace, which was actually advertised as mid-2011. My plan was to upgrade it with a 1 TB SSD, which wouldn't have been a problem with the mid-2011 model. Seems this is not going to work with this one, right?

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