Introduction

Use this guide to replace the solid-state drive.

  • 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.

There is a nub on the inside of the case which is attached to the battery. When you try to pull it open, it appears to be attached to the plastic casing of the battery, which sometimes splits. I gently unhooked the nub from the battery before removing the case fully. This seems to happen if the battery has suffered some drop damage (plastic parts broken around screws and parts of plastic frame split). Just an FYI in case your lower case doesn't pull away easily.

Jeannie Crowley - Reply

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: Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.
  • To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery.

  • 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.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

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

I'm using a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the SSD retaining screw but it's simply not working, the screwdriver seems slightly too big and I even tried plyers to grab the ends of the screw and turn it but that didn't budge. Are the screws super tight or something? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong

smokey9112filmz2 - Reply

I would also like to know that, i have the same problem tried using a standard T5 Torx and the Pentalobe P5 screwdriver, but the both dont work/fit

facebookvincent -

I opened mine with a T-6.

airshack - Reply

Image 1/2: Don't lift the SSD more than half an inch—doing so may damage the SSD or its socket on the logic board. Image 2/2: When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.
  • Gently lift the end of the SSD about half an inch and pull it straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Don't lift the SSD more than half an inch—doing so may damage the SSD or 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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Fairly straight forward once you get the right screwdrivers. Took me less than 10 minutes.

Jesse Collis - Reply

Where can I get the SSD replacement? I want to upgrade my storage memory on a MBA 13'' early 2014.

Caro -

I have a Model Name: MacBook Air

Model Identifier: MacBookAir6,2

Processor Name: Intel Core i5

Processor Speed: 1.4 GHz

I can't find any PCIe SSD Harddrives available for upgrading. Has anyone had any luck?

Patrick - Reply

Very simple and straight forward replacement. First-party SSD replacement can be found on ebay (typically removed from parted-out MacBook Airs). Currently they're aren't any third-party parts available.

rickhendricks - Reply

Where can i download this SSD upgrade?

Kenan - Reply

Don't forget to re-attach the battery cable before closing up the underside... not that I did or anything ;-/

phil - Reply

The Relevant Parts list all has incorrect links. Bait & Switch??

Examples:

"$199.95 Macbook Air 11" and 13" (Mid 2013/Early 2014) SSD, 256 GB"

Actually supplies: 128GB USED

"$349.95 Macbook Air 11" and 13" (Mid 2013/Early 2014) SSD, 512 GB"

Actually supplies: 256GB USED

carnthehawks - Reply

Whoops! Looks like we didn't update the details on those parts when we updated the part itself, sorry about that!

Sam Lionheart -

Hi All,

I found this at OWC.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/A...

Thanks for the great repair guides iFixit!

darylboman - Reply

How do I clone the content of my current ssd hard drive that I want to upgrade? Basically I want my macbook air ready for use once I install the new ssd drive.

Adrian James Paul Cabrera - Reply

Hello everyone,

I bought my MacBook air in June 2014, the last version if the model. Is it possible to replace the SSD of my Mac? let me know please! Thanks!

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