Introduction

Use this guide to replace or upgrade your SSD, solid-state drive, in your MacBook Air 13" Early 2015.

  • 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

Do i need to order tools separately to replace the battery i just ordered?

anne uhlir - Reply

im looking for a Logic Board for a

Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage (Latest Model) - Silver Model: MQD32LL/A

Any help is appreciated.

Jamie Comstock - Reply

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.

  • 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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.
  • 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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Great... Now tell me where I can get an SSD for this machine.

Dave - Reply

yes) and prompt and appropriate model that was not inferior in speed built.

Thank!

ilyabuhov -

Dave, I am sure these are M.2 SSD. I am not sure what apple uses but at least you have somewhere you can start for research

klacorum -

Is there a way to upgrade it ? I cant find a bigger SSD which can be installed on this model.

Any update is welcome.

Max - Reply

OWC has SSDs for specifically for MacBook Air. You can get them here: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/m...

I upgraded my MacBook Pro Retina with an OWC SSD and it worked a treat. I went for a kit that included an external chassis for the drive I swapped out. It makes an incredibly fast and portable external drive.

NOTE: Changing the drive voids the warranty, but if you swap your existing mac drive back in when it goes for repair everything is fine. I know because I have also had to have my Pro serviced.

Thurstan Hethorn - Reply

which ssd model should i use for macbook air 13" early 2015?

abhijeet - Reply

the maximum memory for ssd ?

Florinel Daniel - Reply

Does this upgrade apply to this MacBook= MMGF2LL/A?

Kid Frost - Reply

Since there is a not much of a difference between the MacBook Air Mid 2017 and this one, would it be possible to move my 128 GB SSD from my old MacBook Pro 2015 into the MacBook Air 2017 same way ? Konsidering keeping the data how would i handle the os configuration differences ? Thanks in advance.

David Conrad - Reply

If I want to take an SSD from a damaged macbook air (SSD is not damaged) and put it into a model with a smaller capacity SSD will it turn on and work from the SSD I put in? I am wondering if there are additional steps to get one macbook air to boot from a hard drive from another.

Michael Hutchinson - Reply

As of June 2017, OSX High Sierra has added nvme support for booting. I can confirm that the samsung 960 evo works with a m.2 adpater in my macbook air 2015. This gave me a 250 GB ssd that runs roughly 1300MB/s write and 1300MB/s read for about $150 usd.

sleep - Reply

What Is the largest SSd upgrade you do on a MacBook Air 13.3 mid 2015

Dale Harding - Reply

OWC offers a 1TB kit

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