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    • MacBook Air Late 2010 - Working - High Sierra, Catalina, M2 Samsung Evo 860, Adapter

    • MacBook Air 2011 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2012 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2013 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2014 - WD_black 500 + Sintech adapter, running MacOS Big Sur

    • MacBook Air Early 2015 - WORKING- Mojave 10.14.3 to Big Sur 11.0.1- Crucial P1 SSD NVME, Adapter.

    • MacBook Air 2017 - WORKING - High Sierra, Catalina and Big Sur - Samsung Evo 960, Adapter.

    • MacBook Air 2018 and forward - will not work, No removable drive

    • Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove ten screws securing the lower case, of the following lengths:

    • Two 9 mm screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm screws

  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.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Carefully insert the new SSD into the adapter, using the length of old drive as a reference for when the SSD is fully in the adapter.  The lengths should be the same. Insert the SSD and the adapter into the Socket, pushing inward in a straight fashion.
    • Carefully insert the new SSD into the adapter, using the length of old drive as a reference for when the SSD is fully in the adapter. The lengths should be the same.

    • Insert the SSD and the adapter into the Socket, pushing inward in a straight fashion.

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

    • NVMe Drives can cause kernel panics due to sleep /hibernation issues. This can be turned off with the following command.

    • From a Terminal, use the following command to disable hibernation: ----"sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0" ---- If you later want to enable hibernation, use: "sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 3"

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