Introduction

Learn how to expand your storage in the Macbook Air 13" Late 2010 model with a Transcend JetDrive.

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Image 1/1: Coincidentally, I have no conflict of interest with the company Transcend.  I'm just a customer.
  • I have a Macbook Air, pretty early days. Late 2010. Got the JetDrive 500 in an attempt to increase drive space.

  • Coincidentally, I have no conflict of interest with the company Transcend. I'm just a customer.

  • Demographic / Skill level - I'm a software developer who primarily uses a windows machine.

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Image 1/3: Also, packaging is nice.  No clamshells. Stacks in a box with an eye toward efficiency. Image 2/3: Nice quality case which you could use to store the external drive case they provide. Image 3/3: Nice quality case which you could use to store the external drive case they provide.
  • Comes with the tools that you need. Neat, I like it! Even if you are a home repair kind of guy, you are unlikely to have a magnetically charged screwdriver that can take out tiny Apple screws.

  • Also, packaging is nice. No clamshells. Stacks in a box with an eye toward efficiency.

  • Nice quality case which you could use to store the external drive case they provide.

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Image 1/1: Later, I will also take a photo of my finger in this most awkward "Option key" position.  For the sole purpose of lighting and camera angle.  Bring it on Kubrick.
  • Terse instructions--but I've built 100's of computers over the years, so I think I'll just go for it.

  • Later, I will also take a photo of my finger in this most awkward "Option key" position. For the sole purpose of lighting and camera angle. Bring it on Kubrick.

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Image 1/3: When inserting cards like this, hold one side of the connector with two fingers supporting it and gently wiggle the card into place with the other hand.  Think, micro-wiggles. Image 2/3: Put the monstrosity of science you just assembled into the case, connector first. Make sure it seats comfortably and that you can plug the usb cable in. Image 3/3: Put the monstrosity of science you just assembled into the case, connector first. Make sure it seats comfortably and that you can plug the usb cable in.
  • Take the new storage and put it in the external enclosure.

  • When inserting cards like this, hold one side of the connector with two fingers supporting it and gently wiggle the card into place with the other hand. Think, micro-wiggles.

  • Put the monstrosity of science you just assembled into the case, connector first. Make sure it seats comfortably and that you can plug the usb cable in.

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Image 1/1: Only use one screw.  This is the storage that we're going to put in the Macbook Air in a couple hours after we clone our internal drive to it.
  • Button it up.

  • Only use one screw. This is the storage that we're going to put in the Macbook Air in a couple hours after we clone our internal drive to it.

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Image 1/2: Plug in the new drive enclosure. Image 2/2: Plug in the new drive enclosure.
  • Attach the Macbook Air to power and shut it down.

  • Plug in the new drive enclosure.

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Image 1/3: Hold the "Option" button down the entire time that the system is restarting and you will get to the boot options screen. Image 2/3: Being someone more familiar with windows, here is the point where I start worrying about the ramifications of low level operations but, like, whatever, right? Image 3/3: I chose the "Recovery" drive.  With the amount of information provided, I figured it was pretty much a crap shoot. Two sentences of text would have probably made it crystal clear. I'm glad I made "The Right Choice (c) 2014."
  • Awkward option finger photo, in full effect.

  • Hold the "Option" button down the entire time that the system is restarting and you will get to the boot options screen.

  • Being someone more familiar with windows, here is the point where I start worrying about the ramifications of low level operations but, like, whatever, right?

  • I chose the "Recovery" drive. With the amount of information provided, I figured it was pretty much a crap shoot. Two sentences of text would have probably made it crystal clear. I'm glad I made "The Right Choice (c) 2014."

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  • This is what happened next. Disk Utility seemed like the most logical choice.

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Image 1/3: Anyway, click the hardware old and drag the hardware new with great hope but in the interest of foreshadowing, I will let you know now that this will fail miserably. Image 2/3: Anyway, click the hardware old and drag the hardware new with great hope but in the interest of foreshadowing, I will let you know now that this will fail miserably. Image 3/3: Anyway, click the hardware old and drag the hardware new with great hope but in the interest of foreshadowing, I will let you know now that this will fail miserably.
  • So, now we're going to clone this drive. We enter a weird UX. Must click to fill in the source but have to drag to add the destination.

  • Anyway, click the hardware old and drag the hardware new with great hope but in the interest of foreshadowing, I will let you know now that this will fail miserably.

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Image 1/3: And then, let's try and clone it.   This time though, we're going to choose what I believe is called a volume, rather than a device.  The device being the stick of ram we just installed and a volume as the collection of files and metadata stored on it. Image 2/3: Chkdsk never hurt anyone. In Mac parlance, "Verify disk" under "First Aid" Image 3/3: Chkdsk never hurt anyone. In Mac parlance, "Verify disk" under "First Aid"
  • Let's erase it. (google translate: "format")

  • And then, let's try and clone it. This time though, we're going to choose what I believe is called a volume, rather than a device. The device being the stick of ram we just installed and a volume as the collection of files and metadata stored on it.

  • Chkdsk never hurt anyone. In Mac parlance, "Verify disk" under "First Aid"

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Image 1/3: It's going to take awhile. This is the perfect time to do something else for at least two hours.  I decided to go to sleep.  YMMV. Image 2/3: After the cloning process finished. I verified the disk and it reported that things were super-duper, you betcha. Image 3/3: After the cloning process finished. I verified the disk and it reported that things were super-duper, you betcha.
  • We have successfully reached the point where we can clone our volume.

  • It's going to take awhile. This is the perfect time to do something else for at least two hours. I decided to go to sleep. YMMV.

  • After the cloning process finished. I verified the disk and it reported that things were super-duper, you betcha.

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  • There are two long screws holding the back cover. Retain in your brain which ones they are.

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  • A long screw and three short screws with a size comparison.

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  • A look at the internals. We are concerned with that orderly looking circuit board...held by a set screw.

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Image 1/2: Replace the black set screw. Image 2/2: Replace the black set screw.
  • Put in your monocle and make sure you are respecting the gap when you introduce the new memory module.

  • Replace the black set screw.

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  • Gently re-introduce the rear plate. Add a screw to each location. It is recommended to fasten each screw a bit at a time, so that each screw can best contribute to the case's tensor integrity.

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Image 1/3: The purpose was unclear for the black rubber piece with an adhesive backing.  I attached it to the top of drive case. It seems to hold the memory stick snug in the case. Image 2/3: The purpose was unclear for the black rubber piece with an adhesive backing.  I attached it to the top of drive case. It seems to hold the memory stick snug in the case. Image 3/3: The purpose was unclear for the black rubber piece with an adhesive backing.  I attached it to the top of drive case. It seems to hold the memory stick snug in the case.
  • Let's put the old drive in this neat new case!

  • The purpose was unclear for the black rubber piece with an adhesive backing. I attached it to the top of drive case. It seems to hold the memory stick snug in the case.

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  • I guess you could use the case to hold on to the screwdriver set. You know, for the apocalypse.

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  • For whatever reason, making a clone seems to wipe out the index so it's going to churn on Spotlight for awhile.

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Image 1/1: Good luck!
  • At the end though, you're likely to have a bit more disk space. 383 GB, in my case.

  • Good luck!

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Image 1/1: Install it and make sure you turn TRIM on.  This will make your drive harder, better, faster, stronger.
  • Download the JetDrive Toolbox from Transcend's website.

  • Install it and make sure you turn TRIM on. This will make your drive harder, better, faster, stronger.

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