Introduction

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

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  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

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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.

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For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.
  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • 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.

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Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.
  • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

  • Slightly lift up the end of the SSD and pull it straight out of 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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What's the best external enclosure for a potential dead MacBook Air in order to grab info off of?

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