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The April 2014 update of Apple's 13" MacBook Air features refreshed dual-core i5 and i7 processors, plus slightly increased battery performance.

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Adapter to save 12+16 pin ssd

So my friends macbook air a1466 is completely dead but he really wants to try and save all his photos. The mac has a 12+16 pin ssd from sandisk. I can’t seem to be able to find an adapter (preferbly in europe) which will allow me to save it. Either a M2 adapter so I can hook it up to my pc or a usb adapter.

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Well to start off with Apple did their own thing! The SSD’s Apple used are custom to their needs and are not M.2 compliant!

Here’s a good guide to review The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs You’ll see your friends system is using a Generation 3 SSD which uses a PCIe 2.0 2 lanes using AHCI.

So you’ll need this OWC Envoy Pro Portable, Bus-Powered USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure to hold the SSD. In addition you’ll need to connect it to a Mac system to gain access to the files.

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Yea thats one of the reasons I dont dable with apple, too much propriorotery stuff but a 100 bucks to access a 7 yeard old hdd? %#*@...

Are there no 12+16 pin to m2 adapters? I do have a m2 to usb adapter that I could then use to hook it up to a mac.


@curiousjoe - No such thing! Apple SSD to M.2 interface wouldn't a big enough market for anyone to create one. The reason the OWC unit is expensive is for that exact reason!

How many people need to recover their stuff? Not many! But more than anyone trying to shove an Apple SSD into a M.2 System! Also remember you can't salvage the data to a Windows or Linux system as Apple uses a different file system which is not available (APFS),

Your only other option is to find another Early 2014 MacBook Air which you can swap out the SSD and then copy off the persons stuff.


@danj yea that kinda makes sense, but still annoying that apple used proprietary connectors instead of just going with something standard...

As for the M2, if there actually was such a adapter (I saw them for the 12+16 pin version https://cdon.se/hemelektronik/for-macboo... ) I was thinking I could hook one of those up to a M2 to USB adapter and then access the stuff on a different mac

And I was thinking I could swap the ssd to my old macbook air but mine is 2012 and of course uses yet another pin connector...Will probably order the OWC unit for him since he really really wanted to recover his stuff.


@curiousjoe - Ah! those SSD adapters! Sorry thats a no go!

These adapters are to allow you to place a M.2 SSD > INTO < a Mac system not the other way!

Even still these adapters are not very good! I often need to take them out as the combo of the adapter and M.2 SSD's just don't hold up!

Keep in mind this is an older system which > REQUIRES < a PCIe 2.0 x2/AHCI. It won't support the newer NVMe drive.


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I need to recover data from a SSD 12+16 pin from my Macbook Pro A1502 but I have a Windows PC. How can I do it? Will the OWC ENVOY PRO gonna work using Transmac as well?


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@Wolfgang Ybarra - Physically the OWC case will offer the needed physical connection (USB-A) which will work via an adapter to a USB-C system.

But that doesn't mean the data is accessible! Mac's has two file systems HFS+ and now APFS. TransMac (running on a MS Windows system) can only access the older HFS+ volumes. Apple has not released the needed information or licenses to access the newer APFS structures and no one has reversed engineered it to access files stored with in it (any Mac running High Sierra or newer will be running APFS).

The next issue is many people encrypt their drives and by default on the newest systems. So that too will prevent you access.

So given all of the hinderances I strongly recommend you find someone with a Mac system which you can connect your OWC Envoy case with your SSD (or just swap out the systems SSD) so you can copy off your data to a Windows compatible drive FAT file system drive.


I know of only one compatible enclosure and I have been looking for one for ages. It's buried in my favorites folder somewhere. Your best bet is an AHCI (the drive doesn't use NVME) compatible PCIe 2.0 x2 compatible m.2 to PCIe adaptor card. The controller on the SSD is a Marvell 88SS9183.


OWC Envoy case (refer to the compatibility listing) offered support for the older AHCI drive which is the only option. Even still your best bet is using another Mac as MS Windows can’t access many file types and Mac apps won’t work.


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I have the same problem of recovery data with the same "dead" MacBook Air A1466 but i have an iMac (same generation 2012) to connect this SSD (samsung mz-jpv256R/0A2 - PCIe x4 3.0 - SSUBX - 655-1858B ) to my iMac with a USB adapter. So, i am looking for this type of adapter 12-16 pins. Somebody can help me please. Where can i find this type of USB adapter?

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