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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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Would a MacBook Air A1465 SSD work on a A1466 MacBook Air?

I’m planning on swapping my SSD in my A1466 MacBook Air, but the SSD I bought was from an A1465 MacBook Air, so I’m a bit worried that it won’t work when it arrives.

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These drives should be interchangeable. The 11 and 13 versions of the MacBook Air used the same types of SSDs as long as it's the same year of the machine. They'll still fit otherwise, but their performance may be slightly different.

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Sadly you didn't offer us enough information! The year of the system/s is also important. Locate your system from the above references and post the URL's here so we can likewise see which ones you are working with.

Think it this way... Ford made Mustangs since 1962 and still making them! One can't expect to slide in the Engine of the first generation into the body of todays!

The EPA would be on your case and the cars performance wouldn't be what you expect.

There is the possibility of a different interface physically as well as the performance of the system might also suffer, and lastly your system may not even run as installs OS won't work on the newer system.

Now why do you want to transfer the drive over

If its to gain access to your stuff there are a few ways to do that mounting the SSD in a case or backing up the stuff to an external drive to than transfer back to your other system. The last approach is running a cable between the systems and treating one system like an external drive transferring things over this is called Target Disk Mode. I personally like this approach as it allows you to have two systems with the exact same apps* and stuff!

  • This only works if the systems are running the same generation of OS or it may require upgrading the given App.

For a deep dive in to everything you would want to know on Apples SSD's you can review this great doc The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs

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I forgot to add the years, oops… 😅

They are both from 2014, so I am hoping that it’ll work, and I’m replacing the SSD with a new one because the one I currently have is dead.

My current Mac with the dead ssd: https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbo...

The Mac that the sdd I bought is from: https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbo...


@jaidenquince - I'm still a bit confused here on what your aim is. Are you moving to the larger system from the 11" to the 13"? Or are we trying to move the SSD's around as yours is dead and want to stick with the 11"?

If your system has a dead drive you should still be able to boot up from a bootable external drive or from Internet Recovery. But be careful here as you could have upgraded your OS to High Sierra (10.13.6) or even upto Big Sur (11.7.10) the Internet Recovery will not offer a compatible OS if you've upgraded to these new releases so Disk Utility will tell you the drive is bad which it might not be!

OK, so lets dive into the SSD interface the 11" offers a proprietary PCIe 2.0 x2 lane interface. The 13" model Apple SSD is a proprietary PCIe 2.0 x2 lane interface. But this system is able to support a faster PCIe 2.0 x4 lane 3rd party SSD!


@danj Apologies for the long wait.

What im trying to do is basically, take the working SSD out of the 11", and put it in the 13" that i currently use.

Internet recovery doesnt work, and the broken SSD that came with the 13" does not appear anywhere, not even hidden either, so i thought i could try to replace it with a working one.

So far ive been hearing that it should work, so here's hoping!


@jaidenquince - You’ll need to create a bootable USB thumb drive which holds the correct OS version your transferred SSD has on it already.

Using a second Mac system format a 32GB Thumb drive with a fresh GUID volume. Then copy over to it the OS installer file which you then need to modify following the second link.

> How to download and install macOS I would install Mojave or newer.

> Create a bootable installer for macOS

Now using it to boot up with re-install the OS onto your drive that should upgrade your systems firmware to allow your transferred drive to work.

You might even try prepping the original SSD it might just be someone tried the samething you are trying getting caught in the same traps between the older firmware/macOS Sierra on the system when the replacement drive is running the newer macOS but still has the older firmware and/or trying to use Internet Recovery which is still based on the older! macOS which can’t access the newer file system (HFS+ Vs the newer APFS) the SSD has on it.


@danj Is it possible to create the bootable drives on a Windows PC?, if not then i may have to find someone that i know who has a Mac.

And if its possible on a Windows PC, is it possible to get versions higher than just Seirra thats listed on the Apple website?


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