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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Air 13” Early 2014. This MacBook Air uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Air. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • 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

    Pulling the fan cable out was terrifying but you actually just pull on the cable itself. No way to get any leverage at the connector to dislodge it. Did come out easily but like I said, scared me!

    allison - Ответить

    Draai de schroefjes voorzichtig los en leg ze op een stabiele plek neer en let erop dat de schroefje een verschillende lengte hebben.

    bwgvanderveer - Ответить

    I thought I could replace my 256 Gb SSD with 512? regards

    ola m - Ответить

    Do you have good Test Point Voltages? It appears there are silver colored Test points on the I/O Board. I am working on a water spill and trying to troubleshoot if both the I/O board and the Logic need replaced.

    andrew - Ответить

    It's probably not necessary but may be a little safer to completely discharge the old battery before replacing it.

    Larry Smith - Ответить

    tell a model that was not inferior to the speed of the one in the laptop.

    Thank you

    ilyabuhov - Ответить

    Do i need to order tools separately to replace the battery i just ordered?

    anne uhlir - Ответить

    im looking for a Logic Board for a

    Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage (Latest Model) - Silver Model: MQD32LL/A

    Any help is appreciated.

    Jamie Comstock - Ответить

    P5 pentalobe screwdrivers are too big! The correct size for these screws are p4 pentalobe. P5 pentalobe was just able, with difficulty, to turn some of the screws. If the screws were at all tight, my p5 was unable to get them out, and started to strip the screws. A p4 screwdriver fit better and removed the screws with ease. (I was using high quality Wiha brand screwdrivers.)

    William Skinner - Ответить

    I had same experience (with MacBook Air 13-inch Mid-2012) … had to get P4, which worked swimmingly

    eric -

    Very simple installation. The screwdriver heads were exactly what we’re needed, one head for the outside case screws, the other for the screws holding the battery in place. The computer started right up. Now to see how the battery holds up, but I have a good feeling about this!

    Dennis Eaton - Ответить

    My P5 and the T5 worked perfectly with my early 2015 Air 13”! And it is super fast! Thank you iFixit!

    Pennny Beach - Ответить

    The supplied kit and instructions worked perfectly!

    Nikolay Andreev - Ответить

    Comments that the P5 pentalobe are too large are absolutely spot-on. There is no way the P5 pentalobe bit I have will work with the MacBook Air without destroying the screws. Hard target search for P4 pentalobe bit in progress…..

    joemoog - Ответить

    Bonjour j’aimerais changer mon SSD de 128 Go pour en mettre un de 512 Go. Je ne sais pas ce qu’il faut prendre car il faut qu’il soit compatible avec le macbook air A1466. J’aurais vu un Samsung Evo 970 500 Go mais si je ne me trompe pas, il faut un adaptateur.

    Merci pour votre aide.

    chicco33 - Ответить

    oui, vous aurez besoin d’un adaptateur, pour completez le changement.

    Dan -

    The tool kit should include tweezers for re-inserting the battery connector.

    Andre Clement - Ответить

    P5 pentalobe worked perfectly for me. Instructions were spot-on. Antenna connections were a bit fiddly to refit but got them in ok.

    michaelquinnell - Ответить

    Maybe the problem some are experiencing is that the designations are confusing (blame Apple rather than iFixit). the P2 is also known as PL1. The P5 is also known as PL4. The P6 is also known as PL5. So it is possible to mistake the P6 (PL5) for the P5 (PL4), meaning it (P6-PL5) will be too big, while the P5 (PL4) will be just right. Sort of a 3 Bears explanation, but it is very confusing.

    Thomas Lewis - Ответить

    To add to this. In searching for the P5 screwdriver to buy in UK, as far as I can tell, it is also known as

    Pentalobe 1.2(mm)

    also

    P4 = 0.8

    P6 = 1.5

    Just unscrewed the back case of MacBook Air 13” mid 2011, with no problems using Pentalobe 1.2

    nijafe -

    I have not replaced a display on the A1369 but have done many A1466 which is a newer 13” model. They seem really similar and its not clear why one needs to remove the logic board to remove the display. The antenna cables on the A1466 dont have to rest under the logic board but can be tucked in the hinge crevice. Cant this same thing be done with the A1369?

    Sean Love - Ответить

    Did mine today - but new battery wasnt charging. Went back in and noticed the battery connector cable was not quite 100% “seated. It was sticking out by less than a millimetre! - you need to give it quite a firm push in to get it seated properly. Otherwise - all ok .

    John Brennand - Ответить

    Just installed on a MacBookAir6,2 (13-inch, Early 2014).

    Was very easy.

    New iFixit battery looks great so far:

    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4922 -> 7333

    Jonathan Cross - Ответить

    can you tell me which size of screwdrivers you’ve used to crack it up, please? I have the same model and size,

    hawk_lpc -

    Screw P5 Pentalobe 1.2

    Mario Verlent - Ответить

    Install went flawlessly. Only challange was reattaching blue tooth antennas. Those sockets are so tiny.

    Joel Sebastian - Ответить

    Installation was a little challenging at first because the instructions on this site did not perfectly match my model (late 2013 to early 2015).

    Found this video on YouTube which described the procedure perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lue6lVWh...

    Also the Ifixit kit I received was well put together with everything I needed and more. The calibration went perfectly and I am very pleased. Will buy again!!

    Donald Niamath - Ответить

    Gently pulled out connector of old battery, then pressed and held the power switch for 1 minute. Unscrewed and removed the old battery. Pressed and held power switch for 1 minute again. I know from previous work that this helps drain charge from spontaneous recharging as the dielectric recovers. Gently “fine tuned” leads from new battery to connector till connector stuck out at right angle to the edge of battery. Held the battery by the edges and let the connector slide into the socket. Set the battery down and put the screws in all the way. Then checked that the connector was completely seated before tightening the screws. The laptop come on immediately and showed 98% charge and registered normal (checked in “About this Mac”. Very happy to this point. Now for calibration.

    Amir Zaidi - Ответить

  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.

    There is a nub on the inside of the case which is attached to the battery. When you try to pull it open, it appears to be attached to the plastic casing of the battery, which sometimes splits. I gently unhooked the nub from the battery before removing the case fully. This seems to happen if the battery has suffered some drop damage (plastic parts broken around screws and parts of plastic frame split). Just an FYI in case your lower case doesn't pull away easily.

    Jeannie Crowley - Ответить

    To add - the slim 1cm tab “nub” is on the centre of the back cover & fits into a hole in the battery frame. I ran my fingers around the whole of the cover to eventually here it click out.

    nijafe -

    When closing this back up make sure that the antenna cable is tucked away neatly

    Gabriel - Ответить

    So this is a legit back cover for MacBook Air?

    ASHANTI SMITH - Ответить

    What about disconnecting the battery?

    Luke Grimes - Ответить

    I bought the part and tools from iFixit and followed the directions. The mechanical part went smoothly - maybe 10 minutes to disassemble/replace/reassemble.

    Getting Catalina (the current MacOS) to install was not working until I used Cmd-Opt-R (as noted in the OWC paper sheet that came in the box) which brought up the proper installer - I believe from a pre-prepared bootable SD card but it’s hard to say. From there the install succeeded taking ~1.5 hours.

    Beware that (a) the install requires a working internet connection for verification and updates, and (b) the system must have been running at least macOs 10.13 (High Sierra) before the install in order to have an EFI BIOS that recognizes the SSD.

    Lance Berc - Ответить

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  3. To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery. Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it parallel to the board toward the front edge of the Air.
    • To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery.

    • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it parallel to the board toward the front edge of the Air.

    • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it or you risk damage to the connector socket.

    after disconnect the battery, press and hold 5*10 seconds the powerbutton on your keyboard to unload the capacitors

    Marcel - Ответить

    how does a person put the battery connector back in?- that is the only thing i’m afraid of touching after putting new fan in.

    a smith - Ответить

  4. 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.

    I'm using a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the SSD retaining screw but it's simply not working, the screwdriver seems slightly too big and I even tried plyers to grab the ends of the screw and turn it but that didn't budge. Are the screws super tight or something? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong

    smokey9112filmz2 - Ответить

    I would also like to know that, i have the same problem tried using a standard T5 Torx and the Pentalobe P5 screwdriver, but the both dont work/fit

    facebookvincent -

    I opened mine with a T-6.

    airshack - Ответить

    I ended up using the T5 with a rubber band in between. I wish I would have done this earlier. I stripped a little bit of the screw. You live you learn.

    Senh Mo Chuang - Ответить

  5. 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.

    Am I able to upgrade my Macbook Air early 2015 from 128Mb SSD to the SSD Samsung 960 (EVO or Pro) 1TB or 2TB?

    If so, do a need special adapters?

    Ruben Dominguez - Ответить

    Is there an adaptor cable or external housing that allows me to transfer the information on my SSD to my other laptop that has a SATA drive?

    Redwood Man - Ответить

    There are several available at Other World Computing.

    NerdsLimited -

    OWC 480 GB ssd says, early 2015 MacBook Pro needs thermal pad. what kin of pad is needed before SSD can be replaced.

    rasi_tip - Ответить

    Can you recommend an adapter to use a regular m.2 ssd?

    zepa - Ответить

    I really don’t recommend using M.2 SSD’s!

    As someone who services Mac’s I tend to see the failures and I’l warn you I see a lot of these M.2 drives with adapter with problems. As one of the first diagnostic processes I pop in my custom Apple Samsung SSD to see if the system works with it. If it does I recommend the power to replace the SSD.

    Dan -

    If I’m ordering a 1TB ssd what exactly should I be asking for ?

    i looked up a replacement for my 2015 Air and the ssd they sent had the slot in the wrong place. Will I need an adapter?

    why did they suggest it would be compatible (it’s an m2)?

    Colin Gray - Ответить

    Seems cheap isn’t good

    Colin Gray - Ответить

    Is the same procedure suitable for a macbook 13” early 2014?

    RvS

    robert van spronsen - Ответить

    Hey robert, the procedure is exactly the same for the 2014 MBA! You can check out our MacBook Air 2014 SSD replacement guide to check for yourself.

    Taylor Dixon -

    Shouldn’t you disconnect the battery before removing the old SSD? Guide lacks instructions for this so not sure if necessary/ recommended. I recall HDD upgrade guide for my old MBP 2010 included disconnecting the battery, surely same for MBA?

    David Shanahan - Ответить

    Yes, always disconnect the battery first before removing other components.

    (Edit: I only skimmed, looking for chat about adapters and such. It’s there.. Step 3. At least, it is now. Maybe it was added after your comment) :)

    Ashlar -

Заключение

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Fairly straight forward once you get the right screwdrivers. Took me less than 10 minutes.

Jesse Collis - Ответить

Very simple and straight forward replacement. First-party SSD replacement can be found on ebay (typically removed from parted-out MacBook Airs). Currently they're aren't any third-party parts available.

rickhendricks - Ответить

Don't forget to re-attach the battery cable before closing up the underside... not that I did or anything ;-/

phil - Ответить

The Relevant Parts list all has incorrect links. Bait & Switch??

Examples:

"$199.95 Macbook Air 11" and 13" (Mid 2013/Early 2014) SSD, 256 GB"

Actually supplies: 128GB USED

"$349.95 Macbook Air 11" and 13" (Mid 2013/Early 2014) SSD, 512 GB"

Actually supplies: 256GB USED

carnthehawks - Ответить

Whoops! Looks like we didn't update the details on those parts when we updated the part itself, sorry about that!

Sam Goldheart -

How do I clone the content of my current ssd hard drive that I want to upgrade? Basically I want my macbook air ready for use once I install the new ssd drive.

Adrian James Paul Cabrera - Ответить

First off, you would need an enclosure with cable that would let you connect the new/replacement ssd/flash to your existing Air using a USB port. Then use Clone Carbon Copy and copy the inner drive to the outside drive. 30 minute process, at most. Then follow this well-done guide.

Phil L -

Hi all.

What is the maximum SSD accepted (and recognized by OSX) for Macbook Air Early 2014 ?

I have 256 GB. Can I go above this ?

ebay_mihai - Ответить

you can install what ever you want and your wallet is available to ^^

i have now the 500GB Samsung EVO 970 M.2 NVMe with an adapter installed. more is possible.

M.2 NVMe is the cheapest way to upgrade your MacBook. If you have to much money, you can also buy an OWC SSD (up to 1000$ for 2TB; Samsung 2TB 500$)

Marcel -

Marcel: Would be nice to know what the performance is like.

Which adapter exactly did you use?

Is the Samsung EVO 970 M.2 NVMe slower than the (more expensive) OWC SSD due to the adapter?

Jonathan Cross -

I looked into this and was told that the new SSD drives did not play well with this model. Comment ?

Michael T Kennedy - Ответить

Samsung evo 960 and sintech adapter works perfect. 2014 mba plug and play and time machine backup restore.

yesyes yes yes yes - Ответить

Did you test the performance?

Jonathan Cross -

Hi! I already own this Inland Profession M.2 drive and would love to be able to use it for this project. Is it compatible, and if so, how do I find the proper adapter?

andrew.arthur.adams - Ответить

Has anyone had luck upgrading the SSD? I upgraded to the OWC X2 and now after the computer goes into hibernation mode it restarts twice before I can use it. This usually occurs in the mornings…

Will - Ответить

Hey Will! That’s a fairly common post-SSD-upgrade problem, unfortunately :( Here’s a forum post with a couple troubleshooting options you can try! Really an SSD doesn’t need to “hibernate” like a spinning drive does, so if nothing else works for you, you can always just disable hibernation. Sorry about the trouble!

Taylor Dixon -

I bought a Macbook Air 2014 and it didn’t come with an ssd. I ordered an OWC Aura pro x2 ssd and installed it. The Mac had El Capitan installed previously (I saw it on the Ebay listing). The new ssd would not appear in the disk utility menu. In the end I have a Macbook Air that I can’t get an operating software on. Any ideas?

J Jones - Ответить

As mentioned above, you need MacOS 10.13 High Sierra (or later).

Normally you would install that first, then install the new SSD.

Have you tried booting from USB on a newer version of MacOS and installing that way?

Jonathan Cross -

Same problem to a certain extent. I am trying to upgrade my ssd. Followed all the instructions but once I get to disk utility my hd is not shown. Only thing I am disk0 and OS X Base. Can’t select any options. Can’t install OS or anything else because there is no hard drive to select.

Kashif Forbes -

Bonjour, j’ai essayé d’installer un ssd samsung 970 evo plus 500 GB sur mon macbook air début 2014. J’ai tout essayé mais impossible de réinstaller macOS sur la machine, ça plante tout le temps. J’ai tenté de remettre Mojave via le réseau wifi puis j’ai créé une clé usb (8GB) bootable avec Mojave dessus. Je démarre la machine en cliquant alt puis choisi de restauré macOS Mojave en utilisant ma clé. Je choisi la destination, soit le nouvel ssd et ça démarre. Sauf que ça plante toujours. Je précise que mon ssd est formater en macOS étendu (journalisé). Avez-vous une solution car là je ne sais plus quoi faire de plus ?

Merci

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