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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Air 13” Mid 2013. 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 - Antwoord

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

    bwgvanderveer - Antwoord

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

    ola m - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

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

    Larry Smith - Antwoord

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

    Thank you

    ilyabuhov - Antwoord

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

    anne uhlir - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

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

    Pennny Beach - Antwoord

    The supplied kit and instructions worked perfectly!

    Nikolay Andreev - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

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

    michaelquinnell - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

  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 - Antwoord

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

    Gabriel - Antwoord

    So this is a legit back cover for MacBook Air?

    ASHANTI SMITH - Antwoord

  2. 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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

  3. 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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

  4. 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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

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

    zepa - Antwoord

    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 -

Conclusie

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

Not sure what to do with your old SSD? Use this external SSD enclosure to turn it into a handy portable external drive!

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May I upgrade it to a 256 GB Drive?

Ray - Antwoord

Where can I find the 256GB SSD to upgrade my 128GB macbook air (mid 2013)?

Josh - Antwoord

I'm also looking for a 256HB SSD because 128GB isn't enough?

rhattan503 -

At the moment, the only source for this part is on eBay, at UpgradeMonkey shop (UK)

Link : http://www.ebay.fr/itm/NEW-haswell-MacBo...

It's high priced, but I didn't find anywhere else.

Regards.

JMM -

http://www.alelua.com/es/31-almacenamien... SDD for MacBook Air 11" and 13" (Mid 2013/Early 2014) 256 GB Drive

alelua -

any idea where to get a replacement t5 2.9mm screw for the SSD...I dropped mine and cannot locate it anywhere.

Clark Adams - Antwoord

If you flip back and forth between the pictures in step 5 you can clearly see that the SSD is suppose to be slid horizontally out of the socket. That's really important information. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the pictures in step 4, which would indicate you are to pull up on the battery connect, which would of course break it. Yes, there's a note not to do this, but this really is important information and I'd love to see it conveyed the way it was in step 5. I'm commenting on this more as a general ifixit comment as I don't even own a MBA, but was just curious about the procedure.

spatlese44 - Antwoord

Hi I like put 1 Tera SSD Drive inside my MBA 13'' mid 2013

At time I have 512Go

where I can Buy that SSD Drive

Thanks

JOD

JOD - Antwoord

Did you find out about this?

carlos -

Just bought one of these and I can't remove the SSD from the MacBook Air 13" (Mid). Same as others have said; it looks like the torx screw is smaller than stated. :(

1 TB SSD OtherWorldComputer/MacSales.com

https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20...

yieunjae -

A T4 screw bit worked for me. I was afraid I damaged the screw from the T5 screwdriver provided by the SSD kit. *phew*

yieunjae -

I just replaced the PCI-e SSD in my MacBook Air mid-2013 with the faster 2015 MacBook Pro SSD and it works great. I followed this Guide and it made the replacement a snap, less than 15 minutes - thanks!

My MBAir had the original CTO 256GB Samsung Model MV-JPU256T/0A2 SSD, the used replacement is a Samsung 512GB, Model MV-JVP5120/0A4 from a 2015 MBP Retina. The MBAir now sees the 512GB as an original Apple part, because it is.

I did a Black Magic Disk Speed Test before and after the install, the Write/Read speed of the 2013 256GB SSD was W=661/R=718, the newer 512GB SSD test was W=1322/R1439. This upgrade doubles the storage capacity at almost twice the Write/Read speeds, a very good upgrade overall.

Note: The 256GB SSD is 3.3v @ 2.5A, the newer/faster 512GB SSD is 3.3v @ 3.2A. so I expect battery life to be a little less and heat could be a tiny bit more, I don't do gaming or video editing on this MBA so the effects should not be noticeable.

David Kuebler - Antwoord

Worked great with a 480GB SSD in the 2014 MacBook Air! Use a T6 to get the SSD out of the Mac though.

airshack - Antwoord

Is there any adapter to use these PCIe SSD-drives like an ordinary SATA-drive in another computer?

Albert Einstein - Antwoord

Is it possible to built in an thirdparty SSD (m2 or PCI-Express) in this MacBook Air 2013. I don’t the the specifications of the original Apple or OWC SSD’s. Their are dozens of SSD with the same look, but without specification it isn’t worth to try!

Gerard Dirks - Antwoord

Thanks a lot for the guide, piece of cake to replace. Got myself a used Apple SSD 256 GB from OWC in the US, delivered to Europe the next working day for nice price. Kudos for OWC!

For those looking for replacement SSD, only Apple supplied disks or OWC Aura disks can be used, as Apple kindly decided to use a non-standard SSD-connector.

Mart - Antwoord

Is there a way to hook these drives up remotely to try to backup or recover data?

alabella1 - Antwoord

If i want to sell my old SSD, how do I wipe it first without an enclosure? Seems expensive to buy en enclosure for 100 dollars just to wipe my old SSD. Any tips?

Richard Leknes - Antwoord

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