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In June 2017 Apple updated its 13" MacBook Air with a newer Broadwell Intel Core i5 processor, resulting in slightly increased performance and battery life.

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What SSD's are compatible for MacBook Air 2017?

Looking at upgrading my puny 128gb drive 512gb for low cost. What options are there?

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So its not good to use an nvme ssd with an adapter?


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If you buy “an” SSD with “an” adapter you risk you’ll throw away your money as they might not work with your system or be troublesome.

Some NVMe drives simply don’t work at all on MacBooks because of controller or firmware issues.

Same thing goes more or less with adapters, some newer ones have become very reliable, others, often cheaper ones, are troublesome.

If you buy a “compatible” SSD such as Aura and Transcend you will end up purchasing in any case a pretty expensive SSD, some models for sale also limited by design to 2x standard that would inevitably slow down your PCIe 4 lanes capable MacBook Air. On the other hand your other “original” SSD choice would be limited to an expensive second hand drive as Apple doesn’t sell replacement parts.

As alternative you may decide to invest some time to understand what you can expect and what not performance and price wise and decide for yourself.

Best info available on the internet in my opinion is this thread on the Macrumors forum:

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First here’s how: MacBook Air 13" Early 2015 SSD Replacement As for what to put in, I strongly recommend you stick with either a real Apple unit The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs or one of the third party drives designed to fit and work in your system either from OWC or Transcend.

I personally don’t recommend using M.2 adapters with M.2 SSD’s while they do appear to work they just don’t have the lifespan of the other SSD’s. These adapters and some SSD’s create heavy CRC errors which over time wear out the drive.

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