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Introdução

  • May cause kernel Panic with hibernation on certain MBA, this guide applies to Early 2015 model only*
  • The 2015 MBA only has 4 PCI-e lanes so you will not be able to take full advantage of NVMe drives*
    • MacBook Air Late 2010 - Working - High Sierra, Catalina, M2 Samsung Evo 860, Adapter

    • MacBook Air 2011 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2012 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2013 - Unknown

    • MacBook Air 2014 - WD_black 500 + Sintech adapter, running MacOS Big Sur

    • MacBook Air Early 2015 - WORKING- Mojave 10.14.3 to Big Sur 11.0.1- Crucial P1 SSD NVME, Adapter.

    • MacBook Air 2017 - WORKING - High Sierra, Catalina and Big Sur - Samsung Evo 960, Adapter.

    • MacBook Air 2018 and forward - will not work, No removable drive

    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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    • 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.

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    • Carefully insert the new SSD into the adapter, using the length of old drive as a reference for when the SSD is fully in the adapter. The lengths should be the same.

    • Insert the SSD and the adapter into the Socket, pushing inward in a straight fashion.

    • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

    • NVMe Drives can cause kernel panics due to sleep /hibernation issues. This can be turned off with the following command.

    • From a Terminal, use the following command to disable hibernation: ----"sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0" ---- If you later want to enable hibernation, use: "sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 3"

Conclusão

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

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Please advise ! I installed the Crucial P1 ssd with the adapter, i booted with the option/alt key and the ssd is not present, only the bootable usb ! On a MacBook Air early 2015

Dimitris Nikolopoulos - Responder

The disk will not be seen by the Disk Utility. But if you boot from a USB disk (option_r during boot) and start the Disk Utility program you’ll be able to see the new unformatted disk. Erase the drive. Then you can restore from a Time Machine backup or restart without the USB….This worked for me.

Olivier Fluri -

I also have the same problem, do i need latest operating system to detect these new drives?

Derrick Boateng -

Why does the guide recommend 5 hours?

After reading, I think this should take 30-45 minutes or possibly a bit less. Maybe I overlooked a step, or something in particular takes extra long? I’m interested to hear how this went for others who have tried.

excellent write up tho, I didn’t know there were NVME adapters available for these, awesome!

Daniel Cassel - Responder

The hardware only takes about a half hour, the installing the OS is what takes the time! To speed it up setup an external OS installer drive the faster the drive & interface the faster the install! A thunderbolt RAID’ed SSD is about as fast as you can get it takes just about an hour with it.

Dan -

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