Mid 2012 Macbook Air M.2 SATA SSD Upgrade

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  1. King

    King PhilMUG Addict Member

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    I hope that the 2018 Mac desktop & notebooks will use industry standard M.2 SSD specifications instead of these Apple-only connectors. Although I doubt that would happen. :)

    I was looking for ways to upgrade my Mid 2012 Macbook Air's SSD.

    The most straightforward solutions were from OWC & Transcend.

    The problem with these two brands is that their $/GB is out of step with the rest of the SSD industry without any improvement in throughput.

    OWC (drive-only) review
    240GB $150 @ $0.63/GB
    480GB $250 @ $0.52/GB
    1TB $450 @ $0.45/GB

    Transcend (drive + enclosure) review
    240GB $230 @ $0.96/GB
    480GB $350 @ $0.73/GB
    960GB $600 @ $0.63/GB

    Crucial MX500 M.2 SATA SSD (will need to verify if it's short enough to fit)
    250GB $73 @ $0.29/GB
    500GB $120 @ $0.24/GB
    1TB $230 @ $0.23/GB

    Buying the OWC solution is like buying two SSDs at the same storage capacity while buying Transcend is like buying three SSDs at the same storage capacity. :)

    For the M.2 SATA SSD to work with the Apple SSD on connector you will need any of these adapter

    $15 http://a.co/9yzrB5C Sintech
    $17 http://a.co/6v5fIQB (Sintech for double side memory SSDs)
    $12 http://a.co/9MpRxzv
    $12 http://a.co/iUvCDV1
    $16 http://a.co/ajMHbIV

    The replaced SSD can be made into an external drive using any of these enclosures.

    $23 http://a.co/2fTFlcw Sintech
    $49 https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENVOY12/
    $25 http://a.co/7qJ8tgs


    Installation video is below.



    Other Mac notebooks have 3rd party SSD replacements as shown below. So logically they should have adapters as well.

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    Were you able to upgrade? What did you end up with?
     
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    Currently upgrading our office Macbook Airs/Macbook Pros (Retina) to the OWC Aura Pro (512gb). Planning to sell 14 units of the stock 256gb Apple SSDs to recoup the costs. If you have any laptop listed below with 128gb and running High Sierra (macOS 10.13), let me know.

    11" Macbook Air (Mid 2013 to Early 2014)
    13" Macbook Air (Mid 2013 to 2017)
    13"/15" Macbook Pro Retina (Late 2013 to 2015)
     
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    gaol PhilMUG Addict Member

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    May we know where you had the upgrades done? Thanks!
     
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    I bought the drives online and someone brought them home from the US. I performed the upgrades myself. Currently done with 3 out of the 15 laptops. Migration takes a long time since I'm updating all the laptops to mojave first then Migration Assistant for the files.

     
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    King PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Crucial MX500 M.2 SATA SSD
    250GB $49.95 @ $0.20/GB
    500GB $57.99 @ $0.12/GB
    1TB $134.95 @ $0.14/GB
     
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