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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

  1. MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  2. MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 2 of 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.

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

  3. MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement, Solid-State Drive: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

  4. MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 13" Early 2014 Solid-State Drive Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • 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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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.

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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.

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

phil - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

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

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

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