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    MacBook Air 2017 m.2 SSD
    Hello all, has anyone have any experience with using m.2 ssds with there MacBook Air. I am looking at 1 tb evo 860 Samsung 860 EVO 1TB M.2 SATA Internal SSD (MZ-N6E1T0BW) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07822Z77M..._R6r1Ab2F7YZVY

    Not sure what adapter is needed. I just assumed that Apple is using a PCIe but I am reading Mac Air SSDs connecters May be proprietary. Does anyone have any experience with this. I bought a 128Gb since I knew even 256 is not even enough for my needs and would be carrying around an external HD anyways.

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    Are you sure you can put 2 ssd's into a MacBook Air? It can be done with some MacBook Pro's...but have not heard it can be done with a Macbook Air.

    Also...a 2017 MacBook Air is essentially a "speed-bumped" 2015 MacBook Air.

    Here's the SSD that a 2015 MacBook Air needs:

    OWCS3DAPB4MBXX_hero.jpg


    Here's the SSD from your Amazon link.

    Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 6.45.12 PM.png

    Obviously they're not the same!

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    Hello all, has anyone have any experience with using m.2 ssds with there MacBook Air.

    Not me but have a look here where they used to have all the info on upgrades and replacement stuff:
    www.xlr8yourmac.com




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    Apple use proprietary connectors and there are no adapters. JetDrive 820:-


    https://us.transcend-info.com/Products/No-787
    Last edited by harryb2448; 04-16-2018 at 10:40 PM.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Apple use proprietary connectors and there are no adapters. JetDrive 820:-
    https://us.transcend-info.com/Products/No-787

    Nice.

    EDIT:
    Unfortunately their sources for "Where to buy" don't seem to work as the listed suppliers I checked don't list them, but another link does at:
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ive™+820

    which does list the:
    OWC 1.0TB Aura SSD Flash Internal Drive Upgrade Kit
    https://www.amazon.com/OWC-Internal-...482;+820&psc=1






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    Last edited by pm-r; 04-16-2018 at 11:18 PM.

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    Thatís a bummer. The transcend and OWC are so pricy.

    The adapters I am referring to are like this one https://m.ebay.com/itm/M-2-M-Key-PCI...10&_mwBanner=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Are you sure you can put 2 ssd's into a MacBook Air? It can be done with some MacBook Pro's...but have not heard it can be done with a Macbook Air.

    Also...a 2017 MacBook Air is essentially a "speed-bumped" 2015 MacBook Air.

    Here's the SSD that a 2015 MacBook Air needs:

    OWCS3DAPB4MBXX_hero.jpg


    Here's the SSD from your Amazon link.

    Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 6.45.12 PM.png

    Obviously they're not the same!

    - Nick
    Sorry if my wording was confusing. Just wanting to swap my current ssd out. Not add a mother one

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickadoor View Post
    Sorry if my wording was confusing. Just wanting to swap my current ssd out. Not add a mother one
    No problamo...thanks for clarifying. Yes...the SSD replacements or upgrades for the MacBook Air (and MacBook Pro's) are more expensive than other products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickadoor View Post
    That’s a bummer. The transcend and OWC are so pricy.

    The adapters I am referring to are like this one https://m.ebay.com/itm/M-2-M-Key-PCI...10&_mwBanner=1

    Well the specs at that page says it should work, but why not contact the seller and ask, and be very specific about your plans and specs.


    EDIT:
    Then there are some comments and facts like this:
    First you may want to look at this Vid: 2017 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display Unboxing and Teardown jump to the 10:00 time point which shows the PCIe SSD Apple is using. It's very different from the M.2 SSD's.

    Apple's PCIe NVMe SSD's use a custom device driver so while you might be able to get the adapter and NVMe SSD to physically fit it won't be recognized by the OS.

    While I haven't tried anything in this new iMac I can tell you I've tried the newer MacBook Pro retina series which has a 2 lane NVMe SSD and it didn't work.
    https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/...D+with+adapter


    And add this:
    https://apple.stackexchange.com/ques...intech-adapter



    Hmmm…???




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    Last edited by pm-r; 04-17-2018 at 12:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Well the specs at that page says it should work, but why not contact the seller and ask, and be very specific about your plans and specs.




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    I may just give it a shot with a m.2 drive from someone with a very generous return policy lol. Iíll report back what I find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickadoor View Post
    I may just give it a shot with a m.2 drive from someone with a very generous return policy lol. I’ll report back what I find.
    Definitely would love to hear how things work out.

    Regarding the adapter linked from eBay above...this is still not the correct adapter for the 860 drive mentioned in post #1. The MacBook Pro/MacBook Air end is correct...but the EVO drive end is not the same as the 860 (960 EVO pictured in eBay link).

    The other thing I would watch out for is if there's enough room in the MacBook Air for the SSD + the adapter. If the length of the space for the SSD is almost exactly the length of the drive...then the combined length of the adapter + drive may be too long. Hopefully there is enough room...would be cool to be able to use less expensive drives.

    Amazon 860 EVO link:

    Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 6.45.12 PM.png

    - eBay adapter link (EVO 960 pictured):

    Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 1.20.11 PM.png

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Definitely would love to hear how things work out.

    Regarding the adapter linked from eBay above...this is still not the correct adapter for the 860 drive mentioned in post #1. The MacBook Pro/MacBook Air end is correct...but the EVO drive end is not the same as the 860 (960 EVO pictured in eBay link).

    The other thing I would watch out for is if there's enough room in the MacBook Air for the SSD + the adapter. If the length of the space for the SSD is almost exactly the length of the drive...then the combined length of the adapter + drive may be too long. Hopefully there is enough room...would be cool to be able to use less expensive drives.

    Amazon 860 EVO link:

    Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 6.45.12 PM.png

    - eBay adapter link (EVO 960 pictured):

    Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 1.20.11 PM.png

    - Nick
    Thanks for heads up. I was just looking at the same thing. I do not really need nvme speeds. I am happy with the stock, I just want more storage which is what the Samsung 850 should do, Iíll just have to figure out what adapter will work with it. We shall see. I will reply back here with my findings, with whatever I figure out. Those OWC drives are too pricy for me and have horrible reviews. I want the storage out of really nothing more than convenience.

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    Look thru this thread. I installed a Samsung 950PRO NVMe M.2 drive in my 2015 MacBook Air using a Sintech adapter. No issues...

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads...g-ssd.2099405/

    In the thread it shows how the M.2 drive looks installed with the Sintech adapter. I did not have any clearance issues and the MBA operated better than expected. I'm very pleased with the results. I have also put in the Disk Speed Test results comparing the Apple SSD speed to the new NVME M.2 speed. Well worth the cost/effort to do this.

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    Look thru this thread.

    Nice and informative thread thanks MacDr.




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    Lots of great info @MacDr. Not only informative but you offered lots of great advice to the other participants of that thread.

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