Hi everybody, I bought a MacBook Air late '11 last year and mistakenly only got the 60gb ssd! I'm looking to upgrade it and have found a few kits on the internet. I was wondering if anybody has upgraded and what kit they would recommend? Also I found this kit, so if anybody has a verdict on that, that would be cool too! This was a popular topic amongst Mac users when I was researching it so share your experiences, guys!
Link for the kit I found: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Air_2011
asked Dec 30 '12 at 06:44
I have done the upgrade myself but you will need a advanced set of skills but it is doable. And keep in mind you will drop the warranty of your macbook.
answered Jan 30 at 07:04
It's a pretty straight forward process, and shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes at the most.
As far as I know, OWC (MacSales.com) are the only ones that make and sell the custom SSD's that MacBook Airs use. Everyone else is probably reselling either old ones pulled from used MacBook Airs, or OWC drives.
The kit you linked to is exactly the one that I would recommend. The enclosure will let you reuse the old drive that you pull, and includes all of the tools needed.
The process is pretty simple. You'll remove the bottom cover by removing 10 5-points screws (the proper tool for this is provided in the kit) and pulling it off. Then, you detach the battery, and remove the 1 screw holding the SSD in. Slide it out, and slide in the new one. Simple as that.
Here's a video guide from OWC themselves.
As for the warranty, if something were to break down the road, all you would have to do is put the old drive back into the laptop. Apple won't be able to tell you made the upgrade, so you'll be fine.
answered Jan 30 at 11:06