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How -to: Update the SSD in your MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro to increase resize and performance.
In the last two week I've been writing about the (surprisingly simple) addition procedure of using solids state drivers (SSDs) to accelerate older iMacs dramatically, and about the multiple challenges of attaching them to older Mac pros, Mac mini's, and non-Retina MacBooks. Today's tutorial covers the simplest SSD deployments ever: MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.
Any new SSD in one of these engines could be two, four, eight or sixteen fold higher than the initial one, and two to four fold higher. MacBook Air was developed with an optional feature of full state RAM and not as a mandated device. As early as 2008, Air purchasers could include a 64GB SSD for a hefty $1,300 bonus over the regular $1,300 computer retail rate, and there was no 1TB consumers' hard disk that could fit into a notebook - a 1TB SLD for $4,000 selling it as a desktops.
Today, the MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros come with a 128GB SSD as Standard; Apple's 256GB SSD will add $200, compared to $500 more for 512GB or $800 more for a 1TB pure SSD from Apple. However, these are the Apple rates; third-party hard disks are much cheaper. According to some relatively simple rules, you can upgrade an Genuine MacBook Air up to 128GB for $95 or upgrade newer MacBooks for $170 (240GB), $300 (480GB), or $550 (1TB).
Most MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro HDDs come with a kit that helps you move the old drive's content to the new one, open your computer, and keep the old HDD as an optional removable disk to use. MacBook Air has five generation keys that use different kinds of solid-state disk devices.
MacBook Airs of the fifth series ( 11 and 131113?, available from early 2013) moved MacBook Airs of the fifth series ( 11 and 13111113?, available from early 2013) moved to higher speed SSD PCIes MacBook Airs of the fifth series ( 11 and 13111311?, available from early 2013) moved MacBook Airs of the fifth series ( 11 and 1311111311?, available from early 2013) moved to higher speed SSD PCIes, which Transcend or OWC are not yet offering for this notebook. With the exception of the older first and second generations MacBook Airs, the procedure is unbelievably simple: you typically use a Pentalobe wrench to pull 10 bolts off the bottom of the Air, then a Torx T5 wrench to loosen a bolt on the SSD.
As soon as you lift the bottom cover off the bottom of the case, MacBook Air is easily recognisable: the SSD is located in the centre, just above the centre right side Battery Pak. Instructions are much more complicated for Apple's oldest 1313 MacBook Air models: You only need a #00 Phillips head driver instead, but you need to tighten 10 outside bolts, 13 inside bolts, the full power supply, and several wires before you reach the disk, and then go in the opposite way to shut everything down.
When you have one of these old computers, you're probably best off looking for the Mac service of a third-party garage to perform the SSD replacement. MacBook Airs are not as many MacBook Pro Retina generations as there are, so choosing between an SSD is easier. The latest 13131315? and 15 151515? Retina MacBook Pros use newer types of scripts with higher speed, higher performance connections.
Until early 2015, no third-party SSSDs will be compliant with this specification, but we expect mid-year option releases. Several Retina MacBook Pro HDDs will apparently be able to reach 1.2 GB/second speed levels in comparison to the 700-800 MB/second speed levels of traditional hard disk drive.
The 151515? Retina MacBook Pro SSD kit is practically the same as the newer MacBook Airs: easy as pie, with 10 carriage bolts, a power The 15151515 Retina MacBook Pro SSD kit is practically the same as the newer MacBook Airs: easy as pie, with 10 carriage bolts, a power plug, and an internal removal bolt. The Transcend and OWC kit comes with the necessary drivers and enclosures to help you move your data.
Retina MacBook Pro Retina 1313? Retina MacBook Pro takes Retina MacBook Pro Retina 131315 Retina MacBook Pro takes some extra action; Apple has greatly streamlined the SSD exchange procedure Retina MacBook Pro Retina 131313 Retina MacBook Pro takes Retina MacBook Pro Retina 131315 Retina MacBook Pro takes some extra action; Apple has greatly streamlined the SSD exchange procedure for 1315 next-generation MacBook Macs, achieving the same level of consistency as the 1517 and MacBook Airs. Most of the commercially available MacBook Air and MacBook Pro SLDs come with exterior chassis that allow you to optional reformat and setup the SLD before you integrate it into your computer.
Use a full disk clustering application to simply move your old disk to your new one, or run a full Time Machine Back -Up on another removable disk and then restart Time Machine to recover the content of the Back -Up on the newly reformatted MacBook Air/Pro. Once you've purchased a set of kits with an exterior case, insert your new SSD into the case and plug the case into your MacBook using a convenient U.S. cabel.
Execute SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner (see above) to copy the content of the old hard disk to the new hard disk. So you can use your MacBook Air or Pro immediately after replacing the hard disk, without having to wait for Time Machine. I think it's a better way to go the way of the Time Machine when you restart with an SSD, and it doesn't cost anything.
Once you've backed up your MacBook with Time Machine, simply turn off your notebook and pull the power plug, replace the hard disk drive, and press and hold Command-R on your keypad the first time you restart your computer. Every newer OS release boots into Internet Recovery so you can use the Disk Utility to reformat the SSD (select Mac Extended + Journaled) and then recover it directly from your Time Machine Backups.
It will take a few hrs to recover, but you will come back to reinstalling OS X, with everything that remains on your old hard disk. In my earlier SSD upgrades article, the reader asked about trimming for third parties supporting third parties using the SSD, a subject that is both important and potentially somewhat bewildering.
Cindori''s free TriimEnabler ( "Pro" $10 version) allows trimming of third parties running Windows operating system applications (OS X), providing the latest 10.10 release. However, please be aware that you must turn off TrimEnabler each time you perform an update of the operating system of your computer (e.g. from 10.10. to 10.10. 3); if you forgot, you will see a grey check mark when the computer tries to restart after an upgrade, and you must obey these steps for the computer to function correctly again.
Replacing the SSD on your MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro is generally a fairly simple procedure, and the advantages are obvious: you're practically assured to get more memory, and under the right conditions, you'll also see a good boost in your SSD. The majority of MacBook Air Mac computers discussed in this review can at least duplicate their performance with newer generation scripts, and if you're willing to pay a little more, you'll have enough disk room to actively use your MacBook for years to come.
Instead, if you want to consider using removable media, read our MacBook, Macmini, and Mac Pro SSD instructions. The previous instructions for replacing your iMac's old disk with a quick new SSD are ideal for upgrade of Apple's bigger all-in-one machine.