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Compatible with MacBook Air (Late 2010 - Mid 2011), Incompatible with 11" 480GB/960GB MacBook Air (Late 2010)
Next-generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface
Free download of Jet Drive Toolbox SSD monitoring software
External enclosure is fully compatible with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & Hi-Speed USB 2.0
SSD upgrade kit included
Dual color LED indicator (Power, data transfer and USB 3.0/2.0 connection)
Operating Temperature 32F-158F
Repurpose original SSD into external SSD
JetDrive 500 960GB for MBA 11" & 1
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished installing this drive a couple hours ago in my mid-2011 MacBook Air 11". It upgraded by measly 128GB to 960GB and has dramatically increased the speed of the computer as well. It's like breathing new life into a 3-1/2 year old computer. Installation was brain-dead simple. I watched the Transcend video on YouTube before hand, and then again while I was doing the work. I was really impressed with how easy the entire process was, especially because I know how hard it is on a PC. Between Apple's good recovery software (used for copying the drives) and Transcend's end-to-end thinking, I don't know why anyone couldn't do it themselves. (Okay, you do need eyesight and finger dexterity to handle the super tiny screws, but other than that...) Before I bought, i used Transcend's charts for figuring out exactly which generation of MacBook Air I had, and for determining which of their models would work well in it. That was simple, and then i ordered the drive. I loved that...
Note that I just finished installing this SSD, so my review can only cover the ease of installation and not the longevity of the product -- that said, if any issues arise in the future, I will update my review.
Now, for what is so fantastic about this ... I ordered the JetDrive 500 960GB SSD for my MacBook Air 4,2 (mid-2011) ... there is some conflicting info about whether or not the 960GB works for the MacBook Air, but it does ... go to the Transcend website and/or email them directly if you have any questions.
Basically, I now have a new computer for a fraction of the cost of replacing my MacBook Air, with quadruple the storage it had and double the max storage available on any new MacBook Air! I am over the moon - no more shuffling files from my computer to an external hard drive and backing up multiple hard drives and worrying if I'm approaching my max limit (yet again) ... I have nearly a terabyte of internal storage! How amazing is that?!
Disabled FileVault. This was necessary to allow booting to the restore partition -- 2 hours (plus 2 hours researching solution)
Booted to the restore partition (by holding down "option" while booting) and used the disk utilities to copy my old drive to the Jet Drive -- 2 hours
Re-enabled FileVault on the old drive (so it remains safe while lying around the house) -- 2 hours
Put the Jet Drive in the machine. -- 5 minutes
Booted into internet restore mode (by holding down Command+R while rebooting) and reinstalled mavericks over the top of my system. This was done to create the recovery partition, which I'm told is required for FileVault to function. -- 2 hours
Installed the Jet Drive utilities and enabled TRIM. -- 5 minutes
Enabled FileVault on the new drive -- 1 hour
Speed of the old drive (MB/s): write: 120, read: 140 Speed of the JetDrive...
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