2011 Macbook Air SSD Upgrade Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jerm8832, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. jerm8832 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2016
    I have recently acquired a 11 inch 2011 macbook air. I am interested in purchasing a faster and larger ssd for it. Could anyone make any suggestions? From my understanding, I can also pick up an adapter so I do not need to purchase ssd's made specifically for the macbook air?
  2. tubeexperience, Aug 14, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  3. jerm8832 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2016
    Thanks for the reply! So this drive will have faster read/write speeds than the stock 128gb ssd?
  4. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
  5. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  6. mackme1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2016
    I bought OWC along with the enclosure for the old SSD (which turns it into a great external HDD) Easy install and works fantastic. Mine was on a 2010 MBA so the improvement in speed was 60%. You will get more being a later model. (2x?)

    Highly recommend. I think I have screen shots of the read/write speeds before and after if you want them.


    Edit: Don't forget to enable trim in terminal

  7. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    I've had the transcend model in my 2012 11" MBA for over a year now with no problems. Came with all necessary tools and a cool USB3 external enclosure for my old SSD that matches the MBA's aesthetics.
  8. jerm8832 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2016
    So what would be the difference between the OWC and Transcend drives?
  9. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  10. NathanA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    You can indeed buy an adapter; here is a link to one for your model.

    Apple was still using SATA for flash in 2011, so you have a bunch of great value options. Look up MyDigitalSSD. They have 250 and 500GB SATA sticks that fit this adapter for $75 and $130, respectively. I put their 250 in my 2010 Air; speeds are fine and TRIM works if you use 'trimforce'.

    If you care more about performance, probably go for like a Samsung 850 EVO. Roughly $100 for 250 and $180 for 500 on the street.

    Heck, go for Transcend's own SATA M.2 blades (MTS800 series), which are about the same prices as the Samsung ones. And consider for a moment how crazy that is, given that the components (the flash chips and the controller chip) on the Transcend MTS800 blades are *EXACTLY THE SAME* as the ones they use on their JetDrives (the Transcend blades that fit in a MacBook without an adapter). So you save nearly $100 on the storage itself by using a $10-15 adapter. The mark-up on the JetDrives and OWC Auras is nuts...

    -- Nathan
  11. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I also bought a 1TB OWC. The speedup over the factory SSD was noticeable. Then there is all that space

    In a disk, quality is key. No place to save pennies or a few bucks.
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