Does the Macbook Air 2013 original SSD is NVMe ?

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  1. ey4fun macrumors newbie

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    Does the Macbook Air 2013 original SSD is NVMe ? or just M.2 SATA speed?

    and if it is MVNe so it activated after High Sierra?
     
  2. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    The 2013 Air is NVMe PCIe x2 speeds. Max you will get is 1500 MB/s read/write depending on the drive. You will need to have either the latest High Sierra or Mojave installed to boot from the drive.
     
  3. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    The SSD is AHCI. NVME drives are supported with Sierra if the drive can be formatted using 4k clusters. High Sierra and Mojave support NVME drives that can be formatted in 4k or 512.
     
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    The original SSDs in MacBook Air are SATA SSDs, not NVMe M.2 SSDs.

    With 2013 and later MacBook Airs you arexable to “upgrade” to the NVMe M.2 storage drives and will see close to 3x improvement over the SATA SSDs.
     
  5. ey4fun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    thanks for the reply.

    i would like to buy M.2 Adapter for macbook pro 2015 retina
    so as i understand, all the adapters should work with high sierra ? with M.2 SSD PCIe NVMe x4?
     
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    The adapters are passive and are not dependent on the OS.

    The drive is OS dependent in that Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave will work with a drive that can be formatted in 4k clusters. High Sierra and Mojave must be used if the drive that can only be formatted in 512 clusters.

    I ordered two of these to use a $3 USD discount coupon for new customers: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/NVM...pm=a2g0s.13010208.99999999.259.30453c00zVB31R
     
  7. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    With which SSD?
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    I ordered the adapter to have a spare on hand as I'm always looking for MacBook Airs for parts. I mix and match the parts to come up with a fully functional Air. I will test them using a 2015 and 2017 Air for stability and compatibility with an Intel 600p or HP ex900.
     
  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    I suspect you and I are looking at a lot of the same Kijiji ads ;)
     
  10. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Hmm, competition on Kijiji :) . The last deal I got was a liquid-damaged 2017 without an SSD. The price was so low I bought it sight unseen. The seller had the ad up for about 45 minutes before he was inundated with texts and emails.

    I had to clean all internal logic boards three times with alcohol before I finally got it to boot up. I installed a 256 GB Apple SSD to test it for functionality. Once I confirmed it was fully functional, I installed an HP ex900 SSD with the small, black Sintech adapter.
     
  11. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Well, now you've inspired me to have a go at the 2014 Air sitting at home. Bought it to salvage the screen but that sale didn't pan out. I'll give it some TLC this weekend! It included a 256 as well, and MagSafe.
     
  12. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Do it! You never know what will happen.

    The previous Air I bought was a 2015 13" that was also liquid damaged and very cheap although I had to drive to Pickering to pick it up. I was able to re-use its mint-condition casing for another build. I had the board repaired and used it in another build I sold to my friend's daughter.
     
  13. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, this one was booting, but I believe only on power. Definitely worth another look!
     
  14. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Does the current battery charge?

    Reset SMC and NVRAM?

    Loose or defective battery connection?

    Good luck.
     
  15. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Oh, it's liquid damage. Needs an alcohol bath. I wouldn't mind one either.
     
  16. ey4fun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok, so i can say for sure that the green adapter that cost 2-3 USD worked for me on a macbook pro retina 2015, and i installed High Sierra on my MBP.

    i have installed SX6000 Lite XPG (Adata) 512GB drive. but i'm not happy with the Read Write results.

    the test shows read 1200mbs and write 580 mbs approx, anything can be done about this issue?

    i also installed windows 10 but not with bootcamp since it didn't work i don't know why. so i installed windows 10 with an external USB, but now i'm missing the drivers i can't find any info on this, and bootcamp latest version doesn't let you download the drivers or assistant and save it as a ZIP.

    so what im trying to do now is to boot from Yosemite because bootcamp has a lower version there that lets you download the drivers, i will keep you guys posted about that topic.

    anyone can point me out to the drivers if things wont work as i planned?
     
  17. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried reseating the drive and adapter?

    Which app was used to determine SSD speeds?

    Do you have another adapter on hand to try?

    Does it look like the adapter needs kapton tape?
     
  18. ey4fun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have uploaded a picture for you to see the results.

    everything is working fine now, but on windows when i close the lid and open it nothing comes up, is there a fix for that ?
     

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