Gave my 2012 Air a new life

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OrangeSVTguy, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Well after 2 years of "Service Battery" lol I finally installed a new one along with 1TB Samsung EVO 850 SSD(with adapter). Everything was a smooth install and the clone took less than 30 minutes to transfer from the OWC 240GB SSD to the Samsung EVO via the USB3.0 enclosure. 15 minutes to install the new SSD and battery and back in business for at least another few years.
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  2. gertruded macrumors 6502

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    My 2012 air is still my most used computer. Replaced the battery and am using a 2 TB hard drive for file storage. Not much new from Apple to entice me to "upgrade". Seems that there will not be any further upgrades to either the mini, the air, or the iMac line. Was looking at the new 2016 MBP, but the price is just ridiculously high. I would feel like a chump paying so much for so little.

    After many years with Apple, my next machine will probably be a much cheaper Windows one. Apple is pricing me out of their market. It seems silly to purchase such old tech with their other models that have not been upgraded in years.
     
  3. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah the only real limitation to it now is the 4gb of non-upgradable memory. Total cost for all of the upgrades is under $320 and under 1 hour for installation and file transfer.
     
  4. Aireolic macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm interested in doing the same upgrade to my machine. Where did you source the parts so cheaply if you don't mind sharing?

    Thanks.
     
  5. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    The battery was a new OEM and was about $40. The SSD was $265 and the adapter was $10.
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    Where'd you get the parts from?
     
  7. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Oops eBay. sorry
     
  8. Tozovac macrumors 6502a

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    These sound amazingly inexpensive compared to OWC and Macsales. Is there anyone recommended vendor, or are they numerous, basically a commodity?
     
  9. cirial macrumors regular

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    How many charge cycles on the battery you purchased? I'm in the market for a new battery also.. but eBay would not be the first place I'd trust to buy an "OEM" battery. I'm kicking around the idea of purchasing from iFixit or OWC.
     
  10. mca1310 macrumors newbie

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    I've bought mine from fixit in 2016 (7200mAh) and almost two years after I'm still very happy about battery performances. However it was a bit expensive (119€).
     
  11. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    I'm about to attempt replacing the SSD in my wife's MacBook Air mid-2012. The physical installation seems relatively easy, but I'm concerned about getting Mac OS on the new SSD. I've read a few things online but it sounds like the easiest way is Internet Recovery. Is it really as easy as installing the SSD and then running Internet Recovery? After that I hope to get all of her into on the new SSD from a Time Machine back up.
     
  12. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Yes, it's that easy.
     
  13. Macdctr macrumors 6502

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    I used the app "Install Disk Creator" to make a Mac OS X Installer thumb drive using Mac OS 10.13 as my OS Installer then booted off the thumb drive after installing everything and ran Disk Utility to format the new drive (in my case, my new NVMe 512GB M.2 drive) then installed the OS. It was very easy to do...
     
  14. toneofark macrumors newbie

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    Sweet! I didn't opt for an SSD upgrade, as my 2012 Air is doing fine with the original 512GB. I did replace the battery though, and it's good as new.
     

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