Is it possible to swap SSDs between 2010 and 2011 MacBook Airs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Lithe1, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Lithe1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    I have a 2011 (11") MacBook Air with 128gb SSD and a 2010 (13") MacBook Air with 256gb SSD. Is it possible to swap out the SSDs between them?

    The reason I want to swap out the SSDs is because I want to keep the 2011 MBA and sell the 2010 MBA, but I want the extra SSD space in the 2011 MBA I am keeping.

    Has anyone actually done this, rather than just speculation?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    No reason why you couldn't, they're just blade SSDs.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The SSDs are the same so I can't see why not.
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Search for the thread about this, as there is a voided warranty risk.
  5. Lithe1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    I did search the forums and was not able to find any messages on point with what I was asking, and I am definitely aware of the warranty risk involved.

  6. will0407 macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2006
    I did this. I'm pretty sure I read that if you do it but don't damage anything the warranty isn't voided, but if anything goes wrong with the ssd, it will only be replaced with the original capacity.

    When you put the 2010 ssd in the 2011 MBA, you'll need to hold cmd-r when you start it up to do an internet restore. I tried doing it from a USB and it wouldn't work. I also tried installing lion on my 2010 ssd, putting it in the 2011 and that didn't work. I was all but ready to give up until someone on here pointed me in the right direction.
  7. Greg M macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    My 2011 MBA has the SSD that I took out of my 2010 MBA when I upgraded.

    I had brought my 2010 MBA to Apple for some work before upgrading and told them that the Apple SSD that was in it wasn't the original. They didn't care at all.

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