SSD Upgrade for 2015 MacBook Air 11

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  1. Azeroth1 macrumors regular

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    What are the best current options for upgrading the SSD in a 2015 MacBook Air 11.

    I have seen some of the OWC options but would like to only use that as a last resort. Please let me know. Thanks!
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    M.2 adapters are pretty popular. That way you can save money on an SSD. These only work with M.2 NVMe SSD (M-Key).

    This Sintech is reported as compatible with the 2015 11" MBA. Be sure to update to the latest Mac OS X before installing. Even if you don't clone the drive. The computer needs the firmware updated.
     
  3. Azeroth1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you kindly this is exactly what I wanted to know and was hoping for. Was really hoping to be able to use a Samsung or Intel Drive. So just need this and to pick up a nice new m.2 drive. Thank you!
     
  4. WinstonWolfe macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it can be fully used with the adapter ssd of the two manufacturers mentioned.
     
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  6. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Good nvme drives include the Data sx8200 Pro, Intel 760p, and HP ex950. Do not use the Samsung 970 Evo Plus.

    The Samsung drives are really fast but they use more battery than the others I mentioned.
     
  7. Macdctr macrumors 6502a

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    The 970 EVO Plus does not work in Macs however you can use the 970 EVO drives which I currently am using in my MacPro 5,1.

    As Audit13 posted above the Samsung drives use more battery power but they are very fast performers which is why I use them in my MBA. If storage is of concern then the 970 EVO is the way to go since you can get them with 2TB or 1TB storage.

    If you are trying to get as much battery life out of your MBA then go with the Data sx8200 Pro, Intel 760p, and HP ex950 as Audit13 mentioned above. You will get longer useage inbetween full charges with these drives.
     
  8. Azeroth1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone.

    I ended up picking up a Samsung 970 Evo. I realize this may come at a cost battery wise (thanks for that), but I have been pretty pleased with their drives from the 850 series and on so gonna keep the ball rolling on that.

    Everything should arrive sometime this week to give it a go!

    Also, From what I’ve read it seems that a bit of force is necesssey to get the adapter on the drive correctly is that correct?
     
  9. Macdctr macrumors 6502a

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    You will be pleased with the Samsung 970 EVO, it is fast. The only reason I don't have my 2TB 970 EVO NVMe drive in my MBA is because my MacPRO 5,1 would not work with the 950 PRO drive I had so I put the 970 EVO drive in it. I'm running a 512GB 950 PRO drive in my 2015 13inch MBA.

    You do have to use a little bit of force but you will be surprised by just how much. The adapter just does not slide in but once you push it past the resistance it will slide in nicely. Just don't gorilla install the adapter... take your time and it will go in :)
     
  10. Azeroth1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok I got it installed. Just used black Magic and I’m getting read write speeds at 1500/1400. Does that’m sound like things are installed properly?
     
  11. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    The read/write speeds look fine to me. The 2015 Air is running a pci-e 2.0 x 4 bus.
     

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