Swap Air and rMPB SSS

fenderbass146

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I currently have a 2013 air. I may have a way of getting a cheap 2013 13" retina with iris graphics but it has a 128 hdd. My air has the 256. Could I swap the SSD then sell my air with the 128 from the pro. I know from a 2012 model it wouldn't work but would it work between two haswell computers with the pci-e ssd?
 

Striker-UMB

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Feb 15, 2010
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I currently have a 2013 air. I may have a way of getting a cheap 2013 13" retina with iris graphics but it has a 128 hdd. My air has the 256. Could I swap the SSD then sell my air with the 128 from the pro. I know from a 2012 model it wouldn't work but would it work between two haswell computers with the pci-e ssd?
No you can't remove the SSD on the late 2013 models like you could with the 2012 rMBP's. That's one of the reason's I love my mid 2012 retina so much, I was able to upgrade my SSD from 256GB to 480GB no problem. Apple knew this and made it not possible with the Haswell model's.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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You should be able to.

Despite what the previous poster has wittered on about, what you are suggesting should be possible they both use the PCIE connected SSD and OWC are going to bring out after market SSD's for macbooks, Ifixits teardown and anandtech also suggests that they are user replacable. I'd take a look on you tube for any tutorials about removing the hard drive on both and see how easy you think it looks.
 

accountforit

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No you can't remove the SSD on the late 2013 models like you could with the 2012 rMBP's. That's one of the reason's I love my mid 2012 retina so much, I was able to upgrade my SSD from 256GB to 480GB no problem. Apple knew this and made it not possible with the Haswell model's.
Absolutely wrong.

They are removeable and replaceable as long as you have the correct PCIe drive to swap in.
 

dmccloud

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Sep 7, 2009
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Apple has integrated the system RAM into the logic boards on the MBA and rMBPs, but the SSD is still a swappable part. I'm not sure if there is a size difference between the MBA and rMBP SSDs, but the PCIe interface will be the same.