Will 2011 MBA boot from 2010 MBA SSD ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rrf, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. rrf macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Hi guys,

    My 2010 MacBook Air is damaged beyond repair, but SSD seems to be ok. I really want to get the data from it, but it is encrypted with Lion's FieVault2

    Action plan is to:

    1.Get SSD from damaged MBA 2010 (done)
    2.Plug it into my brand new MacBook Air.
    3. Log in, get the data, copy to USB drive
    4 Swap SSDs back!

    The question is:

    The hardware is different. It's i5, not CoreDuo anymore. There are other hardware differences, too.

    Will the new 2011 Air boot from SSD taken from 2010 MacBook Air (OS X Lion) ?
  2. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
  3. rrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Good option, thanks for the advice!

    But will I be able to decrypt FileVault 2 if I boot from another device? I know the password, but have no idea how to connect external FileVault 2 volume with different user keys
  4. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Well I did get one of these and:

    1. Its huge ... Way bigger then it needs to be

    2. The case is clear plastic and will scratch

    3. The SSD does sit in the case properly and causes the connector to bow (i had to fiddle with it to make it work)

    4. Its overpriced for just a 2.5 SSD case with a SATA to blade conversion connector (which does come out)

    The basically used their existing case when they should have devised a new one that was truely portable (small).

    Total disappointment and I returned it.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Since the Lion build is different, I'm guessing that you won't be able to boot from it directly. However, with an external enclosure, you should be able to read it and migrate from the old drive.

    On a side note, what happened to the 2010?
  6. rrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Shoulder strap on my laptop bag broke, and the bag took a dive into river. MacBook was in outer pocket. Water damage everywhere, except perhaps SSD.

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