Adding Ssd Drive To Mac Book Pro 2017

  1. Adding a SSD like the OWC Aura Pro NT can give your aging MacBook Pro the capacity to do more. With up to 16 times more space over factory drive options, it can help keep your Mac running for years.
  2. Sadly both 13' & 15' Touch Bar models are soldered! All of the Retina models have soldered RAM only the older non-Retina models have upgradable RAM. The newer Touch Bar (2016 & 2017) systems SSD storage is now soldered as well. Rumor has it a Pro's MacBook Pro will be coming out which is hoped to have upgradable RAM & storage but we'll.

A DIY guide to increase your hard disk space

Nov 21, 2019·3 min read

So there is no point you buying a Thunderbolt external drive to connect if you have a 2015 MacBook. A USB 3.0 or 3.1 drive will work fine with the right adaptor. Connecting An External Hard Drive To A MacBook Pro 2017. Your newer iMac (2017 onwards) and iMac Pro. Mac mini (2018).

The classic MacBook Air model which Steve Jobs released in 2011, was officially sold until 2018 when Apple replaced it with a refreshed MacBook Air. However, the older model is still available with many resellers both as new and refurbished. This article answers the question if SSD present in 2017 model can be upgraded to a larger capacity without hurting one’s pocket.

Adding Ssd Drive To Mac Book Pro 2017

There are many replacement options and guides available on the internet, there are mainly three options to upgrade:

1. Buy a third-party SSD with Apple’s proprietary connector.

2. Buy a used original SSD from eBay or its equivalent.

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3. Buy off-the-shelf SSD and use an adapter to connect.

This article talks about option 3, being a student, I was definitely looking to save some money but at the same time not compromise on performance and storage space. There are many articles on the internet which guide you to replace the SSD and have certain software complications, this article is going to address all of that.

A MacBook Air 2017 with 128GB SSD which had been shrinking for everyday use and a limited budget.

Purchase a new MacBook or somehow upgrade the storage capacity of this laptop. Definitely the second option is the only one that is viable.

Required Parts

There are a couple of SSDs which are compatible, hence I would suggest you stick to those that have been tried. The following SSDs are compatible with MacBook Air 2017:

SSD: Adata NVMe SSD SX6000, SX7000, SX8200, SX8200 Pro; Corsair MP500, MP510; Crucial P1; HP ex920, ex950; Intel NVMe SSD: 600p, 660p, 760p; Toshiba XG3-XG4-XG5-XG5p-XG6; Samsung: 960 Evo, 960 Pro, 970 Evo, 970 Pro (The following are not supported by the adapter that I recommend in this article, Samsung 970 Evo Plus, PM981, 950 Pro); WD: v1, v2 and v3; MyDigital: SBX — BPX

SSD Adapter: As Apple uses a proprietary SSD connector, it is not possible to use an off-the-shelf SSD directly and hence you will require an adapter. Sintech NGFF M.2 NVMe SSD Adapter Card

Tools: There are two different types of screwdrivers that you shall require during this process, Torx T5 screwdriver and one 5-Point Torx Plus.


1. Update your MacBook Air to the latest version of macOS. (This is an important step as there are a few firmware updates that help later in Internet-based recovery)

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2. Make a backup of your data on an external drive which can be accessed later without internet.

3. Turn off the device.

4. Unscrew all the screws present on the backplate of your MacBook Air.

Adding Ssd Drive To Mac Book Pro 2017

5. Upon lifting the cover, you will be able to see the internals of your device. Find the battery cable which is currently powering your device even if you have “Shut Down” and unplug the battery.

6. Unscrew SSD, lift it gently and pull out the board. (You will require a different screwdriver for this)

7. Insert the SSD adapter in place, make sure it correctly placed and in position.

8. Now, insert your third-party SSD correctly.

9. Connect the battery cable, try powering on your device and you should be able to see a symbol that is downloading recovery software from the internet (Assumption here is that you have upgraded to macOS High Sierra or above, if not, you may have to look at some a tutorial which helps you download installation files on a USB drive and you are able to boot using that drive)

10. Once internet recovery has successfully been downloaded, you will be able to see the setup screen and now it is safe to screw the rear plate.

11. Follow the instructions on the screen to successfully install macOS High Sierra and then you may upgrade to a newer version of macOS.

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Now you have an upgraded MacBook Air 2017!