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Well, the system feels like it's running better, with fewer slowdowns. While you could use the old SSD and the enclosure to start the Air and transfer all the files, there's an easier way. This will make it easier to move the Air's contents to the new SSD module. Be aware that the two by the hinge are longer than the others. Recent macOS software does a good job of automatically streamlining the operation of the storage drives, so there's no need to defragment the system's drive. It's time to plug the battery back in and make sure the connector snaps into place. On the downside, with the system's storage boosted to a terabyte, it's unlikely that the recycled external drive will be big enough for backups. In fact, this is a great afternoon or weekend DIY project that could add speed and years to your MacBook. If everything has gone to plan, your new old Macbook Air will be ready for a test drive. In a minute or two, it'll be ready. On the downside, doing this can lead to a restart at inconvenient times, but the system will not only run smoothly, but also keep potential hackers at bay. Finally, lift the end slightly, get your index finger under the board and gently pull the module horizontally to free it from the connector; this might take a little wiggling. After doing this, I now have 60GB of space free for everything from videos to music to vacation pictures. However, the time depends on how much data needs to flow to the new drive. To check that the drive is operational, go to the About This Mac page and click on Storage, and the screen will list your spacious new SSD. More to the point, after the upgrade, the system's GeekBench 4 benchmark scores rose to 2, for single-core and 4, for multicore tasks. These addons, take a lot of system resources, however. The best part is that the kit comes with everything you need, including tools, the new SSD board, a connection enclosure and even a soft bag for the enclosure. Each kit comes with a five-year warranty. Still anxious after reading this guide? The short screw goes on the thin end, and the soft rubber feet are for the indented, rectangular areas. The system's case, keyboard and screen have gotten grimy as well. Using the included cable, plug the enclosure into the MacBook Air and open the system's Disk Utilities app. At this rate, it might last another eight years. It will repair any problems it finds. With the kit's 1. Using the T5 screwdriver, loosen the tie-down screw on the right, freeing the module. Go to the SSD module. MacBook Air Technical Specifications Speed demon Capable of moving over megabytes per second, the new hardware triples the system's storage performance, and this all looks great on paper.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} To test how well it works in the real world, I used Geekbench 4's CPU benchmark to compare performance. Click on the Erase tab, fill in the drive's new name and click Erase. With the included OWC Aura enclosure, I can make a nice flash drive for storing videos, music or other digital items. In addition to step-by-step instructions and photos, I'll provide tips and tricks and a few general-maintenance tasks that can help make any MacBook run better and longer. To disconnect the battery, pull up on its electrical connector one side at a time. Laptop Mag. After plugging in the backup drive, start the system. While the Geekbench CPU suite focuses on processing ability, it also tests some storage tasks. So, how did I do? Using the 10 steps outlined below, it's actually easy. 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By swapping out its solid-state drive SSD storage module, I hope to not only get much more space for pictures, videos, stories, and the flotsam and jetsam of my digital life, but also give the machine a mild performance boost. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}My eight-year-old MacBook Air has been a constant companion, and I would feel lost without it. After emptying the box, put all the parts on a table with the MacBook. It also has 16 times as much storage space as before, so it now feels like a bottomless pit for my digital stuff. Finally, I hate to throw things away, and at the end of the process I'll be left with a perfectly good SSD storage module. Now, it's time to disconnect the system's power adapter. You're almost done! On the other hand, it's a good idea to start the drive off right by checking for errors with the Disk Utility's First Aid applet. To keep track of everything, place the screws in your handy bowl. 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