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16th July 2012, 09:16 PM
hey guys

i spilt water on my macbook air and it's not longer turning on. I managed to open the sucker and remove the SSD.
I'm not too keen on paying several hundred dollars to a "data recovery specialist" when all i need to do is plug the SSD into another computer some how

anyone know of an adaptor that allows you to plug the OEM mac SSD into USB or similar?


16th July 2012, 09:28 PM

It appears you can! I'm not sure as to what model your MacBook Air is, but with a little Googling I found this:

Apple Air 2010 2011 SSD Case,Air ssd case,usb3.0 and Sata,SATAII converter adapter ,JZLL M+ Multi-in HDD Enclosure from Computer & Networking on Aliexpress.com (http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/586335268-Apple-Air-2010-2011-SSD-Case-Air-ssd-case-usb3-0-and-Sata-SATAII-converter-adapter-wholesalers.html)

I'm sure you could find one for a 2012 model if you needed.


16th July 2012, 10:33 PM
I think this is what you are looking for. Its a local supplier. OWC products are highly respected.

Hard Drive Cases - OWC Mercury Aura Pro Envoy USB 2.0/3.0 Enclosure for data transfer/continued use of Apple SSD. - Macfixit Australia - Shop For Apple Macintosh Accessories, Apple Mac Upgrades, MacBook and MacBook Pro Battery, Mac Screen LCD, Phone (http://www.macfixit.com.au/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=2745)

17th July 2012, 10:44 AM
I eyed off a larger SSD for my MBA and saw a few external cases. On one hand it would be cool to reuse the drive, especially if you have a new machine with USB3 for high speed... but with only 256GB of space (or less for others) it seems like a bit of a limited use.

Now if there was a thunderbolt adaptor/case so I could plug it into the back of my thunderbolt display it might just be something I would actually use... don't know what for exactly since half the time I'm not at home... but high speed scratch disk when sitting and working on a large screen could be fun.

17th July 2012, 10:49 AM
Agreed, but as an example, if I was running VM's off an external, I'd rather be running it off USB3 with an SSD than a standard spindle drive. USB3 still runs up to 500MB/s which would be the maximum speed for most SSD's so its pretty much as fast as an internal. That said, I'd still rather have thunderbolt but it seems the cost of thunderbolt externals make them prohibitive at the moment.