I got this SSD out of an Apple laptop that's broken from liquid damage.

What is this connection called and how do I mount this storage device to retrieve data from it? It looks like PCIe. Does Apple sell a part to mount this via USB adapter or something?

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  • What MacBook Air model and year is this from? Aug 18, 2015 at 19:27
  • MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.4 13" (Early 2014), Model A1466 (EMC 2632)
    – ThisClark
    Aug 18, 2015 at 19:47
  • I have the same issue. I have the same SSD from a 2014 MacBook Air (A1466) and it is marked as a "Sandisk SD6PQ4M" 256G drive. The machine is not booting and I'd like to try to recover this by using it during OS X install on another MacBook, or at least mount it as an external drive. I don't own a PC, so none of the pre-2018 links lead to anything I can use. Has anyone found a solution that works in OS X?
    – Fran K.
    Oct 17, 2018 at 17:50
  • @FranK. for OSX, boot to Recovery (R+Command), then use diskutil in terminal to access the disk. The disk will not show in Disk Utility, you have to use terminal. Watch video for demo: youtu.be/47--98JReaU?t=45
    – user160357
    May 28 at 3:34

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The physical interface(s) or form factor(s) are Apple proprietary. The different SSDs have 6+12/12+16/8+18/7+17 pins. The electrical/logical interface is PCIe 2.0 2x or 4x (everymac.com also mentions SATA for some older MacBook Airs).

Several adapters for different MacBook (Air) SSDs are available here.

Example: MacBook Air Mid 2013 SSD to PCI-e 1X enter image description here

I haven't been able to find an adapter for the MacBook Air Early 2015 SSD there. The latest MacBook Air uses a proprietary PCIe 2.0 4x instead of a proprietary PCIe 2.0 2x interface like older MacBook Airs.

  • Is there anything china can't do with apple stuff : )
    – user160357
    May 28 at 4:43

the "SNANSHI 2013-2014 Year MacBook Air A1465 A1466 Pro A1502 A1398 MD712 SSD PCI-e 4X Adapter" for $13.99 worked perfectly for me, and I can use the drive as a primary boot drive for my PC. The card is recognized as a SATA device in my BIOS, and it works flawlessly. Good Luck


There is an adapter that would allow you to mount this as an external drive: https://www.amazon.co.uk/pin-28pin-Adapter-2013-2014-Macbook/dp/B014FTKOWA

It is on the expensive side but its USB 3.0 and PnP.


Use adapter below, with max speed 600MB/s

Adapter Name : Xiwai PCI Express Convert Card PCI-E 1X to 12+16 Pin 2013-2017

AliExpress Link

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