What parameters should I consider when choosing an after-market replacement for an original SSD in Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 A1369?
Looks like there are third-party adapters available now (eg QNine). What aspects should I consider in deciding whether the adapter will be compatible to:
- a replacement SSD (eg. Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA)
- the Macbook Air
Is "proprietary connector / firmware" still an issue today for SSDs on 2011 Air, which can be a stopper here?
Are the following parameters conclusive on understanding compatibility between the adapter and the SSD itself: form factor (M.2 2280), interface (SATA B-key)?
My initial research gives varying opinions:
- it needs to be single-sided SSD, but unclear what is actually meant (eg is the above Samsung actually single-sided)
- some users believe that SSDs which are not from Apple nor from OWC will not work, even if they fit connectors properly
- OWC SSDs are supported because they have Sandforce controllers
- someone managed the 1TB version of Samsung to work with this adapter
- difficult physical fit for 2012 models (I wonder whether they have a different layout/space constraints than 2011)