I need to connect my MacBook Air 11" mid 2013 SSD drive to another Macbook since I have to initialise it in the right format.

I'm searching for an adapter that has at one side the right connector for the SSD and on the other side a USB port. The problem is that I don't know which one to choose since a normal SATA port would be too big. Just to be clear the SSD I'm talking about is this one: SSD MacBook Air 11

it's so tiny and I don't know if there's a USB adapter for this one so I can remove the internal storage and mount it to another computer over USB or faster interface. What adapters can read Apple OEM storage from the Air?

  • Welcome to Ask Different. Be sure to clarify what parts are being used. Are you taking the drive out of the air and connecting to something else? Please edit your post with clarifying details if needed to get a good answer.
    – bmike
    Jan 5, 2020 at 1:01
  • @bmike Yes I'm taking my ssd out and trying to connect it to another macbook in order to initialise it from Disk Utility
    – Guala
    Jan 5, 2020 at 1:10
  • You should be able to do internet recovery with a 2013 mac. support.apple.com/en-us/HT204904 Jan 6, 2020 at 6:00

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Apple uses a proprietary connector, which is usually described as a 12+16 pin PCIe connector. Or more simply "Mac SSD".

There are USB enclosures for these blades, though they tend to be very expensive - $70 to $100. Here's one:


However, note that this particular one claims not to work with Apple SSDs made by Toshiba or SanDisk.

You might be best off putting it back into a Mac and formatting it and installing MacOS using Internet Recovery. (Or even buying a secondhand Apple-Samsung SSD replacement on eBay.)

Everything you need to know about Apple's SSDs in all models of Macs can be found here:



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