I got a damaged MacBook Air for free a few years ago with the screen not working and the SSD missing. I got it fixed and working with a USB3 external drive and it's been great for years.

Now I'm shopping for a secondhand internal SSD replacement. I know these machines used proprietary SSDs and they varied a lot from model to model.

Most people that sell these privately just list what model the part is from. So I need to know which other models used the same part as mine.

The specs of my MacBook:

  • Mid-2013
  • 11" non-Retina
  • Core i5
  • model A1465

I've found some sites that let me identify my machine and tell me which original or which 3rd party SSDs will fit. But I can't seem to find which other MacBook Air models used the same SSDs.

Armed with this knowledge I'll be able to hunt in my local equivalent of Craigslist.

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This web article gives everything you every wanted to know about Apple SSDs. https://beetstech.com/blog/apple-proprietary-ssd-ultimate-guide-to-specs-and-upgrades

Your model came with an Apple "Generation 3" SSD, used in Mid-2013 to Late 2014 models*, with a 12+16 pin connector; but it can take the faster 'Generation 4' modules found in 2015 Macs. Gen 4 modules are identifiable by the code SSUBX.

( * The Mid-2015 iMac is a Gen 3 outlier.)

Note that there are now third-party modules, made by companies like OWC, which claim to be faster than the OEM parts.

  • Yes the OWC ones seem very expensive here in Australia whereas used OEM ones vary a lot and thanks to your answer I might be able to find a cheap one. Thanks very much! Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 8:18
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    @hippietrail You can even find unused ones. I got a 1TB module for my 2014 MBP, which had 0 bytes used. You may want to check if the 1TB units fit the AIR, as they're wider than the others.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 8:22

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