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Essential Apple Podcast 175: An SSD and a Hackintosh Fail

Recorded May 11, 2020

A full house of guests this week as Suffolk Pete, MacJim, Nick Riley and Mark Chappell join me – other than the new MacBook Pro, we didn't really have much news, so we talked about Pete's SSD replacement in MacBook Air from 2014 and Nick's experiment in making a cheap Hackintosh.


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Suffolk Pete: A few months ago I bought MacBook Air 2014 as & # 39; broke & # 39; when I tried to encrypt SSD with FileVault. After talking to Mark on Suffolk Macs, I decided to replace 'blade style' SSD. A small survey soon showed that:

  1. Apple uses a completely proprietary chip in the 2104 model with a non-standard pin arrangement.
  2. Third-party manufacturers have started making adapters and even chips that mimic Apple SSD.
  3. Many people report problems using these third-party chips.

I decided to stick with an Apple SSD. My Go-To retail store is The Bookyard, they format and install OS X on it for you! I bought a 256 GB recycled module that was deducted from a working MBA and guaranteed for 3 months. This doubled my storage capacity as well. I had to buy the tools to take my back off the air, because although I have taken several Macs apart and have a lot of tools, Air uses 2.5mm 5-point Pentalobe screws. Thanks to iFixIt, I had a working MBA of 10.14 in about 15 minutes. Overall a good result!



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