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Introducción

iFixit’s SSD enclosure allows you to repurpose a factory-installed Mac SSD as a portable external drive. Follow this guide to learn how to install your SSD into the enclosure.

If you still need to complete your SSD upgrade, find your Mac and look for the SSD Replacement guide.

Note: These enclosures are designed to be used with factory-installed Mac Solid State Drives, and will not work with other PCIe replacement drives and adapters, including OWC Aura Pro drives.

  1. Slide the SSD sled out of the metal enclosure to remove it. Slide the SSD sled out of the metal enclosure to remove it. Slide the SSD sled out of the metal enclosure to remove it.
    • Slide the SSD sled out of the metal enclosure to remove it.

  2. Carefully insert your Mac OEM SSD as shown, with the golden contact pads below the connector pins facing upward. The SSD and enclosure are both keyed, so the SSD can only be installed one way. The SSD might take a significant amount of force to insert. Make sure you have the orientation correct before you apply any pressure.
    • Carefully insert your Mac OEM SSD as shown, with the golden contact pads below the connector pins facing upward.

    • The SSD and enclosure are both keyed, so the SSD can only be installed one way.

    • The SSD might take a significant amount of force to insert. Make sure you have the orientation correct before you apply any pressure.

    • When the SSD is fully inserted, the notch at the bottom of the drive should be aligned with the hole for the screw in the enclosure.

  3. Use a Phillips driver to install the 4.5 mm screw securing the bottom of the SSD.
    • Use a Phillips driver to install the 4.5 mm screw securing the bottom of the SSD.

  4. Slide the SSD sled into the metal enclosure, SSD connector end first. Make sure the enclosure is in the correct orientation—the sled slides in on the thin rails. The USB-C port should be facing out once installed.
    • Slide the SSD sled into the metal enclosure, SSD connector end first.

    • Make sure the enclosure is in the correct orientation—the sled slides in on the thin rails.

    • The USB-C port should be facing out once installed.

  5. Place the port cover plate onto the end of the enclosure, aligning the USB-C port with its cutout. The screw hole chamfers should face outwards. The screw hole chamfers should face outwards.
    • Place the port cover plate onto the end of the enclosure, aligning the USB-C port with its cutout.

    • The screw hole chamfers should face outwards.

  6. Use a Phillips driver to install the two 8 mm screws onto the end of the enclosure.
    • Use a Phillips driver to install the two 8 mm screws onto the end of the enclosure.

  7. The drive is now ready to be connected to your computer with either of the included USB cables.
    • The drive is now ready to be connected to your computer with either of the included USB cables.

Conclusión

Once your drive is installed, you can transfer data from it, or use Disk Utility to format it and use it as a Time Machine backup.

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