[clug] Mac SSD

Steve Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Thu Jan 4 22:25:08 UTC 2018

Hi Alex

Before I make such bold statements, I should probably check your model
number. it should be on the bottom of the laptop, in the block of text
about how the unit is designed by apple in the state of california, and
starts with an 'A'.


On 04/01/18 18:16, Steve Walsh via linux wrote:
> Yes, I have an adapter board for this, having to recently do exactly
> what you're trying to do (pull data off a drive from a macbook).
> What's the best way to get it to you?
> On 04/01/18 16:29, Alex Ferrara via linux wrote:
>> Hi Luke,
>> Yes, it would be completely viable to do this. Unfortunately I don’t
>> have a laptop with the right port available to me.
>> Alex Ferrara
>> Director
>> Receptive IT Solutions
>> P 0403 604 604
>> F (02) 4822 7700
>> E alex at receptiveit.com.au
>> W www.receptiveit.com.au
>>> On 4 Jan 2018, at 4:01 pm, Luke Mewburn <lukem-clug at mewburn.net> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jan 04, 2018 at 12:53:32PM +1100, Alex Ferrara via linux wrote:
>>>   | Hi folks,
>>>   |
>>>   | I have an SSD out of a 2013 MacBook Air that I would like to get
>>>   | some data off. It is a PCIe 2x card, and not the usual small SSD
>>>   | format.
>>>   |
>>>   | Does anyone have an adapter I can borrow, or know where I can
>>> get one?
>>> Is it viable to installing the SSD back into a similar model Macbook
>>> Air,
>>> and run the system in target disk mode (boot with T (?) held?)
>>> I'm pretty sure the disk appears as a normal firewire or thunderbolt
>>> drive to the host system, so you could then just dd the raw data (or
>>> whatever).
>>> I have migrated data succesfully between various Macs using this
>>> technique, and have accumulated a collection of Thunderbolt and
>>> other cables/adapters over time.
>>> If you're really stuck for access to a similar model Macbook Air,
>>> I have a couple of almost-surplus-to-requirements MBA 11" models
>>> that I could work with you to use for data transfer (in Canberra).
>>> cheers,
>>> Luke.

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