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November goings on.

Well Thanksgiving is here, we have had a interesting month. Our Grandson Brayton joined the Marine Corp ( following in his great grandfather's Myrl Dean Thomas and his uncle Gordon Glenn Thomas Jr. footsteps) we saw him sworn in and hung out with him at the Airport Until his flight left to take him to Boot Camp. That was fun for Adam. Mom add Me. We are still raking of leaves on our property, and we got our first snow. This week has been interesting, Adam's friend Kent asked if I could fix his MBP 13's keyboard (replace it with a new one he purchased), I said yes, so I carefully took his machine apart and replaced that keyboard, the battery won't hold a charge. and the new keyboard would not type the q,w,e,r,t,y,u,i,o nor did the left hand side tab button work, the DVD drive did not work either. I did not check the MBP before I swapped the keyboard. So I swapped out the machine from one I got off EBay. I moved the hard drive over to the newer machine and got Kent back up and working, upgraded him to high Sierra MacOs upgraded his Ofice for Mac to version 2019. I only asked him to pay for the replacement battery. Then the next day 2 of my Mac's went on the fritz one of my MBA 13's display won't light up, and my MBP 17 won't boot up. The MBP 17 system board/ GPU seems to be bad, so I pulled that and sent it off for repair. Found a MBP 17 on EBay that I bought that has a bad battery so I replaced that and hooked up the DVD drive cable and got it up and humming quite well.. The MBA could be a bad system board as well off to search for a newer one..

When it is time to upgrade the SSD drive in your MacBook Air? what do you choose?


I love my MacBook Air but I run a lot of apps, music, movies, etc. I am running out of space on my 512 GB SSD. so what I am to do? well I started to look at upgrading my ssd drive (ok my MBA is a 2012 model, so its drive look like oversized memory stick). So I started at OWC to see if I could find a 960GB SSD nope they did not have one. Next Amazon (I am a prime member), they had JetDrive 520 kit, 960GB on sale for 599.00 (down from 699.00) made by Transcend. Still a little to expensive, but they one in Amazon Warehouse Deals for another 50 dollars off. So I bought it. The kit includes:

  • Max Seq. Read: 495MB/s, Max Seq. Write: 427MB/s
  • Next-generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface
  • Free download of Jet Drive Toolbox SSD monitoring software
  • External enclosure is fully compatible with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • SSD upgrade kit included
  • Dual color LED indicator (Power, data transfer and USB 3.0/2.0 connection)
  • Operating Temperature 32F-158F
  • Repurpose original SSD into external SSD

It was so easy to clone my existing SSD to the new one with my old favorite app Carbon Copy Cloner, it took just under an hour to do. The kit even can with the required screwdrivers to remove the bottom cover and remove the existing SSD. Quick swap out of the SSD's put the bottom plate back in place. Boot up my MBA and wow I have a screaming new machine with almost double the storage place! I have repartitioned into 3 drives, 1 running Mavericks (479 GB), 1 for all of my virtual machines (379 GB) 1 for Beta testing OS's (100 GB) currently Yosemite.

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