Upgrade NVME on MacBook Air

How to change NVME on MacBook Air 2017

Upgrading the storage of an Apple MacBook Air to an NVMe SSD involves replacing the existing solid-state drive with a compatible NVMe SSD. This typically requires opening up the MacBook Air’s case, removing the old SSD, and installing the new one. It is important to ensure compatibility with the MacBook Air’s specific model and generation before proceeding with the upgrade. Once the new NVMe SSD is installed, the MacBook Air should experience significantly faster read and write speeds, resulting in improved performance overall.

To use an NVMe drive to upgrade your Mac’s SSD, you need to first check if your Mac is compatible (up to 2017 year models) with this type of drive. If so, purchase the NVMe drive and an enclosure. Next, backup your data and open up your Mac to remove the current SSD. Insert the NVMe drive into the enclosure and connect it to your Mac. Use disk utility to format the new drive and then clone your old SSD to the new drive. Replace the old SSD with the new NVMe drive and you’re done!

NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a high-performance interface that allows solid-state drives (SSDs) to connect directly to a computer’s PCIe bus. This results in significantly faster data transfer rates compared to traditional SATA-based SSDs. NVMe drives can achieve speeds of over 3GB/s read and write, which is several times faster than even the fastest SATA-based SSDs. Additionally, NVMe drives have lower latency, allowing for faster access to data, and they are also more power-efficient than traditional SSDs. Overall, NVMe offers a significant boost in performance for data-intensive applications and tasks.

a) Please power down your MacBook and place it top-side down on a soft surface before proceeding.

b) To remove the lower case of a device, you will need a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the ten screws securing it (Two 9 mm screws and Eight 2.6 mm screws). Begin by locating the screws on the bottom of the device and place the driver into each of the screws. Turn the driver in a counter-clockwise motion to remove each screw. Once all ten screws have been removed, gently lift the lower case off the device to access the internal components. Remember to keep the screws in a safe place for reassembly later.

c) Remove the lower case and set it aside.

d) To remove the SSD from the logic board, you need to first locate the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw. Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to unscrew it and set it aside. Once the screw is removed, carefully slide the SSD out of its slot on the logic board. Be sure to handle the SSD with care and avoid touching the exposed circuitry to prevent damage. With the SSD removed, you can now replace it or perform any necessary maintenance or upgrades.

e) To install the SSD, first insert the adapter into the socket. Then, carefully insert the SSD into the adapter, making sure it is properly aligned and securely in place. Make sure all connections are secure before turning on the device to ensure proper functionality.

Apple Mac Air 2017 NVME performance review

Read Write Xcode Benchamrk
Original Drive (128 GB) 316MB/s 893MB/s 785 sec
Samsung PM 991 (512 GB) 800MB/s 400MB/s 770 sec
Samsung 980 Pro (1 TB) 1200MB/s 1292MB/s 736 sec

From a Terminal, use the following command to disable hibernation and TRIM: “sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0” and “sudo trimforce disable”

Netscape Navigator

Netscape Browser for Mac

Optimized for the key things you do on the Web — browsing, searching, communicating, shopping, downloading files, and playing music. It also gives you more control to customize your online experience, and features that let you express your personality on the Web. Netscape 9 delivers enhanced performance and stability with a fine-tuned Netscape Gecko browser engine that speeds the most common online activities.

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With Quick Launch, get online faster with Netscape 9. Within Navigator, convenient, timesaving new features let you quickly browse multiple Web sites in a single window, and more easily print, search the Web, and download files. Communicating on the Web is better than ever with Netscape 9. More powerful e-mail enables you to efficiently organize and manage all your online communications. Integrated AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is always at your fingertips, and now lets you add personality to your messages with custom Buddy Icons. Netscape 9 also includes the new integrated Radio@Netscape that lets you pick stations that suit your style and play music right from the browser.

What’s New in this Version

– Improved popup window controls and security while browsing make this browser a must use tool.

Category: Internet
Download Size: 17 MB
License: Freeware
Release Date: 20 February 2008
Last Updated: December 25, 2022
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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Adobe Reader for Mac

Adobe Reader for Mac OS

Adobe’s Portable Document Format is just about everywhere you look nowadays: software manuals, store catalogs, and even IRS tax forms are all available as PDF files. What makes these files so popular is that they’re self-contained documents that retain their original formatting and can be read on a Mac or a PC with the aid of a small, free program called Acrobat Reader.

Adobe Reader Mac

If PDF files seem to be coming at you from every direction, it’s time to get up to speed on how to open, navigate, and extract data from them as quickly and easily as possible–and that means tapping into some of the surprisingly powerful but easy-to-miss features lurking in Acrobat Reader.

Speed Reading

Reader is designed for fast, easy document viewing. To really speed through documents with a minimum of clicking and scrolling, however, bypass the Reader tool bar and use some shortcuts.

  • Move from page to page by using the page up and page down keys or the arrow keys (right and down move you forward; left and up move you backward). To jump to a specific page, press command-5, type in the page number, and press return.
  • To scroll vertically within a page, hold down the shift key while using the arrow keys; to scroll horizontally, press shift-left arrow and shift-right arrow.
  • To see more of your document at once, press command-shift-B to hide the Reader tool bar and command-shift-M to hide the menu bar. The same keystrokes make those items reappear.

One-Shot Text Grabbing

Often you’ll want to convert the content of a PDF file into plain text that you can paste into another document. To grab a specific chunk of text, you use the Select Text tool (press command-option-4) and then drag over the text. But if you want to grab all the text in a document, you can bypass the Select Text tool–just press command-A to select all the text in one shot and then command-C to grab every word in the document.
To confirm that you have indeed copied everything you intended before switching to another application to paste it, use Reader’s Show Clipboard command in the Window menu to get a preview of the selected text or graphics.

Turn Pages into Pictures

You can also turn an entire page of a PDF file–including all the text and graphics–into a single image that can be copied and pasted into another document. Press command-option-5, to switch to the Select Graphics tool; command-A, to select the entire page as one giant graphic; and command-C, to copy it–and then switch to another application to paste the page.

Reader as PowerPoint

If you think Reader is nothing more than a bare-bones document viewer for reading online manuals, you obviously haven’t tried the mind-blowing presentation features that essentially turn it into a tiny, free version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Yes, Reader is the world’s least-expensive slide-presentation program.

When you open a PDF file with Reader and press command-shift-L, the page instantly fills every inch of your screen–no windows, no menu bar–just like a slide-presentation program. Amazingly, even in this full-screen mode, you can still move from page to page (by using the up and down arrow keys or by pressing command-5 to jump to a specific page) and zoom in and out (press command-L and then choose a level of magnification). To jump back into normal-screen mode, just press the escape key.

It gets better. Choose Full Screen from the Preferences submenu in Reader File menu, and you’re given a whole array of presentation options. You can have Reader advance from page to page automatically at any interval between 1 and 60 seconds or have it wait until you click the mouse. You can make a presentation loop. You can choose to make the cursor visible during a slide show or keep it hidden. You can select virtually any background color and pick from among 18 transitional effects, so you can have one slide dissolve, wipe, glitter, or split into the next. And let’s not forget about anti-aliased text; not even PowerPoint can make text look as good on a slide. (To have Reader antialiasing the text, turn on the Smooth Text And Monochrome Images option in the General Preferences dialog box.)

Yes, Reader lacks builds, background templates, and animation. But think about what it does offer: if you have Acrobat, you can build a presentation in virtually any program; distill it into a PDF file; and head out on the road, knowing that you’ll be able to present it on any Mac or PC you encounter, using a free program that just about everyone on earth has installed.

Category: Office
Version: DC 2019.021.20047
Download Size: 201 MB
License: Free to try
Release Date: October 24, 2019
Last Updated: October 21, 2022
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.14 or later

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