Mi Notebook Air 12 SSD replacement, How to Open & Internals
This should apply to the 13.3 inch model as well, and I'll quickly show the internals and how you can add an extra SSD or upgrade your SSD, so you're going to need a t5 Torx bit and remove all seven Torx screws to gain access to the internals. Now the last screw is really tricky. It is underneath the rubber foot here at the top, so you need to pry that off use a guitar pick or a credit card like I've used here and then unscrew that one now prying it open in the beginning is very difficult. I found the best place to start was just at the back here to force your guitar pick or credit card along here and very carefully unclip. The plastic clips you'll see in here now those clips are on quite solidly there and it could even be some double sided tape that is helping to hold some places down near the ports. Just take your time and go along very carefully and try not to damage the aluminium. If you use something like a knife, then you will definitely scratch and damage it now. The front left and right sides are quite tight. Those clubs so just take your time again and unclip, those on either side and then you'll be able to just push down and then pry the lid off. So we here we have the internals there's our set er SSD that's, a Samsung Drive and the length of this particular model is 80 millimeters.
So it's going to be the 20 to 80, you can see there 18 millimeters that's the length and the secondary drive there. So the layout of this is really well done. We see we have a large heatsink that goes across the whole motherboard there and there's, where the core m3 is. The battery has a middle frame in there. It has a plastic inner frame that they have used. That is screwed into they were glued into the metal and in all the components are screwed in it. In there there are the speakers left and right. So you have to be extra careful when you pass your KTAR pic or your pride all along the side here that you don't damage those seals there, because if you do damage those seals later on, you could have vibrations or the speaker's playing back there. I will give you a close up here. You can see, they do have plans to have an LTE, so 4G modem support right here. You can see that you can insert a an m2 2260 modem in there. They plans for that there's. Our wireless Intel wireless chipset. There, the antennas, as I thought, connect up to the plastic backing. That is why they have plastic along the top here. So it does look very nice, the internals here. So this must be the reason why it doesn't actually go over about 70 degrees when gaming and benchmarking is because they do have heat pipes here, they're running from one sign, along to the other, each side there and that's something I haven't actually seen done on for The stuff out of China at least that have Koreans normally just put a heatsink on the top, but show me here have gone a step further, which is really good, you're a bit of a model, and you wanted to go a step further yourself.
You can put a thermal pad on the top here and have to be a very thin one. I would suggest about one millimeter and that will transfer heat to the rear, alloy housing, but, of course, that's going to come at the price of increased heat of the surface temperatures of the bottom of it so use someone that uses this on your lap, then it's Going to heat up a lot and probably won't be worth doing that mod, so all of the upgraded hand. Now, if you were going to change the main primary drive, then you've replaced this one here, unscrew that slot it out make sure you make a Windows. Backup, though, you can do that with the windows 7 backup tool within Windows there, that will create an image, and then you can restore that later on, exactly how you you lift, it is how it will restore it. So that is really good. Now we could fit in here smaller drives, for example, they're 22 by 42 millimeter or the 22 by 60, which I happen to have one of those with me. This is the SanDisk and here's one right here, but the problem is it'll fit in there, but there's. No way of actually securing that in place because there's no screw along here so you'd officer you'd have to glue that down and place. And honestly I wouldn't really recommend doing that, but it could work all right. I will just edit this, and so I did a little test here.
I put my sand disc, set of three in the slot and powered up the system, and what do you know it's not even detected, and then I looked at it further on the motherboard and it actually says PCIe so that's interesting. The boot drive is set of three, but this is PCIe. Now I don't imagine that's going to be your super fast PCIe 4 lanes, but it just be the lower slower one. But who knows so? I can't use a set of three in there. So make sure you get a PCIe SSD for your secondary drive and lastly, if we were to replace the battery imagine in two years time it started to wear out it wasn't holding its charge. Then we simply unplug here and we be able to unscrew this and get a ShowMe replacement and put that back in there. Okay and to put it all back together, simply put the lid back on clip it all down in place. I would start with the bottom. First, you can slot that in and then go up the sides and the back pull the screws. The torque screws back in there and don't forget that rubber foot there and you are done now. I wouldn't call this really user replaceable, because prying open getting this back. Lid off is actually a little bit more difficult and the average dough trying to do this could end up damaging it. They might not be happy with the fact that they could have scratched or beat the backing on it.
So I only really do this. If you have experience in doing this kind of thing before, if not send it to perhaps a service technician or another tick, somebody's done this before and show them this video. Thank you so much for watching now.