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Transcend JetDrive 500 960GB SATA III SSD Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air SSD TS960GJDM500

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  • 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 & 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
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Size: 960 GB
  • Hard Drive: 960 GB
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Product Details

Size: 960 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 1.1 inches ; 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00K6ZF7GG
  • Item model number: TS960GJDM500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 12, 2014

Product Description

Size: 960 GB

Transcend JetDrive 500 960 GB Internal Solid State Drive TS960GJDM500 Hard Drives (*)

From the Manufacturer

At a Glance:
  • Next-generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface
  • Available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities
  • Free download of JetDrive Toolbox SSD monitoring software
  • External enclosure is fully compatible with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 & Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Transcend JetDrive 500 SATA III SSD Upgrade Kit

Transcend's JetDrive 500 SATA III 6Gb/s MacBook Air SSD is ideal for professional photographers, videographers, and graphic artists looking to enhance the performance and capacity of their MacBook system, and includes an easy-to-use drive enclosure for converting your original SSD into a new USB 3.0 external storage device.

Guaranteed Compatibility & Reliability

Transcend’s JetDrive 500 has been fully tested for 100% compatibility with Late 2010 and Mid 2011 MacBook Air models. To assure robust, long-life durability and guaranteed performance, all Transcend SSDs are manufactured using only premium quality NAND Flash memory chips and are comprehensively tested for compatibility, speed and reliability.

Faster Performance and More Storage Space

Transcend's JetDrive 500 features the next-generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface to deliver lightning-fast transfer speeds of up to 500MB/s read and 430MB/s write. No matter whether you're a casual Mac user or are fond of more serious activities such as graphic design, video editing, and gaming, upgrading to the JetDrive 500 gives you faster system response and application launch times. Available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities, the JetDrive 500 is large enough to handle data-intensive applications and store all your files.

SSD Upgrade Kit – Easy to Install

The JetDrive 500 comes with a handy SSD upgrade kit that makes upgrading your MacBook Air easier than ever. It takes just 6 easy steps found on the Quick Installation Guide provided in the package to upgrade to your new Transcend JetDrive SSD complete with Mac operating system and all the data you wish to transfer.

JetDrive Toolbox SSD Monitoring Software

Transcend JetDrive Toolbox brings together the latest technology for determining the condition and optimizing performance of your JetDrive SSD into a single user-friendly tool. JetDrive Toolbox analyzes the health status of your Transcend SSD with S.M.A.R.T. technology and includes a convenient tool for enabling TRIM, which helps to maintain optimum write speeds and prevent long-term SSD wear.

Retask Your Original SSD – Sleek USB 3.0 External Enclosure

The JetDrive 500 SSD comes bundled with an elegant USB 3.0 external drive enclosure aesthetically designed to look like a natural extension of your MacBook Air system. In just a few simple steps, you can reuse your original SSD as a sleek new USB 3.0 external storage device to store and backup your documents, photos, music, and movies.

The enclosure is made of durable aluminum. The result is a design that’s sturdy yet ultra light and easy to carry, and includes a handy travel pouch to protect the drive against scratches during transport. A bright LED indicator flashes during data transfer activity, and no external power or battery is required for operation.

JetDrive 420 JetDrive 500 JetDrive 520 JetDrive 720 JetDrive 725
Compatibility MacBook Pro MacBook Unibody (Late 2008 ~ Mid 2012) Mac mini Unibody (Mid 2010 ~ Late 2012) MacBook Air (Late 2010 & Mid 2011) *11” MacBook Air Late 2010 is incompatible with 480GB/960GB JDM500 MacBook Air Mid 2012 13” MacBook Pro (Late 2012, Early 2013 with Retina display) 15” MacBook Pro (Mid 2012, Early 2013 with Retina display)
Capacities 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB 240GB, 480GB, 960GB 240GB, 480GB, 960GB 240GB, 480GB, 960GB 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
SSD Interface SATA III 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA I & II) SATA III 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA I & II) SATA III 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA I & II) SATA III 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA I & II) SATA III 6Gb/s (backwards compatible with SATA I & II)
Enclosure Interface USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
Enclosure Dimensions & Weight Warranty 129x80x13 mm (5.08x3.15x0.51 in.) 86g (3.03 oz) 130x28.2x10.8 mm (5.12x1.11x0.43 in.) 60g (2.12oz) 130x28.2x10.8 mm (5.12x1.11x0.43 in.) 60g (2.12oz) 110.9x37.2x10.8 mm (4.37x1.46x0.43 in.) 65g (2.29oz) 110.9x37.2x10.8 mm (4.37x1.46x0.43 in.) 65g (2.29oz)
Warranty Five-Year Limited (Enclosure: Two-Year Limited) Five-Year Limited (Enclosure: Two-Year Limited) Five-Year Limited (Enclosure: Two-Year Limited) Five-Year Limited (Enclosure: Two-Year Limited) Five-Year Limited (Enclosure: Two-Year Limited)
JetDrive 420 JetDrive 500 JetDrive 520 JetDrive 720 JetDrive 725
Platform AJA/ ATTO AJA/ ATTO AJA/ ATTO AJA/ ATTO AJA/ ATTO
120GB Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s) 510/ 570 ; 150/ 170
240GB Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s) 530/ 570 ; 300/ 310 540/ 570 ; 290/ 290 540/ 570 ; 290/ 290 540/ 570 ; 290/ 290 540/ 570 ; 290/ 290
480GB Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s) 510/ 570 ; 420/ 470 500/ 570 ; 430/ 450 500/ 570 ; 430/ 450 500/ 570 ; 430/ 450 500/ 570 ; 430/ 450
960GB Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s) 500/ 570 ; 440/ 470 500/ 570 ; 440/ 470 500/ 570 ; 440/ 470 500/ 570 ; 440/ 470 500/ 570 ; 440/ 470
What's in the Box
  • JetDrive 500 MacBook Air SSD
  • External USB 3.0 Aluminum Housing
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Travel Pouch
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • MacBook Air 5-Point Pentalobe P5 Screwdriver
  • T5 Torx Screwdriver

*MacBook Air Late 2010 model only supports SATA II 3Gb/s. The transfer speeds vary by models.

1GB = 1 billion bytes. A certain portion of the storage capacity may be reserved for firmware and maintenance use.

The warranty does not apply to the SSD product whose wear-out indicator reading detected by Transcend JetDrive Toolbox shows 0% (normally 100% when being brand new)

*Performance varies by capacity, user hardware and system configuration. Please see Transcend website for additional warranty

details and limitations. Apple, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Retina are trademarks of Apple Inc.

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to upgrade.
young lee
Drive was easy to install and instructions easy to follow.
Andrew Pieniazek
Follow the instruction video (so easy!!)
Josh Jo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AT on April 28, 2014
Size Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
Saw this released on Mac Rumors and decided to get one to upgrade my MacBook Air 2011 11". Installation was a piece of cake (just follow their video instructions or check out iFixit). This was exactly what I needed! The aluminum enclosure is pretty sweet as well, being able to reuse the original drive is a great idea. The JetDrive toolbox software they have on their website worked perfectly for enabling TRIM on the ssd and lets you see its SMART status. All in all a really well thought out product.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ozzie G. on April 30, 2014
Size Name: 480 GB Verified Purchase
The packaging is tight and includes everything that you need and then some. The enclosure for the SSD is solid and very Apple'esque and the included sleeve for the drive is a good quality. Including the tools to perform the task is top notch. The drive was configured and installed within an hour (took time to copy the data from the old drive). System response time is great and everything seems to be working as expected.

A few things worth noting:

1. The kit does not include the JetDrive Toolbox software so you will have to download it after the install. The file is small and the tools seem pretty useful (but are not required).

2. The included instructions are a little thin. I highly recommend watching the installation video posted on Transcend's site.

3. While the drive seems very snappy, it does seem to take a little longer to boot from a shutdown state. This could just be my imagination as I never timed the old drive. Once booted, though, she seems to fly.

4. Be sure to check the specs of your Mac to make sure that you can use the drive. Transcend include links to check the information on their site and it is certainly worth the time to verify prior to ordering.

Even though I have only had the drive installed for less than an hour, I am very impressed with the overall kit, the ease of the installation and the performance. If you are in need of some extra storage for your Mac, I don't think that you will get more bang for your buck than this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferrera on May 31, 2014
Size Name: 960 GB Verified Purchase
Note that I just finished installing this SSD, so my review can only cover the ease of installation and not the longevity of the product -- that said, if any issues arise in the future, I will update my review.

Now, for what is so fantastic about this ... I ordered the JetDrive 500 960GB SSD for my MacBook Air 4,2 (mid-2011) ... there is some conflicting info about whether or not the 960GB works for the MacBook Air, but it does ... go to the Transcend website and/or email them directly if you have any questions.

Basically, I now have a new computer for a fraction of the cost of replacing my MacBook Air, with quadruple the storage it had and double the max storage available on any new MacBook Air! I am over the moon - no more shuffling files from my computer to an external hard drive and backing up multiple hard drives and worrying if I'm approaching my max limit (yet again) ... I have nearly a terabyte of internal storage! How amazing is that?!

The INSTALLATION was pretty darn easy ... I agree w/ others' assessment that the quick install guide included w/ the drive is useless (and a waste of paper), but the online video is spot on ... it seems too easy to believe, but when you finish installing, you will be a believer! The most laborious and time-consuming aspect is cloning the existing drive. Like some other people, I wound up having to install the free 30-day trial version of Carbon Copy Cloner b/c the built-in Mac disk utility wasn't up to the task (if you have a corrupt file, it will arrest the cloning process rather than skip the file and continue cloning uncorrupted files - this is pretty infuriating if it doesn't encounter the corruption until 2 hours into the clone ...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rhoadarmer on July 15, 2014
Size Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
Steps I took to get this to work:

Disabled FileVault. This was necessary to allow booting to the restore partition -- 2 hours (plus 2 hours researching solution)

Booted to the restore partition (by holding down "option" while booting) and used the disk utilities to copy my old drive to the Jet Drive -- 2 hours

Re-enabled FileVault on the old drive (so it remains safe while lying around the house) -- 2 hours

Put the Jet Drive in the machine. -- 5 minutes

Booted into internet restore mode (by holding down Command+R while rebooting) and reinstalled mavericks over the top of my system. This was done to create the recovery partition, which I'm told is required for FileVault to function. -- 2 hours

Installed the Jet Drive utilities and enabled TRIM. -- 5 minutes

Enabled FileVault on the new drive -- 1 hour

Speed of the old drive (MB/s): write: 120, read: 140
Speed of the JetDrive (MB/s): write: 430, read: 500
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HBGuy on July 6, 2014
Size Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
This is an excellent upgrade for any 64GB or 128GB Mac Air. Installation is tricky, especially if, like myself, one has never opened up a Mac Air before, but there are some very helpful videos on YouTube. The videos produced by OWC memory sales were particularly helpful.

There is always an urge to get a new upgrade installed as quickly as possible, but anyone who buys this upgrade should take the time to walk through the entire upgrade process, especially cloning the new drive. I also suggest having some ziplock bags handy as temporary storage for the screws removed from the Mac Air, unless spares are available.

The overall performance of the SSD upgrade has been excellent, although installation of the Jet Drive Toolbox software is also highly recommended. This will provide all of the SSD software tools needed for the upgrade. I strongly recommend this upgrade from a price and performance perspective.
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