Installing your Feather M10/M12 in your MacBook

  1. Backup your MacBook externally, using Time Machine. 
  2. Power down your MacBook and make sure it is not plugged into the charger.
  3. Using the P5 screwdriver provided by Fledging, remove all of the screws from the back of your MacBook.
  4. Remove the back panel of your MacBook, starting near the hinge.
  5. Using the T5 screwdriver provided by Fledging, remove the SSD mounting screw.
  6. Gently pull out the old SSD.
  7. Insert Feather SSD and return the mounting screw.
  8. Place the back panel back on the MacBook and secure with screws.
  9. Press Power and let the MacBook turn on normally.
  10. Plug in your external backup, and recover your data, following on-screen prompts to use Migration Assistant.

Note: This installation process applies to all Feather SSDs.

My SSD doesn’t fit in my Mac!

Probable causes: You may have the wrong SSD for your Mac, or your SSD may be installed incorrectly.

Can this be fixed? Most likely! 

What’s going on? Sometimes, Macs have been refurbished and have the wrong EMC number on them, or they have special adapters inside, designed to fit an SSD not intended for that Mac. Also, installing the SSD correctly can be a little scary, but in order for it to be detected by your Mac, it might need a little shove.

Here’s what to do (This takes 5 minutes): 

We get it. There are so many parts to consider and check on when trying to figure out which SSD you need. It can be confusing and you could end up with the wrong SSD. But we’re here to help!

If your SSD doesn’t fit, you can verify the one that your Mac needs on 

If you have verified that you have the right SSD, but it seems to be too long, make sure it is snuggly pushed into its “seat” by holding the width between your thumb and index finger near the end that’s being inserted. Once in all the way, when pressed down, the opening for the screw should align perfectly with the screw hole.

Search tool says you need the one you have, but it’s still not fitting? Don’t hesitate to email Laura at and she will assist you. From there, she can swap out the one that doesn’t fit with a replacement that does fit!

My Mac can’t see the drive! I powered up normally, but I’m getting a flashing folder with a question mark! What do I do? 

Probable causes: Make sure you are turning on your Mac by only pressing the power button. Still getting the flashing folder? Your SSD may need to be pushed in better. To be sure, turn your Mac off, open the back to ensure the SSD is snuggly seated in the Mac, put the back of the Mac on again, press power, and see if anything changes. No changes? Please email Laura at and she will work with you to determine if a replacement is needed. 

How to backup with Time Machine

Why should I do this? If you have information or applications on your Mac that you want to have when you install your Feather, you will want to do this to preserve data.

How long will it take? The amount of time it takes to backup your Mac is largely dependent on the amount of data being backed up. It could take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find an external storage device that has enough available space for all the data you are backing up.
  2. Connect your external storage device.
  3. Select your storage device as the backup disk.
    1. Select ‘Encrypt Backup Disk’.
    2. Click ‘Use as Backup Disk’.
  1. If Time Machine doesn't automatically ask to use your drive upon connection, here is how to add it manually:
    1. Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine icon menu in the menu bar. Or choose the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Click ‘System Preferences,’ then click ‘Time Machine’.
  2. Click ‘Select Backup Disk’ (or Select Disk, or Add or Remove Backup Disk).
  3. Select your external drive from the list of available disks. Then select ”Encrypt backups” and click ‘Use Disk’.
  4. To start a backup manually, choose ‘Back Up Now’ from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Use the same menu to check the status of a backup.