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OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Pro Solid State Drive and Envoy Upgrade Kit

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Product Highlights

  • For MacBook Air 2010/2011 Models
  • DuraWrite Extends SSD Endurance
  • Block Management & Wear Leveling
  • Intelligent Read Distribution Management
  • Intelligent Recycling
  • RAISE & ECC Protection
  • RAID Support
  • Bus Powered via USB 3.0 Port
  • Non-Skid Rubber Feet
  • RoHS Compliant
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The 480GB Aura Pro Solid State Drive and Envoy Upgrade Kit from OWC is an upgrade kit for MacBook Air 2010/2011 models that lets you increase the size of the internal SSD and use the old drive as an external unit. The kit includes an Aura Pro 6G Solid State Drive (SSD), all installation tools for opening/installing the SSD, and an Envoy USB 3.0/2.0 enclosure into which you can install the old SSD. Whether you own a 2010 or 2011 base model 11" MacBook Air with a 64GB SSD or the top of the line 13" model with a 256GB SSD, OWC's Aura Pro SSD lets you increase the storage space and get up to 507 MB/s read speeds.

When you reuse the factory SSD as an external storage solution in the OWC Envoy case, its small design allows it to fit easily in a pocket or laptop case and its low power draw means it works without an AC adapter.

Perfect Storage Solution for MacBook Air
Get the ultimate combination of elegance and functionality in a sleek, portable external storage solution designed to complement the MacBook Air - in both appearance and performance. The Envoy Upgrade Kit is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface that supports maximum data transfer speeds up to 500 MB/s and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. In addition, its bus-powered design means no AC power adapter is required; just plug the USB cord into your computer and the Envoy is ready to use.
High Endurance and Reliability
OWC SSD with DuraWrite technology optimizes writes to the flash memory over conventional controllers and increases the overall endurance and reliability of the complete SSD. Highly intelligent block management and wear leveling helps to extend the overall endurance. With this technology, even MLC-based SSDs can operate for years in demanding applications without daily write restrictions. This adds up to an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) that is higher than most enterprise-class hard drives and SSDs on the market today.

SandForce DuraClass Technologies

DuraWrite extends the endurance of your SSD.
Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.
Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components, eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.
Intelligent recycling for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.
RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
Offers ECC protection for longer data retention and drive life.
Chipset ASMedia 1051e chipset
Interfaces Supported USB 3.0 interface backwards compatible
Port Configuration USB 3.0 interface (micro-B port)
Capacity 480 GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components: 512 GB
32 GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity 441 GB
NAND Tier 1 multi-level cell NAND flash memory
Controller SandForce processor with SF2200 series 7% over provisioning firmware set
SMART Attributes Standard
RAID Support Yes
Format Unformatted
Data Reliability ECC Recovery: Up to 24 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
TRIM Support Yes
Security Chip based data encryption: 128-bit AES complaint
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
Sequential Read 6 Gbps Up to 507 MB/s
Sequential write 6 Gbps Up to 454 MB/s
Sequential Read 3 Gbps Up to 285 MB/s
Sequential Write 3 Gbps Up to 275 MB/s
Random 4K Read Up to 50000 IOPS
Random 4K Write Up to 50000 IOPS 1
Please Note:

The Aura Pro 6G SSD achieves 6G speeds with compatible 2011 MacBooks and 3G speeds with 2010 MacBooks

Read Latency Less than 0.1 ms
Write Latency Less than 0.1 ms
Maximum Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 (micro-B) port, up to 500 MB/s
Compatibility MacBook Air (13" mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13" late 2010)
MacBook Air (11" mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11" late 2010)
Cooling Silent, fanless cooling
Acoustics Idle (Typical): 0.0 bels
Seek (Typical): 0.0 bels
Power Supply Bus powered via USB port (no AC adapter required)
Read Power 2.2 W
Write Power 2.5 W
Idle Power 0.09 W
System Requirements
Macintosh Mac OS 8.6 or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port
PC Windows 98SE or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port
Linux Requirements Linux OS versions and an available and supported USB 3.0 port
Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F (0 to 70°C)
Non-Operating Temperature -67 to 302°F (-55 to 150°C)
Drive Requirements Compatible with the flash SSD module used in 2010-2011 11.1" and 13.3" MacBook Air models
RoHS compliance Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.79 x 0.46 x 5.90" (45.46 x 11.83 x 149.86 mm)
Weight 1.5 oz (42.0 g)empty case, no drive installed
OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Pro Solid State Drive and Envoy Upgrade Kit
  • Envoy USB 2.0/3.0 Enclosure
  • Carrying Case
  • High-Quality Double-Shielded USB 3.0 Standard A to Micro-B Connecting Cable
  • Pentalobe Compatible Driver
  • Torx T-5 Screw Driver
  • 3-Year Warranty for SSD
  • 1-Year Warranty for Envoy Storage Solution
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