OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with the 2012 MacBook Air
  • 480GB Capacity
  • mSATA Connectivity
  • Sustained Reads up to 501 MB/s
  • Sustained Writes up to 503 MB/s
  • Random 4K Reads up to 60,000 IOPS
  • Random 4K Writes up to 60,000 IOPS
  • 128/256-bit AES Full-Drive Encryption
  • Read & Write Latencies: less than 0.1 ms
  • Envoy USB 3.0 Storage Solution Included
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Add 480GB of SSD storage to your 11" or 13" MacBook Air with the 480GB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition) from OWC / Other World Computing. This drive is compatible with 11" / 1.7 and 2.0 GHz MacBook Airs released in June 2012 (MacBookAir5,1) and 13" / 1.8 & 2.0 GHz MacBook Airs released in June 2012 (MacBookPro5,2).

This SSD connects to your MacBook Air using an mSATA connection and features no moving parts, helping to protect it from accidental bumps and drops, as well as achieve faster data transfer speeds. Having no moving parts also means that this SSD will receive less wear and tear, as there are no read and write heads for the SSD media to come into contact with. In terms of speed, the drive offers sustained reads of up to 501 MB/s, sustained writes of up to 503 MB/s, random 4K reads of up to 60,000 IOPS, random 4K writes of up to 60,000 IOPS, and read & write latencies of less than 0.1 ms. It also features non-recoverable read errors of less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read and built-in BCH ECC data reliability of up to 55 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector. It uses Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Async-NAND Flash and a SandForce 2281 Series processor.

Once you remove the native internal storage from your MacBook Air, it may be placed and used within the OWC Envoy, a USB 3.0 external storage solution that is capable of speeds up to 500 MB/s and also USB 2.0 backwards compatible. It is bus powered, meaning that it does not require any AC power. As a Plug and Play solution, simply plug the USB cord from the Envoy into your system and the Envoy is ready to go.

Please be aware that the Aura 6G SSD is not compatible with 2010 and 2011 MacBook Air 11 and 13" models with model IDs MacBookAir3,1, MacBookAir3,2, MacBookAir4,1, and MacBookAir4,2.

Controller Technologies
DuraWrite - Helps extend the endurance of your SSD
Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling - Automatically distributes data evenly across the SSD
Intelligent Read Disturb Management - Spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use
Intelligent "Recycling" - 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) - Helps protect the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup
ECC Protection - For long data retention and drive life

Compatibility

MacBook Air (11", June 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7 GHz, 2.0 GHz
MacBook Air (13", June 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8 GHz, 2.0 GHz
UPC: 812437020205
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)
  • Carrying Case
  • USB 3.0 standard A to micro-B Connecting Cable
  • Pentalobe Compatible Driver
  • Torx T-5 Screwdriver
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (Envoy)
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty (SSD)
  • Table of Contents
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    Aura SSD Specifications
    Specifications
    Capacity 480 GB useable capacity
    Total Flash Memory Components - 512 GB
    32 GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
    Formatted Capacity 447 GB
    DRAM Cache n/a
    NAND Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Async-NAND Flash
    Controller SandForce 2281 Series Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
    SMART Attributes Standard
    Native Command Queuing Up to 32 commands
    RoHS Compliant Yes
    Format Unformatted
    Reliability
    Data Reliability ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
    Security Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
    TRIM Support OS Dependent
    Non-Recoverable Read Errors Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
    Performance
    Sustained Reads Up to 501 MB/s
    Sustained Writes Up to 503 Mb/s
    Random 4K Read Up to 60,000 IOPS
    Random 4K Write Up to 60,000 IOPS
    Read Latency Less than 0.1 ms
    Write Latency Less than 0.1 ms
    Power
    Active Power Less than 3.0 W
    Idle Power Less than 1.2 W
    Power Nap Power Nap Compatible
    Environmental
    Temperature (Operating) 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
    Temperature (Non-Operating) -67 to 302°F / -55 to 150°C
    Acoustics
    Idle (Typical) 0.0 bels
    Seek (Typical) 0.0 bels
    Envoy Specifications
    Chipset High-performance ASMedia 1053e chipset
    Interfaces Supported USB 3.0 interface, backwards compatible
    Port Configuration USB 3.0 interface (micro-B port)
    Max Data Transfer Rate One USB 3.0 (micro-B) port, up to 500MB/s
    Cooling Fanless operation
    Power Supply Bus-powered via USB port (no AC adapter required)
    Drive Requirements Compatible with the Flash SSD module used in 2012 11.1" and 13.3" MacBook Air models
    Operating Environment Temperature, Relative Humidity, Shock, and Vibration - Dependent on mechanism installed
    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: Linux OS versions and an available and supported USB 3.0 port
    Dimensions 1.790 x 5.900 x 0.279 - 0.466" / 4.547 x 14.986 x 0.709 - 1.184 cm
    Weight 2.8 oz / 79.4 g (empty case, no drive installed)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 3.8 x 1.7"

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