OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura 6G SSD and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air (2012 Edition)

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with the 2012 MacBook Air
  • 1TB Capacity
  • mSATA Connectivity
  • Sustained Reads up to 560 MB/s
  • Sustained Writes up to 460 MB/s
  • Random 4K Reads up to 74,000 IOPS
  • Random 4K Writes up to 73,000 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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  • 1Description

Add 1TB of SSD storage to your 11" or 13" MacBook Air with the 1TB 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 560 MB/s, sustained writes of up to 460 MB/s, random 4K reads of up to 74,000 IOPS, random 4K writes of up to 73,000 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 66 bits correctable per 1K. It uses Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Async-NAND Flash and a Silicon Motion SM2246EN 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
Global Wear Leveling Algorithm - Automatically distributes data evenly and manages program/erase count, helping to maximize the SSD'ss lifespan
StaticDataRefresh - This technology manages free space, gradually refreshing data across the SSD over time, helping to enhance data integrity
Hardware BCH ECC - Helps correct errors up to 66-bit/1KB for superior data retention and drive health
Low Power Consumption
Advanced Security Protocols - Supports AES 128/256-bit full-drive encryption


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: 812437020731
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 1TB 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
    • 1Description
    Aura SSD Specifications
    Capacity 960 GB useable capacity
    Total Flash Memory Components - 1,024 GB
    64 GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
    Formatted Capacity 894 GB
    DRAM Cache 1 GB DDR3
    NAND Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Async-NAND Flash
    Controller Silicon Motion SM2246EN Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
    SMART Attributes Standard
    Native Command Queuing Up to 32 commands
    RoHS Compliant Yes
    Format Unformatted
    Data Reliability Built-in BCH ECC: Up to 66 bits correctable per 1,024 bytes
    Security Chip Based Data Encryption: 256-bit AES-compliant
    TRIM Support OS Dependent
    Non-Recoverable Read Errors Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
    Sustained Reads Up to 560 MB/s
    Sustained Writes Up to 460 Mb/s
    Random 4K Read Up to 74,000 IOPS
    Random 4K Write Up to 73,000 IOPS
    Read Latency Less than 0.1 ms
    Write Latency Less than 0.1 ms
    Active Power 2 W
    Idle Power 0.7 W
    Power Nap Power Nap Compatible
    Temperature (Operating) 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
    Temperature (Non-Operating) -40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
    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 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 3.9 x 1.9"

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