OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Select MacBook Pros
  • Compatible with Select MacBook Airs
  • Designed for Models 2013 and Newer
  • 480GB Storage Capacity
  • PCIe Interface
  • Up to 763 MB/s Read Speeds
  • Up to 446 MB/s Write Speeds
  • Silicon Motion 2256 Flash Controller
  • Marvell 9230 RAID Controller
  • Includes OWC Envoy Pro Drive Enclosure
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Capacity: 480GB

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Envoy Pro Storage Solution: Yes


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OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDAB2MB05K overview

  • 1Description

Add 480GB of storage to your 13" or 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as your 11" or 13" MacBook Air using the 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina from OWC / Other World Computing. This SSD comes pre-formatted for Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

This SSD 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 763 MB/s, sustained writes of up to 446 MB/s, read incompressible data rates up to 754 MB/s, write incompressible data rates up to 425 MB/s, 128-bit AES compliance, a Silicon Motion 2256 flash controller, and a Marvel 9230 RAID controller. It also RoHS compliant and allocates 32GB to real-time data redundancy and error correction.

Included with the 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade is an OWC Envoy Pro Enclosure. This bus-powered USB 3.0 enclosure allows your Mac's original storage drive to be removed from the system and placed within this enclosure where it may be used as an external drive at speeds up to 355 MB/s. Also included are an 18" micro-USB 3.0 Type-B to Type-A cable, a Torx T5 screwdriver, and a Pentalobe P5 screwdriver.

This SSD is not compatible with the 11" MacBook Air released in June 2013 with a Model ID of MacBookAir6,1.

Storage Upgrade
Replacing the PCIe-based flash drive in your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display is as simple as removing a few screws with the compact Torx T5 and Pentalobe P5 screwdrivers included with your upgrade kit. OWC's free comprehensive video installation guides mean an OWC expert is with you every step of the way
Flash Storage, Reimagined
Your upgrade should be a seamless experience. That's why Aura SSD upgrade kits come with OWC's Envoy Pro, a high-performance SSD enclosure to repurpose your Mac's factory PCIe-based flash drive. When you remove your original flash SSD, it fits into Envoy Pro so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your laptop. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac's factory-installed flash SSD as a fast USB external drive with transfer speeds up to 355 MB/s
No Hassles or Hacks
Aura PCIe-based flash storage upgrades are engineered for your Mac, so you won't need to compromise your data by relying on complicated software hacks or TRIM-enablers to get the most from your upgrade. Just install, migrate your data, and enjoy the performance of flash storage with increased capacity over the factory-installed drive
Tier-1 Flash
Aura SSDs use only Tier-1 flash for improved performance and dependability
Error Correction
Aura SSDs provide three levels of error correction for improved reliability and RAID-like protection for your data
Cell-Level Data Refresh
Aura's SSD controller monitors data blocks and maintains correct charge at the cell level, improving the integrity of your data and extending the life of your drive
7% Over Provisioning
OWC SSDs perform maintenance tasks in the background that help optimize the health, performance, and endurance of your flash drive. These jobs take advantage of available, unwritten areas on the SSD. Aura PCIe-based flash storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. With this allocated free space, Aura SSDs can perform these normal maintenance tasks making your drive more stable, dependable, and ultimately a safer place to store your data


MacBook Pro (15" Retina Display, May 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,4; MacBookPro11,5
2.2 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 2.8 GHz
MacBook Pro (13" Retina Display, March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro12,1
2.7 GHz, 2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz
MacBook Pro (15" Retina Display, October 2013 - July 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.8 GHz
MacBook Pro (15" Retina Display, October 2013 - July 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.0 GHz, 2.2 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 2.8 GHz
MacBook Pro (13" Retina Display, October 2013 - July 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.4 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, 3.0 GHz
MacBook Air (13", March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.6 GHz i5, 2.2 GHz i7
MacBook Air (11", March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,1
1.6 GHz i5, 2.2 GHz i7
MacBook Air (13", April 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2 1.4 GHz, 1.7 GHz
MacBook Air (13", April 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.4 GHz, 1.7 GHz
MacBook Air (13", June 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.3 GHz, 1.7 GHz
UPC: 812437022803
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)
  • OWC Envoy Pro Enclosure
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Type-B to Type-A Cable (18.0" / 45.7 cm)
  • Torx T5 Screwdriver
  • Pentalobe P5 Screwdriver
  • Limited 3-Year SSD Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDAB2MB05K specs

    Drive Capacity 480.00 GB
    Cache Memory None
    Pre-Format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Interface PCIe (Unspecified Type)
    Maximum Read Speed 754 MB/s (Uncompressed)
    Maximum Write Speed 425 MB/s (Uncompressed)
    Sequential Read Speed 763 MB/s
    Sequential Write Speed 446 MB/s
    Drive Type SSD
    Form Factor Propietary
    Noise Level 0.0 dB (Active)
    0.0 dB (Idle)
    SSD Specs
    Flash Controller Silicon Motion 2256
    TRIM Support No
    Reliability / Data Integrity
    Encryption 128-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
    Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
    Certifications RoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 0.1 x 0.9 x 3.4" / 2.5 x 22.9 x 86.4 mm
    Weight 0.7 oz / 19.8 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 4.5 x 2.2"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDAB2MB05K reviews

    480GB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extending the life of my Macbook Pro The whole process was quick and painless. This is kind of a transparent upgrade, it didn't improve or downgrade performance, but it did double the capacity of my Macbook Pro, so I'm not constantly checking to see if I can import a movie file from my phone. OWC has always been good for me, as well as B&H.
    Date published: 2016-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Install and works great My laptop was grinding to a halt because the hard drive was out of space. Upgraded to this and now everything works great. Install was quick and easy. The longest part was reinstalling all the system software and apps.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product This drive is easy and quick anyone can do it.
    Date published: 2016-07-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from First one failed, free replacement worked well The first one failed, but the second one seems to be working well. I contacted OWC directly for the replacement since this was time-critical and B&H was closed on the day (Shabbat) I finally decided it was really a hardware problem. OWC gave me good support, shipped out a replacement unit (but not until Monday since they don't work Sundays). Overall, the product (second try) works as advertised. But if you install it and have a lot of flakiness, suspect the device, not your migration strategy. And don't start on a Friday ;-) .
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was getting really low on space and I'm grateful that OWC has this product. It is much faster than my old ssd which was only 128gb on a retina 13inch late 2013 macbook pro. The only hiccup I had was reloading the OS after the ssd install. It was really slow and none of my internet accounts would load. I finally just did a complete restore from a time machine backup and then everything works fine.
    Date published: 2017-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase/ great company no overheating, speedy, certainly improved over what came with my MacBook Pro (May, 2015 Retina)... not my first SSD purchase from this company. have always found them to be reliable products. have replaced the hard drives in every MacBook Pro either myself or my wife or son have since as far back as I can remember with OWC drives and SSDs. nice desktop icon, too. see attached/
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would look to OWC for future upgrades I used it for storage upgrade from 128GB in the MacBook Pro. Works very well! One complaint though, the MacBook Pro only recognized it as external HDD instead of internal. I couldn't correct that. But MacBook recognized the 128GB as internal drive after I reinstalled it. Wish OWC can help resolve this issue.
    Date published: 2016-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect upgrade. The upgrade for my late 2013 MacBook Pro went very easily. The old hard drive fit in the external drive easily. Yest they are expensive but thats more apple's proprietary ssd drive issue. Happy owc made my he drive.
    Date published: 2017-08-16
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