OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later)

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB 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
  • 1TB 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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OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDAB2MB10K overview

  • 1Description

Add 1TB of storage to your 13" or 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as your 11" or 13" MacBook Air using the 1TB 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 64GB to real-time data redundancy and error correction.

Included with the 1TB 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

Compatibility

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: 812437022810
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 1TB 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 OWCSSDAB2MB10K specs

    Storage
    Drive Capacity 960.00 GB
    Cache Memory None
    Pre-Format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Performance
    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
    Physical
    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
    Electrical
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
    General
    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 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.5 x 2.2"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDAB2MB10K reviews

    1TB Aura Internal PCIe SSD Upgrade and Envoy Pro Storage Solution for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina (Mid-2013 & Later) is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed and will return Whilst the doubling of the drive capacity (from 512 Gb) is great (and I don't understand why Apple does not give this option), the reported downsides should not be underestimated: - (1) The PCi gets very hot. After trying it out for several days, I am getting worried about what this does to the rest to the MacBook Air. (2) It is much slower than the original drive. Much slower! In principle, the 1 Tb upgrade is a great idea, but I feel that OWC has to do some further work before making this a truly desirable upgrade.
    Date published: 2016-05-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Bit of Remorse I have passed the 30 day right to return mark as a result of professional commitments, but I wish I could return this. The memory expansion is wonderful. The much increased heat, and the battery drain, is not. This is a nice upgrade for a workflow plugged into AC power. It is not so good for a MacBook Air operating on battery with longevity and portability purposes. The time left will spiral down quickly. And it will be HOT!
    Date published: 2016-06-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great capacity and speed The Aura 1TB replacement does a great job in my 2014 13 Retina MBP, making it possible to keep my big Lightroom catalog and previews in the computer now, even if the DNG and PSD files themselves are on external HDs. It's a very nice upgrade. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test shows the 1TB Aura's read and write speeds are essentially the same as the original 500GB Apple SSD speed on my laptop. Do make sure you backup your original Apple SSD, and follow the video instructions for installation on Other World Computing's website. The kit does not have as complete written documentation as the video provides, which is a shame. I'd rather read instructions than watch a video. You must install the Aura SSD in your Mac before installing and migrating your OS X system. The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure does NOT support placing the Aura SSD temporarily in the external enclosure and cloning your OS over to it before putting the Aura SSD in your Mac (I tried with Carbon Copy Cloner and Disc Utility and the clone will fail consistently). The Envoy enclosure only supports original Mac PCIE SSDs according to OWC's documentation.
    Date published: 2016-04-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some tinkering but it works. Definitely increases space. Noticed slightly slower read/write times, slower boot issues. Drive runs warmer than the stock SSD. I've been having odd high battery drain but that may be due to trying to build the backup from Time Machine. Best piece of advice: run a fresh install of Mac OS, don't do a Time Machine backup or file transfer from the old drive.
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend it The one of this flash drive was broken out of the box. But when it works it works for years. And it has a good price And the box is getting hot when works !
    Date published: 2017-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade for new Macbook pros Easy install. Up and running in minutes. The shuttle for old HD is great!
    Date published: 2017-03-21
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