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OWC

480GB Aura Pro 6G Solid State Drive

for 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina™ display
The Aura Pro 6G SSD features industry leading SandForce® DuraClass™ Technologies:
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (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.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
First and Only Complete Storage Upgrade
Once again, OWC provides Mac users the only upgrade solution that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! When first introduced, the MacBook Pro with Retina display base model offered a 256GB SSD configuration with no upgrade option. And current base models start from 128GB to 256GB. Now, instead of being "factory locked", the OWC Aura Pro 6G gives you the freedom to upgrade your capacity to meet your storage needs. Just like other OWC upgrades, we include a free 'how-to' video to make this an easy and money-saving DIY upgrade.
Better by Design
"Mean Time To Failure" – We all know that nothing lasts forever. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get the most out of your investment. OWC SSD with DuraWrite™ Technology, optimizes writes to the flash memory over conventional controllers increasing the overall endurance and reliability of the complete SSD. Highly intelligent block management and wear leveling also extends the overall endurance. This adds up to a MTTF that is higher than most SSDs and enterprise class hard drives on the market today.
Synchronous Interface NAND
To achieve the higher bandwidth potential of the SATA 6Gb/s bus standard, the OWC Aura Pro 6G SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.4GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2012-2013)
(October, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.9GHz
Not for use with Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display with model ID: MacBookPro11,x

Includes

Aura Pro 6G Solid State Drive includes
  • OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD

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480GB Aura™ Pro 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
480GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 512GB
32GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
447GiB
NAND
Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Sync-NAND Flash
Controller
SandForce 2281 Series Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
SMART Attributes
Standard
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSDAP12R480
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Reliability3

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
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Warranty
5 Year OWC SSD
Limited Warranty

(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sustained
Reads (up to)
501MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
503MB/s
Random 4K Read4
Up to 60,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write4
Up to 60,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Active Power
Less than 3000mW (3.0W) expected maximum draw
Idle Power
Less than 1200mW (1.2W)
Power Nap compatible

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F)
-67°F to 302°F
Temperature (°C)
-55°C to 150°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
  2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability rates.
  4. Based on SandForce processor operation.
  5. Specifications provided by SandForce.


Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCSSDAP12R480 UPC#: 794504769029
       

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 37 out of 37 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Detroit Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple & Robust January 28, 2016 The OWC Memory installed on my MAC book Pro 13 Retina in a flash. Performance has been flawless and fast.

Excellent job OWC!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Working perfectly.... September 24, 2015 I wanted to expand the storage of my early 2012 MacBook Pro retina 13, and should buy this SSD. It was the only option for me, because 2012 macbook pro retina uses its own specific size and interface of SSD (Is it right?). Anyway, the replacement of old SSD with newer one was quite easy and became upgrade the operation system from yosemite to El capitan, the activation of trim support is also no more problem... 480G is huge space and I am using with satisfaction...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Manly, Australia
Rating: 5/5 Great solid product September 7, 2015 Very happy with the purchase, the hard drive swap process was pretty straightforward and the enclosure is nice, compact and provides reasonably good performance when plugging in to a USB3 port.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Erie, PA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Seamless Upgrade August 10, 2015 The 480GB Aura Pro 6G upgrade was easy and seamless. I temporarily installed the new drive in the Envoy enclosure so I could I clone the existing drive. I verified the drive by booting from it while it was still in the Envoy enclosure. Once that was completed it took about 10 minutes to swap drives and I was up and running.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Gamer Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Muy buen producto August 6, 2015 Son los mejores SSD para las Macbook Pro Retina. Recomendado para el que lo quiera comprar lo tengo hace un año y no hay ningún problema de nada es muy rápido y la garantía es la mejor. muchas gracias a todos

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: EDMONTON AB Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Much improvement over 256 ssd Mac Drive August 3, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Pro Upgrade Kit for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Norway Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 awesome ssd storage for my Mac August 2, 2015 I'm totally new to Mac. But the install was really easy to understand. Thanks to the youtube video. The torx screwdriver did not fit all the screws, but luckily I had one that fittet on my own. My Mac has never been faster, and I've never seen photoshop open and ready to work that fast before.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excelent July 30, 2015 fast and simple upgrade!! Seriously... i spend 40 minutes to change and clone my ssd. Great product!!! My macbook is faster!!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect Solution June 22, 2015 Easy to install and provides a great, tiny external drive made from the chips you remove from the laptop.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: North Miami Beach Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Quality Product & Shipped Immediately As Promised! June 1, 2015 Great Quality Product & Shipped Immediately As Promised! Would definitely recommend this Vendor & their Products!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: UK Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast and simple to install May 27, 2015 An excellent replacement to the stock Apple SSD - noticeably faster and very simple to install with the instructions on the website.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alcester UK Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent upgrade April 7, 2015 My Macbook Pro had outgrown its 256GB SSD so I looked at ways of increasing the capacity. The 512GB SSD upgrade kit from OWC seemed to be what I was looking for so I ordered one from the US on Saturday and amazingly it was delivered to me in the UK on the following Tuesday.

My Macbook was out of warranty so I was happy to follow the excellent instructions and dismantle it using the supplied tools to install the new drive. The whole process took me about 20 minutes and was straightforward.

Reinstalling OS X and restoring my data took about 2 hours following which I had a Macbook which felt like new. It is faster and now has 250GB of free disk space.

The old SSD drive fitted into a very neat external USB caddy that matches my Macbook perfectly so I also have an external 256GB drive.

My only slight niggle is the fact that the supplied USB cable is very stiff and it is difficult to get the external drive caddy to sit flat on the desk. This really is a very minor problem though and is easily fixed using a different cable of which I have a large selection to choose from.

Overall an excellent upgrade at a reasonable price.

Thoroughly recommended

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Milwaukee, WI Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great and easy March 30, 2015 The drive and enclosure were shipped quickly and were easy to install with the tools provided. OWC provides easy to follow videos on how to perform the swap of the drive. It fit perfectly with no issues. Some posts mentioned how the drive bowed when put in, but I did not experience that. I'm wondering if they ordered the wrong drive for their model computer. In my case everything went together perfectly and it has been running great for a few weeks now.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Kansas City, MO Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast and Easy to Install March 6, 2015 The Aura Pro is much faster than the factory Apple SSD. The drive is easy to install using the provided tools and instructions. I'm so glad that OWC makes these upgrades. The Envoy Pro matches my Retina perfectly as well. The SSD is a little pricey for the capacity but it uses an Apple proprietary connector so thats understandable.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Taipei, Taiwan Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 fast and easy January 13, 2015 Ordered a SSD for me 15"MBP with Retina. The product arrived within one week. Instructions are clear and exchanging the drive took just minutes. Great!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Rockville, MD Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works perfectly! November 2, 2014 Installation instructions were clear and easy to perform. Sped up my MacBook Pro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington State Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 A great thing to exchange. August 17, 2014 The wimpy hard drive on my MBPro Retina from 2012 was the only thing wrong with it. It now has a normal sized hard drive which is a great relief. The instructions on line are perfect and super easy. Everything went well. It was great to have the speedy little external USB3 drive. The only problem was that the USB3 drive kept unmounting itself erratically for no reason that I could see, so I stopped using it. I may go back and check inside to see if I didn't make good connections, but it was great when it worked. It could also be another problem I haven't discovered.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: France Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade July 23, 2014 Easy to swap SSD within the MBPretina. Works fine

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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple to install and works very well. July 21, 2014 Super easy to install into my macbook pro retina with the clear tutorial video and works very well. It was also very considerate of OWC to throw in the external caddy for the existing MacBook Hard Drive.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Lohja, Finland Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent upgrade, easy to install July 15, 2014 I installed the 480GB SSD in my Retina MacBook Pro, and was astonished how easy it was. The installation instruction video was perfect. Now I have enough disc space for my most important audio files, and I don't have to use external discs anymore when I am doing field work (I record soundscapes in nature, and the recordings are very big files). The external enclosure for the replaced disc (with a USB3 connector) is very smart and slim, the original disc is easy to connect and transferring all the data, programs and settings is as automatic as it could be!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Homestead, FL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works like a dream... June 14, 2014 Of course, I underestimated my GB needs when I got my 13" Macbook Pro Retina Display in early 2013. Now, in 2014, I found myself running out of memory. I'm not technically savvy, but my 19 year old son did some research and found this was the only option available to upgrade my HD. He had it installed within a couple of hours and it works like a dream. I have had no problems with the drive and it doubled my storage capacity. The drive arrived quickly and was well packaged. Please be advised that Mac's from early 2012 and later 2013 have a different drive configuration and this drive may not work with them... check your specs before you order. My Macbook Pro was manufactured in October 2013 and is the retina display version. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this drive for anyone looking to upgrade their HD.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Montreal, Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Exactly as described June 13, 2014 A bit pricy but everything else is perfect.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tallinn, Estonia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent! May 30, 2014 Awesome product. Installation was a breeze. Really enjoying the product. Highly recommend to anyone who needs to boost their storage in their MacBook.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Swarthmore, PA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Good and simple May 15, 2014 Excellent instructional video. Everything needed was supplied with the product. Went smooth and easy. After transferring the data booted right up with no issues. Have no complaints. Afterword the old SSD popped right into the Envoy and worked perfectly. I can now boot from either drive and keep them both updated so I always have an emergency backup.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Miami, FL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic Product - So simple! May 12, 2014 This is one of the best products I've ever purchased (along with Parallels). The SSD works perfectly. The Envoy Pro upgrade kit is so worth it. I also purchased an app for my Mac (Carbon Copy Cloner) and all the items combined worked seamlessly and like I never switched my SSD - simply amazing combination of products. I would recommend this product to anyone with a Mac who wants to upgrade. Thank you so much to OWC for creating this option to Mac users.

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OWC 480GB Aura™ Pro Solid State Drive Mfr P/N: OWCSSDAP12R480 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAP12R480 for MacBook Pro Retina display
2012-Early 2013
5 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $279.99MacSales.com Price $239.99
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