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Aura N
1.0TB Solid-State Drive for select 2013 and later Macs

Mac
NVMe Flash Storage Upgrade Designed for Select 2013 and Later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Models
Space to play. Speeds to run.
Get Back in the Game
After years of good, hard work, storage on your Mac is getting tight and load times and data transfers lag. You've invested years of gear, programs and customizations and it's not the time to switch. Upgrade with OWC Aura® N to make your Mac fast and more spacious than ever — for a fraction of the cost of a new model — and keep everything else just the way you like it.
Stretch Out and Run
Aura N expands your Mac with up to 1TB of storage space, so you can add to your media, games, and apps without picking favorites. It's advanced NVMe technology revives read speeds up to 1600MB/s write speeds up to 1100MB/s, giving your Mac the power to run like new again.
Sprints and Marathons
Aura N combines speed and stamina to prepare your Mac for the short race and the long haul. Engineered with advanced SLC caching, this SSD provides incredible burst performance for a faster and more responsive experience. Plus, the extra storage and speed can increase the working life of your Mac by years.
Right-Sized for Work and Play
The smaller stock SSDs for Mac can fill up quickly, especially with photo and video files, games, or even your email. Aura N SSDs are available in capacities up to 1TB, giving you more space to work and play. Newly calibrated to use less power and run cooler, Aura N is the best way to upgrade your PCIe equipped Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks Compatibility
Aura N SSD upgrades are precisely engineered for your Mac laptop, so you'll never 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 great performance of flash storage with up to 8 times the capacity of the original drive.
7% Over Provisioning
OWC SSDs perform maintenance tasks in the background that optimize the health, performance, and endurance of your drive. These jobs take advantage of available, unwritten areas on the SSD. Aura N storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. Always. With this allocated free space, Aura N SSDs can perform these normal maintenance tasks making your drive more stable, dependable, and ultimately a safer place to store your data.
Quality That Lasts
Aura N SSDs are proudly designed in Austin and are backed by a lifetime of free, award-winning US-based support.

Includes

  • (1) Solid-state Drive
  • 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Product Specifications

Specifications
  • Capacity
    • 960GB Useable Capacity
    • Total Flash Memory Components: 1024GB
    • 64GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
  • Formatted Capacity
    • 894 GiB
  • Form Factor
    • Custom Blade
  • Interface
    • PCIe 3.1 X2, NVMe 1.2
  • Format
  • Controller
    • Phison E8 with 7% over-provisioning
  • NAND Flash Components
    • Synchronous Triple-Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND Flash
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
    • Up to 32 simultaneous commands
  • RoHS Compliant
    • Yes
  • Reach Certification
    • Yes
Performance
  • Random 4K Read
    • Up to 200,000 IOPS
  • Random 4K Write
    • Up to 180,000 IOPS
  • Sequential Read (Max)
    • Up to 1599 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (Max)
    • Up to 1104 MB/s
  • Average Access Time
    • <0.1 ms
Reliability
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    • 1,500,000 hours
  • TRIM Support
    • OS Dependent
  • Error Correction
    • Built-in ECC
Compatibility
  • Mac OS Compatibility
    • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Other Requirements
    • Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
Power
  • Read Mode (Max)
    • Up to 1.19 Watts
  • Write Mode (Max)
    • Up to 1.19 Watts
  • Seek Mode (Max)
    • Up to 1.19 Watts
  • Idle Mode (Max)
    • Up to 0.16 Watts
Physical
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 0.2 cm (0.1 in)
    • Length: 8.9 cm (3.5 in)
    • Width: 2.4 cm (0.9 in)
  • Weight
    • 7.0 g (0.02 lbs)
Environmental
  • Ambient Temperature
    • Operating: 32°F to 158°F (0°C to 70°C)
    • Non-Operating: -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Altitude
    • Operating: -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
    • Non-Operating: -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Shock
    • Non-Operating: 1500 G max at 0.5 ms
Acoustics
  • Idle (Typical)
    • 0.0 bels
  • Seek (Typical)
    • 0.0 bels

Notes

  • Notes: Installing an Aura N SSD in a HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014) Macmini7,1 requires additional tools and hardware. For a complete installation solution, see Aura N SSD Add-On Kits for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current).
  • Some customers have reported an issue related to Apple NVMe resources that occurs when attempting to wake some Mac models from "Standby Mode" (a lesser known macOS "Sleep" behavior). If you experience this issue, please see this article for more details.
  • The Aura N is a PCIe 3.1 x2 NVMe SSD capable of performing up to 1600MB/s. Performance can vary depending on many factors, including the Mac model and its drive bus specifications. Please check the compatibility section and the detailed specs for your Mac model’s drive bus specifications.
  • Sequential read/write (max) performance numbers are based on testing with AJA System Test (4K-Full resolution, 64GB file size, 16bit RGBA codec, single file and file per frame tests) on a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro11,4).
  • Not compatible with Apple Boot Camp on MacBookPro11,1 or MacBookAir6,1 or MacBookAir6,2
  • When upgrading from an AHCI SSD used in some older Mac models (2013-2014), you may observe a slight increase in boot times. Read the Knowledge Base article to learn more.
Manufacturer provided specifications for OWC p/n OWCS3DAB2MB10
Note: Installing an Aura N SSD in a HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014) Macmini7,1 requires additional tools and hardware. For a complete installation solution, see Aura N SSD Add-On Kits for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current).
This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,5
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,4
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Early 2015)
(March, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro12,1
2.7GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.1GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.8GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,1
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2014)
(October, 2014)
Model ID: Macmini7,1
1.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
OWC Helios
Accelsior 1A
Apple Factory SSD
PCIe Adapter Card

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: JZKY Location: Portland, OR Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product, Fast Installation, Fast SSD December 3, 2020 My 2015 Retina MBP recently yelled at me for getting dangerously close to filling up my 240GB SSD. I took advantage of the Cyber Week deal to double my storage and turn my old SSD into an external drive. The installation was quick and the performance on the new SSD is super solid. This is a great way to extend the life of one of my favorite laptops ever. I highly recommend this SSD and the Envoy enclosure.

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Reviewer: Pennsy Location: Lexington KY Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 100% amazing solution! November 25, 2020 The process of replacing my storage and migrating data could not have been simpler! This kit contained every single tool required for installation. I don't know when I have made such and easy, trouble-free upgrade to a computer. I could not be more please and satisfied, and will happily recommend OWC.

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Reviewer: Knight55 Location: Chicago Suburb Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Reasonably Fast & Power Efficient Drive October 12, 2020 I purchased this hard drive for use in a late 2013 MacBook Pro 15 inch version. I was able to install this drive without any problems. This hard drive is slightly faster then the OEM drive and is also power efficient. I can run my laptop on battery power (new battery) for about 8 hours when using it for basic business applications. I also did not experience the hibernate issue. Maybe Apple has fixed the hibernate issue in their latest version of macOS Catalina. I did install macOS Catalina from scratch and performed a data migration afterwards from a time machine backup. I would recommend this hard drive to a friend.

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Reviewer: Shafiq Location: Singapore Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Tech support was on the dot! August 20, 2019 Had the issue of the SSD not being detected by my macbook pro. Tech support skillfully helped me out and i managed to install everything safely and successfully.

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