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250GB Aura Pro 6G
Solid-State Drive

For 2012 to Early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display
High Performance Internal Flash Storage Upgrade
Designed for Mac
Once again, OWC provides Mac users an upgrade path that delivers phenomenal performance, functionality, and reliability! Whether it's for the base 13" model only offering a 128GB SSD or the base 15" model offering just a 256GB SSD, installing an Aura Pro 6G SSD is the best enhancement for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Just like other OWC upgrades, we include a free 'how-to' video to make this an easy and money-saving DIY upgrade.
More Speed, More Capacity for MacBook Air
OWC Aura Pro SSDs provide a noticeable increase in performance over the factory SSDs for all MacBook Pro with Retina display models:
  • Increase capacity up to 16x the 13-inch base models
  • Increase capacity up to 8x the 15-inch base models
  • Get write speeds up to 500MB/s, 26% faster than factory original*
  • Get read speeds up to 530MB/s, 8.6% faster than factory original*
Better by Design
OWC redesigned its 3rd generation of OWC Aura Pro 6G SSDs with premium 3D NAND Flash and the latest controller technology to operate cooler and consume less power, resulting in improved battery life for your MacBook Pro. OWC SSDs are engineered to be the best for Mac, undergoing a rigorous multi-stage lab testing process to deliver absolute reliability at maximum performance long into the future.
  • SLC caching algorithm accelerates burst performance
  • Global wear leveling algorithm automatically distributes data evenly and manages program/erase count, maximizing SSD lifespan
  • Data refresh technology ensures data integrity, gradually refreshing data across the SSD over time
  • ECC protection combines LDPC hard and soft decoding with advanced algorithm to detect and correct errors throughout the entire SSD data path
  • Advanced security protocols support AES 128/256-bit full-drive encryption
*Based on sequential speed testing of original stock 512GB SSD tested by Bare Feats. Sequential write speeds of 395MB/s, read speeds of 488MB/s.

250GB Aura™ Pro 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Form Factor
Custom Blade
Interface
SATA 6Gb/s
Capacity1
243GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 250GB
7GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
226GiB
NAND
Triple-Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND Flash
Controller
Silicon Motion SM2258 with 7% Over Provisioning
SMART Attributes
Standard
Native Command Queuing
Yes
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCS3DAP12R250
RAID Support
No
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
3.00mm (0.118″)
Width (max)
32.00mm (1.260″)
Length (max)
88.00mm (3.465″)
Weight (typical)
10g (0.35 oz.)

Reliability3

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
1,500,000 hours
Endurance
75TB total bytes written (TBW)
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery
Security
ATA security feature command set and password login support
TRIM Support
OS Dependent
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1015 bits read

Performance

Average Access Time
<0.1 ms
Sequential
Reads (up to)
530MB/s
Sequential
Writes (up to)
494MB/s
Random 4K Read
Up to 60,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write
Up to 74,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Write Power
2.1 Watts
Read Power
2.1 Watts
Idle Power
0.1 Watts

Environmental (Operating)

Shock
1500G / 0.5ms
Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C
Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
5% to 95%

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Shock
1500G / 0.5ms
Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°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.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAP12R250 UPC#: 810586031400

Video

15" MacBook Pro SSD install


13" MacBook Pro SSD Install
This product 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

Reviews

Warranty

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5 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 59 out of 61 (97%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Baltimore, Maryland Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Priced for maximum value February 17, 2013 I was an early adopter. I ordered mine the day the ENVOY PRO was made available. Because I was an early adopter, I had to wait for a while but boy was it worth the wait! I've been using the drive for a month, now. It's been amazing. It's about 110MB/s FASTER than the original drive. Read and write speed, both. It's hundreds of dollars cheaper than Apple's offering of 512GB for $800. The OWC drive also has 512GB but 32GB is set to cache, so you have a faster, and more reliable experience. This is a big deal, for those of you who don't know how it works. You cannot just take a regular drive and pay to have part of it used as cache. Not the way it works. OWC has done this for you and used a SandForce controller for maximum speed and reliability. I like Samsung's modern tech but THIS... the OWC drive... this is the way to go! Speed, reliability and it's MADE IN AMERICA. What more could you want?

That brings me to the Envoy Pro. Fast, reliable and great for the Samsung drive that came with the Retina. It was easy to install the OWC drive, and easy to install the Samsung drive into the Envoy. It looks great. It's light. It works great as a Time Machine drive, or as a good ole fashion External Drive. THIS is a GREAT value! And it extends the life of your Retina, as well as the resale value! So this is actually an investment.

My name is Ken Weaver, I used to work as the assistant manager of the IT department for a satellite campus under John Hopkins University. Since the campus was sold to American Career Institute, I've remained a power user for the last two years, and I render High Def camcorder footage for local music bands.

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..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: United Kingdom Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Brilliant service January 24, 2013 I ordered this upgrade on January 21 and it reached me in the UK 3 days later. Everything in the package is as described online, so you can buy with confidence, and the installation videos are a great help. The only thing to note is that the internal screws in the Macbook Pro 13" Retina are Torx 6, so the Torx 5 screwdriver included in the kit is no use for these screws, but you still need it for the Envoy screws

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..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oregon Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Blazing Fast .5 TB December 27, 2012 It's my first new laptop in some time with the 13" Retina MBP. While it was a step to put down the money, the Aura Pro was still cheaper than the manufacturer's option for the amount of storage, and I'm so very glad I did it. Booting and access to files, games, etc. has been beautifully fast.

My one caveat is that the drive did require some very minor filing of the square corners to get it to fit properly in the drive bay. My nail file did the trick and it fit snugly. The video is also for the MacBook Air and, while close enough, didn't mention this part. Simplest (if only) upgrade one can do on the Retina MBPs.

Looking forward to the Envoy enclosure too. Still not out yet.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: johnb Location: Florida Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product, but no enclosure for the old drive... October 28, 2012 I bought that after reading a review. The SSD itself was delivered promptly, installed easily (from a Time Machine backup) and works great.

Just beware, they DID NOT deliver the drive enclosure for the old SSD drive and have not responded to my inquiries on it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing October 29, 2012 The OWC Evnoy Pro enclosure is estimated as Late 2012 for availability. The free enclosure offer was for purchases made before September 30th, 2012 and the enclosure will be shipped out once it is available. For purchases after that date, the Envoy Pro will be offered as a separate purchase once the product itself is released.
OWC 250GB Aura™ Pro 6G
Solid-State Drive for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012 - Early 2013)
Mfr P/N: S3DAP12R250 OWC SKU: OWCS3DAP12R250 High performance internal flash storage. 3rd generation, late 2018 model. Improved performance & lower power consumption for longer battery life. 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $89.99OWC Price $79.00
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