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250GB Aura Pro 6G
SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade

for 2012 Macbook Air
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 11" model only offering a 64GB SSD or the base 13" model offering just a 128GB SSD, installing an Aura Pro 6G SSD is the best enhancement for the 2012 MacBook Air. 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 Air models:
  • Increase capacity up to 16x the 11-inch base model
  • Increase capacity up to 8x the 13-inch base model
  • Get write speeds up to 495MB/s, 27% faster than factory original*
  • Get read speeds up to 530MB/s, 9.5% 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 Air. 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 256GB SSD in a 2012 MBA i7 2.0GHz by Bare Feats. Sequential write speeds of 388MB/s, read speeds of 484MB/s.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch 2012)
Education Model
(July, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.7GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,2
1.86GHz, 2.13GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,1
1.4GHz, 1.6GHz

Includes

  • Aura Pro SSD

NOTE: unless you own or have access to a Pentalobe compatible driver and a Torx T5 screwdriver, or bought a Aura/Envoy bundle which includes these tools, you will need to purchase the MacBook Air 2010-2012 SSD Installation Kit.

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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
SMART Attributes
Standard
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCS3DAP2A6G250
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
3.00mm (0.118″)
Width (max)
24.00mm (0.945″)
Length (max)
109.00mm (4.291″)
Weight (typical)
10g (0.022 lbs.)

Reliability3

ECC Recovery
Yes
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
MTBF
1500000 hours
Endurance
75TBW (Terabytes Written)

Performance

Average Access Time
<0.1 ms
Sustained
Reads (up to)
530MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
495MB/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

Read Power
2.1W
Write Power
2.1W
Idle Power
0.1W

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C
Relative Humidity
5% to 95%

Environmental (Non-Operating)

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 S3DAP2A6G250 UPC#: 810586031448

Reviews

2012 Storage Visions Visionary Award Finalist
2012 Storage Visions Visionary Award Finalist

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 58 out of 63 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: ShyHornet-68073
Rating: 5/5 PERFECT June 1, 2021 The Product selection was made easy and accurate since I installed and it worked perfectly. Delivery as promissed. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED...

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: GentleGuppy-79089
Rating: 5/5 Great new hardware for old machine. May 10, 2021 My old HD cooked itself (literally) and the machine stopped working. After diagnosing the problem, I found this hard drive and ordered it. Cheap 2-day shipping was a huge plus. I got the drive and kit and had my computer running again within an hour. The torx and pentalobe drivers were key to dismantling the MacBook Air. The external drive Bay case would have been great for getting my old data if the drive has functioned at all. Thanks!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: EagerReindeer-82415
Rating: 5/5 Works great. Perfect fit for the machine specified. April 29, 2021 Thank you! So nice to not have to order an adaptor and worry about fit through amazon. Apple recommended you and they made the right call. (We replaced a dead SSD in a 2011 Macbook Air)

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: SoerenDK
Rating: 5/5 The best for my Mac April 25, 2021 Buying and receiving was top class. Installation was easy and my Mac is way better than before.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Andrew_Ring
Rating: 5/5 Breathed new life into my Mac! April 24, 2021 Being able to increase my MacBook's hard drive capacity was a game changer! The Aura seems to perform a little bit faster than the Apple stock SSD. Very happy about that! Not to mention, the Envoy Upgrade Kit is the perfect solution for making use of the Apple SSD so that I can repurpose the SSD for other means. The Envoy is made of aluminum and matches the sleek style of the MacBook Air. It's like the prefect companion to the MacBook Air for external hard drive's! So, worth the extra money. Highly recommend!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: martinheinsdorf
Rating: 5/5 Doubled my SSD and rescued my laptop April 24, 2021 My 512 GB MacBook Air 2012 SSD was almost filled up, and it was sooo inconvenient to move large files to an external drive, so I was very happy when I saw this 1TB upgrade. Now I have over 500GB available. It's like getting a whole new computer. I restored the OS and all my apps and data from an external Time Machine backup flawlessly. I had previously upgraded the MacBook Air from the factory original 254 GB to the 512 GB SSD from OWC. Currently, OWC's web site warns that their Envoy enclosure only works with ORIGINAL Apple SSDs, but I was able to put the OWC 512 GB SSD into the enclosure and use it. So now I have both large-capacity external SSD drives. I still run Mohave for compatibility with old peripherals. The mechanical work took about 30 minutes and the instruction videos were easy to understand. The computer definitely runs faster now.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: boy4ksa Location: Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 amazing SSD July 5, 2020 I bought it because my mac was 60 GB, so i changed to 250 GB!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: NewAgain Location: Arizona Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Finally enough space July 4, 2020 My 2012 MacBook Air’s hard drive had been maxed out for several years. Was constantly having to delete stuff or off load it onto a hard drive in a near daily battle. I thought it was hopeless. Saw the OWC video on swapping out a hard drive. Seemed simple enough even for me, who does not much like technology. Now with a terabyte of storage I’ve got new OS and software and tons of storage.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: ShayneP Location: West Palm Beach, Fla Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy as 1, 2, 3 October 3, 2019 Doing business with Macsales is always a pleasure, they make the process so simple. I highly recommend the full installation kit, the included tools alone are worth the extra money. The SSD drive works just like it should!!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: CADdude Location: Lubbock, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 This was as the battery, a simple and quick fix. August 18, 2019 I replaced the battery in my mac with an OWC and this SSD upgrade was just as simple and was pleased with both. Now I have an extra 250 GB external drive

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: mike342701 Location: Romania Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 SSD MacBook Air mid 2012 April 11, 2019 Today has arrived. Good quality, perfect package and wrapper.Thank you. You're the best. Mihai Anastasescu, Romania

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 250GB OWC Aura Pro 6Gb/s SSD + OWC Envoy Upgrade Kit for MacBook Air (2012).

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Reviewer: ZachP Location: Houston, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 My MacBook Air has been resurrected! March 6, 2019 Perfect upgrade for my MacBook Air. It is now working much faster than ever. Instructional videos were quite helpful and it was super easy to install. Quick shipment and great customer service!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: JohnK Location: Adelaide, South Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Our 11" MacAir has life again October 21, 2018 Thanks you so much OWC, Our 11" MacBook Air now has a decent 1TB of SSD disk space. It now being used in the office, especially when traveling on the plane. Thanks again.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: nbiaboy Location: Arizona Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 perfect SSD upgrade October 12, 2018 The perfect upgrade for my MacBook Air.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Rick92262 Location: Palm Springs, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Super easy upgrade March 14, 2018 The read/write speeds aren't noticeably faster, but this was an easy to accomplish upgrade as I reached the limits on my factory 128G SSD. Video and printed documentation was good, and the enclosure for the original Apple SSD adds value and provides convenient and quick external storage.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: JRMATL Location: ATL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Mac Book Air Solid State Drive March 1, 2018 Awesome quality part. Fast and easy ordering online

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

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Reviewer: MikeB6 Experience Level: IT Professional
Rating: 5/5 Worked Perfect! January 30, 2018 It was easy to format and install!

This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: garagepunk65 Location: Indianapolis Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Super easy upgrade with instant results January 15, 2018 Fantastic kit with excellent video instructions. Took 10 minutes, tops. Probably the easiest upgrade I have ever done. Excellent documentation, great quality hardware that looks like it will stand the test of time .

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Richardhc Location: Nounea New Caledonia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 2/5 Envoy does not accept the OWC drive October 22, 2017 Beware, the Envoy SSD enclosure does NOT accept the OWC SSD drive that comes with this kit. The Envoy Enclosure only works with the original Apple drive. I have no idea why - it makes no sense at all.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Response from OWC, Call Center November 9, 2017 I am very sorry to hear if there was any confusion regarding the compatibility between the Aura SSD and Envoy enclosure. The Envoy enclosure was designed specifically for the stock Apple SSD and may not function with the Aura SSD installed. We do have this listed on our site, so I do apologize if this was not clear before purchasing. I am glad to hear that the Aura SSD is working well for you though!
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Reviewer: StanR Location: Ocean Isle, NC Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect upgrade October 18, 2017 Upgraded my MacBook Air drive. It was easy to do. The instructions were great. Everything worked like a charm.

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

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Reviewer: PhilGRichland Location: Richland Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Setup March 31, 2017 The SSD came when I expected, the installation of the SSD was simple. As was putting the old SSD in the enclosure. The re-installation of the OS worked flawlessly. Great product.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: azmiper Location: Cyberjaya Malaysia Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Recomended to all February 2, 2017 good product with super easy to install. very straightforward process and with instruction video very helpful.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ottawa, Ontario Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade May 13, 2016 The excellent instruction video made installation a snap. It's nice to be able to use the old SSD as an external USB drive. I did the recommended network system install and migrated from a Carbon Copy Cloner disk without a hitch.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Flawless So Far January 24, 2016 My wife received a MacBook Air as a gift. It had a laughably small 60GB SSD. I immediately ordered this more reasonably sized drive. Installation was easy and the drive performs flawlessly.

Plus, I now have a fast, compact external drive which I use for multiple purposes.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Replacement January 15, 2016 Replacement for the original 256 GB unit. No problem installing it (with the assistance of the OWC- video), transfer of data no issue. Unit lasted for 2 years and was replaced by the 1 TB unit and now serves as storage for my movie collection.Fast, reliable, great substitute!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

OWC 250GB Aura™ Pro 6G
SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade
Mfr P/N: S3DAP2A6G250 OWC SKU: OWCS3DAP2A6G250 For 2012 MacBook Air. High performance internal flash storage featuring lower power consumption & improved reliability! 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $89.99OWC Price $79.00
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