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Aura Pro X2
1.0TB NVMe SSD Upgrade Solution
for MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display (Late 2013 - Mid 2015) and MacBook Air (Mid 2013 -Mid 2017)

Mac
Complete Internal Flash/SSD Drive Upgrade Kit with Tools & OWC Envoy Pro Enclosure
Your Mac. More Space. Twice as Fast.
Keep On Innovating
Tight deadlines, long nights, and terabytes of media – your Mac has been with you through it all. If storage is tight, there's no reason to ditch the Mac you know and love. The Aura® Pro X2 SSD gives you up to 16 times more space and the speed to keep up with your imagination today and tomorrow. Upgrade your Mac with Aura Pro X2 SSD for a fraction of the cost of a new model and keep your Mac running for years.
Blazing Fast and Super Cool
Aura Pro X2 combines speed, stamina, and efficiency that will change the way you experience your Mac. With read speeds reaching 3194MB/s and write speeds of 2488MB/s, the 1.0TB Aura Pro X2 is up to twice as fast as the original SSDs, delivering performance on par with the latest models. It runs cooler and consumes less power than earlier SSD models, so you can run at peak for longer than ever.
Maintain Your Edge
When it's go time, getting off the line and maintaining a high level of performance are equally important. Aura Pro X2 is engineered with advanced SLC caching, providing instant full-speed write acceleration, meaning those media projects and games stream fluidly and respond without lag time. You might even forget what that beachball looks like.
Continuous Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 is designed for the latest macOS versions (macOS High Sierra 10.13 and later), taking full advantage of the advanced features of APFS including: strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.
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 Pro X2 SSDs are available in capacities up to 2TB, giving you more space to work and play. Newly calibrated to use less power and run cooler, Aura Pro X2 is the best way to upgrade your PCIe equipped Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage 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 16 times the capacity of the factory-installed drive.
High-Performance + High-Style
Your upgrade should be a seamless experience. That's why Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, the beautifully designed, high-performance SSD enclosure to reimagine your original PCIe-based flash drive.

When you remove your original flash SSD, it fits perfectly into Envoy Pro so you can transfer all your data to the new Aura Pro X2 inside your laptop. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac's original flash SSD as a fast, external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 426MB/s.
7% Over Provisioning
OWC SSDs perform maintenance tasks in the background that optimize the health, performance, and endurance of your flash drive. These jobs take advantage of available, unwritten areas on the SSD. Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. Always. 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.
Quality That Lasts
Aura Pro X2 SSDs are proudly designed in Austin and are backed by a lifetime of free, award-winning USA-based support.
Important Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with select Apple Flash SSDs from most 2013 to 2015 Mac models. Do NOT attempt to install or use an OWC Aura, Aura Pro, Aura Pro X or Aura Pro X2 SSD in the Envoy Pro as you can damage the OWC SSD, enclosure, or both. Such damage is not covered under warranty.

Please Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is not compatible with stock Apple Toshiba drives. Please see the Knowledge Base article on Envoy Pro (PCIe): Apple Stock Drive Compatibility for further details.

1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
Silicon Motion SM2262EN Series Processor with 7% over-provisioning
NAND
3D TLC Synchronous NAND Flash
Form Factor
Custom blade
Interface
PCIe 3.1 x4, NVMe 1.3
Capacity
960GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components: 1024GB
64 GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
Formatted Capacity
894GiB
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCS3DAPT4MB10
OS Requirements
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Host Requirements
Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
2.6mm (0.102″)
Width (max)
22.0mm (0.866″)
Length (max)
89.0mm (3.504″)
Weight
8.0g (0.28oz)

Reliability

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
1,500,000
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery
Endurance
450TB total bytes written (TBW)
TRIM Support
OS Dependent

Performance

Average Access Time
<0.1 ms
Sequential Read (Max)
up to 3194MB/s
Sequential Write (Max)
up to 2488MB/s

Power

Read Power
5.7 W
Write Power
5.7 W
Seek Power
5.7 W
Idle Power
0.3 W

Environmental (Operating)

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

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

Notes

  • 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. 
  • In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity if shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  • The Aura Pro X2 is a high performance PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe SSD capable of performing in excess of 3000MB/s in Macs with PCIe3.0 x4 SSD slot. 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, file per frame test) 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.


Envoy Pro Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • OS X 10.3 or later
    • Windows XP or later
    • Linux OS with support for USB 3.0
  • Driver
    • Driver not required

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring USB 3.0 interface

Bootability

  • Any Mac that supports booting via USB

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) USB 3.0 Micro-B (PLX USB 3380)

Performance

  • Up to 500 MB/s Read and Write
  • Note(s)
    • Speeds will vary based on drives used, setup, and other factors.

Power

  • Operation
    • Bus-powered via USB port
  • Note(s)
    • Requires USB 3.0 standard powered port. USB 2.0 use not supported or recommended.

Environment

  • Environmental (Operating)
    • Altitude -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Ambient Temperature Non-Operating: 41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C)
    • Altitude -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)

Dimensions

  • Height: 0.4 in (1.0 cm)
  • Width: 2.1 in (5.3 cm)
  • Length: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)

Weight (without drive)

  • 3.4 oz (96.4 g)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAPT4MB10K UPC#: 810586032032

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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

Includes

  • (1) Aura Pro X2 SSD
  • (1) Tools
  • (1) Envoy Pro Enclosure
  • (1) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A to Micro-B cable)
  • (1) Envoy Pro Carrying Case
  • (1) Envoy Pro User Guide
  • (1) Installation Guide for MacBook Air (Mid-2013 - 2017), MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 - Mid 2015)

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 54 out of 57 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: MistyManatee-30329
Rating: 4/5 June 10, 2021 Directions out of the box were confusing, online directions not much better, but it all worked well in the end!

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Response from OWC, Support June 10, 2021 MistyManatee-30 We are so sorry for any confusion with the included directions and that the online instructions were helpful.
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Reviewer: MinamSLC
Rating: 5/5 Excellent experience June 7, 2021 I received my purchase on time, no complaints at all.

I loved the walk-through installation videos.

The support help desk was very knowledgable and helped fix the issues I ran into.

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Reviewer: SmilingCaterpillar-9540
Rating: 5/5 Amazeballs June 4, 2021 I contacted the sales Dept with the Online chat and they ci firmed what I wanted would work with my laptop. I received it. Followed the I line video and written instructions. And presto. Perfect!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: BobS-C
Rating: 4/5 Wish for more directions June 2, 2021 I followed the directions that came with the SSD, but when I turned my MacBookAir back on, it did not recognize the SSD. I tried all kinds of things, and after 3 hours it started working. No idea what was wrong, or why it is now OK. I managed to recover about 60% of my old system by first recovering using a Time Machine backup, which stopped about 60% of the way. Then re-installing Mojave, which worked and did not delete what I had recovered. The rest I have recovered manually, file-by-file and folder-by-folder, by digging around inside the Time Machine backup. No idea why the backup did not work 100%. The directions that came in the package only told me how to physically install the SSD. No help at all with the software side. Thanks to NewEggs install video, and may sites I found via google, All is now working. I bought the extra toolkit, which was handy, but my old SSD is not operable in the included case.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: quickuse
Rating: 5/5 Easiest Upgraded EVER !!! May 25, 2021 With this 2TB Drive (and my 512MB SSD all but full) formatting and transfer took a long time. But still it was effortless using Time Machine backup to transfer to the new drive. This does use substantially more power, but since 90% of the time the notebook is plugged in (and never taken on the road) this does not matter for me. I would upgrade with OWC again in a heartbeat ;-)

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Reviewer: GlamorousKangaroo-98705
Rating: 5/5 Awesome and Fast! May 21, 2021 I love my new 2TB drive, it’s revived my MacBook and given it new life!

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Reviewer: DavidThompson
Rating: 5/5 Good quality May 18, 2021 Easy to replace with the supplied tools and kit. Transfer of data went great. Love your products.

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Reviewer: ToughTurkey-1209
Rating: 5/5 So far, quite good! May 13, 2021 Instructions were clear and the drive works exactly as expected.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Rickyd651914
Rating: 5/5 Mid 2014 MacBook Pro May 5, 2021 I did it myself and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Saved myself $160

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Reviewer: xdrbobx
Rating: 5/5 Great Company - Excellent Products April 30, 2021 I have purchased a number of products from MacSales / OWC over the years. Good dependable company with solid products. Always exceeded my expectations.

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Reviewer: ProudSeahorse-45805
Rating: 5/5 Nice upgrade April 29, 2021 Fast and Easy to install.

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Reviewer: MysteriousWhale-71438
Rating: 5/5 Recent purchase from MacSales April 27, 2021 very good, reasonable pricing and good service

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Reviewer: ClearBat-21842
Rating: 5/5 It worked April 26, 2021 The install of the upgrade worked very well and caused no problems. I am currently using the MacBook Air to full capacity.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: CleverBee-53791
Rating: 1/5 not happy April 26, 2021 This upgrade has my macbook running slow. It takes longer to boot up now. An get really hot.

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Reviewer: WanderingFrog-9905
Rating: 5/5 I bought A hard drive April 26, 2021 It was a hard drive that holds much information.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: CloudyMoth-37474
Rating: 5/5 Worked like a charm April 24, 2021 Easy install and worked perfectly

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: CuriousMouse-75583
Rating: 5/5 Incredibly easy upgrade. April 24, 2021 I did not know what was going on when I had to restart the laptop a few times as the new OS installed itself, but that's between me and Apple.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: EasyGopher-4688
Rating: 5/5 Flawless April 24, 2021 Best upgrade ever! So easy to do, and performs amazing. I’ve been thinking about upgrading another machine that doesn’t even need it since it was so straightforward.

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Reviewer: TalentedShark-27258
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade April 24, 2021 Easy upgrade. Great Vslue

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: NiceSwift-13186
Rating: 5/5 Great choice April 24, 2021 Went from 250gb to 1tb, install was super simple too. Kinda a no brainer when you are running out of space

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: kskirtz-39396
Rating: 5/5 Great MacBook Air upgrade! April 23, 2021 I wanted more storage for my MacBook Air and bought your unit for a great price. It was an easy replacement and I really enjoy the larger storage ability.

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Reviewer: jmussmon
Rating: 5/5 Did what it said April 23, 2021 Easy install the computer did the rest It was all goo

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Reviewer: 2015MacBookAirUser Location: Des Moines, Iowa Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent in all regards November 28, 2020 This is a very easy upgrade if you have some patience and follow the directions exactly as they say. I had to restart a few times in recovery mode before my MacBook Air Early 2015 would boot in Big Sur. Then I was able to reformat the new OWC SSD and proceed with the migration from my Time Machine backup. Really happy with this product and feels good to breathe some new life into what I think is still a decent machine.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: JoshM Location: Trinidad, CA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 1/5 Terrible Customer Service after being sold incompatible device October 16, 2020 This is a first negative review of OWC for me, after using many of their products over the years. I purchased the 1.0TB AuraX2 SSD to upgrade my MacBook Pro 12,1 (Early 2015) and planned to put my current Apple 500GB SSD into the Envoy Pro enclosure. Bottom line... the SSD is not compatible, despite it being listed as so to this very day. The Apple SSD is physically compatible, and works for a period of time before the disk being unmountable. After suffering this 4-5 times I contacted them to find out what was going on. They have thus far refused to offer me an alternative solution that will work with my Apple SSD as claimed.

Response from OWC, CESSM October 20, 2020 Thank you for choosing OWC for your technical needs. As noted on all of our product pages, there are certain incompatibilities with the Envoy enclosure and the stock Apple drive. You can read details on this here: https://eshop.macsales.com/Service/Knowledgebase/Article/26/788/Envoy-Pro-PCIe-Apple-SSD-Compatibility I do see here that on 10/14/2020, a refund RMA was set up for you to send that enclosure in for refund, since the drive is one considered incompatible. If you have any questions please contact us via one of the following methods: Phone 1-800-275-4576 or +1-815-338-8685 Customer Service/Sales & Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday (9am-5pm CT) - Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Customer Service/Sales - Monday-Friday (7am-10pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm CT)
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Reviewer: Knight55 Location: Chicago Suburb Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Fast Drive That Uses More Power Then OEM October 12, 2020 I purchased this hard drive for a late 2013 MacBook Pro 15 inch. I was able to install it and transfer the OS from the old hard drive to the new hard drive without any issues. I noticed the following two things about this drive after using it for a few days: it is about twice as fast as the original drive and it uses significantly more power then the original drive. If you care about having a longer battery life then I recommend that you purchase the Aura N hard drive as it uses significantly less power and is slightly faster then the original hard drive. If you never use your laptop on battery power then this is a good choice for you. I returned this drive and purchased the Aura N, because it is more suitable for my laptop and my needs.

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