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Aura Pro X2
1.0TB NVMe SSD Add-on Solution
for HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014)

Complete add-on kit with installation tools and components
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 808MB/s and write speeds of 773MB/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, 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.
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.

1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD for Mac mini (Late 2014) 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
OWCS3DAPT4MM10K
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 808MB/s
Sequential Write (Max)
up to 773MB/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

  • 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) on a 2014 Mac mini (Macmini7,1).
  • 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 Other World Computing p/n S3DAPT4MM10K UPC#: 810586032193

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Note: Installing an Aura N SSD in a HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014) that came with a factory-installed SSD or Fusion drive does not require the additional hardware included in this kit. See Aura N SSD Add-On Kits for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current) for additional installation options.
This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2014)
(October, 2014)
Model ID: Macmini7,1
1.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz

Includes

  • (1) Aura Pro X2 SSD
  • (1) Torx T8 Driver
  • (1) Torx T6S Driver
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (3) Installation Components
  • (1) Installation Guide for Mac mini (2014)

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Reviewer: LowerEastSider Location: Milwaukee, WI Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works well August 30, 2020 I recently bought a 2014 Mac mini (2.8 Ghz i5 processor, 8gb ram, 1TB Apple Fusion drive) that ran way slower than I had expected. I replaced the Fusion SSD with the Aura Pro X2 SSD and the computer now works well.

The installation took only a matter of minutes. This is a good option for someone who does not want to take their whole computer apart to access the main hard drive. The Aura X2 was a little bit more expensive but I did not have to spend my whole weekend taking apart my computer and risking damaging it.

The only tricky part was splitting the Apple Fusion drive from the 1TB hard drive before I installed the new Aura X2 drive. I did this by reformatting each disk in Apple's Disk Utility program, which caused them to appear as two separate disks.. I didn't think this would work, but it did. I did not need the Fusion capability because the Aura X2 I purchased had more than enough capacity for the operating system and all my files.

On a 2014 Mac Mini equipped with a Fusion drive, you just remove the Apple Pcie fusion card and replace it with the Aura X2. For models without the Fusion drive, OWC sells an adapter cable and socket that plugs into the computer logic board..

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Reviewer: JoeJoeJoe Location: Des Moines Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 So far, so great! August 22, 2020 I watched the instructional video on OWC and then did exactly what they told me to do when my kit arrived. It took just a couple minutes to do. My 2014 mac mini is sooooo much faster. No waiting for apps to open; just a few seconds to boot. Hardest part was getting the dust out. For the record, my old mac mini only had a 500gb 5400rpm hdd and 4 gigs of ram. This new SSD add-on was perfect to make this machine last a few more years and being enjoyable every time I turn it on.

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Reviewer: RealZoef Location: Gent, Belgium Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fast install, works perfectly August 12, 2020 Installation took just a few minutes with the video instructions. My Mac Mini took 5 minutes to boot before and now 10 seconds. Package arrived in just 48 hours, great !

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Reviewer: MTOD Location: Plainfield, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great for a 2014 Mac Mini July 3, 2020 Bought a 2014 Mac Mini from Apple back in 2016. I upgraded the RAM, but cheaped out on the hard drive and suffered through a stock 5400 rpm for almost four years. No more! This kit allowed me to easily install a 1TB SSD, and yet also keep my old 5400 rpm stock internal drive for Time Machine back ups. It's a great system, I've had it for almost 3 months, everything works way faster, no problems, no hiccups. I'm very happy!!!

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Reviewer: slytois Location: Denver, Colorado Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Like a brand new Mac April 28, 2020 Holy mackerel! I have a new computer. This thing was super easy to install and made my 2014 Mac mini like a brand new computer. Ran some benchmark tests, and I’m getting 768mb/s. My old hard drive is 82mb/s. It’s night and day. Thank you! Wish I had done this upgrade a long time ago.

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Reviewer: DCanuck Location: Toronto, ON Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 So easy, it’s crazy March 6, 2020 This process is so easy, it’s surprising. At one point I though I had messed up, I hadn’t. So easy. The provided tools have also improved since I last purchased from OWC. Highly recommend.

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Reviewer: TKPGH Location: Pittsburgh, PA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 WOW - what an upgrade! August 21, 2019 I am a long time customer of OWC, but my recent experience with this product search was especially terrific. My 2014 Mac Mini has limited upgrade opportunities, but it was slowing to a crawl and I assumed it was RAM (I have the 8MB soldered version) or the hard drive - or a combination of the two - that was to blame. Not knowing the best options, I spoke to a chat representative about SSD drives. I didn't even realize that there would be a quick update to the Mini using this "blade" style SSD. I was fully prepared to pull the Mini apart, but the replacement of the 2.5" drive is a LOT of work. Adding this SSD was incredibly easy thanks to the video installation guide and included tools, and I'm so pleased it was recommended as an option. My old drive sometimes took 30 minutes to boot, so I knew it was a problem. Even when new, it took at least 5 minutes to boot. With this new drive? 25 SECONDS and I'm ready to work. It's amazing. Everything is faster, from opening files and folders to running apps. It's night and day. Thanks again OWC for a great recommendation!

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