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Aura N2
480GB NVMe SSD Add-In Solution for HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014)

Complete add-in kit with installation tools and components
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 N2 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 804MB/s write speeds up to 768MB/s, giving your Mac the power to run like new again.
Sprints and Marathons
Aura N2 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 N2 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 N2 is the best way to upgrade your PCIe equipped Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks Compatibility
Aura N2 SSD 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 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 N2 storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. Always. With this allocated free space, Aura N2 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 N2 SSDs are proudly designed in Austin and are backed by a lifetime of free, award-winning support.

Includes

  • (1) Aura N2 SSD
  • (1) Torx T8 Driver
  • (1) Torx T6S Driver
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (3) Installation Components
  • (1) Installation Guide for Mac mini (2014)
  • 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Product Specifications

Specifications
  • Total Storage Capacity
    • 480GB
  • Standard Mechanism
    • (1) 480GB OWC Aura™ N2 Solid State Drive
    • *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.
    • **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.
  • Capacity
    • 480GB Useable Capacity
    • Total Flash Memory Components: 512GB
    • 32GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
  • Formatted Capacity
    • 447 GiB
  • Form Factor
    • Custom Blade
  • Interface
    • PCIe 3.1 X4, NVMe 1.3
  • Format
  • Controller
    • Silicon Motion SM2263XT with 7% over-provisioning
  • NAND Flash Components
    • Synchronous Quad-Level Cell (QLC) 3D NAND Flash
  • S.M.A.R.T. Attributes
    • Standard attributes supported
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
    • Up to 32 simultaneous commands
  • RoHS Compliant
    • Yes
Performance
  • Sequential Read (Max)
    • Up to 804 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (Max)
    • Up to 768 MB/s
  • Sequential Read (Average)
    • 789 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (Average)
    • 718 MB/s
  • Average Access Time
    • <0.1 ms
Reliability
  • Nonrecoverable Read Errors
    • 1 per 1015 bits read
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    • 1,500,000 hours
  • TRIM Support
    • OS Dependent
  • Error Correction
    • Built-in ECC
  • Endurance
    • 303TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 167 GB per day for 5 years
Compatibility
  • Mac OS Compatibility
    • macOS 11.1 Big Sur
    • macOS 11.0 Big Sur
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave
    • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Other Requirements
    • Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
Power
  • Read Mode (Max)
    • Up to 1.39 Watts
  • Write Mode (Max)
    • Up to 1.6 Watts
  • Idle Mode (Max)
    • Up to 0.09 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

  • Installing an Aura N2 SSD in a Mac mini (Late 2014) Macmini7,1 that came with a factory-installed SSD or Fusion drive does not require the additional hardware included in this kit. See Aura N2 SSD Upgrades for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current) for additional installation options.
  • The 480GB Aura N2 is a PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe SSD capable of performing up to 2200MB/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, 10bit RGB codec, single file and file per frame tests) on a Late 2014 Mac mini (Macmini7,1).
  • 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 this Knowledge Base article to learn more.
  • 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 Knowledge Base article for more details.
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Note: Installing an Aura N2 SSD in a HDD-only Mac mini (Late 2014) Macmini7,1 that came with a factory-installed SSD or Fusion drive does not require the additional hardware included in this kit. See Aura N2 SSD Upgrades 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

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