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120GB Aura 6G SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade
for MacBook Air 2010-2011

OWC's Aura SSD provides up to nearly 8x the capacity of factory SSDs while offering Faster Performance
Get 3G speeds with 2010 MacBook Air
  • More SPEED get up to 275MB/s...68% faster than factory.
  • More STORAGE get up to nearly 8x more capacity!*
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
Get 6G speeds with 2011 MacBook Air
  • More SPEED get up to 507MB/s...3x faster than factory.**
  • More STORAGE get up to nearly 8x more capacity!*
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
The Aura SSD line features:
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (SSD).
  • Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.
  • Intelligent "Recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
Once again, OWC provides Mac users with an upgrade that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! Whether you own or are considering a 2010 or 2011 base model 11″ MacBook Air with a 64GB Solid State Drive or the top of the line 13″ model with a 256GB SSD, OWC's Aura SSD offers 68% higher speed than the factory SSD with up to 275MB/s and up to 8X more storage capacity than factory options.

Unlike the factory pre-configured models with no other SSD choices offered, the Aura SSD line allows you to buy the MacBook Air you want today and enjoy the flexibility of upgrading for higher performance when you need it.
Better by Design
"Mean Time To Failure" — We all know that nothing lasts forever. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get the most out of your investment. OWC SSD with DuraWrite™ Technology, optimizes writes to the flash memory over conventional controllers increasing the overall endurance and reliability of the complete SSD. Highly intelligent block management and wear leveling also extends the overall endurance. With this technology, even MLC-based SSDs can operate for years in demanding use applications without daily write restrictions. This adds up to a MTTF that is higher than most enterprise class hard drives and SSDs on the market today.

Additionally, as there are no volatile memory elements in this storage device, the need for cache is completely negated. The drive is just that fast from the get-go!

*OWC SSD Maximum total flash capacity 512GB before 7% overprovisioning with 480GB actual usable capacity compared to Apple 64GB Flash option for 11.1" model.
**Random 4K write data rates of 57.56 for OWC SSD vs 18.49 for Apple factory stock SSD.

Note: The Aura 6G SSD achieves 6G speeds with compatible 2011 MacBooks and 3G speeds with 2010 MacBooks.
The Aura™ is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,2
1.86GHz, 2.13GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,1
1.4GHz, 1.6GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch 2012)
Education Model
(July, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7GHz, 2.0GHz

Includes

  • Aura 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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120GB Aura™ SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
120GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components - 126GB
6GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
111GiB
NAND
Tier 1 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Sync-NAND Flash Memory
Controller
SandForce Processor with full SF2200 Series 7% Over Provisioning firmware set.
For the latest firmware update click here.
SMART Attributes
Standard
RAID Support
Yes
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSDAAE120
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Reliability3

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)4
2,000,000
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery: Up to 24 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
Yes
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Warranty
3 Year OWC SSD
Limited Warranty

(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sequential Read (up to)
285MB/s
Sequential Write (up to)
275MB/s
Random 4K Read5
Up to 50,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write5
Up to 50,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Read Power
2.2 Watts
Write Power
2.5 Watts
Idle Power
0.09 Watts
Power Nap compatible

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

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

Installation

How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011

Because OS X Lion is preinstalled on the removable Apple factory flash drive module, you cannot simply remove that drive and replace it with an OWC Aura Pro SSD without some initial preparation.

There are two methods you can select to prepare using an OWC Aura Pro SSD in your Mid 2011 MacBook Air.

Method #1

Internet Recovery Mode via Apple Knowledge Base Article #HT4718
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

NOTE: If moving an OWC Aura Pro SSD used in a 2010 MacBook Air, using this method will completely erase the drive's data. Make SURE you have a Time Machine® backup or clone of the OWC Aura Pro SSD on an external drive.

Method #2

Recovery Partition Restore Mode
  1. Make SURE you have a Time Machine backup or clone of your data (from either the Apple factory stock flash drive or OWC Aura Pro SSD) on an external drive. We will refer to this drive as Drive #1.
  2. Boot to the recovery partition on the stock drive by holding down Command R during
    a restart or boot process.
  3. Use Disk Utility to do a restore on a separate external USB drive. DO NOT use the same external drive that was used for your Time Machine or clone backup. We will refer to this drive as Drive #2.
  4. Replace the MacBook Air's stock flash drive with the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  5. Boot to the USB Drive #2's recovery partition.
  6. Use Disk Utility to do a restore to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  7. Restart or Boot to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  8. Run Apple Migration Assistant to clone your data from Drive #1.
How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011
  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.
  4. Based on SandForce processor operation.
  5. Specifications provided by SandForce.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDA116G120 UPC#: 812437020090

Reviews

Macworld Best of Show 2011
Best of Show 2011 - Macworld
MacLife Award Winner 2011
Award Winner 2011 Mac Hardware - MacLife
Notebooks.com Best of Macworld 2011
Best of Macworld 2011 - Notebooks.com
Stevies Finalist
Stevies Award Finalist 2011 - The American Business Awards

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 37 out of 39 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: RexburgBob Location: Rexburg, Idaho Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 EasyPeasy April 5, 2017 Drive arrived promptly with no problems from shipping. It was very easy to install by just following the on line instructions. The price is very reasonable for what you get. This is the second SSD card upgrade that I have purchased and I would not hesitate to buy another one if I had the need.

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Reviewer: UNDERU Location: Australia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Bring back an old Airbook to life March 12, 2017 Replacing the SSD literally revved the 2011 Airbook Worthwhile spending the money. easy to install. that said, they only last about 2 years, as this was a replacemnt for the same SSD put in 2 years ago.

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Reviewer: Drumlaws Location: San Diego, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Latest drive version works great and stays cool March 9, 2017 I've been using these OWC Aura drives in my MacBook Air since 2011. The first generation tended to overheat and fail, the second generation was better. When my 2G drive eventually failed, I replaced it with the latest Aura from OWC, and so far this one seems to be the best of the three. It self-monitors its temp, which rarely goes over 124F. So far I am very satisfied with this version!

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Reviewer: AndrewT Location: Marietta, GA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 100% compatible March 5, 2017 Competitively priced upgrades at affordable prices and a perfect fit everything.

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Reviewer: June Location: Thailand Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Faster shipping, excellent packaging, good product January 18, 2017 Faster shipping, excellent packaging, good product

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Reviewer: retiredsailor Location: Houston, TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy upgrade January 11, 2017 upgraded to 1TB SSD memory. included tools and online video provided an excellent guide. The install went great and computer booted up nice. Transferred all old data and the MacAir worked just like before.

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Reviewer: Justwarren Location: Westport, CT Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product! The "kit" is a few extra dollars and is well worth it! January 9, 2017 The instructions were great! The removal of the old SSHD and the installation of the new hardware was a snap. The kit contained instructions, tools and a very cool looking case for the old hard drive (matches my MacBook Air perfectly) along with a cord to attach it to the computer as an additional external drive after the conversion. Moving the OS and the data to the new drive was time consuming and a little bit of a challenge but it all worked out. I am delighted with the results! I doubled the capacity of my HD for a very reasonable price. Very reasonable! Overall, at any price this basically made my old MacBook Air into a new machine with plenty of extra hard drive space. I'm a happy customer.

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Reviewer: EngineerJohn Location: Vancouver, BC. Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product. Fedex not best courier to Canada. November 30, 2016 Hi - the Aura 480 GB SSD and Envoy Kit was delivered by FedEx two days after ordering. Good. Great instructions to remove Apple memory card and install OWC SSD card. Re-booting and restoration of files in MacBook Air proceeded smoothly and whole installation was complete in a few hours. Great. Only negative issue - a week after delivery, FedEx presented a bill for $57 for: Brokerage Fees; payment of GST; and Handling Charges for delivering in Canada. Oh well - not a big issue...

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Reviewer: sodap Location: panama Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 excelent November 22, 2016 working perfect,

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Reviewer: Denise Location: Philadelphia, PA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The hard drive was perfect and the video was helpful! November 21, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure. Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: GKatz Location: Oregon
Rating: 5/5 Awesome Product! November 17, 2016 As usual, OWC shipped the new drive for my laptop quickly. And the "kit" was PERFECT. Everything I needed was in the box. Nothing missing. Online video instructions were excellent. The entire process was painless and worked perfectly.

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Reviewer: AlexSG Location: Singapore Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast and Easy November 3, 2016 Deliver to Singapore was fast. Installation with the video guide was easy. I was thinking of getting a new MacbookAir 2011 since the memory is only about 100Gb. But everything else was working. So I got a new 500Gb drive. At fast first I was worried I am not sure how to migrate it, but the kit was quite simple. Now the Mac is as good as new. Maybe even a little faster.

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Reviewer: Peppersoft Location: Switzerland Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect support after defective first deliveered SSD November 2, 2016 Thank you for the perfect suport for the OWC 480GB SSD. After mounting the new SSD the installation worked perfectly. At the moment I am writing this review on the MacBook Air with the new installed SSD.

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Reviewer: CaptainBilly Location: Chicago, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade - Beats Original SSD October 27, 2016 This was about the easiest storage upgrade I've done. Special screwdriver needed to get into the machine was provided in the kit. Data read write speeds are incredibly faster than the original. Pretty much plug and play. Thanks for such a great product, OWC!

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Reviewer: Toni
Rating: 5/5 Good September 4, 2016 120GB OWC Aura 6G SSD has a good quality/price ratio.

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Reviewer: MikeE Location: Los Angeles Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great device, great experience, also with customer support September 1, 2016 I am truly no techie and I was a little afraid when I needed an upgrade of the storage capacity of my MacBook Air. I ordered the 1 TB Aura 6G SSD and followed the steps. When I encountered a difficulty (because I mistakenly had skipped a step) I chatted with customer support and they helped me through the process until everything was set up. The SSD works really well, the MacBook has become much faster when I call up applications such as Word, Excel, Final Cut. This was really a great experience, including the help from the support team (Randy G.) and their patience to help a non tech guy like me through the whole process.

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Reviewer: Gabacho Location: Niigata,Japan Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Satisfied! August 25, 2016 I registered my address in Kanji,Japanese. But you had suggested to send PDF format to use Kanji and I could get SDD.

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Reviewer: Noovie
Rating: 5/5 Simple to install and it just works August 5, 2016 I have a 2011 MacBook Air (purchased in 2012). Originally it came with a 250GB SSD after a couple of years the hard drive filled and I purchased a 500GB OWC SSD upgrade which was simple to install and enabled me to get a couple of extra years from my Air. Well, as the 500GB drive filled up I wasn't sure what to do. I didn't want to go to an external drive as thats just something else to carry around (or forget) and takes away from the purpose of a laptop. Then I spotted that MacSales was offering an OWC 1TB SSD so it was a no brainer and I ordered it. It came within a week and again as last time the install was straight forward. Migration of the old drive was an overnight process. My Airport Extreme wanted to do a complete new backup which took a little time but basically over the weekend everything was done and it works great no issues at all. I will now get an additional couple of years service from my Air. It has the processing power for my needs so for $500 (CDN) I have significantly extended its life. Trying to get something new with 1TB SSD would cost at least $3000. Customer at MacSales service is great and I am very pleased with the product.

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Reviewer: MacbookAirUser Location: Switzerland Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent service and high quality product August 5, 2016 Quick delivery to Switzerland. Follow-up with email. Upgrade kit self explaining. Thank you very much

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: world Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Really good July 7, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura 6G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air..
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Parts Unknown Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 SSD Upgrade June 17, 2016 The website provided excellent info as to choosing the correct drive upgrade needed for my MB Air. The kit I ordered was an excellent value due to the USB dongle provided allowed me to use my original drive as an external drive following the upgrade. The instructions for installation & conversion of software was well documented & easy to understand. My order arrived in just a few days & was well packaged & accurate. Now I have five times the storage as before! Thanks OWC!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Excellent, works fine! May 14, 2016 Runs all programs I have, very satisfied and happy with it.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Frankfurt, Germany Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Top Performance for old macbook air May 8, 2016 The upgrade was finished in about 10 min, the data transfer took a bit longer and the data capacity increased to factor 4 (480GB).

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Varna, Bulgaria Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 It is the missing link for Mac upgrade April 22, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2010+2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Easthampton, MA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Flawless Install April 17, 2016 Initially intimidated with surgical invention on myMacAir, my fears were waylayed with the excellent product, direction, and videos on OWC. Maybe I'll tackle my 27" iMac with the 480 upgrade!

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OWC 120GB Aura™
Solid State Drive
Mfr P/N: SSDA116G120 MacSales.com SKU: OWCSSDA116G120 for MacBook Air 2010-2011 Edition 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $94.99MacSales.com Price $91.99
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