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480GB Aura SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade
for Mid-2013 and Later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display

New Possibilities
For the first time, upgrade the PCIe-based flash SSD in your mid-2013 or later MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air with up to eight times the original capacity. The new Aura SSD continues OWC's dedication to giving you more from your Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks
Aura 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 eight times the capacity of the factory-installed drive.
Quality in Every Bit
Aura SSDs are designed from the ground up for reliable performance and complete compatibility with your Mac. It begins with choosing the highest-quality components, and then engineering a perfect-fit solution that simply works with your computer.

Tier-1 Flash — Aura SSDs use only top-rated flash for superior performance and dependability.

Superior Error Correction — Aura SSDs provide three levels of error correction for improved reliability and RAID-like protection for your data.

Cell-Level Data Refresh — Aura's SSD controller monitors data blocks and maintains correct charge at the cell level, improving the integrity of your data, and extending the life of your 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 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.
Experience the OWC Difference
Aura SSDs for Mid-2013 and Later Macs are proudly designed in Austin, TX, and are backed by a 3-year limited warranty as well as a lifetime of free, award-winning USA-based support.

Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

480GB Aura SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Flash Controller
Silicon Motion 2246XT
RAID Controller
Marvell 9230
Capacity
480GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 512GB
32GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity
447GiB
SMART Attributes
Not Supported
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
SSDAB2MB05
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format
Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

Physical

Height (max)
3.7mm (0.1″)
Width (max)
24mm (0.9″)
Length (max)
89mm (3.4″)
Weight
21 grams (0.7 oz)

Reliability

Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
Not Supported
Warranty
3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sustained
Reads (up to)
763MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
446MB/s
Read Incompressible
Data Rate (up to)
754MB/s
Write Incompressible
Data Rate (up to)
425MB/s

Environmental (Operating)

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

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F)
−40°F — 185°F
Temperature (°C)
−40°C — 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.
  4. OWC Dual Boot Enabler for Apple Boot Camp required for use with Boot Camp utility. Supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.Download here.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDAB2MB05 UPC#: 812437022827

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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 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

Reviews

Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use - but should the need occur - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers.

3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty

Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 9 out of 9 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: JimInEscondido Location: Escondido, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Service and products are great November 20, 2016 I ordered a 1T SSD and 32G of ram. I had questions about the installation. They basically held my hand and walked me through the install. Product came on time and everything works great. Thank you.

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Reviewer: Muthomi Location: Nairobi Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works Great! November 11, 2016 I am happy with my purchase after my retina MBP stock SSD died without any warning. Replacing the SSD was not difficult after watching the tutorial video. Will definitely recommend OWC for SSD upgrades and replacements.

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Reviewer: anonymous123456
Rating: 5/5 Excellent November 4, 2016 I have had this installed in my Late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina for about 1 month now. The system runs perfect. It's a VERY easy install.

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Reviewer: OzJP Location: Melbourne, Australia Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 So easy to install ! November 3, 2016 I live in Australia and though the shipping took forever (6 weeks, should've got express shipping), the product arrived and it took me less than 15 minutes to install. Been using it for 1 weeks now, and don't have any major complaints. I haven't noticed a severe loss in transfer speed as compared to the 128gb apple (Samsung) hard drive that I had before - and am definitely appreciating the extra space.

Such an easy set up, would recommend to anyone who is frustrated with Apple's ridiculous price/gb ratio.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Norwalk, CA. Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 GREAT PRODUCT June 11, 2016 The 480 GB Aura SSD by OWC is the best thing that ever happend to macbook Pro.

Thank you OWC!!!!

Jose Ledesma

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect!!! June 2, 2016 This ssd flash is amazing!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Jacksonville, FL Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 It works! May 24, 2016 It's only been about a month, but the SSD appears to be in working order. I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014). The installation was pretty simple, but that being said, realize you are working on the mobo of a very expensive computer, so take care in installation.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sydney, Australia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great size and pricing for SSD May 23, 2016 Great product and was very affordable price for what it was. It did take while to ship and receive as it was out of stock. But once I got it was easy installation and re setup.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Drexel Hill, PA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product. Works like a charm. April 9, 2016 Easy installation. Pre-formatted. Boot from Internet recovery mode then restore in Disk Utility. It was amazing to see how fast it copied 120GB worth of data. Noticed heatsink attached to the board which makes contact with the bottom case to release heat, I think. Finally recent MacBook family can get Flash upgrades.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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