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

Upgrade Kit with Drive, Install Tools, + Envoy Pro
for Easy Data Transfer/Original Drive Reuse
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.
The Ultimate Storage Upgrade
Replacing the PCIe-based flash drive in your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display is as simple as removing a few screws with the compact Torx T5 and Pentalobe P5 drivers included with your upgrade kit. Our free comprehensive video installation guides mean an OWC expert is with you every step of the way.
Your Mac's Flash Drive, Reimagined
Your upgrade should be a seamless experience. That's why Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, the beautifully designed, high-performance SSD enclosure to reimagine your Mac's factory PCIe-based flash drive. When you remove your original flash SSD, it fits perfectly into Envoy Pro so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your laptop. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac's factory-installed flash SSD as a fast USB external drive with transfer speeds up to 355MB/s.
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.

Envoy 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)
    • Dependent on mechanism installed
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Dependent on mechanism installed

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)


Important Note: The OWC Envoy enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD found installed in Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display mid-2013 and later models. Do NOT attempt to install or use the OWC Aura SSD in the Envoy as you can damage the Aura drive, the Envoy enclosure or both and such damage is not covered under warranty. Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDAB2MB05K UPC#: 812437022803

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Please Note: The OWC Envoy Pro is not compatible with stock Apple Toshiba drives.

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

Includes

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.

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 19 out of 21 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Nicholaskides Location: Sayreville, NJ Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 DEFINITELY WOULD BUY AGAIN September 21, 2016 The videos were extremely helpful and the product works perfectly! Definitely would by again!

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Reviewer: Lov2Shop Location: Columbus, OH Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Purchase September 21, 2016 Easy to install, beautiful enclosure for previous SSD, would buy every single time again. The only flaw is not including a hard copy of installation instructions with the new SSD.

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Reviewer: User99 Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional
Rating: 5/5 Product is working well August 29, 2016 Install was easy. Great that right tools were included. Only wish that I got the 1TB model. Loving the upgrade. Apple hasn't really updated the MacBook and I see no reason to purchase the same box just to get more storage. This is the perfect upgrade.

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Reviewer: stultus
Rating: 4/5 SSD upgrade great, but runs a bit hot August 15, 2016 I'm happy with my SSD upgrade - the memory works, and I appreciate the extra space. But my Air now runs a bit hot, and the fan comes on much more often. Its a tradeoff.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 At least a disk upgrade for my macbookpro July 23, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Maryland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy to install, works perfectly July 15, 2016 My daugther's 2013 MacBook Air was running out of space. I ordered the kit, which included the enclosure, cable, and two special screwdrivers. The instruction video on OWC's web page made the installation a breeze. Ten screws, unplugging of the battery, unscrewing the original SSD, placing it in the external enclosure, and installing the new one took 10 minutes. I then booted with Command-R so that I could format the new SSD, download the OS, migrate from the old SSD, then updated the OS. Very simple to do, and works like a champ. When the SSD arrived, I was shocked at the size....I thought they sent me a RAM module, but it was the SSD!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Israel Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Good extention for MBA. Much needed disk space. June 15, 2016 I gave it 4 stars because: 1. The description and specs of the item say nothing about the disk being recognized as an external disk. It is important issue. 2. It is not easy as advertised to replace a disk (software side). Time machine is very difficult to use and not always successful. You should be very skillful doing that. 3. If you want to do bootcamp(most buyers do), It is very complicated. (being external disk, boot manager/partition manager of OS not supporting. You need another boot manager -refind - and change SIP).

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Korea Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy Install, Easy Migration June 6, 2016 Shipping was very fast. I Installed my new SSD into my MBPR. It works perfectly. I'm liberated from small storage!! It's very satisfied.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Murfreesboro, TN Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 What an amazing product! June 1, 2016 I was surprised to see that the hard drive space on MacBooks could be upgraded, and even more amazed that I could do it myself. I've worked on PCs before, but never an Apple, never a laptop, and not in a while. This was a piece of cake, and a few hundred bucks less than ours local Mac Experts were asking. Do make sure you get the exact HD for your computer, but these guys make it SO SIMPLE!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Texas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Easy install, runs hot May 30, 2016 I'm thankful for this SSD drive. The install was easy, I followed the instructions and videos and didn't have any problems. I'm knocking off one star from an otherwise 5 star product because this SSD drive runs really hot. I don't do any really intense computing such as video editing or significant number crunching, but there are times when the SSD runs so hot it's uncomfortable to place my MacBook Air on my lap.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Plano Tx Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Mixed results May 29, 2016 Pleased with the SSD upgrade but a bit disappointed the original SSD doesn't want to work in the external case.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wichita, KS Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic upgrade to my MBP - at long last May 27, 2016 The quality of the OWC flash memory is fantastic - I finally have enough space to sync my photos, and I couldn't be more pleased. Installation was fairly simple as was transferring all my data and programs back over using the external drive kit provided by OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Extra space with great performance May 22, 2016 have Macbook Air Mid-2013 11" - 128GB. Before I purchased this prodcut, At least once a week I need to do clean up, moving and erasing some files to external drive. When I got this 480GB drive, only took 10 minutes to put it at my Macbook Air plus another 1 hour to restore from old SSD to new SSD. The OWC SSD performance is great, like it mentioned in specifications. Value for money compared to buy new Macbook with bigger storage

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Finally this awesome drive is available! May 20, 2016 I have been waiting for a while to get one of these fantastic drives. It was easy enough to swap over and setup from the existing drive. I bought the upgrade kit and now have a nice looking SSD - USB drive to the envy of my colleagues.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Irvine, CA Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great Value but not as Fast May 19, 2016 Gerat Value, as it's the only brand I trust to install in my MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2014 Retina. The only tricky part of the installation is not being scared. It was a snap to install. The External USB3 case for your old drive is a must, It works great and is very fast external storage.

My only wish is that it was faster, but the extra space is worth it.

Bill.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Diego, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 First Mac upgrade for me was simple May 19, 2016 This Aura SSD upgrade was a snap. The instructions were well-written and very easy to follow. The provided tools were helpful too. The one regret I had was the inability to run Windows under Boot Camp. Well, that's been resolved with a software package recently released on this site. Now, all is great :)

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sask., CANADA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product works great May 18, 2016 I have used this product in a 2015 MacBook Pro for about a month, it's like a factory drive, matter of fact, I was able to install Windows 10 using Bootcamp and it works great. ( I believe they caution that Bootcamp is not supported), however I have not run into any problems. I would definitely recommend this drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Texas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 With Preparation an Easy Install April 26, 2016 This is a new product so I had to wait a bit to get the order filled but in the meantime I looked up resources including those on MacSales.com and was prepared when the new SSD arrived. It took me a total of 30 minutes to install the SSD in my 2015 Macbook Air and have it up and running with a clone from my old drive. I used Carbon Copy to clone my smaller SSD to this new 480GB drive and it worked perfectly.

The SSD package with case for the old drive is high quality. Everything fits together effortlessly.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: TOULOUSE Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very goog product April 26, 2016 Very good product, replace my 128Go SSD on my MACBOOK PRO retina 2015. Very FATS delivery (To France) Thanks

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vienna, Austria Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 If you absolutely need more storage space April 11, 2016 I bought this SSD as one of the early adopters and have been using it now for about 4 days. Swapping the SSD module is easy and straightforward. The first thing I noticed is, that the OWC Aura SSD has some cooling paste applied to it, which the original Apple SSD does not. As expected - and described - Windows Boot Camp installations are not possible with this new SSD, because it is being detected as an external (rotational) drive. That's also the reason why it doesn't support TRIM. I needed more storage space and don't really care about a windows partition but I loved my battery life on my macbook pro, which is now reduced by about 30% because of the new SSD (from 9+ hours to 6) which also gets pretty warm during normal usage. That might be the reason for the cooling paste. But all in all I still wouldn't want to go back to my smaller drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

OWC 480GB Aura SSD Upgrade Kit for Mid-2013 and Later Macs Mfr P/N: SSDAB2MB05K OWC SKU: OWCSSDAB2MB05K High performance internal flash storage and enclosure, designed for mid 2013 and later Mac notebooks. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $449.99MacSales.com Price $398.99
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