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240GB Aura Pro
Solid State Drive and Envoy Storage Solution

for MacBook Air 2010 Compatible
OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides up to nearly 8x the capacity over factory SSDs while offering Faster Performance vs. Factory Options.
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.
  • More COMPLETE includes all the tools and free video necessary for installation
Once again, OWC provides Mac users an upgrade path 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 Pro SSD offers higher speed than the factory SSD. Get up to 275MB/s speeds and up to 8X more storage capacity than factory options with your 2010 MacBook.

And unlike the factory pre-configured models with no other SSD choices offered. Now thanks to OWC and the Aura Pro SSD line, you can buy the MacBook Air you want today and enjoy the flexibility of upgrading for higher performance when you need it.
Everything you need in one package, immediately ready to assemble:
  • Reuse the factory SSD via the OWC Envoy as an external storage solution.
  • Take your data with you - Small enough to keep in a pocket or laptop case!
  • Easily add additional laptop storage with no AC adapter required.
The Aura Pro SSD line features industry leading SandForce® DuraClass™ Technologies:
  • 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.
The Envoy offers the perfect companion storage solution for your MacBook Air
Get the ultimate combination of elegance and functionality in a sleek, portable external storage solution designed to complement the MacBook Air - in both appearance and performance. Its super-speed USB 3.0 interface is capable of speeds up to 500MB/s to ensure your workflow moves as fast as you do, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Its bus-powered design means no AC power adapter is required making it an ideal portable Plug and Play solution - just plug the USB cord into your computer and the Envoy is ready to go.
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!

*According to a benchmark test by StorageReview.com. See benchmark tab for more details.
**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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The OWC Envoy enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD found installed in Apple MacBook Air 2010 and 2011 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. To transfer data from the Apple SSD in the Envoy to the Aura SSD in the computer, please visit this link (http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/format2011/)
The Aura™ Pro 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 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 Pro Solid State Drive includes
  • Aura Pro SSD
  • Envoy™ USB 2.0/3.0 Enclosure
  • Carrying Case
  • High-quality double-shielded USB 3.0 standard A to Micro-B connecting cable
  • Pentalobe compatible driver
  • Torx T-5 Screwdriver
  • Mercury Aura Envoy Owner's Manual & Assembly Guide

Gallery

240GB Aura™ Pro Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
240GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components - 256GB
16GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
224GiB
NAND
Tier 1 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 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
OWCSSDAP103G240
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 Warranty
(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sequential Read
(up to)
268MB/s
Sequential Write
(up to)
212MB/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)
-67°F to 302°F
Temperature (°C)
-55°C to 150°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 OWCSSDAP103K240

OWC Envoy Specifications:

Chipset

  • High-performance ASMedia 1051e chipset

Interfaces Supported

  • USB 3.0 interface Backwards compatible

Port Configuration

  • USB 3.0 interface (Micro-B port)

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • One USB 3.0 (Micro-B) port, up to 500MB/s

Features

  • Integrated power/activity LED light
  • Non-skid rubber feet for secure placement on any surface
  • Durable painted aluminum body complements Mac aluminum finish

System Requirements

  • Macintosh: Mac OS 8.6 or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.
  • PC: Windows 98SE or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.
  • Linux: Linux OS versions and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.

Cooling

  • Silent, fanless operation

Power Supply

  • Bus-powered via USB port (no AC adapter required)

Drive Requirements

  • Compatible with the Flash SSD module used in 2010-2011 11.1" and 13.3" MacBook Air models.

External Case Dimensions

  • 1.79 in (W) x 5.9 in (D) x tapered 0.279 in to 0.466 in (H)

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • 1.5 ounces (empty case, no drive installed)
Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Relative Humidity

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Shock

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Warranty

OWC 1 Year Solution Warranty

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

View more information about the OWC 1 Year Solution warranty

       

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

Write stress test consists of playing one 720P HD movie in Media Player Classic, one 480P SD movie playing in VLC, three movies downloading simultaneously through iTunes, and one 1080i HDTV stream being recorded through Windows Media Center over a 15 minute period. Higher IOps and MB/s rates with lower latency times are desired.Block Management & Wear Leveling offers highest endurance, performance and power efficiency in a SSD.



Read stress test consists of loading each of the following games: Steam, Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead 2, and Mass Effect 2, as well as textures as the game progresses.

One of the leading benchmarking applications for comparing side by side drive performance.

Benchmark results provided by: StorageReview.com

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 71 out of 74 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Volos. Greece (Europe) Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Some problems with my MBA-OWC gave the right solution July 21, 2014 I bought it as a replacement for my MacBook Air (2011). At first sight my MBA didn't recognised the disk. After sending an email to OWC, they sent me a new one in...REM mode! Great A+++ seller in my opinion, and it's not so easy (I'm living in Europe).

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Easy to install, huge improvement. March 13, 2013 The ssd was very easy to install, took only about 5 minutes. Once in, transfering mac os was very easy to do also. The extra storage space from the original 60gb ssd, is definately worth it. The envoy housing for the original drive is an ingenious solution and even when connected through usb 2.0, it is fast enough to boot and run mac os.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: DJPace Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The way to go to upgrade a MBA 2010/2011 SSD March 18, 2012 -Product performance is great and works as advertised. -Very easy to open the Macbook Air and install it with the provided screwdrivers. -Quick shipping to Canada.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 180GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air..

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Reviewer: Chewie Location: London, UK Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Recommended upgrade to factory SSD February 1, 2012 Apple MacBook Air 1.4GHz (11.6-inch Core 2 Duo) - Late 2010

My factory installed 60GB SSD was maxed out with essential apps and data. Fortunately an Engadget RSS feed about OWC at MacWorld pointed me towards the Mercury Auro Pro range that they were advertising at the event. All credit to OWC for actually having the product available now, rather than teasing us with future products at MacWorld! From the sizes available - 180GB, 240GB and 480GB, I chose the 240GB as the best compromise on size/price. I ordered it Sunday and it arrived in the UK on Tuesday morning via FedEx.

I cloned my factory SSD with Carbon Copy Cloner to an external USB drive before starting the upgrade. I watched the installation video on the OWC site first, which showed how simple the upgrade would be. OWC had provided both types of screwdriver needed to open the MacBook Air case and to remove the single screw holding the SSD board in place - both tools were good quality and saved me having to buy new bits for my screwdriver. Replacing the old SSD with the new OWC unit was a breeze.

With the case back on, I booted from my cloned copy on the USB drive, ran Disk Utility to initialise the OWC SSD, ran Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the USB drive clone back to the OWC SSD, shutdown the laptop and removed the USB. When I powered up the laptop again - voila! MacBook Air running Lion on OWC 240GB SSD! Happy camper!

The OWC SSD performs with the speed that I've now come to expect from SSDs. Unfortunately, I forgot to run a "before" speed test with the factory SSD, but I'm seeing consistent 94MB/s write, 212Mb/s read from the Disk Speed Test app from the AppStore using the 5GB test. I'm very happy with the performance.

On the same order, I also bought an OWC Elite Mini USB 3/eS6G external caddy so that I could still make use of the factory SSD. That works a treat and was really simple to install too. I recommend buying one of these if you are upgrading an old SSD like I did.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air.

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Reviewer: ChrisC Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Exceptional drive, easy install December 30, 2011 I bought one of these a while ago for my late 2010 MacBook Air. I have had absolutely no complaints with it. The performance and quality are rock solid, and the installation (with the help of the video available on the OWC website) went off without a hitch. (The hardest part was keeping track of all the little screws, but the actual installation was no harder than plugging in a toaster.) Like the other person who rated the drive, my only complaint would be the cost. This drive cost about 3/4 of what the whole laptop cost me- definitely too much. But if you want more than 256 gb of drive space, this is the only option I'm aware of. Looking past the price, I've got nothing but good things to say about this product. I've never had an issue with it in the 8 months I've had it installed. If you can afford the price, you won't regret the upgrade!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air.

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Reviewer: bardi Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 excellent upgrade! easy to fit.... October 24, 2011 XBench result for a MacBook Air 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 180GB OWC SSD...

Results 253.31 System Info Xbench Version 1.3 System Version 10.7.1 (11B26) Physical RAM 4096 MB Model MacBookAir3,1 Drive Type OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD Disk Test 253.31 Sequential 151.57 Uncached Write 280.72 172.36 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 265.95 150.47 MB/sec [256K blocks] Uncached Read 64.49 18.87 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Read 280.83 141.14 MB/sec [256K blocks] Random 770.48 Uncached Write 858.34 90.86 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 457.26 146.39 MB/sec [256K blocks] Uncached Read 2016.21 14.29 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Read 744.28 138.11 MB/sec [256K blocks]

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 180GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air..

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Reviewer: Bittles Location: SLC, UT Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 For those with deep pockets and a longing for more MBA storage. October 21, 2011 A few months ago I missed out on the 360GB version of this SSD for $700. At the time, I thought that the price was not justified for the amount of storage that the hard drive offered. Day after day I kept getting frustrated with the fact that I needed an external hard drive for all my computational needs. I finally decided to buy myself an early Christmas present and bought the 480GB OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express Solid State Drive. Holy cow! I cannot believe this stick of silicon holds 480GB of information! The speed tests on the site are irrelevant to me as I hadn't tested the stock hard drive before swapping out the drive and have no inclination to swap out the drives just to test speeds. Suffice it to say that the speed is fast. My computer shuts down in 1-2 seconds and starts up in about 10-14 seconds flat while resuming opened application windows. The capacity is great but the price is HORRIBLE...however, I have absolutely NO buyer's remorse. Despite the insane price I love this drive. The only drawback I've experienced so far is with the release of 10.7.2 and the "Find My Mac" feature of iCloud, I get the following text, "Some configurations, such as a software or hardware RAID do not support a recovery partition and can't be used with Find My Mac." Not a deal killer but too bad it doesn't work.

*4 stars because of high price and no Find My Mac support

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air.

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Reviewer: amders Location: indonesia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 good product August 29, 2011 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 3G Solid-State Drive for 2010-2011 MacBook Air.
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Reviewer: TG2500 Location: New York Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 WOW - Just what I needed April 15, 2011 My new MacBook Air 13" is my first MAC - coming from a SONY VAIO Z with 512GB SSD, one of my biggest concerns about the MAC was limited storage and, before long, I was bumping up again the 255GB SSD limit.

I was thrilled to learn about the Aura Pro and will say it was well worth the wait. Install was as easy as seen in the video (though I did have to use my fingernail to scrape down the side of the circuit board to remove some of the shavings from manufacturing that were still attached to the side and preventing the board from fitting into the pocket on the AIR but, once I figured out what needed to be done, it fit easily and great!). I made one call to tech support to ask about the fit and was helped quickly and courteously.

I used CarbonCopy (free) and a USB hard drive to clone my mac to the drive then clone it back after install.

As a specialty product, it isn't cheap and it took a month plus to arrive after ordering though it works (granted I've only had it installed a few days) exactly as promised and I like my MACBOOK Air even more now that I have the extra storage!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 360GB OWC Aura Pro Express Solid-State Drive for 2011 MacBook Air.