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240GB Aura Pro 6G
Solid State Drive and Envoy Pro Storage Solution

for 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina™ display
The Aura Pro 6G SSD 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 Only Complete 2-in-1 Upgrade Solution:
  • Upgrade your rMBP's factory installed SSD with greater performance and capacity via the Aura Pro.
  • Retask the replaced factory SSD as a bus-powered*, pocket-sized external storage solution via the Envoy Pro.
First and Only Complete Storage Upgrade
Once again, OWC provides Mac users the only upgrade solution that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! When first introduced, the MacBook Pro with Retina display base model offered a 256GB SSD configuration with no upgrade option. And current base models start from 128GB to 256GB. Now, instead of being "factory locked", the OWC Aura Pro 6G gives you the freedom to upgrade your capacity to meet your storage needs. Just like other OWC upgrades, we include the installation tools you need plus a free 'how-to' video to make this an easy and money-saving DIY upgrade.
Synchronous Interface NAND
To achieve the higher bandwidth potential of the SATA 6Gb/s bus standard, the OWC Aura Pro 6G SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput.
Ultra-portable, bus-powered external storage solution designed to complement the MacBook Pro with Retina display1
The OWC Envoy Pro combines elegance and functionality into a sleek, portable external storage solution that complements the design and finish of the MacBook® Pro with Retina display. Its anodized aluminum body protects your drive and data, while its minimal size allows for simple stowing in coat pockets, backpacks or briefcases.

The USB 3.0 interface offers speedy transfer rates of up to 500MB/s and the Envoy Pro requires no AC power.
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. This adds up to a MTTF that is higher than most SSDs and enterprise class hard drives on the market today.
1. The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD installed in select Apple Macintosh computers. Do NOT attempt to install or use OWC Aura or Aura Pro X SSDs in the Envoy Pro as you may damage the OWC drive, the enclosure, or both, and such damage is not covered under warranty.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.4GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2012-2013)
(October, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.9GHz
Not for use with Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display with model ID: MacBookPro11,x

Includes

Aura Pro 6G Solid State Drive includes
  • OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD
  • OWC Envoy Pro USB 3.0 bus-powered* storage solution
  • Carrying case
  • High-quality double-shielded connecting cable:
    • USB 3.0 (Micro-B to Standard-A)
  • Pentalobe compatible driver
  • Torx T-5 Screwdriver

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240GB Aura™ Pro 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
240GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 256GB
16GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
223GiB
NAND
Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Sync-NAND Flash
Controller
SandForce 2281 Series Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
SMART Attributes
Standard
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSDAP12R240
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Reliability3

Data Reliability
ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
OS Dependent
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read

Performance

Sustained
Reads (up to)
501MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
503MB/s
Random 4K Read4
Up to 60,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write4
Up to 60,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Active Power
Less than 3000mW (3.0W) expected maximum draw
Idle Power
Less than 1200mW (1.2W)
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
  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.

OWC Envoy Pro Specifications:

Chipset

  • High-performance ASMedia 1053e chipset

Interfaces Supported

  • USB 3.0 interface

Port Configuration

  • USB 3.0 interface (Micro-B port)

Max Data Transfer Rate

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

Features

  • Bus-powered* via USB 3.0 port (no AC adapter required)
  • Complements rMBP design, anodized aluminum finish
  • Super-quiet, fanless operation
  • Non-skid rubber feet

System Requirements

  • Mac® Requirements: Mac OS 10.3 or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.
  • PC Requirements: Windows XP or later and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.
  • Linux® Requirements: Linux OS versions and an available and supported USB 3.0 port.

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Cooling

  • Silent, fanless operation

Power Supply

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

Drive Requirements

  • Compatible with the stock Apple Flash SSD module for the 13" or 15" MacBook Pro Retina model.

External Case Dimensions

  • 2.125 in (W) x 4.5 in (D) x .4375 in (H)
  • 53.98 mm (W) x 114.3 mm (D) x 11.11mm (H)

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • 3.4 ounces (empty case, no drive installed)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Relative Humidity

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Shock

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Dependent on mechanism installed
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDAP12K240 UPC#: 794504324457
       

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 59 out of 61 (97%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Baltimore, Maryland Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Priced for maximum value February 17, 2013 I was an early adopter. I ordered mine the day the ENVOY PRO was made available. Because I was an early adopter, I had to wait for a while but boy was it worth the wait! I've been using the drive for a month, now. It's been amazing. It's about 110MB/s FASTER than the original drive. Read and write speed, both. It's hundreds of dollars cheaper than Apple's offering of 512GB for $800. The OWC drive also has 512GB but 32GB is set to cache, so you have a faster, and more reliable experience. This is a big deal, for those of you who don't know how it works. You cannot just take a regular drive and pay to have part of it used as cache. Not the way it works. OWC has done this for you and used a SandForce controller for maximum speed and reliability. I like Samsung's modern tech but THIS... the OWC drive... this is the way to go! Speed, reliability and it's MADE IN AMERICA. What more could you want?

That brings me to the Envoy Pro. Fast, reliable and great for the Samsung drive that came with the Retina. It was easy to install the OWC drive, and easy to install the Samsung drive into the Envoy. It looks great. It's light. It works great as a Time Machine drive, or as a good ole fashion External Drive. THIS is a GREAT value! And it extends the life of your Retina, as well as the resale value! So this is actually an investment.

My name is Ken Weaver, I used to work as the assistant manager of the IT department for a satellite campus under John Hopkins University. Since the campus was sold to American Career Institute, I've remained a power user for the last two years, and I render High Def camcorder footage for local music bands.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Pro Upgrade Kit for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: United Kingdom Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Brilliant service January 24, 2013 I ordered this upgrade on January 21 and it reached me in the UK 3 days later. Everything in the package is as described online, so you can buy with confidence, and the installation videos are a great help. The only thing to note is that the internal screws in the Macbook Pro 13" Retina are Torx 6, so the Torx 5 screwdriver included in the kit is no use for these screws, but you still need it for the Envoy screws

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Pro Upgrade Kit for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oregon Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Blazing Fast .5 TB December 27, 2012 It's my first new laptop in some time with the 13" Retina MBP. While it was a step to put down the money, the Aura Pro was still cheaper than the manufacturer's option for the amount of storage, and I'm so very glad I did it. Booting and access to files, games, etc. has been beautifully fast.

My one caveat is that the drive did require some very minor filing of the square corners to get it to fit properly in the drive bay. My nail file did the trick and it fit snugly. The video is also for the MacBook Air and, while close enough, didn't mention this part. Simplest (if only) upgrade one can do on the Retina MBPs.

Looking forward to the Envoy enclosure too. Still not out yet.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: johnb Location: Florida Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product, but no enclosure for the old drive... October 28, 2012 I bought that after reading a review. The SSD itself was delivered promptly, installed easily (from a Time Machine backup) and works great.

Just beware, they DID NOT deliver the drive enclosure for the old SSD drive and have not responded to my inquiries on it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 MacBook Pro with Retina display..

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing October 29, 2012 The OWC Evnoy Pro enclosure is estimated as Late 2012 for availability. The free enclosure offer was for purchases made before September 30th, 2012 and the enclosure will be shipped out once it is available. For purchases after that date, the Envoy Pro will be offered as a separate purchase once the product itself is released.
*Requires USB 3.0 standard powered port. USB 2.0 use not supported or recommended.
OWC 240GB Aura™ Pro 6G
Solid State Drive and Envoy Pro Storage Solution
Mfr P/N: SSDAP12K240 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAP12K240 for 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina™ display SSD: 5 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
Envoy: 1 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty
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