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480GB Aura Pro 6G SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade
for 2012 MacBook Air

OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides upgrades from the original factory options for MacBook Air 2012.
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 180GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
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.
Once again, OWC provides Mac users an upgrade path that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! Whether you own or are considering a 2012 base model 11″ MacBook Air with a 64GB Solid State Drive or the top of the line 13″ model with a 512GB SSD.
More Options
Unlike the factory pre-configured models with no other SSD choices offered, the OWC Aura Pro 6G gives you the freedom to choose from a variety of sizes to meet your storage needs. 
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.
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.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch 2012)
Education Model
(July, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,2
1.86GHz, 2.13GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,1
1.4GHz, 1.6GHz

Includes

  • Aura Pro 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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480GB Aura™ Pro 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
480GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components - 512GB
32GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
447GiB
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
OWCSSDAP2A6G480
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
Warranty
5 Year OWC SSD
Limited Warranty

(Standard return policy applies.)

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.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCSSDAP2A6G480 UPC#: 794504768824

Reviews

2012 Storage Visions Visionary Award Finalist
2012 Storage Visions Visionary Award Finalist

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 44 out of 49 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Greenville, SC Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Wow! incredible upgrade! May 9, 2013 After reading the reviews of the 240GB Aura Pro I was pretty excited to receive my upgrade kit less than 24 hours after ordering it (overnight delivery was surprisingly inexpensive from IL to SC). When it was all said and done, the reality far exceeded my already high expectations!

RIght after ordering the kit, I watched the upgrade video, which was thorough, relevant and easy to understand. The kit arrived at my front door about 18 hours after ordering it and included everything as described plus instructions. The Envoy drive housing is built extremely well. The aluminum construction and design makes it look like an OEM Apple product, very impressive. The included tools are high quality as well, and most importantly, are the right size and magnetized to keep you from losing those screws. Installation was a snap, no issues with fit or sizing.

I was a little worried about transferring data from my old hard drive (the 64GB Toshiba OEM) but as it turns out, this process was the most impressive part of the whole upgrade. Plug the Envoy into a USB port, power up the Macbook and hold Command+R (don't forget to reconnect the battery!! I forgot first time around!) and you are in recovery. Steps for me were as follows, and I didn't need to use Time Machine: 1. Restore Menu 2. Partition tab, partition Aura Pro (if you aren't sure what settings, just duplicate the settings for the previous drive) 3. Restore tab, select source, which is the volume you are copying from (ie Macintosh HD) not the physical drive itself. Destination is the partition you just created on the new drive. Click apply. 4. Make a sandwich and grab a beer. 5. Come back and be completely surprised that the process is already complete.

I only had about 40GB on the factory 64GB used, but no joke, the entire process from the time I turned my Macbook off until turning it back on with the new drive was about 25 minutes, which included me fumbling around in restore settings for a few minutes.

There are plenty of reviews on how fast the Aura Pro is, but a real world relation is me now being able to play Portal 2 with just about maxed settings while Chrome with 10+ tabs open in the background + Itunes downloading a movie. Previously Portal 2 would get choppy if I moved my view too quickly.

I am so glad I decided to purchase this upgrade, instead of being a glorified Chromebook, my Macbook Air can now be my primary system, thanks OWC!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pittsburgh, PA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Quality product March 16, 2013 I was close to maxing out the stock 128GB MBA SSD so I opted for the 240GB SSD from OWC. Everything from the ordering process to the shipping to the product itself was first class. Installation was a breeze with the help of OWC's videos and I was pleasantly surprised to see a noticeable performance bump in my MBA. The enclosure for the old SSD was first class as well. I would absolutely recommend this product to everyone with a 2012 MBA. It is well worth it. Buy with confidence.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 2/5 This product has some defects January 15, 2013 When I got my SSD, it didn't fit in to my air. It was less than 1mm too long, but long enough that I had to modify the SSD to get it to fit.

When I put my original SSD in the Envoy, it only worked sometimes. I noticed when I plugged in the USB cable at the Envoy end, there was some sparking. I did some investigating and found out the case of the Envoy had voltage on it. See my youtube video for a quick diagnosis of this issue.

I think both of these are design flaws that should be addressed.

That said, once I got everything working, I'm fairly happy. The new SSD gets about the same write speed as the original, but the read speed is a small bit under double that of the original. The original SSD gets the same R/W speeds in the Envoy as it did internal in the Air.

This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure. Customer Video: View "voltage on the case video" on YouTube

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: VideoyMarketing Location: Mexico Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good but speed is not 500 MB/s January 10, 2013 180GB Memory: Good reading speed up to 430 mb/s but no more than 220 MB/s in writing, macbook air 2012 11 '. I found several installation problems: - Videos are very good aid - The memory was slightly larger than a corner and had to sand Envoy Storage Solution: Very good price per pack, but a screw was swept, gave me a lot of trouble being able to get. Overall I feel good but do not expect 500 MB/s in reading and writing, note that the original memory MacBoo Air is slower than OWC 180GB Aura Pro.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 180GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Amazing SSD for macbook air 2012 December 28, 2012 The installation was piece of cake and with the provided software I was able to clone my factory SSD so I just swapped them and BOOM ! I gained space and speed :) Worth every penny :)

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: finxh Location: Otago, New Zealand Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Simply Outstanding September 20, 2012 The service and product from OWC was the best I have ever witnessed from any internet retailer. The SSD was shipped from America to Rural New Zealand in little less then a week and came with all appropriate packaging and manual's. The product is great, exactly as advertised and was a breeze to install.

I purchased the 180GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid State Drive for a Mac Book Air that was sent to me as a replacement from an insurance company. They had devalued my previous Mac Book to a 64GB SSD so naturally I turned to Apple for an upgrade. After finding that this was not possible I then followed Google Search's to OWC. The drive itself may not be quite as fast as the 64GB Toshiba drive however as the only solution available I am extremely happy with the product. Exceptional Service and Products, Top Marks OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: pijames Location: Michoacan México Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 El mejor regalo que le puedes hacer a tu MacBook Air September 20, 2012 El mejor regalo que le puedes hacer a tu MacBook Air

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing January 16, 2013 English translation: "The best gift you can give to your MacBook Air"
OWC 480GB Aura™ Pro
6G Solid State Drive
Mfr P/N: OWCSSDAP2A6G480 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAP2A6G480 for MacBook Air 2012 Edition 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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