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240GB Aura Pro 6G SSD / Flash Internal Drive Upgrade
for 2012 MacBook Air

Upgrade Kit with Drive, Install Tools, + Envoy Pro
for Easy Data Transfer/Original Drive Reuse
OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides up to nearly 8x the capacity over factory SSDs while offering Faster Performance vs. Factory Options.
  • More OPTIONS choose from 120GB, 240GB or 480GB models.
  • More COMPLETE includes all the tools for installation
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.
More Options
Once again, OWC provides Mac users an upgrade path that delivers higher performance, functionality, and reliability! With the 2012 base model 11" MacBook Air only offering a 64GB flash module and the base 13" model offering just a 128GB flash module, installing an Aura Pro 6G flash module can increase storage capacity up to 8X higher! Plus for the upgradeable models, unlike an upgrade from the factory at the time of purchase, this OWC bundle includes an Envoy to keep that factory flash module working for you as a super fast, external storage solution!
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 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
  • Assembly Manual & User Guide (download only)

Gallery

Reviews

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

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
OWCSSDAP2A6G240
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 OWCSSDAP2A6K240 UPC#: 794504771022

OWC Envoy Specifications:

Chipset

  • High-performance ASMedia 1053e 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

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Power Supply

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

Drive Requirements

  • Compatible with the Flash SSD module used in 2012 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)

  • 2.8 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

Warranty

1 Year OWC Brand Standard Limited 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 1 Year OWC Brand Standard Limited Warranty

IMPORTANT NOTE: The OWC Envoy enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD found installed in Apple MacBook Air 2012 model. 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/)

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 43 out of 48 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Rick92262 Location: Palm Springs, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Super easy upgrade March 14, 2018 The read/write speeds aren't noticeably faster, but this was an easy to accomplish upgrade as I reached the limits on my factory 128G SSD. Video and printed documentation was good, and the enclosure for the original Apple SSD adds value and provides convenient and quick external storage.

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Reviewer: JRMATL Location: ATL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Mac Book Air Solid State Drive March 1, 2018 Awesome quality part. Fast and easy ordering online

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Reviewer: MikeB6 Experience Level: IT Professional
Rating: 5/5 Worked Perfect! January 30, 2018 It was easy to format and install!

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Reviewer: garagepunk65 Location: Indianapolis Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Super easy upgrade with instant results January 15, 2018 Fantastic kit with excellent video instructions. Took 10 minutes, tops. Probably the easiest upgrade I have ever done. Excellent documentation, great quality hardware that looks like it will stand the test of time .

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Reviewer: Richardhc Location: Nounea New Caledonia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 2/5 Envoy does not accept the OWC drive October 22, 2017 Beware, the Envoy SSD enclosure does NOT accept the OWC SSD drive that comes with this kit. The Envoy Enclosure only works with the original Apple drive. I have no idea why - it makes no sense at all.

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Response from MacSales.com, Call Center November 9, 2017 I am very sorry to hear if there was any confusion regarding the compatibility between the Aura SSD and Envoy enclosure. The Envoy enclosure was designed specifically for the stock Apple SSD and may not function with the Aura SSD installed. We do have this listed on our site, so I do apologize if this was not clear before purchasing. I am glad to hear that the Aura SSD is working well for you though!
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Reviewer: StanR Location: Ocean Isle, NC Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect upgrade October 18, 2017 Upgraded my MacBook Air drive. It was easy to do. The instructions were great. Everything worked like a charm.

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Reviewer: PhilGRichland Location: Richland Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Setup March 31, 2017 The SSD came when I expected, the installation of the SSD was simple. As was putting the old SSD in the enclosure. The re-installation of the OS worked flawlessly. Great product.

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Reviewer: azmiper Location: Cyberjaya Malaysia Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Recomended to all February 2, 2017 good product with super easy to install. very straightforward process and with instruction video very helpful.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ottawa, Ontario Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade May 13, 2016 The excellent instruction video made installation a snap. It's nice to be able to use the old SSD as an external USB drive. I did the recommended network system install and migrated from a Carbon Copy Cloner disk without a hitch.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Flawless So Far January 24, 2016 My wife received a MacBook Air as a gift. It had a laughably small 60GB SSD. I immediately ordered this more reasonably sized drive. Installation was easy and the drive performs flawlessly.

Plus, I now have a fast, compact external drive which I use for multiple purposes.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Replacement January 15, 2016 Replacement for the original 256 GB unit. No problem installing it (with the assistance of the OWC- video), transfer of data no issue. Unit lasted for 2 years and was replaced by the 1 TB unit and now serves as storage for my movie collection.Fast, reliable, great substitute!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toronto Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Can't be beat for value and performance January 11, 2016 Another excellent kit from OWC. This time, I wanted to add more capacity to my Macbook Air. Fortunately, this kit allows me to double the capacity, and gain a performance boost as well. It was very easy to follow the instructions, and it only took about 20 minutes. Everything you need is in the kit. One note--inserting the new hard drive into the vacated space in the Macbook Air DID take some forcing. The new hard drive is a tad longer than the OEM one. In fact, I had to shave down about 1/8" of plastic from the far right edge of the cradle in the Macbook air, where the hard drive seats in. You'll see this if you run into the same situation...it's easy to figure out where to shave down some plastic to make a little room.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oceanside Calf Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User
Rating: 5/5 Easy installation, good insturctions December 5, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Mauren, Liechtenstein Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Recommended November 20, 2015 Very speedy order processing: the SSD arrived within a few working days right across the Atlantik. I performed a Carbon Copy Cloner backup to the SSD before the swap. Installation was very simple: 1) All tools were included in this kit to perform the swap. 2) Step by step installation videos are available in the support section. Works like a charm.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2012: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Grand Turk, TCI Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 I have a perfect MBA 11" now! October 30, 2015 I bought this some time ago, and I just didn't have access to my OWC account for a while, so I didn't give a review of it. It is on the machine on which I am doing this review. It has served me in every capacity, and as a Mac enthusiast, it has lived to show those around me that it is well worth the purchase.

I readily recommend it. If I were to take away a star it would only be because I couldn't get 1TB.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Thornwood, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Product ordering could not have been easier June 8, 2015 Getting the correct model for my mac book air, could not have been easier. The kit included all of the appropriate and required parts and instructions. Upgrade went flawlessly. I will purchase mac upgrades from OWC again in the future.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Korea, seoul Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Wonderful ~! May 20, 2015 Your product is the best.

Thanks.

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I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brazil Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Purchase April 14, 2015 As usual OWC keeps up its high reputation on quick delivery, full of information during and superior quality on products. I installed by myself and running up in minutes. It is not the first purchase I make with them and as usual all products shows up with high quality.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brunei Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent January 17, 2015 Installation instructions are easy to follow, and the delivery time is on time.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dublin, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy Installation November 17, 2014 Upgraded my MacBook Air with this SSD kit. The removal of the original SSD drive and the installation of the new one couldn't have been easier with the kit. Now have the original SSD as an external drive that I use to boot my computer to Parallels for Windows. One minor glitch had me call the toll free number. Quick pick-up by the technician and he solved this issue quickly. Super product and support. Highly recommend.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 No Nonsense, Fast, Reliable SSD! November 14, 2014 When the product arrived i had issue with fitment. No Problem, the forums discussion solved the problem.

the SSD been running without problem for a year now.

Kudos to OWC. A product that is cheaper and faster than what Apple can provide. :D

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 120GB OWC Aura 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012 MacBook Air.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dubai Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 DIY product Excellent instructions August 23, 2014 At first i thought it will be difficult but once i followed step by step instruction it was a breeze. i got stuck at a point called the service center and they were really prompt and helpful and all got sorted. totally recommend this product

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Krakow,Poland Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 This product has great features, August 22, 2014 OK

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pewaukee, WI Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Ridiculously easy install August 8, 2014 The install instructions for this were ridiculously easy to follow. My only concern was the best way to get my old data onto the new drive and the instructions even had a link on their website for hints. It was perfect. The addition of the drive case for the old drive is nice as well. Very well made, and performance is stellar.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Great Product July 16, 2014 Works well - expanded the SSD with no muss no fuss. My advice is to buy it with the external USB box. I was going to sell my old 120GB SSD, but then realized I have no way to wipe it, so I had to separately order the external USB box. Luckily, it was on sale.

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OWC 240GB Aura™ Pro
Solid State Drive and Envoy Storage Solution
Mfr P/N: OWCSSDAP2A6K240 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAP2A6K240 for MacBook Air 2012 Edition SSD: 5 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
Envoy: 1 Year OWC Brand Standard Limited Warranty
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