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OWC

1.0TB 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
Designed for Mac
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 16X 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.

The Aura Pro 6G SSD features a suite of industry leading controller technologies for performance and reliability.
  • Global wear leveling algorithm automatically distributes data evenly and manages program/erase count, maximizing SSD lifespan.
  • StaticDataRefresh technology manages free space, gradually refreshing data across the SSD over time, enhancing data integrity.
  • Hardware BCH ECC corrects errors up to 66-bit/1KB for superior data retention and drive health.
  • Best-in-class power consumption
  • Advanced security protocols support AES 128/256-bit full-drive encryption
Everything you need in one package
  • Reuse the factory SSD via the OWC Envoy Pro as an external storage solution.1
  • 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.
Now thanks to OWC and the Aura Pro SSD line, you can buy the MacBook Air you want today and enjoy higher performance whenever you're ready to upgrade. OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides up to nearly 16x the capacity of your MacBook Air's factory SSD, while offering faster performance.
The Envoy Pro 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 Pro is ready to go.
Better by Design
Aura Pro 6G SSD for MacBook Air 2012 is designed and built with premium tier-1 NAND flash and backed by a 5-year warranty. OWC SSDs are engineered to be the best for Mac, undergoing a rigorous 7- stage lab testing process to deliver absolute reliability at maximum performance long into the future.
Important Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with select Apple Flash SSDs from most 2013 to 2015 Mac models. Do NOT attempt to install or use an OWC Aura, Aura Pro, Aura Pro X or Aura Pro X2 SSD in the Envoy Pro as you can damage the OWC SSD, enclosure, or both. Such damage is not covered under warranty.

Please Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is not compatible with stock Apple Toshiba drives. Please see the Knowledge Base article on Envoy Pro (PCIe): Apple Stock Drive Compatibility for further details.

1.0TB Aura™ Pro 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
960GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 1024GB
64GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
894GiB
NAND
1GB DDR3
Controller
Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Sync-NAND Flash
SMART Attributes
Silicon Motion SM2246EN Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
Native Command Queuing
Standard up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSDA2A6G960
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Reliability3

Data Reliability
Built-in BCH ECC: Up to 66 bits correctable per 1024 bytes
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 256-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)
560MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
460MB/s
Random 4K Read
Up to 74,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write
Up to 73,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Active Power
2 Watts
Idle Power
.7 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)
-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.

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

Drive Requirements

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

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.

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Cooling

  • Silent, fanless operation

Power Supply

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

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

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDAP2A6K960 UPC#: 812437024128

Gallery

Video

13" 2012 MacBook Air SSD install


11" 2012 MacBook Air SSD install


Envoy SSD Install
This product 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
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

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

Includes

  • OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD
  • Envoy Pro USB 3.0 bus-powered storage solution
  • Carrying case
  • USB 3.0 (Micro-B to Standard-A) connecting cable
  • Pentalobe compatible driver
  • Torx T-5 driver

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: 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.

Verified Buyer
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 1.0 TB Aura Pro Solid-state Drive and Envoy Storage Solution Mfr P/N: SSDAP2A6K960 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAP2A6K960 for 2012 MacBook Air 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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