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480 GB Aura Pro
Solid-State Drive

Mac
For 2012 - early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display
Designed for you Mac
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 a free 'how-to' video to make this an easy and money-saving DIY upgrade.

The Aura Pro 6G SSD features a suite of industry leading controller technologies for performance and reliability.

  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your solid-state drive (SSD).
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
  • 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.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
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.
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.

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
OWCSSDAP12R480
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 OWCSSDAP12R480 UPC#: 794504769029

Video

15" MacBook Pro SSD install


13" MacBook Pro SSD Install
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

Reviews

Warranty

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

5 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty

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.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 41 out of 41 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Effet Location: Toulouse France Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Suitable as original one !! October 19, 2016 Perfect ssd replacement kit ! Both in the computer that the outer housing ! A bit surprised as it shows 960Mb not 1To but it seems to be common in such capacity... Anyway, so happy to have so much room in my MacBook Pro :) !!

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Reviewer: fullofideas Location: MY
Rating: 5/5 thunderbolt option September 7, 2016 I would hope that there is an thunderbolt option with faster read write

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good product, excellent service July 8, 2016 I have purchased a number of items from OWC. It is a great company to deal with, straight forward honest, what you see is what you get, not many of those around these days.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Virginia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent drive July 7, 2016 Doubled the space on my macbook pro retina and runs great. I have been using it over a month now and everything works as planned. Installation was a breeze when following the videos provided. Biggest time sink was installing the operating system fresh (my choice). Once that was done, it has been working great.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nick58Name Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Nice SSD upgrade June 7, 2016 I had a MacBook Pro 13" Retina (MacBookPro10,2) which started acting "a little weird", which turned out to be that the internal SSD was failing. This set me into a little bit of a panic, so I bought this Aura Pro 6G with the five year warranty.

I used the very helpful installation video that OWC has for replacing an SSD in this model of MBPro. There was minor minor glitch, in that the instructions say "This upgrade requires a Pentalobe compatible screwdriver, and a Torx T5 screwdriver". The upgrade does require those, and those came in the upgrade kit. But when you get 1:42 into the video for this *specific* model of MBPro, you find out "there are three Torx T6 screws, which will need to be removed". Luckily I do have a T6 screwdriver from a different project (and also from OWC!), so this glitch just added 15 minutes to the installation process while I tracked down that screwdriver.

The installation went pretty smoothly, and I moved the old internal SSD into the Envoy Pro external enclosure (which is custom-designed for the type of SSD card in these models of Macbook Pro's). The new SSD is working quite fine, and I'm pretty sure everything is also running faster now. The SSD card that I bought also has significantly more capacity that the original SSD, which is another welcome improvement.

At this point I've had the new drive for only one month, but so far it's been a great upgrade for my laptop.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Diego Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 This upgrade was a piece of cake! June 5, 2016 Bought this to upgrade my early 2013 MB from 250GB SSD to 1.0TB SSD. I was a little concerned about tearing apart my MB but after watching the videos here decided to tackle it. So glad I did. I first installed the 1TB drive into the Envoy Pro case. Then plunged it into my MB using the provided cable. A dialog popped up ask if I wanted to initialize the drive, I clicked Initialize and it opened Disk Utility app with Erase already highlighted. Clicked OK, it was done in 2 seconds. I used SuperDuper! to clone current 250GB to the 1TB in the Envoy case. The prog is simple to use, just select the source and target drives from the pull downs and Backup all files.Click Copy and wait while it does its thing. The full copy took 33 Min. I then swapped the 2 drives just like shown in the video and crossing my fingers, restarted my MB. Now, this is the only CON I have. On boot up I got the initial chime and then waited about 15 seconds before the Apple logo appear. With my old drive I would hear the chime and almost immediately see the Apple icon. From that point on everything seems to be operating the same or faster. Subsequent boot ups exhibit the same delay to the Apple logo, but its a small price to pay for almost 800GB more disk space. I also had to re-authenticate my Office 365 subscription, by re-logging into my 365 account. So far everything seems to be running great and I'm very happy.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Detroit Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple & Robust January 28, 2016 The OWC Memory installed on my MAC book Pro 13 Retina in a flash. Performance has been flawless and fast.

Excellent job OWC!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Working perfectly.... September 24, 2015 I wanted to expand the storage of my early 2012 MacBook Pro retina 13, and should buy this SSD. It was the only option for me, because 2012 macbook pro retina uses its own specific size and interface of SSD (Is it right?). Anyway, the replacement of old SSD with newer one was quite easy and became upgrade the operation system from yosemite to El capitan, the activation of trim support is also no more problem... 480G is huge space and I am using with satisfaction...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Manly, Australia
Rating: 5/5 Great solid product September 7, 2015 Very happy with the purchase, the hard drive swap process was pretty straightforward and the enclosure is nice, compact and provides reasonably good performance when plugging in to a USB3 port.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Erie, PA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Seamless Upgrade August 10, 2015 The 480GB Aura Pro 6G upgrade was easy and seamless. I temporarily installed the new drive in the Envoy enclosure so I could I clone the existing drive. I verified the drive by booting from it while it was still in the Envoy enclosure. Once that was completed it took about 10 minutes to swap drives and I was up and running.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Gamer Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Muy buen producto August 6, 2015 Son los mejores SSD para las Macbook Pro Retina. Recomendado para el que lo quiera comprar lo tengo hace un año y no hay ningún problema de nada es muy rápido y la garantía es la mejor. muchas gracias a todos

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: EDMONTON AB Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Much improvement over 256 ssd Mac Drive August 3, 2015 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..
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Norway Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 awesome ssd storage for my Mac August 2, 2015 I'm totally new to Mac. But the install was really easy to understand. Thanks to the youtube video. The torx screwdriver did not fit all the screws, but luckily I had one that fittet on my own. My Mac has never been faster, and I've never seen photoshop open and ready to work that fast before.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excelent July 30, 2015 fast and simple upgrade!! Seriously... i spend 40 minutes to change and clone my ssd. Great product!!! My macbook is faster!!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect Solution June 22, 2015 Easy to install and provides a great, tiny external drive made from the chips you remove from the laptop.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: North Miami Beach Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Quality Product & Shipped Immediately As Promised! June 1, 2015 Great Quality Product & Shipped Immediately As Promised! Would definitely recommend this Vendor & their Products!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: UK Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast and simple to install May 27, 2015 An excellent replacement to the stock Apple SSD - noticeably faster and very simple to install with the instructions on the website.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alcester UK Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent upgrade April 7, 2015 My Macbook Pro had outgrown its 256GB SSD so I looked at ways of increasing the capacity. The 512GB SSD upgrade kit from OWC seemed to be what I was looking for so I ordered one from the US on Saturday and amazingly it was delivered to me in the UK on the following Tuesday.

My Macbook was out of warranty so I was happy to follow the excellent instructions and dismantle it using the supplied tools to install the new drive. The whole process took me about 20 minutes and was straightforward.

Reinstalling OS X and restoring my data took about 2 hours following which I had a Macbook which felt like new. It is faster and now has 250GB of free disk space.

The old SSD drive fitted into a very neat external USB caddy that matches my Macbook perfectly so I also have an external 256GB drive.

My only slight niggle is the fact that the supplied USB cable is very stiff and it is difficult to get the external drive caddy to sit flat on the desk. This really is a very minor problem though and is easily fixed using a different cable of which I have a large selection to choose from.

Overall an excellent upgrade at a reasonable price.

Thoroughly recommended

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Milwaukee, WI Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great and easy March 30, 2015 The drive and enclosure were shipped quickly and were easy to install with the tools provided. OWC provides easy to follow videos on how to perform the swap of the drive. It fit perfectly with no issues. Some posts mentioned how the drive bowed when put in, but I did not experience that. I'm wondering if they ordered the wrong drive for their model computer. In my case everything went together perfectly and it has been running great for a few weeks now.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Kansas City, MO Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast and Easy to Install March 6, 2015 The Aura Pro is much faster than the factory Apple SSD. The drive is easy to install using the provided tools and instructions. I'm so glad that OWC makes these upgrades. The Envoy Pro matches my Retina perfectly as well. The SSD is a little pricey for the capacity but it uses an Apple proprietary connector so thats understandable.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Taipei, Taiwan Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 fast and easy January 13, 2015 Ordered a SSD for me 15"MBP with Retina. The product arrived within one week. Instructions are clear and exchanging the drive took just minutes. Great!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Rockville, MD Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works perfectly! November 2, 2014 Installation instructions were clear and easy to perform. Sped up my MacBook Pro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington State Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 A great thing to exchange. August 17, 2014 The wimpy hard drive on my MBPro Retina from 2012 was the only thing wrong with it. It now has a normal sized hard drive which is a great relief. The instructions on line are perfect and super easy. Everything went well. It was great to have the speedy little external USB3 drive. The only problem was that the USB3 drive kept unmounting itself erratically for no reason that I could see, so I stopped using it. I may go back and check inside to see if I didn't make good connections, but it was great when it worked. It could also be another problem I haven't discovered.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: France Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade July 23, 2014 Easy to swap SSD within the MBPretina. Works fine

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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple to install and works very well. July 21, 2014 Super easy to install into my macbook pro retina with the clear tutorial video and works very well. It was also very considerate of OWC to throw in the external caddy for the existing MacBook Hard Drive.

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2012-Early 2013
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