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OWC

240GB Aura Pro 6G
Solid State Drive

for MacBook Air 2011 Edition
OWC's Aura Pro SSD provides up to nearly 8x the capacity over factory SSDs while offering up to 3x Faster Performance vs. Factory Options.
  • More SPEED up to 507MB/s...3x faster than factory.*
  • More STORAGE up to nearly 8x more capacity!**
  • 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 2011 base model 11″ MacBook Air with a 64GB Solid State Drive or the top of the line 13″ model with a 256GB SSD, OWC's Aura Pro 6G SSD offers 3x higher speed than the factory SSD.... up to 507MB/s and up to 8x more storage capacity than factory options.

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.

*Random 4K write data rates of 57.56 for OWC SSD vs 18.49 for Apple factory stock SSD
**OWC SSD Maximum total flash capacity 512GB before 7% overprovisioning with 480GB actual usable capacity compared to Apple 64GB Flash option for 11.1" model.
The Aura™ Pro is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,2
1.7GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,2
1.86GHz, 2.13GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookAir4,1
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Late 2010)
(October, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookAir3,1
1.4GHz, 1.6GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,2
1.8GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook Air
NOT COMPATIBLE
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookAir5,1
1.7GHz, 2.0GHz

Includes

  • Aura Pro 6G SSD

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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 2X-nm 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
OWCSSDAPE6G240
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
3 Year OWC Warranty
(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sustained
Reads (up to)
507MB/s
Sustained
Writes (up to)
454MB/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)
-67°F to 302°F
Temperature (°C)
-55°C to 150°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels

Installation

How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011

Because OS X Lion is preinstalled on the removable Apple factory flash drive module, you cannot simply remove that drive and replace it with an OWC Aura Pro SSD without some initial preparation.

There are two methods you can select to prepare using an OWC Aura Pro SSD in your Mid 2011 MacBook Air.

Method #1

Internet Recovery Mode via Apple Knowledge Base Article #HT4718
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

NOTE: If moving an OWC Aura Pro SSD used in a 2010 MacBook Air, using this method will completely erase the drive's data. Make SURE you have a Time Machine® backup or clone of the OWC Aura Pro SSD on an external drive.

Method #2

Recovery Partition Restore Mode
  1. Make SURE you have a Time Machine backup or clone of your data (from either the Apple factory stock flash drive or OWC Aura Pro SSD) on an external drive. We will refer to this drive as Drive #1.
  2. Boot to the recovery partition on the stock drive by holding down Command R during
    a restart or boot process.
  3. Use Disk Utility to do a restore on a separate external USB drive. DO NOT use the same external drive that was used for your Time Machine or clone backup. We will refer to this drive as Drive #2.
  4. Replace the MacBook Air's stock flash drive with the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  5. Boot to the USB Drive #2's recovery partition.
  6. Use Disk Utility to do a restore to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  7. Restart or Boot to the OWC Aura Pro SSD.
  8. Run Apple Migration Assistant to clone your data from Drive #1.
How to Install the Aura Pro in MacBook Air 2011
  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 OWCSSDAPE6G240 UPC#: 736211772459

Reviews

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

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 8 out of 8 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Seattle, WA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy installation, faster than stock SSD February 29, 2016 Ordered this in November 2012 to replace stock SSD which died unexpectedly in my mid-2011 MacBook Air. More space, more speed, easy installation, still running like a charm (in Feb. 2016). A+, recommend highly. Thanks OWC!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 180GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: breckjb Location: breckenridge, CO Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 awesome! August 6, 2012 this drive rocks! super fast and so much more room. the installation video was spot on - made it so easy to do it myself. thanks!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Mick Location: Charles Town, WV Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Future Proof Your Macbook Air June 28, 2012 I wanted more storage space and a performance upgrade for my 2011 Macbook Air and this worked perfectly. I think this is a better deal than just the SSD as it contains the enclosure that you can use with your old OEM SSD. The OWC install video was extremely helpful but really, all you do is remove the cover, slide the power cable off, and a single screw holds the SSD in place. I was back up and running in less than 15 mins. As always, make sure you have a backup to reinstall the OS. Eventually, the price will come down so now it's an expensive option but it does ensure the Macbook will be ready for anything I throw at it for the next few years.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD + Envoy Kit for MacBook Air 2011: Complete Solution with Enclosure.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Dmad Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Holy speed... May 29, 2012 I ordered this thing and installed it in my mid-2011 Macbook Air and I can't believe how much faster EVERYTHING is - even surfing the web (which I never thought hard drive read/write speeds would make that much of a difference with). It's significantly faster than the factory installed SSD. Photoshop (and all other programs) start super fast, looking through photos on my HD is waaay faster. I'm thrilled. I'm spoiled. I can never go back.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro Express 6G Solid-State Drive for 2011 MacBook Air.

Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Brundles Location: Ontario Canada Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 WOW are these REALLY REALLY FAST! May 10, 2012 Just got mine today and I'm so happy I did this upgrade. Very simple to install anyone can do it. I have posted the unboxing, install and benchmark on youtube for all to see.

Thanks again Macsales for another great product

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Video: View "My unboxing, install and benchmark on this product" on YouTube

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: BigSean Location: Natchitoches, LA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Plenty of blazing fast real estate March 28, 2012 This upgrade turned my fast 2011 13.3" MacBook Air with a constrained 128GB Toshiba SSD into a roomy and smoking fast disk. As you can see by the attached benchmark, sustained reads are up to ~240MB/s and reads up to 500MB/s. Real world performance will spoil you.

With 479.76GB of storage space, the MBA has become my primary machine. I can sync my 100GB DropBox account, maintain respectable iTunes and iPhoto libraries, and keep a few Parallels virtual machines handy. All this and I have plenty of space available to edit video.

While cost is certainly high, the storage space, performance, and reliability make it worth the price. I paid more for this 480GB SSD than I did for the 13.3" 128GB MacBook Air itself, which was on sale at Best Buy for $1,135. You may consider purchasing a refurbished MBA to maximize the price-performance ratio.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro Express 6G Solid-State Drive for 2011 MacBook Air.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: macman147 Location: Glasgow, Scotland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product March 9, 2012 Really easy to install and brilliantly fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: JJFCPA Location: Omaha, Nebraska Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Delivers as promised! February 27, 2012 I've always loved my Macbook Air, but with a max of 256 gigabytes of space, it just wasn't enough for all my Mac development files and a Windows 7 virtual machine to support my Windows development.

When I read about the 480GB drive from Other World Computing, I knew that I wanted it and delivery, I reserved the entire weekend for installation and copying my data from my current MBA 256GB drive.

I used their video detailing how to install and copy my data from my current drive to the newly installed OWC drive and was more than surprised to have everything done in less than a couple of hours. Most of that was spent just waiting for all my data to copy. The actual installation took a mere 15-20 minutes and was easier than replacing the hard drive in my Macbook Pro 15".

Now that everything is copied over and ready for use, I can enjoy the benefits of a thin and light MBA with enough space to handle all my current data and still have room for my iTunes and iPhoto library.

And if you thought you could only get that kind of performance from a Macbook Pro 15" or 17", well, I'm here to tell you that the MBA is just as fast or perhaps even faster thanks to the OWC drive.

Thanks OWC. For once, I got what was promised and more.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro Express 6G Solid-State Drive for 2011 MacBook Air.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: TahoeDXB Location: Dubai, UAE Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 perfect February 23, 2012 it is the perfect solution for the MBA lovers. it was so easy to fix it inside my macbook air 11 thanks to the video provided in this website.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro Express 6G Solid-State Drive for 2011 MacBook Air.

OWC 240GB Aura™ Pro
6G Solid State Drive
Mfr P/N: OWCSSDAPE6G240 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAPE6G240 for MacBook Air 2010-2011 Edition 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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