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OWC ships MacBook Pro Retina display SSD upgrade

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Tue August 14, 2012

User installable upgrade nearly doubles stock capacity

Accessory and upgrade manufacturer OWC announced the first SSD upgrade for the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display. The drive is available in a single 480GB capacity, and upgrades purchasing before September 30 will receive the OWC Envoy Pro USB 3.0 bus-powered portable enclosure for reutilizing the removed SSD as an external drive at no additional cost.

The Mercury Aura drive for the MacBook Pro with Retina display is user-installable and edges out the Apple SSD at up to 500MB/second data transfer versus the Apple drive at a read speed of 461MB/second. the OWC Mercury brand SSD boasts block management and wear leveling technologies, limiting the reduction in speed common to solid state drives over long term use.

The 480GB drive retails for $580, and is available now. For a limited time, the purchase includes the OWC Envoy Pro USB 3.0 external drive case shipped to the customer before the end of 2012.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chris2519

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    Joined: 07-20-08

    How is this accomplished? All I've read are reports about how the retina MacBook are not upgradable. Looked at OWC website for how to video but nothing posted yet (their link goes to a MacBook air upgrade video). Curious how complicated the upgrade is.

  1. Kazuhide

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    Joined: 08-24-12

    you're thinking of the RAM, which is soldiered to the logic board. The SSD is totally removable. The problem with retina SSD is that it is a specific apple designed shape, so most 2.5" SSD hard drives won't fit in there. OWC has made a specific retina display sized SSD that fits the correct form factor to be installed into a Retina mb pro.

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