Adding mSATA SSD to MacBook Pro Retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robvas, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. robvas macrumors 68030

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    Here's some quick pictures to show how to add an mSATA SSD to a 2012 or early-2013 MacBook Pro Retina (13 or 15 inch model)

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    This is for the data transfer. You don't need this part if you are just going to install the new SSD and re-install OS X from scratch or a backup.

    Clockwise from the top, we have a USB 3.0 SATA enclosure, mSATA SSD drive, mSATA adapter for rMBP, and a mSATA to SATA adapter.

    When you connect this drive to your Mac you may have to initialize it

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    I'm using the free trial of Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my existing drive over to the new one. It only takes about 5 minutes to do. It may take longer or go even faster depending on how much data you have.

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    Remove the back cover of your MacBook Pro and you'll see the SSD

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    Instal the new mSATA SSD into the adapter, and then install that into the place where the old SSD was

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    Re-install the bottom cover of your MacBook Pro and you're ready to go.

    Run the 'sudo trimforce enable' command from a Terminal when you boot back up to enable TRIM.
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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