Can you replace SSD in RMBP?

yabot

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I had a look at ifixit and it seems pretty easy, the only complicated bit for me would be re installing everything onto the blank SSD as i've never done that.

Has anyone successfully done that?

I have a 15inch rmbp from early 2013, looking to upgrade the 256 to 512gb.
 

yjchua95

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I had a look at ifixit and it seems pretty easy, the only complicated bit for me would be re installing everything onto the blank SSD as i've never done that.

Has anyone successfully done that?

I have a 15inch rmbp from early 2013, looking to upgrade the 256 to 512gb.
Early-2013, yes. I think OWC offers an aftermarket upgrade for it.

Late-2013, nope.
 

Quackers

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As above, the mid 2012 rMBP and early 2013 can be replaced with after market SSD's but the later (PCIe ones iirc) are soldered to the board.
 

laurihoefs

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As above, the mid 2012 rMBP and early 2013 can be replaced with after market SSD's but the later (PCIe ones iirc) are soldered to the board.
They are not soldered! There just are no aftermarket SSDs currently available.
 

laurihoefs

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Lol, just been there :D
I should have looked there first instead of trusting what I'd read.
My mistake :)
Well, as no aftermarket replacements, or even enclosures/adapters/docks for the drives are available, from an end users point of view it might as well be soldered ;)
 

Gav2k

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Owc have announced there working on a blade for the 2013 models currently.
 

Commy1

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Looking forward to third party PCIe SSD's. Bought the 256GB because of that iFixit teardown, before I go travelling I hope to upgrade to a 1TB at least so I won't have to worry about externals for photography on the go.
 

maflynn

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Looking forward to third party PCIe SSD's
I don't know if you'll get too many options. OWC is the only one selling SSD replacements for the MBA and rMBP (other then the new rMBP) and its not cheap. I have no idea if they'll be selling the newer PCIe SSDs but the older SSDs are pricey
 

marivaux

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Here's a question that I have--since they are not soldered on, why doesn't Apple offer upgrades? I assume that if your SSD fails while you have Applecare (or are willing to pay) they will replace the SSD as opposed to the laptop. But why can't you upgrade from, say, a 256 SSD to a 1TB--you know, later, when you can afford it, etc.
 

Commy1

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I don't know if you'll get too many options. OWC is the only one selling SSD replacements for the MBA and rMBP (other then the new rMBP) and its not cheap. I have no idea if they'll be selling the newer PCIe SSDs but the older SSDs are pricey
I realize there are no options at the moment, but I'm hoping. Samsung and Sandisk are making the PCIe SSD's right now, unless they've got some kind of order from Apple that forbids them from selling PCIe ever I don't see why at the very least one of those companies might put out branded versions.
 

old-wiz

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Here's a question that I have--since they are not soldered on, why doesn't Apple offer upgrades? I assume that if your SSD fails while you have Applecare (or are willing to pay) they will replace the SSD as opposed to the laptop. But why can't you upgrade from, say, a 256 SSD to a 1TB--you know, later, when you can afford it, etc.
Apple wants you to buy a new Mac. IIRC, they have never offered to upgrade SSDs or HDDs after purchase. Authorized resellers will sometimes do it though.
 

yabot

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awesome!

How do i go about installing fresh OSX on it then? I have a 1tb external HD, but dont want that formatted.

Also where can i buy one in the UK?

Thanks!