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iphonefreak450

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I was wondering if my MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) SSD drive is soldered in the motherboard or not?
In other words, if the SSD drive fails, can It be replaced on this model or is it soldered in the motherboard?
 

jabbawok

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There’s quite a few people now with hot-air rework stations upgrading the ram and SSDs on intel macs. I’ve even seen a few CPU replacements. It’s certainly not an end user job, but it’s been done. It may be harder on ARM Macs but I think I’ve seen it done on those too.
 
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Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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The answer is, "no".

The days of replaceable/upgradeable drives and memory are over for Apple computers.
(for all practical purposes, that is...)
 

ignatius345

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There’s quite a few people now with hot-air rework stations upgrading the ram and SSDs on intel macs. I’ve even seen a few CPU replacements.
This is great and I hope we see more of that to extend the usable life of all these Intel Macs kicking around.

It’s certainly not an end user job, but it’s been done. It may be harder on ARM Macs but I think I’ve seen it done on those too.
The RAM on Apple Silicon Macs is integrated right into the SoC. I'd be very curious to hear about someone somehow upgrading that.
 

jabbawok

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Sep 30, 2004
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This is great and I hope we see more of that to extend the usable life of all these Intel Macs kicking around.


The RAM on Apple Silicon Macs is integrated right into the SoC. I'd be very curious to hear about someone somehow upgrading that.
The ram isn’t integrated into the SOC directly, it’s just a BGA chip soldered on the same package. There were some guys in China that did a ram upgrade very early on.
 

VaruLV

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The answer is, "no".

The days of replaceable/upgradeable drives and memory are over for Apple computers.
(for all practical purposes, that is...)
With EU pushing for repairable and sustainable goods, I wouldn't be surprised to see not only Apple having USB-C on iPhone(coming this year afaik) and allowing 3rd party app stores but also being forced into some sort of SSD and maybe even RAM user upgradeability in not so far away future.
 

white7561

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You can probably replace or add chips then do a full restore using apple Configurator 2 to make it use the new chips but I'm just guessing
 

dmccloud

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Sep 7, 2009
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Just to confirm, that on my MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) SSD drive is soldered? Correct?

SSDs have been soldered on MacBooks since well before the switch to Apple Silicon. Even if you order one from the Apple website and customize the specs, that RAM and SSD configuration is still soldered onto the logic board. While it is technically possible to desolder the existing storage and upgrade, it requires equipment that the vast majority of people do not have access to, nor have the requisite experience to perform the upgrade successfully.
 

Fishrrman

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"So what's the preferred, optimum way to increase storage?"

Buy a small external USB3 SSD (preferably USB3.1 gen2, which is 2x as fast as USB3).

I'd suggest a Samsung t7 "shield".
Very VERY good price right here:
 
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