Is there anyway to replace my 2015 MBPr hard drive?

FlyingTexan

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I have a 2015 MBPr that came with the 128GB HD. It's been a fantastic machine but I'm out of storage. Basically I took a new job where they do everything through Dropbox and my machine has filled up. I have nothing vital on this machine as I put it all in my own Dropbox folder too. Tossing warranty and all those types of concerns out the window is it possible for me to get a larger HD? I like the machine and don't really have a reason to blow money on a new one I just need more space.

Thanks
 

dwfaust

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I have a 2015 MBPr that came with the 128GB HD. It's been a fantastic machine but I'm out of storage. Basically I took a new job where they do everything through Dropbox and my machine has filled up. I have nothing vital on this machine as I put it all in my own Dropbox folder too. Tossing warranty and all those types of concerns out the window is it possible for me to get a larger HD? I like the machine and don't really have a reason to blow money on a new one I just need more space.

Thanks
AFAIK, no.

There are third party replacement SSDs for the SSDs in some of the earlier MBP and MBA machines... but I have not seen anything (or heard rumors of anything) for the 2014-2015 vintage machines.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC
 

FlyingTexan

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are there any compression type programs I could use that could compress the files I don't use on a daily basis? I only really use a select few programs but with dropbox hitting my system so hard is there a way to adjust how it works or somehow compress the files that it uses? There's abour 40+GB of dropbox text, excel, and pdf files.
[doublepost=1456206959][/doublepost]Or what's the memory card option? Are there any that I can plug in and use that are fast as a regular SSD and low profile enough to not protrude?
 

dwfaust

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are there any compression type programs I could use that could compress the files I don't use on a daily basis? I only really use a select few programs but with dropbox hitting my system so hard is there a way to adjust how it works or somehow compress the files that it uses? There's abour 40+GB of dropbox text, excel, and pdf files.
[doublepost=1456206959][/doublepost]Or what's the memory card option? Are there any that I can plug in and use that are fast as a regular SSD and low profile enough to not protrude?
I have several "half" cards that I use in the SD card slot.

Both PNY (StorEDGE) and Transcend (JetDrive) make cards with fixed storage sizes. Current models are 64 and 128GB.

TheMiniDrive and Nifty make cards with removable MicroSD cards and currently support sizes up to 128GB.I have several brands, as well.

The StorEDGE has a small lip that sticks out just enough to allow you to grab it to eject the drive. The other versions sit completely flush with the rMPB, and have little slots where you can "hook" them with the provided tool to eject them.

theMiniDrive
Nifty Mini Drive
PNY StorEDGE
Transcend JetDrive
 

Samuelsan2001

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They come up on eBay sometimes pulled from broken machines but are more expensive than buying what you need in the first place.
 

FlyingTexan

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OP:

If you "need more storage", the fastest, easiest, cheapest way would be to plug in something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZTRY532?tag=delt-20
That's not really going to meet my needs. It needs to be internal and continual not something I lug around and always have to pull out and plug in so the machine can sync with all the company work.
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They come up on eBay sometimes pulled from broken machines but are more expensive than buying what you need in the first place.
So basically if I can find a busted 2015 MBP i can offer a couple hundred for it then canabalize the HD? Is that all it really comes down to is just the adapters?
 

poematik13

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You can get an OEM 256 or 512 drive off ebay and install it yourself. It's not hard, its just a flash drive that has 1 screw. Then put the 128 into a TB enclosure and use it as a super fast external drive
 

Count Blah

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Sorry, you should have taken into account, all possible paths your life could possibly take, when making your apple purchases.

Apple wants you to sell your current MBP, and purchase another one.

And people wonder why there is more push back than ever?
 

ajcgn

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You can get an OEM 256 or 512 drive off ebay and install it yourself. It's not hard, its just a flash drive that has 1 screw. Then put the 128 into a TB enclosure and use it as a super fast external drive
Does this mean I could remove the 1TB SSD from my 2011 15" MBP and install it in a 2015 15" MBP? I know it would be slower, but obviously cheaper. (Or am I simply out to lunch?)
 

Aditya_S

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There are 128GB SD cards that you can use and are apparently flush with the Macbook Pros, try finding one made for the Macbooks
 

kschendel

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The micro SD cards suggested by "dwfaust" are the closes thing to internal drives, they fit flush or close to it and are probably your simplest solution. Plug one in and leave it there.

The SSD blade used by Apple has a nonstandard or at least non-M.2 pin layout, so you need an Apple branded or Apple pin compatible SSD if you want to replace what's in there now. You can find them on ebay (search for e.g. "Apple 512 GB SSD") but they will cost you a lot more than an add-on micro-SSD card, I think.
 

cerberusss

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Have a look at this one:
http://tardisk.com/

It's a 256 GB special-sized SD-card that sits flush with the outer case. There's software included that makes a Fusion Drive from it and the internal SSD. It's $399.

A cheaper alternative would be to order the Nifty Minidrive:
http://eu.minidrive.bynifty.com/products/minidrive-r15
then add the 128 GB storage. You could order just the minidrive and try it with a 256 GB micro-SD from Amazon. If it doesn't work then you can always send it back.
 
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poematik13

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Does this mean I could remove the 1TB SSD from my 2011 15" MBP and install it in a 2015 15" MBP? I know it would be slower, but obviously cheaper. (Or am I simply out to lunch?)
No, they are different form factors. The SSD in your 2011 is the larger conventional 2.5" SATA, the 2015's use a very small and slim PCI-E SSD. The module looks like a stick of gum.
 

r6mile

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If you need the data constantly on you, just get one of those SD-style solutions. I use the Transcend JetDrive and it works very well - you can get up to 256GB. I use one and it works quite well. I don't understand why you'd risk voiding the warranty (and risking Apple refusing to do even out of warranty repairs) and spending $$$$. SD-speed will be more than adequate for Dropbox.
 

jerryk

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I just got an SSD enclosure for $13 on Amazon and threw in a Samsung 850 Evo 500GB SSD. Total cost was under $170. The combination is very, very fast. In excess of 500 MB/sec.

If I did not need the space I could have gotten an 256 Evo 850 for $88 and been done for under $100.
 
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