MBP 15" Retina SSD Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fabuchao, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. fabuchao macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2017
  2. sman789 Customer Support


    Dec 25, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I just picked up a rMBP 2014 and was wondering about upgrading the SSD too. These M.2 drives are common place for laptops now but according to this thread, http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/upgrade-ssd-in-2013-2014-macbook-m-2-adapter.2023855/, you'll need an adapter.

    Everymac has a great article you can read about upgrading our MacBooks, http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...etina-display-how-to-upgrade-ssd-storage.html.

    You may have to shell out a bit more money just for the sake of convenience here, https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro.
  3. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    I am in the same boat but the OWC prices are insane, $350 for a 480GB.

    I am getting to a point where my patience is getting very thing with Apple's prices, and their non upgradable devices strategy.
  4. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    M2 SSDs are not worth trying to install - it's relatively untested and I did a lot of research into this when I wanted to bump my Late 2013's capacity from 512GB to 1TB. I ended up not doing it and adding it tothe list justifying the jump to the 2016 model.

    EBay's got the 1TB Apple SSD blades for like $750 - that's the going price unfortunately. Someone should really try the M2 adapters out and the community can work to create a compatibility guide, but I couldn't find a single real-world user that had one a month or so ago and I wasn't willing to test it out on my main machine.
  5. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Can you give me some more background on your decision to go to 1TB? I am deciding now between 512 and 1 TB for the new 2016 TB, and am finding the 3k price a little hard to swallow. My friend tells me not to spend the money, but I don't want to be stuck out of space in 2 years.
  6. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    The 2016 model has soldered SSD so you'll be SOL.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    While a pain, you can always go the external drive route down the road if you're out of space. I agree that 3k is a bitter pill to swallow for a laptop. I was at the Apple store yesterday and looking over the new MBPs and while visually they are a stunning machine, the price tag for a stock MBP is shockingly high without updating the configuration
  8. Fancuku macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    No, that SSD will not work. First it's a Sata III and Apple's are MVMe. Second, Apple uses a custom form SSD. The pins are different than regular M.2 SSDs.
    Only way to upgrade your SSD is to buy one from OWC (much slower speeds than Apple's) or buy an original Apple Samsung SSD on eBay. Some are pulled from other systems and some seem to be new from people who have access to those parts.
  9. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    It's definitely AHCI, not NVMe.
  10. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston

    I had a Late 2013 15" with 512GB and while it was pretty much fine, I work in fast-paced documentary style video production and photography on the road with pop music artists, so there were a lot of occasions where I needed to simply dump footage straight to the SSD and bang out a quick edit, or just generally needed to store more stuff like large photoshop documents, commonly used media that I'd need for most projects, and my small Windows partition for a couple games on the go. For me, if I can squeeze by on smaller edits by just dumping all the media straight to the new 2016, editing, and then offloading it all to an external HDD after, it's preferable since the turnaround time is usually instant. The speed of the SSD makes cards dump faster and reduces stutter caused by trying to edit 4K off of a spinning disk external.

    With the 1TB, I've got myself a 240GB Windows partition to play Battlefield 1, Overwatch, Spintires, and a few other games with about 50GB free here. Then I've got MacOS, all the Adobe CC software, FCPX, Logic, and an army of fonts, graphics, alpha channel grain and flare, etc and I've still got 450GB free for on-demand small projects like I was mentioning above. It's just a lot more comfortable knowing I've got this space for the next three or so years, whereas last time I was constantly shuffling things back and forth to keep my free space above 10GB on the 512, plus I could only fit a 100GB Boot Camp partition previously.

    You'll likely be totally alright with 512GB, and I felt like I could have done it again, but I've been craving that extra space to breathe for about a year now on my older model.

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