thewinelake2

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Got a MBP 12.1 (Early 2015, 2.7 GHz) that I'd like to upgrade from 256GB to 1TB (or thereabouts).
Looks like all the drive options are really quite expensive (£600 upwards).
Is that really the case, or are there some more affordable options?
 

thewinelake2

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Oh, this is handy - the "similar threads" thing seems to have found what I couldn't by searching, so no replies needed, really.
I can see that the only viable 1TB option would be a lot slower than the 4-lane Apple SSD, and that 512GB is the one to go for, as 1TB units are pretty rare and very expensive....
 

Fishrrman

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Unless you can get a used original-equipment Apple blade SSD for cheap, not worth the trouble.

If you need more space, get an external drive.
An alternative might be a high-capacity SD card for the SD slot...
 

thewinelake2

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Unless you can get a used original-equipment Apple blade SSD for cheap, not worth the trouble.

If you need more space, get an external drive.
An alternative might be a high-capacity SD card for the SD slot...
A shame to burden a laptop (that moves around a lot) with an external device.

Looks like another way is to buy a new (used) machine of better spec and flog the old one...
 

treekram

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The SSD in the early 2015 MBP uses a proprietary connector and also used AHCI (not NVMe). There are now SSD's from a couple of companies - the OWC "Aura Pro X" and the Transcend JetDrive 820. Both should fit into the early 2015 MBP. I still have not seen an in-depth technical review on either of these products so I don't know how well they work. The OWC and likely the Transcend require High Sierra. You may also be able to use an adapter and a standard PCIe NVMe drive like the Samsung Pro 960 (would not recommend the 960 Evo). This would also require High Sierra. There is along thread on this at:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/upgrading-2013-2014-macbook-pro-ssd-to-m-2-nvme.2034976/

The title says 2013-2014 but deals with 2015 as well. Post #494 on page 20 has a poster who has used the 960 Pro in a 2015 MBP.

There are other lower-performance options if you don't want to use High Sierra. As mentioned in post #3, one can also buy a used SSD, however, at this point, I would be weary of these since one does not know (unless the seller discloses it) how many erase/write cycles the SSD has.

I see on Amazon UK that the Samsung Pro 960 1TB is £530. (As mentioned earlier, this requires an adapter.) The OWC Aura Pro X is $650 here in the US. I would consider that kind of pricing as the base price for a new, good-quality likely-to-work solution. You could spend less and that would likely involve a compromise - for example, the Samsung 960 Evo is cheaper but uses more power and generates more heat, the Toshiba/OCZ RD 400 SSD is a very good SSD (also requires an adapter) - a 1TB version is on Amazon UK for £458 but you'd have to do research to see if others have been able to make it work with the adapter in the MBP.

In the US, Apple charges $600 to upgrade from a 256GB to 1TB SSD in the 13" MBP. So you can figure out what's best for you. If you buy a SSD for the 2015 MBP, whatever it is, it cannot be used in the current or 2016 MBP - that may be a consideration for you. (It almost certainly will also not work in future MBP's.)
 
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thewinelake2

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Interesting! They don't say much about about it, but it's worthy of further investigation.
Funny thing about going used is that very few 13" machines have 1TB drives installed - it's far more common in 15" machines (but DD doesn't want 15").
That upgrade price is also attractive. I wonder what they charge over here. Are prices for upgrades listed on the website? I can't see them...
 

treekram

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Re-reading my post, it was unclear - my mistake. The $600 is the price difference here in the US between a 2017 13" MBP 256GB and 1TB when bought new and configured as such. So it's an upgrade when you configure, not an upgrade of an existing computer.

But the $600 figure is reasonable by Apple standards as compared to the price of standard PCIe NVMe SSD's.
 

thewinelake2

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Ah! Yes, of course. RAM always used to be far cheaper to upgrade afterwards....
 
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