Retina MacBook Pro 2012 SSD Upgrade question...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bobster89, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Bobster89 macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Hi guys,

    After reading countless threads on this forum and getting up to speed with the whole SSD upgrade and the TRIM thing, I'm just wondering if this drive will be 100% compatible with a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro?

    Currently I've got the standard 256GB but I've just bought the Sandisk Ultra II 960GB (this one: and wondered if it will be fully compatible as I've read mixed reviews online. Also, would it be worth selling the old 256GB one or do you recommend keeping it?

    Cheers guys.
  2. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Unlike the non-Retina MBP, a 2012 rMBP takes an mSATA SSD, a regular 2.5" SATA SSD won't work.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    No, that drive will not work. The retina MBP does not use a regular SATA port. The drive you linked to has no means of connecting anywhere on the motherboard, nor does it physically fit inside the computer.

    This is what the SSD in your retina looks like :[​IMG]

    Companies such as OWC and Transcend offer such upgrades, AFAIK they are the only ones.
  4. BobbyH89, Aug 1, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2015

    BobbyH89 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
    Thanks buddy but I think that's a later model of the retina in that photo (compared to the OWC retina 2012 upgrade videos on YouTube). Is it still correct though for the 2012 model?

    So would a Samsung EVO 850 work or the crucial mx200 as they are both msata drives??

    Thanks for the help here guys, really appreciate it.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That was simply the first picture I found, used for illustrative purposes only.

    I believe Apple did not use a standard mSATA port but a proprietary form factor. I think only OWC and Transcend ever bothered developing their own.

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