SSD expansion for 13" macbook pro

esivertsen

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Hey all,
my original SSD drive is running out and I'm looking to replace it with a bigger one.
I've got a 13" macbook pro from 2014, product id "MacBookPro12,1".

I found the 2TB offering from OWC, which also includes a handy enclosure for the old drive so you can copy back data:

It looks good but it's kind of pricey, so I was wondering if anyone know about a similar value 2TB offering, preferably with enclosure included?


Thanks, and all the best!
Eivind
 

barbu

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Personally I like the OWC kit, if you can afford it. It takes the sting out to be able to use the old blade in the enclosure.
 
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esivertsen

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Personally I like the OWC kit, if you can afford it. It takes the sting out to be able to use the old blade in the enclosure.
Hey, thanks for your reply.
Yes, OWC has an attractive offer. But from what I read performance is not reallyup to their own marketing :) so the real attractiveness comes from:
1) the 2T capacity
2) the added enclosure
3) that you don't need to insert an adapter that could make the bottom lid bulge and put pressure on the connector every time the lid carries weight....(that's _all_ the time, BTW, as we usually support our macbooks on something when using them :)

Anyways; it was the cost that made me ask.
The added enclosure costs $75,- and I'm thinking thats kinda steep for a USB enclosure?
I definitely don't want the risk of 3) above, so if there are no other candidates with a compelling package (including enclosure), no adapter and all good reviews, then OWC is last man standing.

Cheers!
Eivind
 

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Audit13

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The MacBook Pros from late 2013 and onward do not use SATA.

The OWC drives are overpriced in my opinion. I think you're better off getting a Sintech adapter and using a nvme drive.

 

esivertsen

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OK thanks for excellent suggestions, peepz :)


The MacBook Pros from late 2013 and onward do not use SATA.

The OWC drives are overpriced in my opinion. I think you're better off getting a Sintech adapter and using a nvme drive.

I can't see it mentioned explicitly, but is it to your knowledge 100% sure the Sintech adapter will be slim enough that this doesn't make my MBP's bottom plate bulge?


Cheers guys;
Eivind :)
 

esivertsen

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Feb 18, 2020
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OK,
so here's the current plan:
-Sintech NGFF M.2 nVME SSD Adapter Card For Upgrade 2013-2015 MacBook
-Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280
-Sabrent USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD in Gray (EC-NVME)

The Sabrent Rocket is not in the Sintech adapter's list of supported devices.
But they're frequently bought together, and i have to assume that means they work together.

Due to the Sabrent Rocket not being available from dealers in Norway, it has to be ordered from the US. The total for importing these 3 items is therefore $483, so a nice amount below the OWC although there is some insecurity in that it is not a "bundle". Might do some more research before pulling the trigger, but the Sabrent device is a nice performer at a good price and therefor very attractive.


Cheers guys;
Eivind
 

Audit13

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Don't go by the Sintech website in terms of compatible nvme drives. Practically any nvme drive will work with the adapter. I've used an Intel 600p, HP ex900, and Lexar nm500 with no issues.
 

esivertsen

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Don't go by the Sintech website in terms of compatible nvme drives. Practically any nvme drive will work with the adapter. I've used an Intel 600p, HP ex900, and Lexar nm500 with no issues.

Aha! Excellent info - thanks :)
Eivind
 

MacRamors

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OK,
so here's the current plan:
-Sintech NGFF M.2 nVME SSD Adapter Card For Upgrade 2013-2015 MacBook
-Sabrent 2TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280
-Sabrent USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD in Gray (EC-NVME)

The Sabrent Rocket is not in the Sintech adapter's list of supported devices.
But they're frequently bought together, and i have to assume that means they work together.

Due to the Sabrent Rocket not being available from dealers in Norway, it has to be ordered from the US. The total for importing these 3 items is therefore $483, so a nice amount below the OWC although there is some insecurity in that it is not a "bundle". Might do some more research before pulling the trigger, but the Sabrent device is a nice performer at a good price and therefor very attractive.


Cheers guys;
Eivind
Hi Eivind, all good?

So, how did it go? Did it work?
I'm also wanting to do the same you did.

Many thanks
Cheers
 
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