Upgrading Mac Pro PCIe SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by azdeathsniper, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. azdeathsniper macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    So I purchased the new Mac Pro the moment they went on sale. At the time, I ordered it with the 512gb SSD thinking it would be enough.

    Well, between a 150gb Boot Camp partition and the remainder used for OS X, I have decided I want to get the 1TB SSD.

    Only problem is that despite the part being user replaceable, Apple does not offer to sell it, nor do several of the authorized Apple service centers I have called.

    I am hoping someone here has heard of a way of replacing the internal drive and can provide some advice.

    BTW - I have plenty of external drive space with both Thunderbolt drives and a very large NAS.
  2. lbotez, Oct 23, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014

    lbotez macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2003
    I upgraded my 256gb late 2013 with a 1T samsung pci-e ssd last week.

    Please keep in mind that I'd rather have bought one from OWC, but they don't have any yet; it's been almost a year, and I haven't seen or heard anything indicating that the situation is changing any time soon. so....

    I bought it off a guy called sputnik on Ebay.

    search for: Apple Samsung 1TB SSD w/Heatsync

    and new mac pro late 2013

    Model number: MZ-KPU1T0T/0A1
    Part Number: 655-1810C
    Link Width: x4 Lane Module
    Link Speed: 5.0 GT/s

    They are new... They are made by Samsung. They have the correct part number on them.

    he also sells them without the heat sync, a bit cheaper, but when you take yours off it has a heatsink on it, so I'd stick with the one with the heatsink. The non-heatsync ones are for the new macbook pros. Same pcie ssd's.

    You have to format the stick once it's installed. Since it's not formatted, the easiest thing to do is to install a copy of Mavericks on a thumb drive before you start messing around. http://www.macworld.com/article/2056561/how-to-make-a-bootable-mavericks-install-drive.html Then format the new SSD with that, and then either do a backup install or do a clean install of Mavericks.

    Mine works great... though just like anything on eBay, ymmv.

    Removing the old SSD and putting in the new one is dumb easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWl2GbNdDoQ
  3. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I put one up for sale with the heatsink in the Marketplace forum, btw.
  4. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Sometimes listed at Amazon

    Currently available at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O4CUI02/. Comes and goes so if not available now will likely be in future. I got 1 on order. It has the heatsink for the Mac Pro unlike most of the ones listed on eBay.
  5. lbotez macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2003
    I still find it hard to believe that you can't buy these SSD's in the normal channels. I bought one from eBay several months ago for my Mac Pro; works fine and I've had no problems.

    However, if you buy this for a Macbook Pro; you have to remove the heatsink. I've been told that the heatsink is hard to remove and you can damage the SSD..
  6. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Get one without the heatsink if not for Mac Pro

    There are plenty of the /0A2 and /0A6 models that don't have the heatsink available on eBay and occasionally on Amazon. Don't bother getting a /0A1 version, the only one with a heatsink, if not putting it in a Mac Pro. I was originally considering getting one without the heatsink and moving the existing heatsink from my 250GB SSD but figured I would probably destroy the module trying to remove it.
  7. itcrashed macrumors regular


    May 4, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    You wouldn't be able to transfer heatsinks anyway. The 1tb ssd is wider than the 256gb and 512gb.

    From all online accounts, nobody has had problems with using the SSD without a heatsink...including myself!
  8. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
  9. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    ^^^^Well, this thread has to do with with replacement SSDs for the nMP. And my post is another option, although Transcend is another third party manufacturer that will also have an option soon. Do you have some sort of a problem with my post?

  10. BurgDog macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    I wouldn't have if the pointer to the other discussion had given the above context. As it stands a pointer by itself is just saying what is here is redundant and the other thread is where we should be talking about this.
  11. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Maybe you should look at title of this thread. Hard to imagine Lou's link being anything but useful when that is considered.
  12. Gav Mack, Dec 13, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014

    Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    I and my clients have been getting them from Korea for a pretty good price, almost £100 less than yours and touch wood none so far have been clobbered like from the states.

    I will bear that in mind you still have it when a client needs one fast, I'd assumed you got rid easily. And I'm on the hunt for a 256 blade here cheap, possible 1tb swap deal is on the cards ;)
  13. SuperMatt macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2002
    I look forward to what Transcend will offer. I feel hopeful it will be a full 4 lane part. Sorry, but I don't want to pay $750 or more for something on eBay with no guarantee whatsoever.
  14. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    I haven't had a broken one yet - native trim and the second gen blade is mind bogglingly quick. Plus if it's DOA on arrival ebay refund rules apply though returning it can be costly. Transcend is fine for the budget upgrades for the notebooks but for performance I seriously doubt they will get to par with even the 1st gen blade.
  15. lbotez macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2003
    I don't have the heatsink either. So far so good.
  16. mjfutures macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2014
    What kinds of speeds are you getting with the MZ-JPU512T/0A2?


    I have the 2013 Mac Pro and ordered the base model. The 256GB SSD works for me but I would like at least a 512GB. Right now my speed tests are around 900mb. I just want to make sure MZ-JPU512T/0A2 receives similar speeds?
  17. itcrashed macrumors regular


    May 4, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    :cool: I have no doubts these will be ok long term.
    Gotta love these speeds!

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  18. jojo8888 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2015

    Hello to all out there,

    Need some advice/recommendations/comments please! much appreciated. I am looking to upgrade my current Mac Pro (purchased in Dec 2014 black cylinder model) (currently fitted with original 256gb ssd) with a 1TB drive as it is now very low on storage with red indicator.

    These are some of the sellers I found on eBay selling the 1TB Apple-Samsung SSDs:
    (1) http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/171808350986?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
    (2) http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/151701291455?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
    (3) http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/281711424100?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    I found it very strange why the model numbers and part numbers do not seem to tally amongst the sellers:
    As per photos from (1), "MZ-KPV1T00/0A4 655-1860F (Date 2015.02)"
    (2) and (3) show "MZ-KPV1T00/0A3 655-1860D (Date 2015.03)"
    According to my understanding, these are revision numbers but why is a Feb version having a much newer revision than the March version?

    Also, these SSDs do not seem to have the heatsinks attached, is it crucial?

    I thought Apple does not sell its SSDs, why are there so many pieces available for sale on eBay and Amazon? I am worried that are these SSDs RMA products from the factory?

    Anyone has any experience with any sellers in the market which is trustable with genuine products?

    All comments are welcome Please, thanks so much in advance!
  19. iBuildMacs macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2014
    Don't get MZ-KPU1T0T/0A1 or 0A2. The new model is /0A6.
  20. Grumbo1066 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2015
  21. Grumbo1066 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2015
    Just installed OWC version, nice drive big heat sink but chip et does not support Bootcamp

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