Upgrading the SSD in a late 2014 rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BlargKing, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. BlargKing macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2014
    NewBrunswick, Canada
    Well like the title says, basically I've got a late 2014 15" rMBP with a 512GB SSD, and I've been finding lately that it just isn't enough storage (I have half of it taken up by a Windows Partition). I don't want to rely on external storage or using a slow SD card.

    I've been googling it myself but I can't seem to find any SSDs for my particular rMBP. Its a model 11,3. Does the 11,3 have a different SSD than the earlier model? Or is it the same? Is there no 3rd party SSD for this model yet?

    I'm looking to put 1TB in my rMBP. Anyone here have a cost effective idea? Obviously this is going to cost at least 600$, but I'm hoping to mitigate some of the cost by selling off the 512GB SSD currently in my rMBP.

    Also, if I manage to procure a 1TB SSD, is there a way I could simply clone my current SSD onto the new one so I don't have to re-install my Windows partition?

  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    There is no 3rd party drives available for your 2014 MBP. The internal drive is not an SSD, it is a flash drive with an Apple proprietary PCIe interface. The only way to get another one is a used one pulled out of a Mac off of eBay.
  3. BlargKing thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2014
    NewBrunswick, Canada
    Wow. Thats quite plainly the most retarded thing I've ever heard.

    Like holy crap put a disclaimer when you buy these idiotic laptops that your stuck with whatever you choose. Bad enough they did it with the RAM but the bloody SSD? Like I get laptops aren't super upgradable but FFS let me at least expand my storage.

    Or let me guess they don't want me to upgrade my physical storage so I'll buy a stupid iCloud membership.

    Keep on designing **** Jonny Ive. I'm switching back to PC for good.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Nowhere in the description does Apple claim that the RAM or SSD are user upgradeable. In fact, the tech specs only say that the RAM and SSD are "Configurable" to different sizes. As in at the time of purchase.
  5. BlargKing thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2014
    NewBrunswick, Canada
    Well its a poor design choice. They could easily stop with their proprietary BS and just used a standard mSATA or PCI-E SSD. But no they make it unique so you'll either shell out when you buy it or shell out to have them upgrade it.

    Its dumb, and I'm quite plainly sick and tired of the direction apple is going. Im selling this MacBook and buying a Dell XPS.
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Finally someone who comes on here moans about apple and then leaves them because they don't make what they want, good for you mate, perfectly sensible decision.
  7. Aneef macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Though it might not be of much help (as you said that you don't want to use SD cards), but TarDisk Pear offers an excellent SSD expanding solution. It merges the storage of your SD Card with your internal SSD and the reviews on Youtube show excellent read/write speeds. Worth a try, maybe?
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009

    As you've discovered, the new retina MB Pros aren't upgradeable (in a practical sense).

    If you need more SSD storage, you'd do FAR better to buy a USB3 external SSD.

    Just noticed this the other day:
    240gb size is a very reasonable $80.
  9. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    Surely Johnny Ive is a designer, concerned with the look and feel of products, not their internals. I'm not troubled by the glued-in flash drive or RAM of my Pro, but rechargeable batteries just never do last and should be easily swappable. But I knew that when I bought it, so I'm not carping.
  10. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
    I agree, knew when I bought my Pro about the components, no carping is right.
  11. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    So basically an user blaming Apple for his wrong choice about purchase (since Apple's MacBooks aren't advertised as serviceable/upgradable) ?
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Good luck, the Dell XPS, they do look like nice machines. By the way, while not "user serviceable", you can find larger SSD units for MBPs on eBay if you want to go that route. The SSDs are not soldered onto the logic board so you can upgrade it, that issue is that there's no third party ones being sold, all the eBay ones are from other MBPs
  13. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    Good bye OP. You won't be missed. Cheers.
  14. Acejam2k macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2008
    This is why I went 1TB on my recent MBP purchase. Expensive up front, but the hassle later on down the road simply wasn't worth it.
  15. thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012
  16. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    $1300 for a 1TB flash storage?! Wow, no thanks!

    I'm not thrilled with Apple's decision to make basic things like RAM, battery and storage non user-upgradable and repairable (especially for a company that wants to be viewed as environmentally conscious), but I knew what I was getting before I made my purchase, so I can't complain.

    I think I'll eventually get a jet drive for photo storage and an external SSD for video editing projects and backups. I have 512GB with 361GB free. I like my internal drives to have plenty of free space for performance reasons, so I'll only allow maybe 100 more gigabytes of internal storage to get used up.
  17. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
  18. uller6 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    There are actually quite a few options for upgrading your 2014 MBP SSD. You could get an Apple hardware pull from eBay. Go with the Samsung SSUBX model - it's about twice as fast as the SSUAX model.

    MCE, Transcend, and OWC all make aftermarket drop in replacements. They're on the expensive side but work without adaptors.

    Or, with a $10 adaptor you can use one of many M.2 SSDs on the market (intel P600, Samsung SM951, Samsung 950 pro, Samsung 960 evo, etc.):


    Note that not all drives work correctly so double check this thread before you buy one:


    You'll also need to upgrade your machine to High Sierra before you replace the drive so the firmware is updated to support NVMe drives.
  19. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA

    You weren't aware of this when you bought it?
  20. Mr Invisible macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2016
    There are pros and cons of having user serviceable parts like the disk storage, RAM, etc. It is obvious to most people, when they buy a modern rMBP, what the limitations are. Apple never suggest these parts are upgradable. I've used laptops from both camps, and I have to say, I am much happier with my rMBP from 2014. It will last longer than the laptops from the other camp.
  21. BlargKing thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2014
    NewBrunswick, Canada
    This thread was started 3 years ago. Where and why did you even bother taking the time to dig it up and reply to it? I don't even own a Mac anymore.

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