Using a MBP 2015 SSD mSATA in a MBP 2012?

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  1. readeatsleep macrumors newbie

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    Dear all,

    I recently poured coffee all over my computer (I know...) and as expected the total costs for repairs are almost as expensive as buying a new computer, so I dug out an old 13" MBP from 2012 but the drive is too slow, so I was wondering whether I could use the SSD from the 2015 Retina MBP in the 2012 MacBook Pro? I googled and got very conflicting answers. I understand that I would need a converter, but I am not sure which one would actually work.
    I know this is a long shot since I assume not a lot of people would use such SSD drive in such an old computer, but if there's anybody out there who has the answer I would be very happy. (P.S. I've already extracted the SSD from the 2015 Macbook Pro).

    Thank you!
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  2. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    The retina MacBook Pros use a different form factor blade PCIe SSD, while your 2012 MacBook Pro uses a standard form factor SATA SSD. Your 2012 Mac won't be able to read the 2015 Mac's SSD unless you obtain a USB enclosure.
     
  3. readeatsleep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello TechZeke,

    Thank you for your quick reply. So you're saying I can only use it as an external drive, not an internal one?

    Thank you!
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  4. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Yes sir. The internal drive bay in the 2012 is completely incompatible with the 2015's SSD.
     
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  6. readeatsleep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys - thanks a lot, this is very helpful!
    So, if I buy this SSD: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-240G...8&qid=1475792964&sr=8-9&keywords=internal+SSD
    All I need is a converter, correct? I'm just a bit confused as to what converter I actually need.
    Thanks!
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  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Provided your 2012 isn't a Retina model (which you weren't clear on), you don't need a converter for that drive. It will drop in as a straight replacement for the hard drive.

    As an alternative, OWC has this enclosure which will let you use your 2015 SSD (which is not mSATA) externally via USB: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENPRPCI/
     
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  9. Decimotox macrumors 6502a

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    Hey man, if you're looking at the Sandisk, I would suggest going for the Crucial MX300 275 GB SSD. Just installed it in my 2010 MBP last night. Super fast, great value, and you get a whole 275 GB, not 240 or slightly lower after formatting - only a couple of dollars more than the Sandisk. Here is the amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX300-275GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B01IAGSD5O?th=1

    And here's the benchmark comparison between these two SSDs - you'll see the Crucial is a bit faster: http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Crucial-MX300-275GB-vs-SanDisk-SSD-Plus-240GB/3642vsm25612

    Also, as the poster above me said, you don't need a converter for the Sandisk - and you wouldn't need one for the Crucial either.
     
  10. readeatsleep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey -
    No, it's not a Retina model, it's the old, fat model :>
    I thought the 2015 SSD was an mSATA? I'm confused. Either way, the enclosure seems a bit expensive, but I'll think about it. I guess it is PCIe - I found an enclosure on Amazon for $20... I'm sure it's not as good, but I already own a Samsung external SSD so I would only use this as a backup...
    Decimotox: Thanks, I will buy the Crucial then!

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  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - The Crucial MX300 is a good and pretty affordable option.

    The SSD in your 2015 is PCIe using an Apple-custom connector and form factor. There have never been mSATA SSDs in Macs.
    If you would like to confirm the cheaper enclosure you found is actually compatible, post the link here. There are a lot of different ones, and it needs to be very specifically compatible with your SSD to work.
     
  12. readeatsleep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    Thank you. I don't know why I assumed it was a mSATA SSD.
    I am actually selling the drive on eBay - I need the money more than anything right now!
    Thank you!
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