Where to purchase OEM Apple SSD's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tozovac, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Tozovac macrumors 65816

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    Is it possible to purchase OEM SSD's from Apple or a 3rd party?

    As usual, it's impossible to determine this on Apple's site.

    I'm leery of OWC SSD upgrades based on mixed reviews, and Crucial does not appear to offer an SSD upgrade for my macbook air 6,2.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    Not direct from Apple but they are all over eBay. SSUAX are the original ones. SSUBX are the newer and faster ones.
     
  3. Tozovac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. How about applicability to my 2014 mba 6,2?

    Any limitations need to watch out for ? Or any SSUBX or SSUAX would do?
     
  4. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    2013-2017 MBA all will take the same SSDs. Any SSUBX or SSUAX will fit but the 1TB as it is too wide. Some sold have a heat sink (black metal) on one side that is not needed for the Air.

    I also see them also on Amazon if you are looking for a more reliable vendor.
     
  5. alex_at macrumors newbie

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    On my 15 retina I replaced the original ssd with n transcend 820, so depending on your model year a transcend 720 or 820 might fit - they are reasonably priced too
     
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    saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    Transcend will be about half the speed of a SSUBX as it is a x2 PCIe instead of x4. Probably will not notice in real world applications.
     
  7. Tozovac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. So if I see one with the heat sink, I would just remove it (are they removable without putting too much work onto the SSD)? Or stay away from those? Thanks for the help.

    Thanks - do you mean the jetdrive lites? Or a complete replaced SSD like this one (an 820, which appears to be OK for my 2014 MBA)?

    https://www.amazon.com/Transcend-48...&qid=1521561681&sr=8-1&keywords=transcend+820

    Or this one (720):

    https://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Je...&qid=1521561853&sr=8-1&keywords=transcend+720

    I'm feeling too mixed over the OWC SSD replacements - maybe I just picked the wrong reviews but there seem to be too many complaints about overheating?
     
  8. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    I think an SSD with a heatsink will fit in the Air but haven't tried it. They are not removable.

    I don't think that the JetDrive 720 will fit in the Air as it appears too wide. Same reason Apple's 1TB won't fit. Chart shows 820/825 only. https://www.transcend-info.com/Products/No-787
     
  9. Tozovac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks - looking up Transcend's site at home was my next move.

    Some good options here, thanks for posting. My real need is to just access more storage via my mba without having to plug into an external HD. Being that I always have my carrying sleeve/case nearby, I wondered too whether wireless SSD's have become commonplace. I haven't yet found any good options. All I really want is to be able to carry around my full music & photos collections, and speed wouldn't be a huge issue to me.

    Has anyone had any experience with something like this?

    https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-ssd.html#WDBAMJ5000AGY-NESN
     
  10. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    Hi guys! I know it's technically not about the MacBook Air.. but would when I buy a SSUBX SSD without a heatsink, would that work properly with the Mac Pro 2013?
     
  11. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    What is the exact model? If it's a late 2013 Pro or later, it should work.
     
  12. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    It's the Mac Pro 6,1 Late 2013. I'm just wondering if the SSUBX SSD I need should have the heatsink or if it's fine without a heatsink :)
     
  13. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Don't get an apple OEM with a heatsink as it won't fit.
     
  14. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

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    But doesn't the Mac Pro 2013's SSD have a heatsink attached to it? BTW I'm attaching the SSUBX into a Mac Pro :)
     
  15. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Oh, then it should be okay.

    I was thinking that the SSD was for a MacBook.
     

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