Will this SSD fit my MBP?

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  1. TWHH macrumors regular

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    hi there,

    The SSD in my Late 2013 MBP Retina has, according to Apple who too it apart, stopped working. They want to charge £820 to replace a 512 drive. The Genius pretty much suggested changing it myself as it's a pretty easy job (which looking at ifixit it looks to be).

    However, I'm more now needing to source a compatible drive. I came across a Samsung 960 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe in Maplin (UK Radio Shack type retailer), but not 100% sure it will fit - there seemed to be some debate amongst the store staff! I would normally buy from a Mac upgrade specialist, but none that are UK based have any in stock

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/samsung-960-pro-512gb-m2-nvme-solid-state-drive-a70ww

    At £320 this seems a much better wat to get my Mac up and running again - certianly cheaper than a new MBP! - but want to make sure this will d the job.

    Thanks folks,

    T
     
  2. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    No the Samsung drive won't fit. They are all proprietary drives in retina Macbooks.
     
  3. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Oh bother. Thought it was too good to be true. Would l therefore need to go via an authorised Apple Service centre? Would I be able to find a drive that I can fit myself anywhere?
     
  4. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    Yeah that would be too easy.

    Probably only apple.

    Although you may find one on eBay.
     
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  6. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    From what I remember reading, they fit but they do not work perfectly. I can't recall what the issue was though.

    You can definitely find sone more info about this in the MR forum.
     
  7. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, what a pain in the Harris
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    They are limited to sata speeds and don't accept TRIM and they are about as expensive as paying for an apple one. your best bet is ebay and one pulled from a ruined MBP. As you are in pounds then you are in the UK with a 5 year customer protection it is an issue with the machine and you should try and claim to get them to fix it for free.
     
  9. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Arhhh, only issue with that is that I bought this from Amazon.com when visiting the US (before the Pound went South and US prices were cheaper)
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Unfortunate it will only be covered by UK consumer law if bought in the UK, You might be best off selling at as faulty and then spending the money towards a new computer.
     
  11. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    I know the Crucial worked in my much older MBP without issue and regarding TRIM, as long as you keep away from OWC's drives, you should be able to enable TRIM via the command line in newer versions if OS X/macOS.

    Just look at the specs for your drive and match up as best you can with a new 2.5" SSD. For the older systems I have done this to, including a macMini, the throughput speed wasn't much of concern for me because a) it was faster than the old 5400 RPM drives and 2) I knew I would not get full benefit from the SSDs but I would see a large improvement in performance.

    But from someplace you can return the drive if it doesn't work and just get crackin' on replacing your old drive and getting the system working. :)

    This Google search URL will help you: https://www.google.com/search?q=2013+MBP+Retina+SSD+replacement&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

    I see both B&H and OWC have drives for not a lot of money and there is a YouTube video showing how to replace the drive on a system like the OP's/
     
  12. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Regrettably I thin this is the route I am going to go down. Regrettably as I was more than happy with my existing Mac, and my sphincter stings when I think of the price of the new MPBs!
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    Crucial are 'out of stock' and I'm not seeing results for B&H (probs cos The Good Lord Google gives different results for a UK based enquiry).

    Think it might be a sell off 'for spares and parts' and using the fact that my wife is a teacher to get an Educational discount... still makes me £1,500 out of pocket... I would never buy one myself, but you can see why WinDoze machines still sell!!!
     
  13. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    When looking at the compatibility for OWC's SSD drives there was this warning: Not for use with Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display with model ID: MacBookPro11,x

    :(


    But they do have upgrade kits and SSDs for the Late 2013 MBP with Retina display. They start at $395 USD for a bare 480GB SSD and go to $700 for a 1TB SSD in a kity that includes tools and enclosure.
     
  14. hallux macrumors 68020

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    The Mac the OP has does not use a 2.5" drive so this advice does not apply. The 2013 and newer rMBP use a drive with an interface that only Apple uses so you HAVE to buy an Apple drive or deal with the shortcomings of the OWC drive. This is why the repair is so expensive and replacement drives are so difficult to locate.
     
  15. TWHH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the input on this folks. Great community.

    Think new Mac is the route I'll frustratingly go down (I know an overpriced Apple repair is cheaper, but given the SSD has gone, chances are probably higher that other bits will start to fail).

    Wahoo, Touch ID on my laptop . An expense I could've done without!
     
  16. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    True but the SSDs can be upgraded or replaced. A Google search showed me that. Also going to OWC allows for selecting the model of MBP and it shows the correct replacement part needed.

    The reply you quoted is no longer there because I realized my mistake and corrected it for the original SSD links.
     

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