SSD for Macbook Mid 2014 15"

djbrendan

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Hi all,

Tried to source a ssd for this mac but all i get is the OWC drives 480gb going for over R4000.

Any ideas where i can source better prices and other drive brands?

Thanks in advance !!
 

Athos

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I am not sure about the pricing but from some research I did on SSD's for a macbook pro, they only work with 1 type of SSD. So if it's the OWC drive that's it, there are no alternatives.

I stand to be corrected.
 

Havoc433

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You can buy an m.2 ssd adapter from ebay or banggood for R50 or so. I haven't tried it myself though so can't comment on reliability.
 

samcro

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I have an original Apple Samsung 512GB SSD that came out of a 2014 MacBook Pro. You can DM me if you interested.
 

D tj

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Don't know if you have, but try Digicape, I had them do for my Mac minis and pricing wasn't too bad.
 

djbrendan

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Hi guys ,

Where can i get the OWC Aura Pro X ssd's ? Raru and those okes are sold out. And the repair companies ask R8000 -R10000 for the drive alone!
 

Johnatan56

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Theses aren't soldered , still PCIe ssd's
Using a proprietary connector, it might as well be, which they then did.
https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adap...K91JCNVSM5S&psc=1&refRID=E044W9X24K91JCNVSM5S
Or:
https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adap...2D2W48XPEXC&psc=1&refRID=SRCXEXFF32D2W48XPEXC
Find an adapter rather than spending R4k.
Then you can buy substantially cheaper drives: https://www.wootware.co.za/crucial-ct500p1ssd8-p1-500gb-m-2-2280-pcie-nvme-solid-state-drive.html is 500GB for R1400 for example.
 

Lord Flacko

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Hi guys ,

Where can i get the OWC Aura Pro X ssd's ? Raru and those okes are sold out. And the repair companies ask R8000 -R10000 for the drive alone!
Hit me up.

I can check out how much I can import it for you.

You can DM your email and I’ll get back to you.
 

juro

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Cool thread - I'm also looking at upgrading my mid 2014 MBP's 250 SSD ... Has anyone tried the longer Sintech adapter (the shorter one seems to have some issues)? If so, is it available in South Africa somewhere?
If this works, then I'll opt for a 1TB drive - currently I can only find some for around $400 that fit my laptop - online here: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/OWC-Aura-Pro-X-SSD/IF123-123?o=3 (no adapter needed).
 

lsheed_cn

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*Only need to flash the bios if you have a 2014 and want hibernate.

My own notes in that thread are here - #4048 and #4061

I used a Transcend 1TB (5 year warranty, and +- R2000 (RMB999) + RMB25 for the adaptor, so it came to a nice RMB1024 for the 1TB in total).
 

desraid

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I bought Intel 660P 2TB m.2 + adapter from amazon and installed it successfully on my late 2013 MBP. This m.2 SSD is lower than average performers but it works for my usage. $200 for 2TB m.2 SSD, $30 for tools and adaptor(long one). You need to add shipping. It was simple to do the upgrade. Check out the youtube below to see how it is done. The author of the video also put the links for the parts used in the description.


This is after I have installed Intel 660P 2TB m.2 on my late 2013 MBP. It is pity that RAMs are soldered. So it is not possible to upgrade RAMs. :-(
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desraid

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Has anyone tried the longer Sintech adapter (the shorter one seems to have some issues)? If so, is it available in South Africa somewhere?
I have installed my new SSD with the longer adaptor and it does not give me any issue. However after upgrading my SSD from 256GB (Sandisk MBP original) to Intel 660P 2.0TB. The boot takes longer. It can be my economy grade Intel SSD. :)

I could not find them locally, so I got them from amazon.com. It took them 1 week to prepare all my package and another 1 week to deliver them to my door via DHL courier. I took regular courier option. However as they took too long to ship them out of US, they used the faster option at no extra charge. Very happy with their service. If you can't source your items locally, amazon.com can be your option.
 

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Other than pure f***kery has any concrete reason emerged why Apple decided to solder the ram to the boards?

There are lighter and thinner ultrabook laptops that have upgradeable ram slots so space for the slot isn't the issue.
 
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