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Did anyone replace SSD on MBP Retina 2013-2015 by yourself ?

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Did anyone replace SSD on MBP Retina 2013-2015 by yourself ?

How did it go ? Is it fairly easy to do ?
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I changed the SSD on my 2012 MBA and the procedure was similar. It’s pretty easy. The key is to get the correct screwdrivers.
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Thx I watched the video
So it’ll probably be my stuck at home project in winter if we’re still stuck
BTW did you use the pre-made OWx SSD or an adapter M2 to Apple ?
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Desperadude wrote: How did it go ? Is it fairly easy to do ?
Which MacBook Pro are you referring to?
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audit13 wrote: Which MacBook Pro are you referring to?
Retina late 2013. I watched videos and now things seem clear
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Desperadude wrote: Retina late 2013. I watched videos and now things seem clear
Are you looking to use a NVMe drive or original Apple SSD?

If you go with an original SSD, I recommend getting a Samsung SSUBX drive as these are PCIe 2.0 x 4 lanes. The SSUBX are the same except 2 lanes.

Be sure to have the correct pentalobe screwdriver to remove the bottom screws. Also, make note of which screws came from which holes. There are 10 screws with slightly different lengths.
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audit13 wrote: Are you looking to use a NVMe drive or original Apple SSD?

If you go with an original SSD, I recommend getting a Samsung SSUBX drive as these are PCIe 2.0 x 4 lanes. The SSUBX are the same except 2 lanes.

Be sure to have the correct pentalobe screwdriver to remove the bottom screws. Also, make note of which screws came from which holes. There are 10 screws with slightly different lengths.
I think I will use NVME + adapter
I am having the SN550 500GB in my desktop. If the price of faster drives drop, I’ll buy a 1TB faster drive and the SN550 will go to my MBPr
The reason I think about swapping SSD is because my MBP only has 128GB SSD (yeah it’s a shame)
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Desperadude wrote: I think I will use NVME + adapter
I am having the SN550 500GB in my desktop. If the price of faster drives drop, I’ll buy a 1TB faster drive and the SN550 will go to my MBPr
The reason I think about swapping SSD is because my MBP only has 128GB SSD (yeah it’s a shame)
If you go with a NVMe drive, the MacBook must be running a High Sierra bootrom or newer.

The MacBook will not support safe sleep or hibernation the way an original Apple SSD does. Also, expect more battery drain, even when the MacBook is idle or has the lid closed.

I highly recommend using a Sintech adapter: http://eshop.sintech.cn/index.php?main_ ... ts_id=1139

Very informative thread here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/up ... e.2034976/
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audit13 wrote: If you go with a NVMe drive, the MacBook must be running a High Sierra bootrom or newer.

The MacBook will not support safe sleep or hibernation the way an original Apple SSD does. Also, expect more battery drain, even when the MacBook is idle or has the lid closed.

I highly recommend using a Sintech adapter: http://eshop.sintech.cn/index.php?main_ ... ts_id=1139

Very informative thread here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/up ... e.2034976/
Humm in that case I’ll probably wait until I have a use case for more than the 128GB SSD in my MBP
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I did it was super easy. i put a 1tb intel 660p inside. I rarely use the macbook so wasn't too afraid of qlc.

I used a cheap $3 adapter. Mine was 2015 macbook pro. No issues.
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killoverme wrote: I did it was super easy. i put a 1tb intel 660p inside. I rarely use the macbook so wasn't too afraid of qlc.

I used a cheap $3 adapter. Mine was 2015 macbook pro. No issues.
I suggest checking system report to make sure that the NVMe drive is running at x4.

The 2015 MacBook Pro and Air have the necessary NVMe driver included with the high Sierra bootrom to support sleep and hibernation without causing kernel panics. Unfortunately, the 2013 and 2014 Pro and Air will panic unless they are flashed with a modded bootrom.
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audit13 wrote: I suggest checking system report to make sure that the NVMe drive is running at x4.

The 2015 MacBook Pro and Air have the necessary NVMe driver included with the high Sierra bootrom to support sleep and hibernation without causing kernel panics. Unfortunately, the 2013 and 2014 Pro and Air will panic unless they are flashed with a modded bootrom.
Ah. yeah its x4. I did a speed test when I installed it as well and it was super fast compared to the old SSD.

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