Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 13” Early 2015. This MacBook Pro uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Pro. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

    For all the screws you use the P5 pentalobe screwdriver?

    Carlos - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Pentalobe is only for the screws on the bottom cover. The Torx screw driver is for the remainder.

    Fredrik -

    I never, ever, ever considered using anything but the correct tool on the Pentalobe screws. Too easy to strip and void your warranty (if still in effect), as well as make it almost impossible to get inside later for another upgrade or repair. The Wiha P5 Pentalobe screwdriver fits like a glove and costs only about $11 (a fraction of your drive's price)at Get it!

    marketing - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I followed this exactly and was able to replace my broken trackpad. I did not have to replace the ribbon OR the battery. However I would suggest getting the ribbon since it’s fairly cheap, as for the batteries I was able to do it with a card only. I didn’t use any heat or the liquid but it takes some time. You really have to work the card in there to release the glue. Also you must be very careful not to bend the batteries or damage them, if you do you must replace with new. This took me about 1.5hrs and my computer works like new. Apple cost for this job was around $450, I did it for $120. Big ups to ifixit for this awesome tutorial, tool set and parts!

    On a side note, only use quality tools, the cheap ones will break or strip the screws.

    Dustin Steward - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Note that the eight 3mm screws have a shoulder under the head, while the two 2.3mm screws are “full thread”, i.e., there is no shoulder under their heads. It’s important to put the two screws with no shoulder at the hinge of the cover.

    All ten screws require a P5 Pentalobe screwdriver, preferably with a magnetized tip to help hold and position the screw.

    All of the screws have blue “Loctite” thread locker compound on their threads. This is to help prevent the screws from working loose and falling out. Don’t attempt to clean the Loctite from the screws — leave it in place, and it will continue to help prevent the re-inserted screws from working loose.

    When replacing the bottom cover, it is a good technique to insert and BEGIN tightening all ten screws BEFORE fully tightening any one screw. After all the screws have been started, then go around and finish tightening all of them. By doing this, you make it easier to feel that each screw has been started properly, and is not “cross-threaded”.

    doubleclutch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This is what I found on my MBP mid-2014 13” Retina. All 10 used the same screwdriver. I didn’t see the blue “loctite” but I also got my computer refurbished.

    Evan Shulman -

    A good technique for starting to thread the screws when replacing them is to position and align the screw, and with the driver, gently turn the screw in the REMOVAL direction until you feel and hear a slight click. This click happens when the leading thread of the screw drops off of the leading edge of the thread in the hole — this is the point at which the threads are properly positioned for engagement. You can now turn the driver and screw in the TIGHTENING direction. This technique will help prevent accidental “cross-threading” of the screw, which will damage the threads permanently.

    Note that this is a useful technique when installing ANY threaded fastener.

    doubleclutch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi peeps,

    I have a wifi problem on this MBP 13” early 2015 and was pleasently surprised to find your guide to changing the airport card.

    However upon closer inspection it seems that on my MBP (purchased new or so I thought) the 3 antennae seem so have been soldered together at the point where they are clamped to the chassis. I have photos but cannot post here. Can anyone conform that where the 3 antennae wires are held to the chssis by the 2 scew metal support (just before disappearing into the screen hinge), the support is not meant to short the 3 wires together. This makes no sense for 3 seperate antennae wires.

    Any advice /close up photos is welcome here.


    colonel mustard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Tip: Use post-it notes to keep track of screws

    1. Pack of post it notes

    2. Stick screws to the sticky part of the post it note

    3. Write on the post it note which step and what kind of screw it is

    ibash - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi, in order to drain the battery I am running:

    yes > /dev/null

    in 4 terminals, so the CPU maxes out at almost 99%.

    I hope this speeds up the battery draining process.

    And the backlight is at maximum brightness :-)

    You can see the cpu load in Activity Monitor.

    Its draining at 20% per 15 minutes.

    Any concerns about draining the battery in this way?

    Andre van der Ham - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Something I’ve been curious about, is it possible to upgrade a late 2013 Retina model MacBook Pro, with the improved 16gb ram and i7 processor logic board from the 2015 retina model? I’d be interested to try but not ready to shell out the $500+ to be the first lol

    Chat Dawgie - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Without rehashing what others have said, I would highly recommend reading through the steps *and* the comments for each before tackling your replacement for tips. Highlights for me were: only disconnecting what actually needed to be disconnected, rotating the spudger to release the track pad cable, a hair dryer worked perfectly fine, and the pencil outline of the battery before you remove. You got this!

    N DesRochers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  1. Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.
    • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

    • Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case to remove it.

    This takes a bit more effort than you might expect. Put your fingers where shown and lift about 3inches. With enough upwards pressure the plastic holders will “pop free” and the bottom will come off easily.

    hamiltont - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    To reattach bottom case I found it helpful to line fingers up with clips under case should snap easily

    Peter Stoll - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If your old battery has swollen, the lower case may “pop” open. Don’t lose your screws!

    Maxine Loveman - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  2. The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.
    • The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center.

    • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

    This wording I found quite confusing. They just mean when putting the lid back on that you just removed in the previous step, push here.

    Mmm ttt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I took my pointer and thumb (which are luckily long enough) to feel where the studs are on the back panel, and then as I put the back panel back on, I pushed in the spot I had marked with my fingers to ensure I was applying pressure only on this part.

    Evan Shulman - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.
    • If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

    A plastic foam cover also covers plug and socket and the whole battery. It is easy to remove it from the right side to the trackpad wire that the battery plug is free like shown in the picture. I kept it to use it again later.

    Daniel Brehm - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I have done tons of these battery replacements.

    You don’t need to do anything on the list after you disconnect the battery, apart from carefully moving the speakers out of the way, and then prise up the battery modules. I just very carefully, and with little even motions, use a large slot screwdriver. Being careful to keep it flat, to not puncture the battery.

    Easy peasy. I have never had an issue after dozens of the tasks…

    davelarose - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.

    I have a friends MacBook Pro that has some water damage that caused the MacBook not to be able to use battery power, but still work when plugged into A/C. Upon further inspection I can see visible corrosion on a few of the 9 cables going from the battery connector to that small circuit board. Is it possible to just replace that circuit board?

    jramsey21 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Sometimes it can be enough to just clean the contacts without having to replace the entire board. Dosent work for complicated IC's like plcc type, where corrosion is underneath the chip. Here you will have to reheat and reapply the IC.

    andrehedegaard -

    When placing the battery connector back into the socket on the logic board, check that every part of connector is pressed down. You should hear a soft click when it's back in place.

    Ethan Tarquin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    I thought I made sure it was connected but when running the computer it only detected the battery but couldn’t power it. I had to run with power adapter. Also it didn’t charge. I guess some pins were connected but not all. To verify that all were connected I removed the plastic cover, placed it carefully completely flat, and then reattached the plastic cover. After that it worked!

    Jonas Ehrs -

    Removing the battery connector took a bit of finagling. It wasn’t as easy as one would think. Be very careful when doing this as they warn to not damage it. Otherwise great instructions!!!!

    Peppon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Lift from the long, flat side, not the shorter side. In this picture, you should lift from the NORTH part of the connector, not the WEST side like they are doing. This is because you can spread the pressure from lifting the connector across more area, as compared to the side. I accidentally broke off part of my battery connector lifting it up the way shown, but was able to do it the way I described without problem. Make sure to lift from the wide part so you don’t have my same trouble!

    Jaden Salama - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The connector is no more than 1mm thick… the socket is 3-to-4mm deep so make sure you’re trying to remove the connector itself, and not pulling at the socket.

    Richie Egg - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.
    • Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.

    If you miss or let this step for later like I did, the power left in the battery even though the computer is completely shut down, will screw up the I/O board cable like I did. I noticed this after I put all the pieces back, turn the computer on and surprise, no wifi hardware is detected. -.-

    sebasgaes - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I put a small piece of blue painters tape on the battery connector contacts to prevent it from accidentally making a connection and shorting. This helped keep things a bit more protected.

    LaymanLab - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  6. Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

    In case you need it, the underside of the SSD board will indicate the size of the drive, e.g., 128GB.

    Aldo Cugnini - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I have tried to unscrew this screw on 3 different laptops, and the T5 is not getting a good grasp. I didnt want to apply too much pressure in fear of stripping the screw. I have had success with side grabbing bits in the past, but even this has not gotten a good grip on this screw. Does anyone have advice on what I can do in order to extract it cleanly?

    Athar Sheikh - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    make sure you’re using a T5 and not the P5 you used to open the case

    meaty.1 -

    I have been trying as well and I believe in my MBP the screw that’s attached to the SSD is a T3 not a T5, which is why the T5 screwdriver that comes with the kit does not work.

    Andres Marrugo -

    The nut that is attached to logic board, in which the screw is secured into, has broken off. Am I able to super glue this back to the laptop or how should i proceed?

    Drake E - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  7. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board. Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4". Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".
    • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".

    Transcend 960GB JetDrive 720 SATAIII 6Gb/s Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit for MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display, Late 2012 - Early 2013 (TS960GJDM720) - Is this compatible with the Macbook Pro 13" Retina - Mid 2014?

    Jess - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Según el fabricante no, me puse en contacto con ellos y dicen que estan en desarrollo. Yo ya pregunte en este foro por que otro unidad de ssd cambio la original y nadie responde...

    According to the manufacturer no, I got in touch with them and say they are developing . I already ask at this forum by another unit ssd change the original and nobody answers ..

    Antonio -

    Manufacturers that don't say it's compatible, just haven't tested it. You just have to pay special attention to the notch(es) on the connector. I had a 512 GB SSD lying around, but it had two notches at 1/3 and 2/3 (M.2 B & M notches) instead of the MacBook's notch that's somewhat in the middle and is NOT a standard of the M.2 format.

    addvariety -

    No. But OWC now sells a higher capacity SSD for the 2015 MBP's

    robert Seith - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Why do I need to disconnect the battery?

    David DelMonte - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    To prevent damage on motherboard while connecting/disconnecting SSD.

    Fedor Zhuromsky -

    I read in other tutorials that when you disconnect the battery, you prevent electrical issues, shortcuts, etc, AND the system will start in a different mode and recognize that a new SSD drive is installed, else you may run into trouble trying to setup the new SSD

    … as others, I am not an IT expert, but found the above tip was useful

    Mario Dominguez Aguilar -

    What are your recommendations for transferring the data to the replacement flash drive?

    ari - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Before changing hard drive, back up data via Time Machine. After hard drive replacement, restore Time Machine backup onto new hard drive.

    William -

    no other brand sad, for MacBook RD mid 2014?

    iCalfixit - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Can i swap my macbook pro 13" (late 2013) 128gb ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...? Would it work like that or they don't work with this combination...?

    VVK - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Yes, you can.

    Oleg -

    Can i use 1T ssd in macbook Retina Mf840 ??? change 256 to 512 or 1T :/

    Pedram BehzadiFar - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hey, do you know if Transcend Jetdrive 725 is compatible with a 2015 MBP 13 retina ? Thanks for your help

    Leo Merazian - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Could the ssd replace the 128gb hdd? Are they same size?

    wongsamson7 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I’m hoping to install a 1TB or 2TB (preferably 2TB) in a MacBook Pro 13” early 2015 model. Which brand & model SSD would be recommended

    Kryn Sporry - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I just installed a OWC Aura Pro 1T in my mid 2014 MacBook Pro. Reviews were really good, OWC makes SSD’s for macs. Review on Macworld were good and they won awards back in 2011. So far no issues. Ironically the SSD originally came in my MacBook is a sandisk from apple. Almost 5 years and never had issues. Just too small of an SSD. Keeping it in the OWC EnvoyPro enclosure that came with the upgrade kit.

    Peppon -

    Hey fellow Upgraders :)I am currently working with an MBP 13inch early 2015, 128 Gb SSD inside. As we all know, that is barely enough to store your own photos on, and when the wife’s collection is added… well, let’s just say I need to put at least a 1TB in :)

    Checked all the comments, and concluded HW-wise Samsungs are a no go, as per notches not in the semi middle.

    One thing I have not anybody seen mentioning here is the heat production of the SSD. If I would put a 1TB in will it likely overheat and die in the enclosure, or do I not have to worry about it. Although there are air-vents on the MBP, I have not found a fan (hate sound anyway) to keep things cool.

    Your thoughts?

    Regards, Rick

    Rick Wilbrink - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If you’d like to use Samsung’s M.2 NVMe SSDs (and probably any other M.2 NVMe SSD currently on the market) you’ll have to get an adapter that will allow it; As far as heat production is concerned the SSD’s built-in throttling mechanism can help mitigate that if it decides it’s running too hot; usually when there are large file transfers taking place. Off the top of my head I think Samsung and WD do thermal throttling.

    Barry Effinger -

    Consider adding a micro SD card, with an adapter, to the Macbook Pro permanently. Great way to add capacity beyond the SSD. You can get several adapters that are “low profile” and will not protrude form your MBP.

    petepub - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I just replaced my mid 2014 MacBook Pro 128 GB SSD to the Aura Pro X2 1T. Taking the old SSD out was easy but installing the new Aura pro X2 took several tries. I thought it was not going to fit as it only seated part way. I was getting a little worried but after a few tries I got it to seat all the way in. Formatted the drive per OWC instructions on their site and I’m waiting on the Time Machine Back-Up to complete. OWC site had a few e xtra steps than ifixit steps. MacBook Pro booted up fine and displayed the new Aura SSD. Formatted as noted in instructions as well. No issues to this point. I will update once restore is done. HOPE ALLWORKS FINE!!!!

    Peppon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    SUCCESS!!!!! All worked great, took a bit to reboot after back up restore. Part of the issue why it took so long I had to turn WiFi back on. Then it uploaded all my settings once I signed into my Apple ID account.

    Peppon -

    Hola, gracias por la guia. Estoy pensando en cambiar mi disco SSD (128gb) del Macbook Pro Retina finales de 2013, para tener más espacio para Windows 10, que necesito para un tema de trabajo y ahora mismo tengo bootcamp y tanto el OS X como el Windows están ajustadisimos los dos metidos en 128Gb. ¿Podría seguir usando bootcamp tras actualizar el disco duro o cambia algo?

    Nombre del modelo: MacBook Pro

    Identificador del modelo: MacBookPro11,1

    ¿Alguien me recomienda en su caso un disco duro compatible de 480gb?

    Carlos - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Carlos, aqui lo recomiendo un disco duro combatible de 480gb: OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD

    Lo del bootcamp, no sé si entiendo completamente? Sí se puede seguir usando bootcamp tras actualizar el disco duro, pero yo creo que tendrá que iniciar bootcamp en el nuevo SSD primeramente, y copiar los datos del otro SSD después. Dependerá en cómo lo ha preparado en la maquina suya.

    ¡Que le vaya bien!

    Taylor Dixon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Muchas gracias. La idea era simplemente recuperar OS X (desde Time Machine o incluso reinstalar) y después ya volver a instalar bootcamp y Windows, mi duda era solo si al cambiar el disco sigue siendo siendo posible instalar bootcamp, y parece que así que me pondré a ello. Gracias!

    Carlos -

    So whats the best way to get the OS on my new SSD?

    Hans-Martin Rottenschlager - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My MacBook 13” retina mid 2014 won’t even turn on. Tried putting a new battery in, nothing. Can I remove the ssd and transfer the data using an external reader?

    Janie Hughes - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I was doing replacement using Transcend SSD and they provided an excellent guidance on how to restore the content of the SSD. Maybe it would help someone:

    1. Insert Apple original SSD into your Mac's SSD slot

    2. Power on and connect JDM855

    3. Use Disk Utility to format the JDM SSD as APFS (GUID scheme)


    4. Download Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your MacOS (Download Link:

    If your MacOS is 10.14 (Mojave), then you need to grant full disk access to this software.


    5. Power off and replace JDM850 with Apple original SSD, put Apple SSD into JDM's enclosure case.

    6. Power up and hold down "option" for few second

    7. Choose the external drive to enter MacOS

    8. Go "System Preference" to set JDM850 as start-up disk

    9. Power off and disconnect the external drive

    Peter Lachký - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I changed the 128gb SSD (brand: Samsung) inside my early 2015 13” MBAir for a larger one from OWC. Functions as expected.

    BUT: the 128gb SSD (from Samsung) does NOT retain information when used inside the OWC Envoy housing . . Conclusion: I own one 128gb SSD and one ENVOY, both useless . . .

    OWC, since their website contains (incomplete) info about compatibility of Apple SSD’s, can’t do anything for me. My reseller states he did not know about the issue. Ergo . . no more OWC for me.

    Simon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi All,

    Excellent guide.

    Just my SSD seems to be broken down and I wonder how it would be possible to wipe a new OS ?

    Thanks a million

    Tolga - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi All,

    Is there any list of compatible SSD models available ?

    thanks a lo

    Tolga - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Does the replacement SSD need to be one sided construction?

    ie; all components on the outer side, flat board underneath

    Or will an SSD with components on both sides work?

    And if so, okay for heat?


    Wd_black SSDs - one-sided

    Data xpg pro SSDs - double sided

    Shawnovan Fedora - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    Wandering the same as Tolga, are there any lists of compatible SSD for MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)?

    Some tips on SSD for around 500 GB to an affordable price?

    - siv

    Siv Arsand - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I am one more who’d like to know how to be certain the SSD drive i buy for my mid 2014 MBP will fit and work???

    Daren -

    La velocidad de lectura/escritura no se ve reflejado de acuerdo con las especificaciones de una samsung sed 980 con capacidad de 1TB, la cual marca cerca de los 3500 mb, alguien sabe a que se debe esta situación? he buscado información al respecto pero no doy con la solución, la computadora es una MacBook Pro 13 pantalla retina Moo A1502 (principios 2015) .

    La computadora la detecto correctamente y permitió instalar el sistema operativo correctamente, al aplicar Disk Speed no refleja aumento en la lectura/escritura


    Adan Martinez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.


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If not disconnecting battery before replacement of ssd, will ssd be damaged for sure, or is it just a precaution and not likely?

Chris - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

This is recommendation. I never disconnect battery and no issues occur so far.

Oleg -

Yes, damage can occur. Always disconnect any kind of power before removing different boards. After removing battery connector, it can be a good idea to discharge capacitors by pressing the power button on your mac. This ensures theres no latent current passing through the circuits.

andrehedegaard -

I know this is an old comment but it is the top one, so this is a note for other people :)

You don’t only risk the SSD, you also risk damaging the rest of the computer.

Also please only use a plastic tool to lift off the battery connector, shorting out the pins can damage your SMC!

Slot1gamer -

Which SSD can i use for upgrade? Can it be a normal like from Samung or else? Or has it to be from Apple?

karimi1993 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Same question here...

OldFellow -

Same question here...

Pablo Radu -

OWC now has SSD upgrades up to 1TB for this model:

rtwdanl -

NVME.2 for any brand as you want.

Zack Universe -

Apple doesn’t sell standalone SSD’s but you can’t youse a normal one from Samsung because Samsung doesn’t make mini PCIe drives for retail. To my knowledge, and that’s what I used the only solution is the OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kit. comes in 240, 480, 1TB and 2TB’s of storage. ( I recommend you to buy the upgrade kit and not the SSD only because then you can repurpose your old SSD as an external drive.) Unfortunately, I can’t provide you a link.

Devnol -

Supports M.2 NVME / AHCI SSDs such as Samsung 960 EVO, Samsung 970 EVO/PRO, WD Black, Crucial P1, HP EX920, ADATA SX8200, NVME SSD Intel 600p series and so on. You are kindly reminded that macOS failed when it stopped hibernation with some NVME SSDs of some brands (some are Samsung but not sure). For me I used the Intel 760p.

Leonardo R Zhao -

No, it, unfortunately, cannot be from Samsung. Apple uses a proprietary SSD type. You can get an SSD from OWC. They offer up to 2TB SSD options. They are a bit pricy, but the upgrade is worth it if you are upgrading from say a 128 or 256GB SSD.

Charles Cavatoni -

There are ways to run a normal SSD but they require special connectors. OWC is probably your best bet for a Macbook pro compatible drive. It is mac proprietary. I believe with a normal M.2 you won’t be able to get it to wake up from Sleep mode. But not sure.

taylorbyford -

There is a firmware update in the latest macOS 10.14 Mojave (or newer) Security Update with an updated NVMe driver that fixes hibernation issues. If your Boot ROM doesn’t update with the 3rd party one installed you can put the stock one back in do the firmware update and then put the 3rd party one back in.

mdgm -

OWC now sells replacement SSD's so you can drop a higher capacity in. Up to 1TB

robert Seith - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

That's what I just installed :)

David James -

So again the questions stand, do we only have the option of using OWC or can we use Samsung (which is way cheaper)?

Jonathan Moya -

You can’t use Samsung it’s not compatible. Samsung is m.2 and OWC is mini PCie

Devnol -

This was one of the best explained tutorials on anything that I've ever come across! Whole procedure took me around 15 minutes at careful pace.

marketing - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

5 out of 5! Clear and easy to follow guide :)

David James - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have bought all the component. samsung Evo 850 512 gig. A cabinet for the fort t he ssd and a eds wristband.

Daniel - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Does upgrading the SSD have any negative effects on the macbook? Any heating issues or shortened battery?

Mitchell Sturba - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

to Mitchell, none what so ever in my case. been running for almost 2 years now without a problem.

herojig - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Nope, it needs a mini-PciE interface

Devnol -

Does anyone know if Samsung EVO PRO 850 SATA 3 (MZ-7KE512BW), a 2.5" drive, will work with some sort of adapter?

Ibo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Do we know if Sandisk X400 512GB M.2 2280 SSD is supported?

Jake Tame - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Parabéns! Muito bem explicado e simples... difícil é encontrar a chave e a memória no Brasil para comprar..

vilmar.oliveira1 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Can i swap my macbook pro 13" 128gb(2015) ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...?

VVK - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

If they are the same year I believe you can because my OWC kit for early 2015 MacBook Pro, states it is also for 2013 and up MacBook Air

Bill Veldt -

I have purchased the OWC ssd and this guide is perfect for my install. Thank you.

Bill Veldt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Is it ok to replace OWC since my stock ssd is

Device Name:


Media Name: APPLE SSD SM0128G Media

Size: 120.47 GB (120,473,067,520 bytes)

Medium Type: SSD

Protocol: PCI

Internal: Yes

Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)

Status: Online

S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified

PV UUID: 410953C0-F94A-4925-82DE-1EE2B396A58A

Ketib Kulang - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Guys, can you please tell us if we can us any kind of M2 drives ( if the format fits) . I’m looking to know the manufactures and the types as i’m avoiding to buy original Apple HDD.

Thank you.


cristian - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Concerning the SSD i also wonder what exact type of M.2 standard works. I want to use a Samsung SSD 960 EVO, which is using M.2 2280 standard. As i asked a tech-guy from my local Apple Store he stated that in MBP Early 2015 13” any form-fitting type of SSD will work. The big question is what kind of M.2 Standard is used exactly? Is it 2280, 2242 or 22110? The closest optical resemlance seems to be 2280 format. Do i really need to get an expensive OWC-SSD or can i use my pick of choice as well? As i understand it this standard was changed in MBP Late 2015 13” at which only OWC replacements work properly. If anyone who already replaced the SSD of a MBP Early 2015 could share his experiences i’d be grateful.

Peter B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I had the same question since I want to upgrade an early 2015 MacBook from a collegue at work. But from the specs of the 240GB OWC SSD it seems that it is 24mm width and 89mm long A 2280 M.2 is 22mm width and 80mm long. Unless someone tries to fit e.g. a Samsung EVO M.2 to see if it works we won't know for sure.

Marc van Gemert -

I have an Macbook Pro 13 Retina, Early 2015. I ended up buying this drive: (1TB) SSD to upgrade my 128GB Drive I bought with the system. Overall, it took from the 19th -> 28th of November (delays most likely due to American Thanksgiving). I installed it today and the bench marks are in the 1300 range for read/write, so it appears to be using all 4 channels to communicate. I believe the OWA version uses only 2 channels (could be wrong, but you should verify).

Drew - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

whats the fitment like? Seem heaps wider than original?

stancemodsx -

Hi to all. I have Samsung 960 EVO, it is posible upgrade on my MacBook Pro 13 2015 early? system 10.13.1

Gen4ig - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hey upgraded my storage from 128 Gb to 1TB, can anybody tell me how can I reinstall Mac OS now?

Prashant Vats - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Yeah, you should have first made a time machine of your whole drive to an external drive and then using mac’s system restore to reinstall all of the old drive’s contents into the new one.

Devnol -

Hi, I would like to swap my MacBook Pro 13”(early 2015) 128 gb SSD with MacBook Air 2013 13” 256gb SSD, but… SSD from MB Pro has 3,3V & 3,2A vs SSD from MB Air has 3,3V & 2,5A …. Is it a problem?


Honza Pokorný - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Say can I use the SSD from a 15” MBP (late 2013) in a 13” MBP (early 2015)? As far as I can see it should work, but iFixit does not list compatibility explicitely.

Tilo Probst - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I’ve read in a number of places that the OWC replacement parts have an issue with crashing when the system wakes from sleep. Has anyone else had a similar experience, or know of another replacement part with no issues?

Spanky Ham - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I’ve installed OWC Aura Pro X on my MacBook Pro 13” 2015, I can confirm the crashing when the system wakes from sleep, it happened three times in 2 weeks.

Luca P. -

It’s not an issue specific to OWC SSDs. There is a firmware update with the latest macOS 10.14 Mojave (or newer) security update that fixes this. So if looking to install a 3rd party SSD it’s best to ensure you have this firmware update installed first. If the firmware is recent enough you may be able to update the firmware with the 3rd party SSD installed.

mdgm -

Does this SSD replacement can make keyboard marks when pressing the bottom case ?

I think I had a light line mark on my screen since I have replaced the SSD…


Jo BR - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I just found out about this company and, I love it. I am glad there are reputable options outside of the big Apple.

Juan Pratts - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I bought an OWC Aura Pro X and it is a disaster:

It runs hot which ruins your battery life

With Mojave it crashes all the time with NVMe errors

And now my Mac does even not finishes booting without crashing

Stay away from this product

stopodo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Executed today, 48 minutes from opening the box with the SSD until back up and running with a restored backup. Hint, make sure you have the 2 correct screwdrivers and hint hint…. Note what your username is before you start as you need to enter it after restore. If like me you forgot you can go via startup + option+R into a terminal and dig around to bit to find the “Users” directory where the folder is with your name.

Piece of cake, battery is so simple and risk less that you would be stupid NOT to disconnect, almost like a wall socket so easy.

Marc Keijsers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Went with a 1 TB nVME SSD and an adapter card. Because of the pentalobe bit in iFixit’s kit, it took (literally) 15 minutes to swap out. It worked well.

T Hanson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

what ssd did you used? -

Don’t use 970 EVO PLUS from Samsung, because it’s incompatible and crash macOS after a few minutes. 970 Pro works for example good.

praemarc - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

so you recommend the 970 pro only, is that right? I accidently bought the 970 evo pro

any other ssd nvme you recommend? -

970 Evo Plus needs firmware upgrade. Details can be found in images,

NVMe ssd-970 evo plus firmware:

stancemodsx -


970 Evo Plus needs firmware upgrade. Details can be found in images,

NVMe driver:

NVMe ssd-970 Evo Plus firmware:

June 2019: PSA: Samsung released a firmware update for the Samsung 970 EVO Plus which supposedly fixes issues with macOS

stancemodsx -

Would anyone recommend a WD or a Crucial SSD M.2 Nvme drive? - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

m.2 drives are not compatible. Only mini PCie

Devnol -

970 Evo Plus needs firmware upgrade. Details can be found in images,

NVMe driver:

NVMe ssd-970 Evo Plus firmware:

June 2019: PSA: Samsung released a firmware update for the Samsung 970 EVO Plus which supposedly fixes issues with macOS

stancemodsx - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Really helpful! My Macbook’s screen is totally broken and I’d like to get back the datas which are on my SSD. Now that I’ve been able to remove the SSD from my Macbook, how can I use the SSD somewhere else in order to get back my datas?

pacey8heures - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Now that you’ve got the SSD out, you can temporarily re-install it to a working MacBook (maybe a friend’s?) to get the data off of it, or you can purchase an adapter like this one and use the SSD as an external storage drive!

Taylor Dixon -

may be a dumb question but im concussed , is this a hard drive or memory?

Andre Nascimbeni - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Not dumb. Its a Solid State Hardrive (SSD), but it comes in an thinner format, the NVMe PCIe.

dr.con -

This is a great guide! I’ve now replaced both the SSD and my battery on my early 2015 macbook pro thanks to ifixit guides, so I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who contributes here!

Mike Scaletti - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Just used this guide to install 2TB NVME PCIe M.2 using an very affordable converter. This was less the 10 minutes work. 5 was more like it.

Making a Time machine back up to install everything again later om took a lot of time.

Pjotr - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Falta tipos de SSD, SSD NVME PCIe con adaptador, reinstalación del sistema y recuperación por ejemplo con Time Machine…

Se ha quedado muy corto.

Pepolis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


Tout se passe bien jusqu’à l’installation de CATALINA qui bloque à 2 % restants….

Peut être une solution pour terminer l’installation du Mac OS ?


ROBERT CACCIAPALLE - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


I have an SSD that was mounted on my Mac Pro (late 2013).

Do you think it's possible to mount it on my Macbook Pro 13 Retina (early 2015)?

This is the model of the SSD that was mounted on my Mac Pro (late 2013)

MZ-JPU256T / A01

256 GBSSUAX 655-1803B

Thank you in advance

Antonello Azzazzera - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Friends, I did not read through all of the comments so I apologize if someone already said this. I successfully installed a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO SSD in this computer with no problem. Prior to the upgrade the read/write speed was 800/400. After the upgrade, the speed increased to 1100/900. You will need to use an adapter. I’ve included links to the SSD and adapter below. Just follow these exact instructions, but be sure to attach the adapter to the SSD first. I’ve only done this once and can not guarantee it will work with other SSDs or other Macs.

Randall Evans - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The instructions could not have been any easier to follow, nor could the job have been any simpler. Thank you for making this upgrade so simple. 5 minutes to change the SSD, and three hours to backup, then reinstall the OS and image. WELL DONE and THANKS!

David Morrison - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Great tutorial. I would even rate it easy and it doesn’t take longer than 5min.

Daniel Unterrainer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Just upgraded the OEM drive to a 1TB NVME drive using the proper adapter. What an adventure, but I’m happy now to have the larger capacity drive!

Ming Lee - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Some of the comments are old. I keep reading that ONLY OWC makes a apple compatible ssd, but apparently the Samsung Evo plus and Pro now works! Also Transcend seems to make one here Is this false advertisement or it’s just new options that are gonna work as well?

veilsidejoe11 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

For anyone here in late 2020: This link is a pretty exhaustive look at upgrading the SSD in macbook pros (late 2013 - mid 2015) including what drives are compatible, what type of adapters work well, and what the common issues are. Obviously take it with a grain of salt as it’s just a forum thread, but it looks well researched and worked for me. I just replaced my factory 128 GB SSD with a 1 TB SSD (I won’t list which as I’m not sure it’s allowed) and an adapter recommended on the above link in my early 2015 macbook pro. Used an external SSD enclosure to partition the drive correctly, then booted the external drive in recovery mode and installed High Sierra, then transferred the SSD into the computer using this guide. Worked just fine.

BSK - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

My Mac book

MacBook pro retina early 2015

Which type of SSD can be used for 1 TB ??

Sami - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I currently have the OWC for my MacBook Pro Early 2015 Im waiting for the proper screw drivers to come in the email and I wanted to know if this SSD will work with the Big Sur upgrade instead of the old one?

David Walker - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi there,

Someone has expierence with a 2TB SSD + Sintech Adapter + Macbook Pro early 2015 13”

If yes, what the brand and model? ADATA, Sabrant, Samsung etc

I’m afraid to buy one with overcapacity )read/write) :)

Luciano Schroeter - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You should put the latest security update for macOS 10.14 Mojave or later on before doing the SSD upgrade as that has further compatibility fixes in a firmware update that wasn’t available for High Sierra. After doing this update the fixes will remain if you reinstall High Sierra.

mdgm - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I’ve got this SSD out and looking for the correct adapter to recover files on hard drive

ambersowers - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi, I changed the ssd because the question mark folder was sometimes showing on my mac, after this change all I get is the folder and the mac does not find any of the ssd (original or new one) any recomendations?

rfo223 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Thank you for this great tutorial that helped me do this SSD replacement. I must say that I skipped the step of disconnecting the battery, because the risk of damaging the motherboard seemed to me greater than a possible electric shock. I obviously don’t advise anyone to do the same! But finally, everything went well and this new Toshiba SSD, with its adapter, works perfectly.

JPB - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

You can use a NVMe SSD of Samsung or WD and use an adaptor to fix to the board.

Balaji P Rajagopalan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0



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