I didn’t even bother pulling out this camera cable, just moved it aside and kept it out of the way.
@panzerkiller my 970EVO & Sintech setup is showing SMART status on DriveDx, but not on Disk Utility for some reason.
You can install an NVMe M2.2280 SSD into this MacBookPro11,5 with this Sintech adapter (Amazon link, which also lists compatible SSDs); I’ve got 4 units installed with the 970EVO 2TB chugging along happily for over a year now. Sintech has a newer, smaller adapter that I’ve ordered; will post the results once I’ve tested it.
Just make sure you’ve already updated to least High Sierra 10.13 (preferably Mojave 10.14) on the original SSD to install the NVMe drivers.
Can the heatsink be removed without taking out the logic board?