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The March 2015 update of Apple's 13" MacBook Pro Retina Display, model A1502, features fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and introduces the Force Touch trackpad.

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SSD upgrade to larger

Hi I got the new early 2015 model with force touch but I got the smallest 128gb ssd since that was the only one available in the store... couldn't wait.

I should be able to upgrade the ssd to 256gb without much problem right? But which one would one use? or is it only possible to use another original SSD?

Don't need to be a monster of a ssd, just abit larger to store some more media.

Thanks in advance

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Is it possible to use a 500 GB SSD from a Mid 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13" in a new Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina 13"?

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No, because is different the connector between 2013 and 2015... you can upgrade your SSD only buying other disc from other 2015 ;) Try to learn more in Transcend website or OWC ;)

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I have macbook pro ratina late 2013...can i upgrade it's ssd from 256gb to 512gb...

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Hello there . I hope u can answer this . can macbook pro retina storage be upgraded like from 128gb to whatever i want ? Cause i thing buying the 512 gb is too expensive so can the storage of 128gb be upgraded later ? Thanks :)

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Yes, see below for the link to the required SSD unit.

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Well I've got good news and bad news for you ...

The good > Your SSD is removable (a variation of a M.2 PCIe)

The bad > Apple uses proprietary firmware on their SSD's. Presently they are the only source.

Here's the future > 3rd party's will at some point offer replacement units but thats at least a year or more away,

Sorry ;-{

Update (03/10/2016)

Here's the Latest!

OWC has just made available replacement SSD's for your system! Heres a link to the part: MacBook Pro with Retina 13" & 15" Late 2013 - Current

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would a Apple original work? lets say i find one on ebay?

Found a 256GB from a 2015unit and according to the guy he's selling it because he upgrade it to another ssd directly when he recieved he's unit :o

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I might just buy the Transcend Jetdrive lite 130, 128gb and fits in the memorycard bay. They are qouting speeds to 95mb/s which seems fine enough just for some media, mostly 1080p movies n stuff. http://www.gizmag.com/transcend-jetdrive...

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I would be careful here on what you find on eBay, as we've been burned a few times. I would go with the external SD memory slot direction for now using the Transcend product.

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This SSD seems to fit. But does anybody know this brand?

http://store.mcetech.com/mm/merchant.mvc...

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OWC is known for having 3rd party SSD's for MBP's I recently contacted them and they said no later the start of the winter before the release them...

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I believe it's a proprietary CONNECTOR, all firmware is "proprietary" (and that doesn't matter).

I want to upgrade mine too, the 512Gb models (and up) have a significant speed advantage over smaller models (dual channel) .

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Standards are a tricky thing. The Apple blade connection of its first generation of SSD devices was an mSATA interface which is part of the M.2 standard. They were a custom part and oddly shaped so none of the mSATA M.2 SSD's available at the time would fit. The PCIe generation devices also comply as well to the M.2 standard (again loosely). The fact no one uses the version of the connector Apple has decided to use is also to prevent people like us to try plugging in just anything in. This is an offshoot of the legal battle Apple was having with Samsung. No one wanted to appear to be crossing boundaries. This then gets into the SSD's firmware and the licensing of it.

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Apple is still the only source of its custom firmware which is designed to work with their systems. But, lets get back to the connector. The PCIe interface is a set standard and when it was intergraded into the M.2 standard the signal definitions are the same only the pin assignments were altered to fit the smaller format. The PCI standard allows up to 32 lanes the current M.2 standard only up to 4 lanes. Now getting back to the SSD firmware this is were Apples magic comes in. At the time Apple was ahead of the curve when it comes with SSD interface speed. This is were their skilled firmware programers sweated it out making still one of the best implementations. The Fusion Drive is an off shoot of this work. While you may think any firmware on any SSD would work that is far from the case. This is were the systems EFI (BIOS) and OS have a lot to do with handshaking with the device as well as allowing it to communicate with the OS via a device driver.

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Apple does a good job hiding this under the hood stuff unlike Windows (older generations). So we often forget about this interaction which is important too. So in a way you could say Apple was using a proprietary SSD setup but in truth the M.2 standard is just too loose! It is a collection of different physical dimensions, Different interface signals and their pin layout and connectors. So any one can use a mishmash and still comply to it! And in doing so not offer interplay compatibility which is what your real issue is here. That was part of the design of the M.2 standard surprisingly! Take a good read you'll laugh and cry at the same time (I did!)

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BTW: A 2 lane system can't support a 4 lane device. Sorry ;-{

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I'm looking to upgrade my Early 2015 MBP Retina to a 256GB or 512GB also.

I see some original Apple/Samsung SSDs for sale on eBay but they advertise them as compatible with 2013 - 2015 models.

I've read that the Late 2013 and Early 2014 models came with PCIe 2.0 x2 5.0 GT/s (8 Gbit/s) and the Early 2015 model came with PCIe 3.0 x4 8.0 GT/s (25.6 Gbit/s).

I would not think that they will be compatible with each other. I would like to find one that will run the fastest with PCIe 3.0 x4 8.0 GT/s (25.6 Gbit/s) my system supports.

Does anyone know the model number of the OEM 256GB or 512GB that would have originally came from Apple so I can look for it?

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Hey Henry..

Did you discover the model number for SSD 256 PCi x4?

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I eventually figured it out. The model of the 512GB is MZ-JPV5120/0A4 or 655-1859H if anyone else is interested. The 256GB is MZ-JPV2560/0A4 or 655-1858H.

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Hi!

We are in 2018! and i wonder if i can use a NVMe SSD 960 PRO by Samsung in the early 2015 MBP 13''

Thanks!

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IS it possible to use one of the adapters such as https://www.amazon.ca/Rivo-Adapter-Upgra... and then use a drive listed on the product page. ie: Seagate, WD or any other of the drives?

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Could we use this drive for our macbook?

http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-JetDrive...

or http://www.amazon.fr/Transcend-TS128GJDL...

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Sadly, the SSD upgrade (your first listed option) won't work. If you review the product listing here: Transcend Jet Drive you'll see the Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro Retina model is not listed. Here is a deeper writeup on the different SSD blade connections Apple has used so you get an idea why its not so cut and dry here: SSD Form Factors.

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And, Yes! The SD slot Transcend Jet Drive Lite drive will offer you a means to add a semi-internal means here to boost your system until a 3rd party offers a better internal upgrade.

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Is OWC PCIe SSD as fast as the PCIe SSD that Apple provides with Mac Book Pro Early 2015?

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Yes & No !! If you have a x2 Apple SSD then the OWC is faster in write and about the same in read. If you have a x4 Apple SSD then the Apple is faster but not by much! The size of the SSD has more impact! A bigger 1TB SSD is faster than a 128 GB SSD as the cells are across more chips allowing the onboard controller to write and read faster.

Even still x4 PCIe/NMVe SSD's are now hitting the limits of the I/O. Apple tried going with a x8 drive in the Function key MacBook Pro and in the new iMac Pro is using interleaved raw flash modules (the T2 chip is the PCIe/NVMe interface).

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Thank you Dan.

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