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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 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm 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 - Responder

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

    Fredrik -

    Is the Pentalobe screwdriver mentioned in the tools list? I did not have one so I used a filed down flat blade screwdriver. Not a fantastic idea, but it works.

    Alex Birkett - Responder

    Yes, it's mentioned on the top of this page. P5 Pentalobe to be precise. I didn't have one either, so I bought one from iFixit and that works fantastic. An absolutely precise fit, which is important especially when you might open your MacBook a couple of times during the years you own it. Not using the correct tool might do more harm to the screws than you want! I once had this with a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which has Torx screws (T4 I think) and I used cheap Chinese quality tools, with the result that both the tool and one of the screws are damaged.

    addvariety -

    the macbook in the picture is 2012. does it has the same structure as 2013?

    Edison - Responder

    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 - Responder

    is P5 supposed to be for all 10 screws? it works on the 2x 2.3mm at the top, but not for the 8x others for me. what size screwdriver for the 3mm? thanks

    monsieurescargot - Responder

    Yes, the p5 works for all 10 pentalobe screw heads for bottom cover. The the different size mm reference only refers to the difference in length of the screws, but again both heads are p5.

    Antoine Thornton - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    Just finished replacing my battery (MacBook Pro 13” early 2015), glad I did, the old ones were noticeably swollen. I was surprised to find the battery at 57% upon completion and charging the new battery. No problems with replacement however, kit arrived without the Pentalobe driver. I got a nice complete kit from Amazon for 20 euro in 2 days. iFixit offered a coupon on any future purchase but right now, I have no plans on needing anything. Nice gesture but would have preferred the driver in the kit in the first place.

    Suggest having a small can of compressed air on hand to clean out the interior, after 4 years, mine was quite dirty. Ear buds and alcohol were the best I could do. And a magnetized driver is mandatory I think.

    D M - Responder


    If your keyboard is riveted to the chassis as mine is, Late 2013 MBP 13” retina, you need about 100 screws to reattach the new keyboard.

    ifixit does not have them. I did just now find them at Beetstech for $4.50 along with a back light $13 for the keyboard in case you want one. It looks like Beetstech is a big competitor of ifixit with an excellent reputation (like ifixit has) too. I just ordered these parts and will not happily be moving forward with my keyboard replacement.

    Timothy Hardman - Responder

    Fun Fact: I got three of the 2,3 mm Pentalopes … ;-)

    Paco Demant - Responder

    My PB had eight (8), 2.3 mm screws and two (2), 3.0 mm screws.

    ellamama - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

  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 - Responder

    Agreed. A decent amount of force is required here.

    Evan Shulman - Responder

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

    Peter Stoll - Responder

  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.

    There are two screws that are shorter-they go to the back near the vent.

    wrbandllm - Responder

    This was already mentioned at the start, it says 2x 2.3mm screws and those are coloured red instead of orange for the other ones in iFixit's image.

    addvariety - Responder

    What is the black vinyl-y sticker on the inside of the case (some sort of shield?). I was forced to slightly puncture it in order to replace the feet on my laptop. Thanks in advance.

    Tommy Huang - Responder

    When I got the back off, I found this piece loose, any idea what it is? about 9mm long frosted plastic

    Fred Anderson - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

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

    Do you know where I can purchase this plastic cover? Mine is missing and no one will work on my computer without it.

    jodieabc - Responder

    There is no point on going near the battery or logic board. I cut out these steps with no issue. It is precautionary but unnecessary.

    Jaime Leonard - Responder

    I agree. No point in removing the battery connection, as it’s one more thing that can break. Just be careful to shut down your machine before doing any work on it.

    Ron LaPedis -

    I replaced both my L and R speakers on my MBP mid-2014 13” withOUT doing this step.

    Evan Shulman - Responder

    My new battery kit included a replacement for this part, so, no need to save the old one.

    Ralph Begleiter - Responder

    The aux in my mac works 1 out of 10 times , Is this relevant to me in order to solve the proplem ? I cant see aux input on the io board ?

    Wajde Fadool - Responder

  5. 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 - Responder

    I have the some problem. I was thinking to replace the whole battery but I am not it will solve the problem. Any suggestions?

    salvatorebarbera -

    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 -

    Hi,have you find the solution for your battery? I also have same problem, run with plugs but it battery not supporting… as soon the plug of it goes off

    Jewel Rahman -

    Have either of you replaced the battery and/or circuit board to fix the MacBooks with the water damage ? I have the same problem with the MacBook working fine when connected to power but dying immediately when the power cord is removed.

    Steve - Responder

    Hi, Steve. I had the same problem: Macbook Pro 15 retina with coffee damage. And it worked fine when connected to power. I made it working after replacing the whole battery. It seems that circuit connected to the battery becomes disabled to prevent short circuit.

    Vadim Gribanov -

    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 - Responder

    Thanks for the comment. My MBP isn’t powering on after I walked through these steps, and I assume it is because the battery connector isn’t fully connected. (I can’t check yet since I borrowed the pentalobe screwdriver)

    Caleb Steinborn -


    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 -

    If I only want to replace the trackpad cable, then which steps should I skip? This step seems unnecessary

    Parth Gudhka - Responder

    This step is not unnecessary because you need to remove the battery before you can replace the trackpad

    Jeffrey Liu -

    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 - Responder

    I replaced both my L and R speakers on my MBP mid-2014 13” withOUT doing this step.

    Evan Shulman - Responder

    I have verified I have this battery, and I have a mid-2014 macbook retina. And I swear i do not see this battery connector. I didn’t take the cover off, per other comments that said it was an unnecessary risk. What the heck? will I not see the battery cable without taking of that cover?

    martha - Responder

    How can i post a photo of what I am seeing …I don’t see the battery connector! not like in photo above. maybe I have to remove that plastic cover although others recommended not doing that (see above).

    martha - Responder

    ooops nevermind..I see it now! tks . But..there is SO much gunk/dust under there (old, hand me down, used by my teen daughter while eating in bed no doubt!) . Should I attempt to clean? Beyond just blowing on it? Is compressed air safe? Or should I just leave it be? Assuming I don’t break it while replacing this battery I’d like not to break it otherwise! tks

    martha - Responder

  6. 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 - Responder

    Not sure I understand: did leaving the battery plugged in permanently broke the I/O board (or anything else)?

    Adrien -

    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 - Responder

    That’s a great idea!

    David Lilliebridge - Responder

    I used a small piece of paper to prevent the connector from connecting, no need to wrestle with even low-stick adhesive.

    dbrick - Responder

    I replaced both my L and R speakers on my MBP mid-2014 13” withOUT doing this step.

    Evan Shulman - Responder

    I agree that inserting a small paper above between the socket and the connector was useful. I used post-it-note, but kept the adhesive away from the socket.

    Ralph Begleiter - Responder

  7. 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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

  8. 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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    Great guide!

    Daniel - Responder

    Why do I need to disconnect the battery?

    David DelMonte - Responder

    To prevent damage on motherboard while connecting/disconnecting SSD.

    Fedor Zhuromsky -

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

    ari - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    Yes, you can.

    Oleg -

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

    Pedram BehzadiFar - Responder

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

    Leo Merazian - Responder

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

    wongsamson7 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder

    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 - Responder


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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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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.

Commandblock6417 -

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 -

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

robert Seith - Responder

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

Commandblock6417 -

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 - Responder

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

David James - Responder

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

Daniel - Responder

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

Mitchell Sturba - Responder

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

herojig - Responder

Does any m.2 SSD work?

onnobastings - Responder

Nope, it needs a mini-PciE interface

Commandblock6417 -

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

Ibo - Responder

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

Jake Tame - Responder

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

vilmar.oliveira1 - Responder

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

VVK - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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

Prashant Vats - Responder

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.

Commandblock6417 -

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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. -

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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? - Responder

m.2 drives are not compatible. Only mini PCie

Commandblock6417 -

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 -

Does this work on an A1502?

Richard Cacciato - Responder

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

Andre Nascimbeni - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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 - Responder


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 ?




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 - Responder

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 - Responder

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