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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 15” Mid 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.

  1. Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:
    • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.1 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

    The number of screws listed here is wrong on my model. I had four of the smaller size.

    anonymous 1286 - Responder

    Just to add to my comment above (I can't edit it because it's anonymous), my MacBook Pro is a mid-2015 15in model 2.8GHz (A1398; EMC2881). For the bottom case it uses six 3.1mm screws, and four 2.3mm screws at the clutch/hinge side of the MacBook Pro. I tried using a 3.1mm screw at the clutch/hinge end, as described in the main article, and they don't fit. It has to be four 2.3mm screws.

    anonymous 1286 - Responder

    Removing the screw will void warranty?

    Test Application - Responder

    Ok, so here is what I discovered. There is no mobile application for these instructions, while having them on a computer is nice but when the computer you have is the one you are changing the battery on these instruction are of no use. I advise coping them and then paste them in PDF and print them out. Or you better have a photographic memory. I’m just saying.

    Kenny Kyle - Responder

    Can’t you just open up the website on your phone? It seems to display fine for me on my phones browser.

    Braden Estenson -

  2. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.
    • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

  3. The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange). During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.
    • The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange).

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

    pretty hard to put it back, so I just remove the clips on the upper case....

    jamiegan835 - Responder

    The trick to putting it back on is to guide your fingers to the same level as the clips, and then when you put the case down move your hand from the left side of the case to the right side of the case; applying pressure when you reach the area where the clips are.

    Aaron Freidus - Responder

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  5. Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.
    • Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.

    You only need to remove the tape to the edge of the flap. This is enough to be able to pry the battery connector up.

    Aaron Freidus - Responder

    +1 to above comment

    Andrew Saunders - Responder

    Note that the photo is taken from the hinge side - the other way to the photo in step 3

    Toby Thurston - Responder

  6. Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.
    • Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

    why is this necessary to remove a hard drive?

    Lawtay - Responder

    @lawrencetaylor On any electronics repair, you need to disconnect all sources of power before you start. It’s a basic safety precaution and also removes the risk of accidentally shorting a connection somewhere (which can potentially kill your MacBook).

    Jeff Suovanen -

  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.

  8. Lift the end of the SSD up enough to pass over the speaker directly behind it. Do not lift the SSD too high, or you could damage the contacts or socket. Pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Lift the end of the SSD up enough to pass over the speaker directly behind it.

    • Do not lift the SSD too high, or you could damage the contacts or socket.

    • Pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Conclusão

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

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So guys, I got a couple of questions:

1. Is this model (MBP Retina Mid 2015/MacBookPro11,4 ) really upgradable? https://www.datenreise.de/en/macbook-pro... says otherwise.

2. Samsung 850 EVO or Samsung 850 PRO would work with the model mentioned above?

Eduardo Delai Correa - Responder

Yes, it is upgradeable. At the time that article was published there was no drive on the market that would work. Now there is. No the Samsung 850 EVO or Pro would not work. As far as I know OWC is the only one that produces an after market drive that is compatible.

Chris Matlock -

I couldn't find the SSD that Chris mentioned. Would you please point out the exact model?

Jerry Zhong -

I think you could purchase a pcie to M2 adapter and fit a Samsung 950 Pro in there. 960 Pro is coming out soon though with higher performance.

tonynca7 - Responder

I also wanna try the 960 pro on, but I have read an article about the 3rd party SSD support which saying OS X deny to boot from a 3rd party NVME drive, you have to do some hack before you can use it. Is it true?

cyl19910101 g -

how i can upgrade mt MacBook pro with retina mid-2015 ?

is Samsung evo 850 fit with my computer

Thanks

Turki - Responder

I own a rMBP 15 w/ radeon 15" (w/ the radeon gpu) and pleeassee correct me if I'm wrong but i gotta feeling my SM0512G might be on the brink of failure.I do realize the low probability of such but I'm quite the power user and i've also had some problems with macOS sierra which have led me to "gpt > destroy" the part map 3x.

To be perfectly honest , I'm sh*ttng my pants out scared of running smart mont or whatever 3rd party tool in order to check its current wear levels;

- given that last time i did (couple of months ago - before the whole macOS issues) the wear was at 67%....

There have been no noticeable signs of degraded performance...but sometimes when i boot him up there does seem to be some graphics issues (such as they watch/clock being blacked or greyed or the occasional odd flickering of system issues (they're kinda hard to describe).

not sure what to do. Looking to replace the ssd but the one sold by owc is quite inferior (spec-wise) in comparison to the original.

Any thouhgts/recomendations?

Thx!

milanf11 - Responder

which SSD is recommended, the OWC or this one..http://store.mcetech.com/mm/merchant.mvc...

If there are an better after market SSD than the 2 listed please let me know

Manveer Dhillon - Responder

Hello~

I want to change my Macbook pro 15" SSD

Is M.2(Pcie) Suitable for MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2015?

If I use INTEL SSD is Suitable too? or it just can use SAMSUNG?

Thank you so much!!!!!!

IFIXIT is awesome!

hahaloveya20 - Responder

Hi Everyone, I Seem to Be Having This Folder Icon with a Question Mark inside whenever I Try To Boot my Macbook Pro mid 2015 Edition. Could It be the 1TB ssd inside or Somethings else. Pls Someone should Help me. Thnx

Victor - Responder

Hey try this solution that i’ve researched

Try checking the disk if it has a problem by holding command + r while holidng the power button.

After you see the Apple logo, release the power button, and keep holding the command + R.

Once you saw the macOS utilities open the disk utility and click your MacBook Pro’s SSD.

Check if the S.M.A.R.T status says that it’s “Verified

*If the S.M.A.R.T status of your SSD has anything other than verified on your MacBook Pro, there could be a problem on your SSD or the SSD cannot be detected

*If the S.M.A.R.T status of your SSD is verified continue following these steps.

Nathan Ingalla -

In disk utility, click a drop down arrow on it, Click the OS partition and click First Aid.

If the First aid couldn’t fix the problem, wipe your boot drive by clicking the erase function on it and set the file system as MacOS Extended (Journaled) and click erase.

After the wiping is complete, connect your MacBook to the internet and exit disk utility.

Once you closed the Disk utility, click the reinstall macOS and wait the reinstallation

(Note: Installation time may depend on your Mac and Internet Speed.)

After the reinstallation is complete, you will need to set up your user account and re-enter your iCloud credentials if you have.

Nathan Ingalla -

OK, need a part number (amazon would be great) for a compatible 1T & 512GB for my mid 2015 15" MB Pro...

Steven Machado - Responder

Is disconnecting the battery necessary just for a HDD change? Or is it here for informational purposes only?

Rob Benton - Responder

Rob Benton - Better be safe that sorry. Always disconnect the battery.

Oros - Responder

Hi their if I follow the instruction above I will obviosly restart my mac within the Time Machine that I have already made. Is it simple afterwards I just have to follow presidure.??? Tanks for your Help ….Simon

simon - Responder

Question would the Samsung 860 evo work?

Jason Rose - Responder

Has anyone tried to use an M.2 EVO 860 with 2TB capacity from Samsung yet? Any experiences made so far? Does it work without problems with OS X Sierra? Any comments would be helpful.

Yorh Ekin - Responder

EVO 860 is SATA, it will not work. Macbook pro needs nvme ssd. Just finish my upgrade using ADATA SX8200NP 960GB (ASX8200NP-960GT-C), and adapter is from Amazon, “Sintech NGFF M.2 nVME SSD Adapter Card For Upgrade 2013-2015 MacBook”. Both works like charm. Only issue is that SMART status is unavailable.

Hao Li -

Hi,

It seems there are two options currently on the market:

OWC Aura OWCSSDAB2M05 or -10 for 500GB or 1TB versions, respectively, and

Transcend TS480GJDM850 for 500GB (or TS960) for 1TB versions.

Does anyone have experience with the speed of these? I read that they are 33-50% slower. I’m guessing using an M2 with adapter is also a solution but probably even slower.

And I guess all of these are about double the price of regular SSDs if my research is correct.

MacFlo - Responder

would a Crucial® MX500 Solid-State-Drive M.2 fit in ? or what would the best ssd be?

theoctopusride - Responder

I used the crucial P1 SSD 1TB PCIe and adapter board and installed the MacOS Mojave and WINDOW10, which functions properly

juan chang - Responder

Hi

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2015. I swapped it’s original 1TB for a 2TB. Two models I tried works:

The Hat SSD I got for around $ 350 on Ebay

The Samsung 960 Pro M2, with a Synthech adapter. It’s about three times the price of the Hat SSD… But the Samsung is also close to twice as fast as the original Apple SSD on my Black Magic Disk Speed test.

Be aware that the OWC external boxes DO NOT WORK for SSDs other than OWC and Apple. You have to plug the SSD to the mother board to test them (Samsung + Synthech adapter work)

You also have to run either Mojave or High Sierra.

fcapeilleres - Responder

does this SSD work with a macbook pro retina 15 inch 2015 model? Samsung MZ-76P2T0B/EU 2 TB 860 Pro Sata III 64L V NAND Solid State Drive

Its Riyana - Responder

Hi guys! Will the Apple 256gb SSD that I pulled from my Mid 2015 Macbook Pro fit in a PCIe adapter card which I want to use in a Mac Pro 5,1? I read that the Apple slot on the MBP is proprietary which usually means no. But here is the card I am considering: '''https://tinyurl.com/y3mrr8tt'''

If not that card, can you recommend one?

Art Vandelay - Responder

would a Samsung 970 PRO 1TB (MZ-V7p1T0BW) fit in ? ''I got the adaptor for the SSD. or what would the best SSD be?

I would know isn’t it have a chance will let the computer can not wake again after sleep mode? ( after reboot will to be normal ) after install the new SSD?

Dante Suen - Responder

It's really helpful

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