The new 16-inch MacBook Pro gave Apple tech lovers the hope of updating the entire line of professional computers.
Although the beloved SD card slots and USB-A connectors will never be returned to the MacBook, we’ve still been able to find the most convenient keyboard instead of the sticky “butterfly”.
In six months or a year, it will be possible to replace the old Retina models with updated laptops. To give a second life to the “old people” and to work on them for some more time, we offer to make a simple upgrade.
Only models that support installation will be considered. macOS Catalina:
▸ MacBook Pro Mid 2012 or later
▸ MacBook Air Mid 2012 or later
▸ MacBook Retina Start 2015 or later
Upgrade impossible on the 12-inch MacBook, which was produced from 2015 to 2017, but the new MacBook Air 2018-2019 and on the MacBook Pro starting from 2016 models (TouchBar / Type-C).
The instruction is not suitable for new Macs with a T2 chip. Such manipulations require additional training
On older devices (MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air), you can replace the SSD drive. RAM upgrade could be carried out on the previous generation of laptops in a unibody package (laptops from 2008 to 2012 without the Retina display).
MacBook Pro Retina
Models that were produced from mid-2012 to mid-2015 are considered to be the third generation of the MacBook Pro. This entire line is also called Retina.
It includes 7 modifications with screen sizes 13 ″ and 15 ″:
Mid 2012: MC975LL / A, MC976LL / A, MD831LL / A
Late 2012: MD212LL / A, MD213LL / A, Z0N43LL / A
Early 2013: ME662LL / A, ME664LL / A, ME665LL / A
Late 2013: ME864LL / A, ME865LL / A, ME866LL / A, ME293LL / A, ME294LL / A, ME874LL / A
Mid 2014: MGX72LL / A, MGX82LL / A, MGX92LL / A, MGXA2LL / A, MGXC2LL / A
Early 2015: MF839LL / A, MF840LL / A, MF841LL / A
Mid 2015: MJLQ2LL / A, MJLT2LL / A
From the “air” laptops, devices that were released from mid-2012 to mid-2017 are suitable for us.
Upgrade is possible on any of the five modifications 11 ″ and 13 ″:
Mid 2012: MD223LL / A, MD224LL / A, MD231LL / A, MD232LL / A
Mid 2013: MD711LL / A, MD712LL / A, MD760LL / A, MD761LL / A
Early 2014: MD711LL / B, MD712LL / B, MD760LL / B, MD761LL / B
Early 2015: MJVM2LL / A, MJVP2LL / A, MJVE2LL / A, MJVG2LL / A, MMGF2LL / A, MMGG2LL / A
Mid 2017: MQD32LL / A, MQD42LL / A
Which drive to choose
The Cupertinians did everything to upgrade the drive in a laptop was problematic. The replacement procedure itself is not complicated and difficult, it is more difficult to choose the right SSD.
These generations of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air installed solid-state drives with a specific connector, which are different from most SSDs with an M2 connector.
Upgrade can be done as follows:
▸ Find the original Apple SSD of the right size, which was removed from another MacBook. On sale such discs are very rare.
▸ Find third-party SSDs with a similar connector. There is more choice, but prices are still biting. There are several models of the OWC brand: Aura Pro X2 and Aura Pro 6G, Transcend has similar disks: JetDrive 725 or JetDrive 850
▸ connect a regular M2 format SSD via a special adapter: such or such.
In the first case, it is best to order the necessary components in the USA on eBay. In the second case, the Transcend model will be a good option, along with the drive you will get an adapter for connecting the disk via USB, so you can quickly deploy a backup of the system to the SSD before installing it in the MacBook. After the upgrade, you can put the old SSD into the adapter and make it an external USB drive.
When choosing a model from a different manufacturer, a similar dock can be purchased on AliExpress.
In the case of the adapter, you should carefully select the model of the adapter itself and the model of the SSD suitable for it. The choice is very large, but you can make a mistake.
Attention! Different models of the presented laptops use SSDs of different sizes. Too large or wide strap can not fit in the space allotted to it inside the case.
To avoid errors, check the drive dimensions for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air at iFixit.
Only after that pick up a new SSD and an adapter for it.
For those who are eyeing Transcend drives, a convenient table has been posted on the company’s website. In it you can find the right drive model for your laptop.
How to replace SSD
1. Back up the system through Time machine or using third-party software.
If you purchased a drive with an external dock for replacement, you can immediately connect it via USB, format it in the disk utility and deploy a backup to it.
2. Create a flash drive for a clean macOS installation according to our instructions.
3. Turn off your laptop to begin replacing the SSD.
4. Remove the back cover of the laptop. This will require a screwdriver with a bat P5.
5. Using plastic objects, carefully disconnect the battery cable.
6. With a screwdriver T5 unscrew the mount of the standard SSD and carefully remove it.
7. Replace the new drives and reassemble the laptop in the reverse order.
8. Reset PRAM / NVRAM according to the instructions. In some cases, without such a reset, the laptop will not perceive the new SSD as a system one.
9. Turn on the laptop and boot using the prepared flash drive (hold down the key Option / Alt during MacBook startup).
10. You can perform a clean installation of the system or immediately deploy the Time Machine backup.
Now the old MacBook is more capacious and high-speed drive. The increase in productivity is not the biggest, but for a year or two it will definitely be enough.