There's Finally A Way To Upgrade Macbook Storage

There's Finally a Way to Upgrade Macbook Storage

When I bought my Macbook Pro a year ago, I was feeling so internally guilty about spending $US1500 ($2,011) on a laptop that I only paid for 128GB of storage, a decision I've regretted about three times per day ever since. This solution isn't cheap, but at least it will stop me whining.

The solid state drives in Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs aren't actually inaccessible -- they're just difficult to reach and a non-standard part, meaning they can't easily be changed. OWC has a new product that should help with that: two SSDs designed to fit in 2013-or-newer MacBook Pros and Airs, with 480GB and 1TB of space depending on the drive you buy.

The kits ship with all the tools and instructions needed to do the change at home, but the price is a little scary: $US400 ($536) for the 480GB, and $US650 ($871) for 1TB. Admittedly, those also ship with enclosures for you to hook up the old drive from your MacBook, but whichever way you cut it, it ain't cheap. Still better than buying a new $US2,000 ($2,682) MacBook though.

[OWC via MacRumors]



    I had the same dilemma when buying my ultrabook, spent the little bit extra and bought the 256 model. I don't really need more than 200gb of crap stored locally on my PC, but I could smash 128gb quite easily.

      Yup, I know what you mean. I umm-ed and ahh-ed over whether to go 128GB or 256GB for my Macbook Pro, especially considering that it would likely be my prime laptop for 5+ years. I went for the 256GB, and seeing my stoarge usage I'm happy I made the right decision.

    The Transcend JetDrive Lite and SanDisk Minidrive half-length SD cards are also good upgrade options. Perhaps not as capacious as the SSD upgrade, but it's much cheaper and doesn't involve pulling the computer apart.

    It would appear by the numbers shown above that it would a better choice to buy the mpro with less storage space and upgrade using the special kit. For the same price as the larger mpro you get the extra drive.......hmmmm win win

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