MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade - Alternatives to MacFixit?

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    sintech adaptor. i think its sintech-adaptor.sg

    buy the right adaptor

    buy any normal M2 SSD

    bobs your auntie

    depending on which adaptor your laptop needs, i may have the right one right here for you, you can just have it.
     
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I didn’t know the adapter existed. I’ll check out the links above!

    thanks!
     
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    they say not all ssd's are compatible - i've never had a problem. personally i have had success with the intel 600p, samsung 970, samsung 970 evo plus and samsung 980. i did need to update the firmware on the evo plus using a windows laptop before it would work in the macbook though
     
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    Those are NVMe SSDs, whereas it's quite likely the OPs MBPR is one of the ones that needs a SATA drive.
     
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    no his is a retina, it's nvme. the earlier (2012 non retina etc) MPB's didn't use anything fancy, they came factory with spinning HDD's so any normal SATA SSD would do
     
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    Every single reference I can find for the very first Retina models (ie A1398 / MacBookPro10,1) has them as SATA, not NVMe. 3rd party replacement drives like the Transcend Jetdrive 725 are also SATA drives.

    OP can verify which protocol is running by looking at the Storage section in System Information
     
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    is retina, is nvme. simples. they reconfigured the entire insides of the case around removing the optical drive
     
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    oh i see what you mean now. all macbooks support nvme as long as you're running high sierra or later

    wait maybe the 2012 doesn't

    hmm
     
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    Mine is a 2012 Retina model - so takes an NVME drive. Ramcity list a bunch in an easy to browse list: https://ramcity.com.au/collections/ssds/brand_transcend

    ... I still havent made a decision on upgrading it :)
     
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    are you really, really sure about that, after checking what protocol your current drive is running on by looking at the Storage section in System Information?
     
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    Good idea - never thought of actually looking at that!

    It says SSD :)

    I may or may not have been drinking when I wrote the above post LOL

    I might just open it up as well, so I can visually get an idea of the size of the module and how any adaptors might work.

    Or... or I just sell it as it will probably lose support for 10.16 next year LOL
    But then buying any MacBook with 1TB is painfully expensive :-/

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