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Sep 6th 2012

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Upgrade Your Retina MacBook Pro

Upgrading the SSD in the newest MacBook Pro is much easier than you think. Leo shows Iyaz how easy it is in this episode.
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The Retina MacBook Pro may be very locked down, but you can upgrade the SSD to a higher capacity by yourself. A new kit from OWC makes it super-easy.

Materials List

  • Retina MBP
  • OWC Aura Pro ($580, less than than the Apple Upgrade, but you get two drives at the end)
  • Pentalobe Screwdriver (included in the Aura Pro kit)
  • Torx Screwdriver (also included in the Auro Pro kit)
  • External enclosure for old SSD (comes with the kit if you order before Sept. 30th) SSD Installation Instructions
  • Turn off your MBP and turn it over.
  • Remove the screws. Keep track of the screws because there are three different sizes.
  • Disconnect the battery with your nail or tool.
  • Then remove the SSD, it's secured by one Torx screw.
  • Install the new SSD, it only fits one way
  • Reconnect the battery
  • Replace the cover OS

Installation Instructions

If you've got an enclosure: (information from

  • Place your original drive in an external enclosure.
  • Boot to the recovery partition on your original drive by holding down Command-R and starting up.
  • Use Disk Utility to Restore to your new drive.
  • Restart or Boot your Mac to the new drive.

Internet Recovery (from

  • If you happen to encounter a situation in which you cannot start from the Recovery System, such as your hard drive stopped responding or you installed a new hard drive without OS X installed, new Mac models introduced after public availability of OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion, automatically use the OS X Internet Recovery feature if the Recovery System (Command-R method above) doesn't work.
  • OS X Internet Recovery lets you start your Mac directly from Apple's Servers. The system runs a quick test of your memory and hard drive to ensure there are no hardware issues."

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