OWC Mercury Aura Pro and Envoy Pro for MacBook Pro Retina (and Air)
Other World Computing has announced the Mercury Aura Pro / Envoy Pro:
- Replaces the stock internal Apple SSD.
- Envoy Pro case (USB3) accepts original Apple SSD for an external portable bus-powered SSD.
- Capacity up to 480GB.
A key benefit for Apple notebook owners when choosing an OWC SSD is the retention of the original factory flash module.
When upgrading directly with the factory, consumers pay for the base flash capacity module, but do not get that original base flash module returned to them for re-use.
Thanks to the OWC Envoy Pro portable enclosure, rMBP owners upgrading with a Mercury Aura Pro SSD can re-task the original factory flash module as a USB 3.0/2.0 bus-powered external drive for additional storage and/or backup duty.
The idea is to configure the base-capacity Apple SSD with your MBP Retina, then replace it with the OWC SSD module, installing the Apple SSD in the Envoy case.
The system switch part is easy— see How to Upgrade Your System/Boot Drive.
As an external
The Mercury Envoy case looks like a nice portable SSD case in its own right, there seems to be no reason one cannot use the Aura Pro + Envoy Pro combination as an external fast USB3 SSD on any Mac with USB3.
I’m advised by OWC:
Envoy Pro enclosure for Retina is different - it ships specifically for Apple SSD config.
It works with our OWC Aura Pro and we will soon be offering it 120, 240, 480GB external but there is a thermal pad we place for use with Aura Pro SSD that is different from what is used for Apple SSD use.
External solutions will be priced same as the kits but all ready to plug and play.