Macbook Pro Hard Drive Replacement / Upgrade Test: OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Review
Make your old Macbook Pro perform like new by replacing the hard drive
Will replacing your old Macbook Pro hard drive with an upgraded SSD make it feel like a whole new computer? I replaced the SSD in my 2015 macbook pro with the OWC Aura Pro X2 and tested the speed and performance before and after. As a photographer & content creator I edit and export a LOT of photos and videos, so finding ways to speed up my old macbook pro is something I’m always on the lookout for. Hopefully these speed tests from upgrading my macbook with the OWC Aura Pro 2 SSD and short review will help you decide whether you should upgrade your old mac, or invest in a new one.
OWC Aura Pro X2 Review Summary:
Overall I’m happy with the upgrade to my computer. While its not a night and day difference, my machine is a little zippier in most tasks, and testing shows its 30% faster at exporting photos and videos, which is pretty significant. Also having double the space on my mac is AWESOME and makes for a way more convenient travel package not having to bring along an external hard drive. Would I recommend the OWC Aura Pro X2? I sure would – BUT I’d make sure you’re willing to spend 4-5 hours making the switch by the time you’ve transferred your time machine backup and finished everything. Also make sure you upgrade to OS Mojave first, as that would have saved me a lot of time and frustration!
Hopefully this review of the OWC Aura Pro X2 gives you some insight into how to switch out the hard drive in your macbook pro, and whether switching the hard drive could offer you some significant speed + storage increases.
DIY Hard Drive Replacement Tool links:
SSD Hard Drive – 1tb OWC Aura Pro X2 – https://amzn.to/2YpQE6P
Screwdriver Tool – https://amzn.to/2y9CRT6
Thermal Paste – https://amzn.to/2Yel1sK
Disclaimer: I receive a small commission if you purchase these, but feel free to buy whatever tools & paste you like – These are just what I used!
Isopropyl Alcohol – Buy this at a grocery store or pharmacy anything with an alcohol content over about 70% is fine. At $0.70 its WAY cheaper than buying the special electronic stuff for $15+!
Compressed Air – Again, go buy this at a hardware store and its WAY cheaper. The one I got was about $5 at home depot. Just make sure its compressed air only, and doesn’t have anything else in there.
Thermal Paste Replacement Walkthrough: