Hard Drive upgrade to MacBook Pro 15" Retina (late 2013)

Created at: 2021-05-01 09:08:15
Questioner General

Hi,



I have a MacBook Pro (15" Retina, late 2013). It is in very good working condition but the hard drive is only 256GB SDD. I need at least 512GB for my work.



I wanted to upgrade it to 1TB SSD. I bought OWC 1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD for $200 on Amazon.



I went to Apple Genius Bar but I was told that Apple would not upgrade the hard drive.



I talked to Micro Center. They said that they would charge $300 for the upgrade ($100 for replacing the hard drive, $100 for OS installation, and $100 for data transfer between the old and new hard drives).



So it is coming to $500 for the upgrade. Is it worth it?



I see two options:

(1) Sell this MBP and buy a new laptop (must be a Windows laptop as I can't afford a new MBP).

(2) Upgrade the hard drive by myself (never did anything like this before).



What do you suggest? Please let me know. Thank you.







Answer #1:

By: Athena Bauch

Hi,



I have a MacBook Pro (15" Retina, late 2013). It is in very good working condition but the hard drive is only 256GB SDD. I need at least 512GB for my work.



I wanted to upgrade it to 1TB SSD. I bought OWC 1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD for $200 on Amazon.



I went to Apple Genius Bar but I was told that Apple would not upgrade the hard drive.



I talked to Micro Center. They said that they would charge $300 for the upgrade ($100 for replacing the hard drive, $100 for OS installation, and $100 for data transfer between the old and new hard drives).



So it is coming to $500 for the upgrade. Is it worth it?



I see two options:

(1) Sell this MBP and buy a new laptop (must be a Windows laptop as I can't afford a new MBP).

(2) Upgrade the hard drive by myself (never did anything like this before).



What do you suggest? Please let me know. Thank you.







Answer #2:

By: Arne Bergstrom II

QUOTE: " I bought OWC 1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD"

Usually, for an old Mac, you want to buy a third party upgrade kit... not just the SSD alone...

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2013-2014-2015



However, you can do this very easily:

Go to Amazon and find an external case for your Aura (some brands that offer then: Sabrent / Orico / Vantec / etc.)

Download SuperDuper (https://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html) or CarbonCopyCloner (https://bombich.com)

Clone your drive with either software (make a bootable copy of your SSD)

Find one of hundreds of Mac SSD upgrade videos on YouTube... (OWC also has tutorials for their devices)

You'll also need some tools...



Now, if that is way too much for you, find a local certified service provider and ask them to upgrade your Mac. Micro Center or BestBuy would be the last places I would go for any service (they have dismal reputation.) Usually, independent small shops tend to do better jobs than big box stores...



Answer #3:

By: Mrs. Kaycee Schuppe III

$100 for the installation is fine. $100 for OS installation and $100 for data transfer is highway robbery.



If you don't feel comfortable doing the replacement yourself, see if you can get them to only install the drive.



OS installation and data transfer do not require special services. You can do so yourself on both counts.

Heck you could even attempt to install it yourself but you do need a special security screw driver.



Review this video and see how you feel about the installation before making any decisions.

See here: https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbookpro_15_retinadisplay_mid12_unibody_ssd/



For OS installation all you need to do is to turn it on holding Option + R keys and follow the onscreen prompts its really not that hard.



For Data transfer, just connect the old drive to an external enclosure and copy over files.





Answer #4:

By: Thalia Orn

rbrails1 wrote:


Hi,


I have a MacBook Pro (15" Retina, late 2013). It is in very good working condition but the hard drive is only 256GB SDD. I need at least 512GB for my work.


I wanted to upgrade it to 1TB SSD. I bought OWC 1.0TB Aura Pro X2 SSD for $200 on Amazon.


I went to Apple Genius Bar but I was told that Apple would not upgrade the hard drive.


I talked to Micro Center. They said that they would charge $300 for the upgrade ($100 for replacing the hard drive, $100 for OS installation, and $100 for data transfer between the old and new hard drives).


So it is coming to $500 for the upgrade. Is it worth it?


I see two options:
(1) Sell this MBP and buy a new laptop (must be a Windows laptop as I can't afford a new MBP).
(2) Upgrade the hard drive by myself (never did anything like this before).


What do you suggest? Please let me know. Thank you.








Change the drive yourself— it is not rocket science and a 15 minute job.



Search OWC for installation videos for your exact Mac if in doubt call their excellent customer support



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