Mac Compatible mSATA SSD Drive Upgrade Options

Pondering an Apple computer solid-state drive upgrade that uses a mSATA SSD form-factor? Although Apple NEVER used this type of widely standardized SSD card in any of it's computers, they were and still are very common in PC notebooks. That said, there's still ways to for Mac users take advantage of their small size and speed.

Mac Compatible Samsung EVO mSATA SSD

50mm - 2" Solid State Drive Module

For those with older MacBook's or Mac mini's that used conventional 2.5 inch SATA notebook drives, a very affordable 2.5" SATA to mSATA adapter can be used to retrofit a mSATA card to a standard laptop drive form.

Syba Laptop Drive Enclosure

mSATA To 2.5" Converter

There are also Apple users who might want to explore mSATA based SSD backup drives for their OSX setup. Ready made storage solutions often referred to as 'Pocket Drives' can be bought in a variety of standard 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB capacities. They can be used formatted as-is for cross-platform PC/Mac use - or reformatted in Apple's disk utility for optimal use strictly on Macintosh systems.

MyDigital mSATA SSD USB3 Drive Enclosure

High-Speed UASP Protocol Support

You might want to cobble together your own mSATA Mac backup drive using any number of USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 Type-C interface mSATA module drive enclosures available for only $10-$20. Note, make sure 'UASP' protocol is supported in the enclosure to insure your solid-state Apple mSATA based backup drive performs optimally and gets the best data transfer rates possible.

Should You Upgrade Your Older Mac To An SSD - Or Wait?

Is it feasible to upgrade your particular Mac model to a solid-state drive? It depends a lot on exactly WHICH desktop Macintosh or MacBook model you own. Technology's march is pretty relentless and Apple's penchant for staying close to the bleeding edge makes it a challenge.

Face it, the average consumer doesn't necessarily have the skills, the tools, or the nerve to perform their own Mac SSD upgrade. On some models it's actually quite trivial, takes only a few minutes and doesn't require much in the way of tech skills. You just need straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Other Mac models, even I wouldn't attempt. Some require quite a bit of disassembly before you can even physically get to the internal (usually) hard drive to even make the swap.

With the miniaturization of so many computer components, the connectors are ever more delicate, the screws insanely short and tiny, and often special driver bits are needed as more unusual star, tri-lobe and torx screw heads are used. It can make take-apart's quite challenging and nerve-wracking. No thanks!

For some, an SSD that's built-in or a Build-To-Order option on their NEXT MacBook or Mac desktop system is the way to go. I've pondered upgrading my 2012 MacBook Air's SSD from 64GB to 128GB for much needed elbow room. But this 4 year old laptop is getting tired, the keyboard is worn and getting unreliable and it's just smarter to look forward than to try to teach this old dog any new tricks.