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Reuse SSD from Retina 13" late 2012 in Unibody 13" Mid 2012?

I recently poured coke (the liquid kind) all over my Late 2012 Macbook Pro Retina, which caused half the keys to stop working. I've now bought a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Unibody (i7 and all that).

Only thing is, it doesn't have an SSD, so I'm wondering if I can simply switch over my old SSD from the Retina to the new machine, or if I would have compatibility issues?

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Yes, you can remove the SSD from your wet 13" MacBook retina system and place it into this case: OWC Envoy Pro so you can transfer your files over.

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This would only work to transfer files not replace the drive itself.

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You can not. The drive in your replacement device is a 2.5 inch sata and the retina was flash storage.

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Okay, so there is no way to modify the SSD from the Retina to fit the Unibody with an adapter or such? I know it's possible to install other SSDs in the Unibody.

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Yes other SSD's could be used as they are emulating a 2.5" drive. Your retina SSD is what we call a blade SSD which is a different physical package and uses a different connector system. It is part of the newer PCIe M.2 SSD blade drive family (Which is much smaller). I agree it would be nice to have an adapter carrier for M.2 blade drives to fit into an internal 2.5" drive frame. Sadly I don't know of any and I doubt anyone will make one. The external unit I pointed to you in my answer will offer a means to recover your files.

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Dan nailed it. It will not work to inside of the new machine.

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Thank you, that was a very thorough answer. Kind of odd that no one has produced an adapter from PCIe M.2 to 2,5".

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Maybe I'm a bit late - but I think this is what you're looking for:

http://www.microsatacables.com/macbook-p...

Lets you use the "blade SSD" from the Retina Macbook Pro in a machine that uses standard 2.5" SATA drives.

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As they say 'Timing is everything' ;-} At the time I wrote my answer carriers like this one weren't available. Still I'm not sure if I would do this. A real 2.5" SSD would be still a better direction as they are often larger and cheaper than the Apple blade SSD's, that is if you where to buy the SSD Vs transferring it from a dead system.

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It of course depends on where you got your blade SSD from... I haven't done it yet, but I want to upgrade my laptop from 512GB to 1TB - and I'm thinking what to do with the leftover 512...

This seems to be a perfect solution if I want to give it to someone with a more "conventional" computer...

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Sure reusing it makes sense! Having it as a spare external drive I think is more useful here.

I should also point out the Apple Blade SSD's are different than the M.2 standard blade SSD's on the market! So dependent on the SSD unit you have the carrier needs to support that exact unit:

* Apple SSD will need an Apple carrier

* M.2 SSD will need an M.2 carrier

Last issue here is Apple has Three different blade SSD units! - mSata, PCIe x2 & PCIe x4. So you even need to be careful if the carrier can handle the given Apple blade SSD.

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