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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the SSD in your Mac Pro.

  1. Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position. Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.
    • Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.

  2. Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.
    • Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.

    • It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.

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  4. Remove the single 6.5 mm T8 Torx screw.
    • Remove the single 6.5 mm T8 Torx screw.

  5. Pull the SSD slightly away from the graphics card. Do not pull the top edge of the SSD more than 1/2" away from the graphics card, or you will risk damaging it. Lift the SSD straight up out of its slot on the graphics card.
    • Pull the SSD slightly away from the graphics card.

    • Do not pull the top edge of the SSD more than 1/2" away from the graphics card, or you will risk damaging it.

    • Lift the SSD straight up out of its slot on the graphics card.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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6 Comments

Will a 970 evo 512 gb pcie m2 fit on here?

Sam Yao - Reply

As long as the drive is not the Plus version, you may be able to use an adapter in order to use that SSD in your MacPro6,1:

https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adapter-U...

I have not tried this, but am, currently, researching a fix for a machine in my care.

Robert Maxwell -

Yes—works very well with the Sintech adaptor (and even with an EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink — use thermal paste for longevity!).

Just did this yesterday and it’s a great/fast/easy upgrade.

ericbalog -

Do you need a heat sink in the SSD?

Cesar Cuenca - Reply

The stock (Samsung) drive(s) that shipped (from Apple) with these machines do not; unless the black, outer covering helps with heat. [???]

I have had both a Samsung MZ-JPU256T/0A1 (256GB) and Samsung MZ-KPU1T0T/0A1 (1TB) installed in my machine without issue.

Third-party drives may include or heatsink and/or require at least 10.13 (High Sierra).

Robert Maxwell -

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