How to Upgrade SSD in MacBook Pro with Retina Display?

Even though Mac users are not storing much of video files and images on their MacBook Pro hard drive, it will quickly get filled up with many other files. Therefore, replacing the SSD drive in the MacBook Pro notebook with retina display is an alternative solution for this problem. Here is how to replace SSD drive in your MacBook Pro hard disk drive.


For this, you must have a 15-inch 2013 MacBook Pro with retina display that has 256 GB of storage space. Then, purchase a 250 GB or more capacity of SSD drive and Envoy Pro upgrade kit, which costs US$ 288. This kit includes not only the SSD drive, but also all necessary screw drives to open up the MacBook Pro. It also includes enclosure, so that you can turn off your older SSD and make it as portable drive.

Follow below mentioned steps one by one to upgrade SSD in your MacBook Pro with retina display:

Step 1: back up your MacBook Pro hard drive data: If anything goes wrong while upgrading SSD in your MacBook Pro, you may lose all your data that are stored in your MacBook hard disk. So, firstly you have to backup all your precious files on some storage media.

Step 2: Unscrew bottom cover of your MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Totally, there will be 10 screws and they are all of same size. Be careful that you won’t lose any of the screws, so it is better to hold them in a little box until you need them.


Step 3: Remove the screw holding SSD in place: For this, you need to use the second screwdriver that came in the toolkit.


Step 4: Next, you have to remove the SSD gently


Step 5: Then, insert the new SSD into your MacBook Pro and screw it into a right place.


Step 6: Here, you need to replace the bottom cover of MacBook Pro and then replace all the screws.


Step 7: As next step, you have to open the external drive enclosure, then insert your old SSD, and screw it into place. This is very crucial for restoring all your files.


Step 8: Then, switch on your MacBook Pro and hold down command + R key that is the initial step for internet recovery process.


Step 9: Then, connect to a Wi-Fi network and carefully follow the prompts in order to restore your Mac’s operating system. First, you have to use Disk utility to format your new drive.


Step 10: Now, you can either restore your Mac OS from a Time Machine backup or you can reinstall the Mac OS X.


Step 11: Connect OWC external drive to your MacBook Pro with the help of included USB cable

Step 12: on the Mac, you need to open Applications > utilities folder, and then launch Migration Assistant.


Step 13: Carefully follow the steps and transfer all your data from your old SSD to your MacBook.