Do any of the big SSD makers, like Western Digital, make internal SSDs for the pre-TouchBar (pre-2106) MacBook Pro? These SSDs use m.2 PCIe interfaces but apparently they are modified in a way to make them exclusive to Apple. If not, which brand(s) do you recommend?

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Any NVMe drive should work from a hardware point of view (many youtube videos shows the process of backuping MacOS to it via external connection (USB), then pulling user data from your current install).

Examples are : Samsung's 970 and 980 (non Pro and Pro).

  • But these still need adapters. The idea of using an adapter on your primary disk is a bit troubling. Related or not, I've read that the computer may have trouble going to sleep.
    – kidcoder
    Sep 3, 2021 at 0:58
  • The adapter is already in the machine according to tutorials..
    – Neil
    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:09

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