The Mac Studio has a “secret” slot for SSDs. Taking advantage of it is brave

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An internal analysis of Apple’s new Mac Studios has revealed that these computers have two SSD slots, being only one of them occupied. Could we therefore expand the storage of these equipment on our own?

Well no. At least not easily. Apple advises that these slots do not offer user access, and that if you want more storage, order a Mac Studio with greater capacity. turns out Apple software prevents you from making that changebut there are ways to get around Apple’s restriction… if you dare.

Quite a risky upgrade.

The latest products presented by Apple are giving some surprises. The Apple Studio Display surprised to have an A13 Bionic chip that seems left over for its essential function – controlling the webcam – and that It is accompanied by 64 GB of RAM of which only 2 GB is actually used.

The Mac Studios have also revealed that curious presence of not one, but two slots for the SSD drive. YouTuber Luke Miani tried to change the SSD drive from one Mac Studio to another, but found that the second one, still recognizing the drive, couldn’t boot from it.

It appears that second slot is to help authorized technicians perform potential repairs. Mac software prevents normal users from connecting a compatible SSD and they can use it on these computers, so it seems possible that a software update made these extensions possible for all users.

In fact, Hector Martin, responsible for the Asahi Linux project, explained that those units connected to those slots they are not conventional SSDsbut raw “storage modules”, NAND flash memory modules that have the separate high-level SSD controller.

Although the physical layer is PCIe like in the M.2 NVMe drives that we use in our PCs or laptops, the protocol used by Apple is not NVMeand what is done is to convert the raw flash interface to PCIe.

So swapping drives doesn’t work out of the box, but Apple allows do a low-level wipe when doing a DFU restore. With that process it should be feasible to change the storage units, but there are other possible requirements, such as both modules being the same size or even from the same manufacturer.

The enlargement so it seems quite risky and in fact future software updates could conflict with that second unit that we have connected. Easier ways to take advantage of it or tutorials to do it with certain guarantees may appear in the future, but a priori the process is not recommended at all.

Via | MacRumors

An internal analysis of Apple’s new Mac Studios has revealed that these computers have two SSD slots, being only one…

An internal analysis of Apple’s new Mac Studios has revealed that these computers have two SSD slots, being only one…

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