I have bought an OWC Aura SSD that I have used to expand the memory of my previous Macbook. Now, for various reasons, I would like to use the Aura SSD as an external drive. Is there any enclosure available which is compatible with it? Apparently, the Envoy enclosure it was delivered with is not - it is only intended to be used with the original Apple SSD. I found the following disclaimer in the product description:

"Important Note: The OWC Envoy enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD found installed in Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display mid-2013 and later models. Do NOT attempt to install or use the OWC Aura SSD in the Envoy as you can damage the Aura drive, the Envoy enclosure or both and such damage is not covered under warranty."

OWC Aura SSD product description

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    Why use an enclosure? I just attach my bare SSD with a cable/SATA adapter that was part of an enclosure. – Zonker.in.Geneva Aug 20 '17 at 9:33

As far as I know, there's no such enclosure on the market today.

The reason behind the disclaimer is that the OWC drive produces more heat than the Apple-supplied drive. The enclosure simply does not cool the OWC sufficiently.

You could add some custom cooling to the enclosure (or simply not put on the lid), and make sure that the temperature stays within specs.


The CY USB 3.0 to 17+7pin SSD HDD to SATA 22Pin Hard Disk Cartridge Drive for Macbook Air Pro MD223 MD224 MD231 MD232 SSD available on Amazon for $16 worked for me. I had removed my OWC Aura 480 gb SSD from my mid-2012 Air that I was selling. As OWC stated, the Envoy would not work, but took a chance on this adapter from Amazon (which includes USB 3.0 cable worked. I plugged my USB-C adapter into the USB-3 cable and into my 2016 MacBook and DiskUtility recognized and allow me to erase and reformat as a new external drive. The adapter does not have a case...but who cares, it works and I now have 480gb's of usable SSD


This is the answer I just got asking OWC why you can't use their Envoy enclosure with an Aura drive:

They use a different voltage than the Apple drives. Using them together may cause damage to the drive, enclosure, or both.

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I'm not sure I believe that. I would believe the heat issue.

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