Upgrading Macbook Pro/Air to an NVME SSD and renewing Thermal Paste

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I'm sharing my experience of upgrading the internal SSD on my early-2015 13" retina macbook pro to an ADATA SX8200 PRO with the help of a sintech M.2 NGFF SSD adapter.
This same method will be applicable to Macbook Pro units from late-2013 to mid-2015, and Macbook Air devices from mid-2013 to early-2017 models.

Time stamps (skip ahead to your desired section):
0:00:09 - I/O speeds for the stock SSD
0:00:18 - Opening the chasis
0:02:26 - Cleaning the heatsink
0:03:37 - Applying new thermal paste
0:06:08 - Search and rationale for a replacing the SSD
0:09:03 - Installing the new SSD
0:10:11 - Booting from a USB installer and formating the new SSD
0:11:13 - Restoring from Time Machine backup
0:11:43 - I/O speeds for the new drive.


Macrumors forum link: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/upgrading-2013-2014-macbook-pro-ssd-to-m-2-nvme.2034976/
Although the title is 2013-2014 macbooks but the thread talks about a range of mac computers.

Make a bootable installer of Mac OS Mojave:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372

These videos by Denis Schiopu and Luke Miani helped me a lot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU6yatTvyyk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGW9RAkl7Vs

Sintech Adapter: http://eshop.sintech.cn/ngff-m2-pcie-ssd-card-as-2013-2014-2015-macbook-ssd-p-1229.html
I bought from amazon: https://www.amazon.de/Sintech-M-2-PCIe-2280-SSD-Karte-MZ-JPU128T-SD6PQ4M-128G/dp/B01CWWAENG/

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 NVME SSD
http://www.xpg.com/us/feature/583

Screwdrivers (search Amazon or eBay):
Philips head 1.5
Torx T5
Pentalobe P5

I bought these: https://www.amazon.de/MacBook-Reparatur-Werkzeug-Set-Retina-Display-Pentalobe-Phillips-5-teilig/dp/B07K6QLZHR

All equipment and upgrades are purchased by my own funds, there were no sponsorship deals or product advertisements.
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