Question Mark Folder Of Death ? MBA 2012

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  1. henryonapple, Sep 9, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    Yesterday was a sad day, my MBA 2012 received the Question Mark Folder Of Death (QMOD)

    Computer Stats:
    Model: MBA Mid 2012
    Purchased: July 2012
    SSD: 128 GB Toshiba
    OSX: Mountain Lion 10.8.4
    Ram: 8GB

    The story:

    About a week ago my MBA could not function because of the "finder quit unexpectedly" problem. Every time I would close this message, the same message would reappear over, and over again.

    I went to go visit the Genius Bar and no hardware problems were found after the diagnostics test. The Genius and I concluded that it is likely a software problem, and that a simple re-install would fix the issue...or so we thought.

    After the re-install my MBA was able to function again, and I was able to perform a complete Time Machine backup. Just days later, my computer began to crash during simple tasks, like browsing the web or closing an application.

    And then it appeared...the Question Mark Folder Of Death (QMOD). My MBA was no longer booting, so I tried to boot into recovery mode. After navigating to Disk Utility, I noticed that my Macintosh HD was not showing up.

    I have made an appointment to the Genius Bar today to see if they can help, but I highly doubt it after reading similar stories here on MR.

    Any advice would be appreciated. God help us all. :(
  2. macrumors 68000

    Mar 29, 2009
    Seems like a lot of the 2012 128GB's have been dying. Keeping my fingers crossed. Wish there were some stats out there.
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Yep. Sounds like your SSD is dead. If you are under warranty, you should have some luck at the apple store.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    Unfortunately my warranty is up. I find it strange that this would happen to me so soon after my warranty ends, it's almost as though it was a time bomb.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    It most certainly is annoying - mine was 2 months out of warranty. How did you buy the computer? You might have some luck if you used a credit card that extends the warranty.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    I purchased it directly from Apple using my Amex, which should cover it. Thank the lord for Amex.

    But in all honesty, data is the most important thing. Money can't buy data, but a lot of money can recover it.
  7. macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2009
    ',,,almost as though it was a time bomb.'

    Sorry guy...sounds like the SSD went kaput. The time bomb was perhaps intending to keep your computer beyond one year and not purchasing AppleCare at least a month before the one year warranty ending date.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    it's a conspiracy I tell ya
  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2009
    So you're saying if we don't purchase Applecare we all deserve to have our hard drives die just after the warranty expires? I don't think most people intend for their computers to only last a year.
  10. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    It isn't right, but technically fine. You can try seeing if they'll bend the rules, or you can file a BBB complaint or something.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    Didn't you mention that you have a Time Machine backup? That should bring your data back, shouldn't it?
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    Yeah I have a backup, what I meant was data is priceless, anyone can replace the hardware

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