SSD is dead now.How to choose new?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Fiialko, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Hello,dear macbook users.
    I had a problem with choosing ssd drive for my laptop.The one i had before doesn't seem to work anymore,so now i'm trying to find a change for it.
    I have Macbook Air mid 2012,13 inch.Can you provide any information in choosing the SSD?I don't care about company maker or size.I just saw they may be different for macbook air,then the normal laptop SSD.
    Thank you!
  2. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The MBAs use a different SSD than normal systems. IIRC it's a blade device that's unique to Apple but I think OWC sells one that works too. You can't just order an ordinary ssd from amazon.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Mar 29, 2009
    Look for an OEM drive (It must be a 2012) on eBay.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
    Your 12-18 month old MaBook Air SSD failed ? I'd take it Apple and ask for a replacement for free, that shouldn't happen
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Quoted for truth. Talk to Apple and perhaps they'll help you out. Hopefully you've got your data backed up...
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    Add another to the ever-growing pile of 2012 SSDs that have failed.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I'm just counting down the days until it happens to mine, since it's seems inevitable with the 128 SSD Toshibas. Ugh
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    it's my gf's laptop and she said the warranty already expired.I'm not much into apple,so that's why i'm asking which one should i buy.I cannot even open it, to check what that ssd looks like.
    I saw one mac air 11' ssd.It looks like a memory stick.
    That's why i'm trying to find that out.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
  10. macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    You're right about it looking like a memory stick. Apple is moving away from the 2.5" form factor to save space in order to make their portables thin. This also makes them more expensive, at least until the pc and component makers catch up.

    I'd suggest the owner make an appointment at a genius bar to have the Air seen about: a) it's free; b) she may get her SSD replaced for free; c) her problem will be entered in Apple's database to help them determine whether or not there is a widespread problem with these drives; and d) it could result in getting some or all of the repair costs back.

    How much did the air originally cost? The reason why I ask is that it's probably either a 64 or 128 gb drive, found on Apple's lower end models last year.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2012
    That's exactly what you don't need. Do a search on these forums and you'll find out the OWC uses the same suspect Sandforce controller as the Toshiba drive that I strongly suspect is in your machine.

    There has been a rash of Toshiba SSD failures:

    And from another forum:

    I would stay far away from OWC and and any SSD device they sell. I've never seen a bargain over there anyway.

    My advice - Make an Appointment to talk to an Apple Genius and if that fails make your case to Apple Corporate. With the rash of failures of Toshiba SSDs, Apple has to do something.

  12. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005

    There was a post in one of the other 2012 MBA SSD failure threads that the owner was able to get Apple to replace the SSD free even though it was just out of warranty. Give it a shot OP.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    I am in the same boat. They quoted me $280 plus tax for the repair.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2012
    ^^^^Did you mention this forum and all the failed Toshiba's:confused: Did you show them the thread that polls the failures by brand:confused: Did you contact Apple Corporate?


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