128 SSD fails

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jtmav, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. jtmav macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2007
    Bought the laptop in December of '08. Started getting some odd behavior a couple of weeks ago, programs quitting unexpectedly. Upgraded to Snow Leopard and things went downhill fast. Kernel Panics, programs not opening. Decided to do a "clean" install of SL and when trying to reinstall the installation failed. Brought the machine to the "genius bar" and they tried to reinstall with the same results. Best guess is the hard drive failed. Never dropped the machine or spilled anything on it. Waiting to get it back, I haven't heard of this here, anyone else have this happen?

  2. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Sure. SSDs are a new technology, and even though the storage mediums themselves are pretty solid, things happen. AFAIK, this is not a huge problem, but they do go bad from time to time.
  3. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Some things are faulty, that's what happens with any mass produced product, no matter what it is. You just got unlucky.
  4. anthemus macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    Some of the earlier SSD's need the firmware updated due to there controllers. Jmicron controller is one example. Most SSD's come with a 3 year warranty from what I've been seeing. So hopefully you don't lose any data or have to pay out of pocket for any replacements. Overall love my SSD way faster and still safer than conventional hard drives.
  5. jtmav thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2007
    No cost to me, the Air is still under warranty through Apple Care. As far as data loss, minimal. I was able to back up most of it before the final crash. Hopefully I'll have it back by Monday.
  6. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Did you or the Genius happen to check any of the system logs for indications of what went wrong? If so, did you find any clues?
  7. jtmav thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2007
    No, remember I had already attempted a clean install and had erased the HD before I got to the :apple: store. The genius said the same thing, it would have been helpful to see the logs.


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