768GB SSD failure

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fumado, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Fumado macrumors newbie

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    The 768 GB drive on my 15" MBP retina failed. It was less than 2-months old.

    This is very worrisome...it's under warranty, but I thought buying a solid state drive would be more dependable than the spinning drives.

    It had mostly video and audio files +/- 200 GB. It was never abused, the only time the fan turned on was when it was running Handbrake.

    Anybody have a similar experience?
     
  2. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    Havent had it happen to me, but I am certainly feeling sympathetic...
     
  3. smacman macrumors 6502

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    I would not jump to any conclusions over this. Although I feel your pain (losing data isn't fun), I think you'll find that if you analysed a wider subset of failure rates, SSDs are more reliable than spinning HDs. You got unlucky this time..
     
  4. Applefanboy8153 macrumors regular

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    Nope, maybe you got one of those new SanDisk SSDs, they are a tad unreliable.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Mine is going 7 months strong.

    I still have an SSD from 2008 that's working like new.

    I wouldn't worry too much about SSDs, but still sorry to see yours fail.
     
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Rule 0: Always have a backup. A single drive no matter how reliable can always fail.

    I personally haven't seen any other posts about these drives failing. Apple used the Samsung 830 SSD line in the first generation of retina MBPs and some Airs which was an extremely popular and reliable SSD series.

    If they sold say 3 million retina Macbook Pros since launch, even a 0.01% (that's a hundredth of a percent) failure rate is still 300 failures.

    If you add up all the SSDs that Apple has sold in the Air line as well over the last few years, if there were a real reliability problem it would be pretty noticeable on the forum here.
     
  7. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502

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    Not everything is perfect, it happens haha. just bring it to the Apple Store (which I presume you are) and everything will be fine
     
  8. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Lol I agree. But sorry OP :(
     
  9. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    I've seen plenty of SSDs fail. Mostly cheap ones though.
     
  10. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    I don't even want to ask how much a 768GB SSD will cost.
     
  11. Applefanboy8153 macrumors regular

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    A new mac pro? ;)
     
  12. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    Probably. I was looking up the prices of a 1TB SSD the other day and almost gagged. Give it a few years and they'll probably be much cheaper, though.
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's a lot cheaper than a Mac Pro. ;)
     
  14. Fissure macrumors 6502

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    Ya, cheaper ones typically have design flaws, usually firmware related. Samsung and Crucial SSD's have very good reputations of being very reliable.

    SSD's however are much more reliable than traditional hard drives as SSD's don't have moving internal parts (spinning disks and moving heads). There are concerns over their endurance though as they can only sustain so many writes and re-writes before they either fail or take a performance hit. It's a very high number though and typically they'll last an average of 5-8 years of average use, sometimes more.

    As others have stated unfortunately you lucked out, you should go buy a Poweball ticket though :)
     
  15. Applefanboy8153 macrumors regular

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    Yeah just like blu rays! :D
     
  16. Fumado thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As luck would have it, I just switched online backup companies, and a complete backup never finished.

    This is a late 2012 model...I don't know which model of drive is installed.
     
  17. Applefanboy8153 macrumors regular

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    Must be a samsung, 2013 models are coming with sanDisk Drives, looks like Apple is ditching Samsung!
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'm sorry to hear that. That's why I never use online backups. They take way too long to complete.
     
  19. docjet890c macrumors newbie

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    mine failed as well

    I have had this macbook for 3 months , 15 inch with retina display , 768 GB SSD , I was editing something in Safari and it quit , I tred to reboot and got an arrow in the upper left hand corner, rebooted to repair disk , and the utility failed, now sadly its of to the Mac store for a new SSD
    , chit!!!:
     
  20. falconeight Guest

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    When a ssd fails it really fails. A HDD you always have a chance to recover.
     
  21. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I remember when HDDs were going for $1+ per GB, SSDs will get there, it will just take some time.
     
  22. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

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    My 256GB SSD on my rMBP 15" is going strong for 10months now
     
  23. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    I've really started using the cloud more. Dropbox for pics and docs and iTunes Match for my music. iCloud stores my contacts and calendars.
     
  24. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    The cloud has a tough time handling 20GB video files.....
     
  25. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    I'm glad mine has the Samsung version!
     

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