Failing SSD after just two months?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Amad3U5, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Amad3U5, Jan 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013

    Amad3U5 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2012
    I purchased my 2012 MBA in November. Today I downloaded and ran SMART Utility, and it informed me that my SSD's SMART status was "failing", after only two months of use (I'm currently at 45 battery cycles).

    Here are some screenshots of SMART Utility:
    What intrigued me the most was that although the program said that my disk is failing, none of the other tests seem to bring up any errors (zero bad block count; zero uncorrectable errors, normal temperature, etc...). Also, there hasn't been any noticeable difference in speed from when I first got it; I still can boot in under 12 seconds, and I still get read and write speeds around ~500 MB/s.

    After reading about it online, I discovered that this means that my SSD doesn't have long to live :(, so I immediately backed up my data. Anyway, I have a few things to ask:

    1: Are SMART tests always reliable? From the additional information given, it doesn't appear that my disk is damaged.

    2: If my SSD ends up failing, is this covered by the warranty?

    3: If so, can I have it replaced straight away or do I have to wait for the SSD to actually fail before bringing it in to a store?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. iMacC2D, Jan 13, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  3. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Generally, if they are going to fail, they do so sooner than that but two months is not unheard of. As stated elsewhere, use your warranty.
  4. krspkbl macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2012
    It will be covered under warranty if anything goes wrong. You said that the SSD is performing OK but diagnostics are showing warning? I'd just keep using it. You have 10 months left of warranty.

    Definitely get into a habit of backing up your data! I never done it until after my MacBook completely died on me. Lost all my music, photos, documents and videos I had accumulated over the 4 years of owning the machine. I have 2x256GB SSD's that I back up to. Anytime I add or change a file I highlight it red so I can keep myself right. Copy it over to the 1st SSD which is always up to date. Every couple weeks or so I plug in the second SSD and clone the 1st onto it.

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