Fixing or selling a dead MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by visual dreams, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. visual dreams macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2014
    Hi everyone :)

    Unfortunately a couple weeks ago my MBA (2011 i5/11"/2GB) kind of died. About one or two years ago I replaced the original 64GB SSD with an 180GB SSD from OWC.

    Basically I have an occasionally flashing folder icon (so I assumed a failure with the SSD) on startup along with never-ending crashes and serious lag whenever I attempt to actually able to boot to the desktop. The Apple Store told me they couldn't do anything about it since I replaced the SSD with a third-party SSD. They did still inspect it, and found issues with the logic board and some power issues, but they didn't mention the SSD itself. They didn't bother quoting a repair when I asked, instead they just told me it wasn't worth paying to get a replacement or fix it. I would have tried to showed it to them with the original SSD but I reformatted it to use as an external drive, oops.

    I would love to try reinstall Yosemite on the original SSD but I basically have no idea how to go about reinstalling OS X (I have little to no idea what I'm talking about either so please bear with me). I can access the SSD through an external case supplied by OWC (initially used to clone my original drive when I initially purchased the OWC SSD), would it be possible for me to clone the drive from my current Mac?

    If I don't manage to find a fix, If I were to sell the MacBook in this condition on eBay, how much could I sell it for?
  2. chandler99 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2009
    York, UK
    You can put the original SDD in and start it up with command + R pressed for internet recovery
  3. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    I'm in the same boat although my issues are a bit less severe, just a bad MagSafe port, torn MagSafe cord, and a severely depleted battery. I am going to try and put it on Craigslist for $200 and see if anyone wants it.

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