How many of you Fusion'ers bought Apple Care?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by CtotheP, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. CtotheP macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Whitefish Bay, WI
    With a lot of rumblings out there of higher failure rates of the 1st-gen Fusion Drives, just wondering how many people have bought Apple Care in hopes of extra protection?

    I'm still within the window to purchase and I know a few good deals can be found out there.....
  2. hasenpfeffer macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2012
    I did not.

    The "higher failure rates" is a very debatable matter of perspective. Higher failure rates have nothing to do with it being a fusion drive, per se. The higher failure rates is simply the fact that there are 2 drives. Anyone with an SSD and a hard drive in their system would likely have a similar failure rate as someone with an SSD and hard drive 'fused' together.

    So, you really should take the 'fusion' term out and ask yourself if you want AppleCare simply because you have a system containing an SSD and a hard drive?

    I use time machine to backup and the Mac mini has drives that are reasonably user replaceable. This makes it so that I did not choose to buy AppleCare.
  3. scotttnz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I have not bought Apple Care yet, but I have 11 months left to do so.

    I am not worried about drive failure, as I have run multiple drives, including SSDs in Windows PCs for years, with few problems. I know hard drives fail, and when fused, loss of one drive results in the loss of the whole volume, but I backup to a Time Capsule and 2 separate USB drives that are kept off-site, so the chances of any significant data loss are very slim.

    I may still buy Apple Care before the end of the year, but if I do it will be to protect me from logic board or similar failure, as I can replace the drives myself, cheaply with generic parts, but not the logic board. I depends if I start running out of space causing me to want to upgrade the SSD to a bigger one, which would probably void the Apple Care so I wouldn't waste the money.
  4. bigbird macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    I bought it.
    I get a deal because of educator pricing ($99 in Canada instead of $129 retail) so I figured for new technology, that works out to $33/year or less than $3/month. I've got peace of mind for 3 years.
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I bought it. I figured with both SSD and a 1TB hard drive there are some pricey components, and while I'm technically proficient I just don't want to go opening up the case & mucking with delicate hardware. I fully expect it to be a "Wasted" purchase - I'm not anticipating problems - but it's there if I need it.
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I have 2 unopened applecare packages.

    I always keep a few handy.

    I wait for a good sale.

    You can hold them for years if you do not activate them. Then if I have a piece of gear that I want to keep. I use the applecare on it in the 11th month.
  7. scotttnz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    The other part of my reasoning for not buying the Apple Care yet was that this is my first Mac. If I decide to flee back to windows land before the 1 year warranty expires, then I won't buy Apple Care.
  8. MFL2012 macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Bought my Mini thru B&H Photo. Apple Care was $52. Too good of a deal to pass up.

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