How to recover files from a dead late 2010 MacBook Air 11"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SnowLucas, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. SnowLucas macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Looking for some advice. I have a late 2010 MacBook Air 11" which isn't booting up. Appears to turn on with fan noise but doesn't chime and the screen doesn't come to life at any point. Looking to take to apple next week but I suspect they will come up with a price I'm not happy with.

    Anyway the real issue is the files left on the SSD which I would like to securely delete. I have been able to remove the SSD from the computer but struggling to find the correct connection to get the files off the SSD and perform the format.

    I realise there are kits that come with the adapter but obviously I'm not looking to buy another SSD, just looking for the adapter so I can format the drive and sell the broken laptop for parts.

    SSD image attached.

    Thanks for any help!
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  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Here is a drive enclosure that will work for your 2010 MBA drive so you can get files off and format the drive (assuming that you have another Mac):
    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENVOY11/

    EDIT: Mr_Brightside_@ beat me with his post.
     
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  5. SnowLucas thread starter macrumors member

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    Destruction would be plan B. Or maybe plan C.

    Thanks for the links. Exactly what I was looking for. Anyone seen one available in the UK?
     
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  7. SnowLucas thread starter macrumors member

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    Perfect. Exactly what I was thinking about.

    I think I have a better understanding of one of the many reasons people dislike having the hard drive soldered onto the motherboard. What a nightmare that would be.

    Thanks!
     
  8. SnowLucas thread starter macrumors member

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    As a slight detour on this thread has anyone got any advice on the actual potential for repair of the laptop?

    I believe the late 2010 MacBook Air is considered obsolete by Apple so unlikely they would repair it? Having had a look it seems to be maybe worth £300 on eBay working so a limit on how much I should reasonably spend. I don't have much experience with well our of warranty Apple laptops and repairs. Would I be wasting my time trying to get it fixed?

    Is there any sensible way to determine if its the logic board? I would consider swapping the board myself if the numbers added up but obviously wouldn't want to waste my time if it was actually the screen for example.

    My alternative is stick it broken on eBay while keeping the SSD in the enclosure listed above. After owning four Macs and helping others buy maybe twenty over the years this will be the first that didn't make resale in a working condition.
     
  9. JonLa macrumors 6502

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    An independent Mac repairer might be able to diagnose it for you - there's one here in Brum I used once. THe first thing to do is see if the SSD responds in the device people recommended - if its all there and seems okay then it's not a drive failure preventing it booting. If logic board, I'd give up...
     
  10. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like it *might* be a logic board issue but honestly I think you're better off selling it for parts.
     
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