Just dropped my MBP from a 4th story shelf? Yikes!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bobby Corwen, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010

    I set it down its about chest high. It was folded on some towels.

    But the towel was slightly angled.

    I set it down and walked off. After I took about 7-8 steps I just heard a distant yet succinct thud. Muffled but not hollow. It sounded like it was nothing much.

    But inside my heart sank. Is this it I thought? Thousands down the drain?

    Luckily when I went back it was like borderline on the towel; it hit the corner near the power supply. Everything looks OK. There was a wanna be scratch that rubbed off and is not really there.

    It was asleep and when I open the screen it didn't immediately wake, but when i hit the power button was back to normal. But I did hear some sort of Hard Drive type sounds. I was too lazy to put an SSD in yet so its a stock drive still.

    Do you guys think Ill be OK? The keyboard had some debris on it all of a sudden, its like some dust got loose from the keys. It landed on the corner then on its top flap upside down.

    Do you guys think it will suddenly have phantom issues, I'm 13% kinda paranoid.

    But it seems fine...

    it was quite a long drop. Like at least four feet. I guess the unibody makes it indestructible right? haha...

    Right? :/
  2. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
  3. andeify macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2012
    I bet its fine except for the hard drive, computer chips are quite shock resistant but hard drives are not.
  4. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    When its asleep with the screen turned off the hard drive is in a safety mode right?
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Maybe not crash heads, but hard drives when when stopped are not designed to be a dropped.
  6. teebone23 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2013
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    At this point you should be backing up all your data and preparing to buy an SSD.
  8. 5to1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hugely misleading title in my opinion :(

    Opened this thread eager to find out who the hell put a shelf on the fourth storey of a building in the first place, how you got your laptop up there and what possessed you to leave it there. :( what a let down
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Being that its all solid state at this point, if it turned on, you should be ok. I understand the concern about long term viability, heck I'd be just as worried but I think you're good to go :)
  10. impointblank macrumors newbie


    Mar 6, 2014
    Macau, China
    MBP unibody series are tend to sore for a lot of beating especially for such. :apple::D
  11. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    I logged in just to up-tick this comment. I literally lol'd. :D :D

    Really though, it's nice not having to worry about little things like this by having an SSD.
  12. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Well it's been working fine now and I guess it's good to go thanks for the positive comments guys.

    The reason I have been putting it off is that I was waiting for the new 960 SSDs to be available to purchase and by then I realized SSDs too are done so now I just have to get a maxed out retina 15 but I'm waiting for one more refresh so the whole thing was kind of a "slippery slope."

    Pun intended. Man that was a pretty long drop I can't believe nothing bad happened. I guess maybe it did mostly land on the towel, I don't know it could have been either/or. It kinda feels like it's indestructible now though because I never realized the case was really that durable.

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