Looking to buy a used, broken, MacBook air.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JaAnTr, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. JaAnTr macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2014
    Hi, I've found one on eBay where I believe the only issue is that the SSD is broken. The description says that turns on, tries to load the OS for a few minutes and then turns off. He said he's managed to boot into a OS using an external HDD. Having said that I have no knowledge of Macs and this would be my first one so I was just checking that the SSD is most likely the issue.

    Here's the eBay link - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291222422340&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:GB:3160

    Thanks for your time!
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    It could very well be the port for the SSD is damaged or a million other things. SSDs don't normally just "break", so if it's not the SSD that is bad, the motherboard is probably damaged and can't be fixed. You could always install a flash drive internally and hardwire it to a USB port and boot from that. :p
  3. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I personally, wouldn't take the seller for their word that "it is an easy fix". Given that the user's ebay name implies that they deal with computers and their feedback is for computers they've sold, I find it questionable that this person wouldn't simply fix the SSD (since it is so easy to fix). The price they could get for a fully functional MBA would far exceed the cost of buying a new SSD and labor to install it.

    But that's me.
  4. JaAnTr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2014
    Ah OK thanks for the help, think I'll probably leave it then.

    Would you mind seeing if you could tell me that year another MacBook is. I've emailed the seller from eBay but they said that they couldn't provide that information.

    Here's the auction - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201153251234?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    I can't seem to match it up when googling the model number. I've got a feeling it's a 2011 but I'm not sure.

    Thanks again!
  5. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    Mid 2011
  6. JaAnTr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2014
    Thanks, might try and get that one then, especially nice with an i7. Only thing holding me back is no USB 3.0.

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