Macbook Air Hard Drive Failed

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  1. rbarnesb macrumors newbie

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    Ok heres the deal....

    I just purchased a MBA of craigslist from some random guy. He was selling it because he needed rent money.. so he said. Anyway it was running fine until it randomly said it needed to be restarted so i did it. After the restart i got a blinking folder with a question mark. After some searching i figured out how to boot from an external hard drive. I went to the apple website to check the status of the warranty and to my surprise it was still covered under the limited warranty. Now after a careful inspection of the underside of the mac i noticed several scratches around the screws, one screw is missing, there is a bend in the case as if someone attempted to open the computer before and the screws on each side of the mac in the do not sit flush like all the others . Would any of what i found void the remaining warranty on my mac? :confused:

    I attached some pix of my findings.
     

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  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    It looks as if it were dropped. I can't picture how the bend would happen trying to remove the bottom.

    I'm not sure where those scratches are (by the missing screw).

    That screw sticking out is either wrong screw and wrong place or some improper replacement screw (non-apple).

    The combination probably will set off the "not covered due to damage" alarm, but you won't know until you try.

    Hope it's nothing too expensive - the MBA's a great machine (within its limitations).
     
  3. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, how in the hell did you not inspect the bottom of the Air when you were making the transaction? I still Feel bad for you, but the HD won't be very expensive to replace, way cheaper than what Apple is going to demand to fix it.

    With that said, make something good out of it and get an SSD to replace it!
     
  4. rbarnesb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Air Hard Drive Failed

    I did a full inspection of the Air. I just overlooked all of those minor flaws because i only paid 400 bucks for it.
     
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  6. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    My first thought was "What an idiot!" Anybody can tell that those are NOT the correct screws!

    When I saw that you only paid $400, however, I thought, "not a bad deal at all." You can sink a couple hundred bucks into this thing and have a pretty good little machine.

    If you take this into Apple they're going to laugh at you, and it would be justified.
     
  7. n0de macrumors 6502

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    $400 - I can certainly look past a less than thorough inspection for that.

    I would , however, also assume that the machine is stolen (I'm not judging you - it's your karma, not mine :rolleyes:). Not that Apple has a stellar reputation for reclaiming stolen goods but I don't know that I would take it in for warranty work. On random occasions some Genius' have held equipment reported as stolen and even called the police.

    For $400 you can afford to risk fixing it yourself.

    iFixit has all of the parts (including the body parts) necessary and as long as you move slowly and carefully it is really not that difficult. While you are in there you should probably redo the thermal paste too.
     
  8. rbarnesb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The mac is not stolen i have the original receipt. The model number on the mac and the receipt are the same.
     
  9. rbarnesb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Air Hard Drive Failed

    Ok after removing the bottom casing and removing the hard drive it pretty obvious the systems been tampered with... see for your self
     

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  10. McGilli macrumors 6502

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    You can't just replace the bottom of the laptop - cuz it has the serial number printed on it....

    So keep that in mind if you look for a replacement bottom with screws.
     
  11. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the issue with his is the top case is bent, if you can get a new one, then that should help get the bottom portion back to spec.
     
  12. rbarnesb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Air Hard Drive Failed

    The top case is not bent it is the bottom. The picture doesn't show it but there is a dent in the bottom case as if someone tried to peel it open.
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    The bottom case can be replaced, as long as the serial number is written on the inside surface in permanent ink. It needs to be written under the black area in the upper left corner (oriented with port hatch opening to the upper left). "Slashes through the zeros" style...

    Looking at the rest of the damage (wow - looks like they used automotive tools...), there's not much chance of it being covered by warranty again anyway, so the above is more for the OPs own records.
     

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