MacBook AIR HD crash - ONE MONTH OLD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cheonan85, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. cheonan85 macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Merely a month into my MacBook AIR experience, and my HD has bitten the dust.

    A couple of days ago, after the security update and subsequent start-up, my AIR took FOREVER to boot. When it DID finally boot, the FINDER failed to launch. After hitting the forums I saw the .plist could be deleted via terminal, and if that was not the fix, an archive and install would be in order.

    The .plist delete DID NOT do the trick, so using my external superdrive, I ran disk utility with plans of archiving and installing. The message I got with disk utility was that I should try to save any information I could as my HD was failing. LITERALLY 10 seconds later, it was gone.

    I have purposefully taken it fairly easy on the AIR - only minimal downloading, basic iLife application usage, internet and chat, and that's about it.

    Frustrating to have a failure so soon.

    Anyone else experiencing the same?

    P.S. I brought the AIR to Seoul, South Korea...we'll see how many weeks it takes for repair.
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    These thinks happen, its just bad luck :(. Get the HD replaced by Apple, I hope you have a backup ;).
  3. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
  4. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    since the OP said HD, i am going to guess regular.
  5. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    good thing I'm waiting till revision 2 ...even though it could still happen... at least they're more reliable than PC's
  6. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    those little 1.8'' drives aren't designed for high load computing (like running a regular computer doing normal ****), they're designed for low access things like the iPods. that's the problem.
  7. hotdamn macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2007
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    that's what the apple care + time machine is for ... duh! :)
  8. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I was reading on one of the tech blogs about how many SSD's were failing out there. Not Apple-specific, but more in general to all laptop makers using them. I can understand a regular hard drive failing. Anywhere there's moving parts, you have the promise that it will fail one day. (Hopefully way down the line and not one month)

    I would have assumed the SSDs would be a lot more reliable but the repair data seems to contridict that. Odd if you ask me.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yeah, I'd guess it's still just as likely to happen too, regardless of the revision. I can't think of anything that Apple could do to make a 3rd party component that they use (like a HDD) more reliable.

    FWIW, Samsung (the manufacturer) states one of their intended uses is ultramobile PCs.
  10. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Sorry to read of your misfortune. Hope it gets fixed in short order.

    Unfortunately you've reinforced my decision of getting an ext. drive and actually using time machine. I too was concerned about real life constant laptop use vs. iPod.

    Good luck with your replacement.
  11. stakis macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hey I just ordered a Macbook Air from the Korea store, as I'm here for a year teaching English.... let me know what happens... but if you call the Korean online store, they speak english upon request.

    anyways, let me know what channels you go through to get it fixed.
  12. cheonan85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008

    FROM another reply...I AM using Time Machine....ON MY 1 TB TIME CAPSULE!! Woot!

    APPLECARE WORKS INTERNATIONALLY. All of you know this, but here is a SECOND example:

    Believe it or not, this is my second year in Korea. The first was from NOV 06 to NOV 07, when i also had some bad apple luck...I was then on a black MacBook, and it's HD also crashed. The apple certified repair center is called UBASE (a chain of them actually), and it's near the COEX in Seoul. If you take it to another UBASE in another town, they'll mail it to Seoul for the repair, making it take looooonger. Then, as will be the case with the AIR now, there was no cost to me because of AppleCare.

    Good luck

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