Never Had An Apple Product Break

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rugmankc, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. rugmankc macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    But, my rMBP 13Inch 2015's right usb port went bad.

    I made a Genius appt on the 30th of Dec

    I will backup, but is that a repair that would normally not lose any data?

    How long on average would I be without my laptop? Would it be better to wait a month past the holidays?

    I know these are very subjective questions. But, just looking for some feedback from anyone with a similar issue.


  2. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Usually no more than a week. If they have the part it is usually a couple days. Depends on how busy they are.

    They tell you to backup for a reason. You just never know if something can go wrong. I have never had an issue with data loss and a repair by Apple. But I have had an iMac replaced. Backup was handy then.
  3. rugmankc thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks firedept, I do regular backups to TimeMachine and an external Lacie. Always wanted to try a cloner, never have.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Always back up your data before sending in for repair.

    Repair time will vary greatly this time of the year due to increased customers and staff away due to holidays.

    Hope it's a quick repair.
  5. rugmankc thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks MH01

    May use this as an excuse to clone.
  6. rugmankc thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks for moving this mods, I screwed :(

    One more question. Does the mac need powered on to change usb port. Assume they would want to confirm it is only hardware? If so, I need to remove personal stuff. Probably just my 2 browsers, Safari and Chrome as the have auto login websites and my spreadsheet on all my personal accounts. Don't know if there is a quick way of doing that or not. I back up the accounts (Open Office) and drag to external hard drive. I could just drag back. Or, just give them access to my wife User password who has nothing on laptop.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Make a guest account if you are worried about this.

    Honestly Genius' have other things to do. I wouldn't bother.
  8. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I've never had a problem with personal data and the Genius Bar. They've repaired my older 2009 MBP and my iPhone 5 several times! Just make sure you can't auto login to anything like your bank account and you should be fine.
  9. rugmankc thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks all, I was more worried about being sent out. My son and his wife are in town and he stopped by Apple Store and ask them about repair and sounds like it would not leave store. But, I did already make a third User Account if needed and encrypted the hard drive. All they will probably have me do is log in to my iCloud Account to see that this is my laptop. All should be good--Thanks for the tips.
  10. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I don't think they need an account on the computer. A year ago when I had a battery replaced they just booted up off an external drive to run diagnostics.

    I have an additional method I follow on my laptops now. Even the cheap Windows laptop. I run it with full disk encryptions. So Apple wouldn't, in that case, even be able to see my personal data on the computer. Or boot off the internal drive. I figure that, if lost or stolen, they can have the computer. But make them go and install an OS themselves and not have access to my private data.
  11. rugmankc thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    Well, now have my first, official Genius Bar Appointment under my belt. With my luck, or lack of it, I drove to the store, waited in line only to find out the usb port now worked. I had eliminated the cable I was using before setting the appointment. But, back at the house, all is now working. I have a technical background, but not sure what happened. It works even if I wiggle the cable while plugged in. I should have checked it one last time before leaving for the store. The only answer we came up with was maybe a reboot after I stopped using the port fixed it. I never tried the lightening cable after initially unhooking it. Weird. If it becomes finicky, I may have to think about ext wty. But, 249.00. They said it would have to ship to an Apple repair facility and be gone several days, if the port does need replaced. In that case I will wipe hard drive.

    Thanks for posts--:)

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