Water Damage. SSD only half storage

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by laence, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. laence macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2014
    Hi everybody,

    I got this water damaged device (MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011). A glass clear water run through it, I let everything dry but it wont do anything.

    I already took it apart und cleaned all parts with 96% alcohol. The macbook starts and shows flashing folder icon. So it tryed a clean install from usb. I see the internal ssd, but it only gots 60GB, it should have 128. I tryed installing Mavericks to it, but it alwas breaks saying "cant install recovery partition". I then try to install a windows 7 on the ssd, it got a error too.

    Right now I'm typing from the water damaged air! I install Mavericks to a usb device. Everyting works fine, all tests were fine. Only Problem ist the ssd. I double cleaned it with alcohol, I baked it in the oven for 7 minutes...nothing...it still reads only 60GB und I always got an error trying to install an OS on it.

    Any idea what to do or should I just order an owc ssd? I thing it cant be a problem of the logicboard, must be the ssd itself.

    Another problem is the keyboard. Everything works like it should, only the key "6" istn working. I know thats it possible the take out only the keyboard itself, without replacing the whole case. Should I try to clean the keyboard contacts or just replace it?

    The bigger problem is the ssd, cause I need to spend 100 bucks for it...anyone ever got this problem after a water damge?

    Thank you guys in advance!
  2. AtomicGrog macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    Have you talked to Apple? they might have a few tricks before it turns to $$$ - they helped me with diagnosing stuff in the past for free.

    Suspect that if your SSD is fubar there's little choice but to replace it. I doubt it's within the design context to operate at 1/2 capacity in the same way I wouldnt expect a DDR3 SODIMM to do so either.
  3. PowerBook-G5, Aug 7, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014

    PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Might this be part of the problem? Perhaps when baking (probably more like frying) it in the oven, you fried some of the chips. What temperature was the oven at, because Intel processors are designed to shut down at 100°C, so that is probably also an upper-limit for other computer parts.
  4. abbeybound macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2014
    It sounds like he knows what he's doing. Baking computer boards in the oven is a well known way to reflow the crappy lead free solder that is responsible for a lot of failures. Unless flash chips are different (which I doubt) this should have been fine. As long as the temperature was within reason, anyway.
  5. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    The baseline model came with 64GB of storage. Do you know for certain that it was 128GB originally?
  6. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    If you can get this thing running again for $100 after dumping a glass of water on it, consider yourself lucky and move on. ;)
  7. laence thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2014
    Thanks for your replys! I did have some good trys with graphic cards and smartphone logicboards in the oven, I always do this 190-200C celsius for about 8 mins, I got couple boards which came back to live :)
    The ssd was showing 60GB before that, so I though give it a shoot cause its killed anyways. You never know whats going on when fluids hits electronic boards, so there might just be a electrical fried chip on the ssd :-(
    I should be a 128 cause its labeled as one on the backside of the ssd.
    And right, I got it cheap and its alive again, its more a head thing...I want to bring it back to live, its not realy about the 100 bucks for a new ssd but if you can safe 100 why not? :)
    I never thought going to a apple store, its mmy first mac and I cant belive the will answer me one questing or even try to fix it after I tell them whats happen to the air. I gues your losing warrenty and the abiltly to have service if its opend up once :-(
  8. laence thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2014
    I got news! The guy who sold me the macbook got the air in a "professional" shop to let them check it. Of course it was not possible to repair it. They loose some screws and other things, nothing serious....BUT...i got a lable on my ssd which says 128GB Samsung SSD, but the chips on the SSD are from Toshiba! I never had an look at whats says the mac is inside...and gues what...ts064C!! Thats an 64GB ssd drive! The guys in the shop must have taken the fast 128GB Samsung and throw in a 64GB Toshiba (and changed the labels on them)! I guess I have to visit them in the next days....bad its about 1 hour away...

    But it cant install an OS X oder Windows on the ssd anyways, so there must be something wrong mit it. I always got the error that the installer is not able to install a recovery partion. I did nvram reset and so on, nothing. I'm realy new to macs, but it must be a hardware failture.

    So thanks in advance guys for try to helping me out!
  9. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Wow. If that's in fact the case, someone is playing dirty and needs to be slapped - hard. Best of luck in getting your issue resolved.

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