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Question: No hard drive on MacBook air?

I am getting the Flashing ? when I try to start up. I try the Disk Utiltiy and the disk verified and sadi it was OK. I tied to reinstall the OS X from the internet restore, like was suggested. That cannot happen because it cannot fine the main partition it only find the recovery partition which has only 1.6 GB its a 128 gig HD. There is not CD drive and I do not have one. What else can I do?? Its a Solid state drive and I am typing from the reocover partion now so I know the disk is not dead!

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)

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Mar 24, 2013 8:24 AM in response to smurphy820 In response to smurphy820

After you start from the recovery partition, choose utilities and disk utility and run repair disk on the startup partition. If it cannot find the startup partition, which is likely to be the case from your information, take the Air to an Apple store genius bar and have the techs find out why no startup partition is showing up.

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Mar 24, 2013 8:24 AM in response to smurphy820 In response to smurphy820

After you start from the recovery partition, choose utilities and disk utility and run repair disk on the startup partition. If it cannot find the startup partition, which is likely to be the case from your information, take the Air to an Apple store genius bar and have the techs find out why no startup partition is showing up.

Mar 24, 2013 8:24 AM

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Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM in response to smurphy820 In response to smurphy820

UPDATE: I took the MacBook Air to the Apple store and as it turned out the Solid State drive that has no moving parts had failed.


I was very suprised since the machine is 4 mons old.


Sean

Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM

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Mar 26, 2013 2:51 PM in response to smurphy820 In response to smurphy820

Interesting...several years ago, well more like ten years ago, when solid state storage was just starting for large capacities as used in computers, the failure rate was very high relative to hard drives. Hard drives had progressed to a reliability of 100,000 hours between failures...a way of measuring longevity. Solid state was having severe problems with repeated writes to the same area causing loss of data failures. That has all progressed to today where SSD now has MTF, as used above, approaching hard drives. Yours must be one of those failing relatively early in life, four years.


Thanks for posting the results...very interesting to know, well as an engineer I find it interesting info :-)


Ralph

Mar 26, 2013 2:51 PM

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Sep 8, 2013 5:21 AM in response to ScottRD65 In response to ScottRD65

Scott,


Check and see who manufactured the SSD in your Air...go to the apple at the left side of the menu bar, About This Mac, More Info, System Report, Hardware, SATA/SATA Express and you will get the chipset info, usually Intel, and then what is on the SATA bus...see if the SSD is from Toshiba.


Ralph

Sep 8, 2013 5:21 AM

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Sep 20, 2013 7:12 AM in response to ScottRD65 In response to ScottRD65

That is nt what I heard from a Genius at the apple store after my ssd drive failed. I was told not only are they backordered, that this is a known problem and they are hoping apple with cover it since my macbook air was just out of warentee. So Apple is just not admitting online that these are failing at a high rate. As a tech direcotr looking at a supplier for a one ot one program, this really makes me pause in considering apple as a reliable machine.

Sep 20, 2013 7:12 AM

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Sep 20, 2013 7:22 AM in response to foxbox7 In response to foxbox7

Foxbox7, your info plus Ralph's sounds about right because I asked what brand of drive failed and the tech at the local store told me it was a Toshiba (FWIW, it was not an actaul Apple Store but a Premium reseller that offers all services). I obviously couldn't check myself when Ralph first mentioned it because it was still "in the shop". I DID check the new one as soon as I got it and sure enough it is now a Samsung. I'm not typically one to subscribe to conspiracy theories, although that's probably a strong term for what foxbox7 is describing, but it certainly SEEMS like Apple is not being as forthcoming as they might be if the Toshiba SSD failures are not limited to the 2012 models if this is occuring frequently and especially since mine was only purchased end of April and I watched the shipping tracking from China so it was "hot off the press", not some old stock.

Sep 20, 2013 7:22 AM

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Oct 4, 2013 3:43 AM in response to sscott88 In response to sscott88

Sscott,


No my files were not recoverable from that drive. Luckily I had been using Time Machine to an external hard drive and I was able to restore from that and in total I only lost about an hours worth of file updates. About 18 hours of my time and about 36 total hours of down time.


Thank Jobs for Time Machine.


Sean

Oct 4, 2013 3:43 AM

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