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So if the flash drive is soldered to the logic board, would it be possible to move the logic board from a dead machine over to the exact same model, and be able to access the information again? Would it even boot?

MacBook Air, Model A1534

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Mar 15, 2018 9:47 AM in response to kilted77 In response to kilted77

Moving a bad motherboard into another case won't make it work again. Furthermore, the flash drive may not actually be soldered to the motherboard. It could be a removable edge-card flash SSD. You will need to remove the bottom of the case to determine if that is the case.

Mar 15, 2018 9:47 AM

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Mar 15, 2018 10:25 AM in response to kilted77 In response to kilted77

The first thing you need to do is to clarify the model of your Mac. Your TAG line says that you have a "MacBook Air, Model A1534." However an, "A1534," is a 12" Retina MacBook, not a MacBook Air. Click on the Apple menu's, "About This Mac," to determine the exact model of your Mac.


When you provide inaccurate, conflicting information, it makes it difficult to provide specific information about your issue, i.e., MacBook Air's may have removable SSDs, 12" Retina MacBook's don't.


Kappy is correct, simply moving the logic board from one Mac to another isn't going to magically repair the logic board.

Mar 15, 2018 10:25 AM

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Mar 15, 2018 2:13 PM in response to kilted77 In response to kilted77

If the Mac is dead, in most cases it's the logic board that's faulty. This is exactly why I think it's a very stupid idea to solder the SSD to the board, because if the laptop dies, your data dies with it. Apple calls it "years ahead" to sacrifice a removable SSD and solder all your data to the board just so they can make the laptop a few millimeters thinner.

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Mar 16, 2018 8:46 AM in response to HAnilsen In response to HAnilsen

In an ideal world everyone would back up their data frequently. But we don't live in an ideal world and not everyone backs up even though they should. It's still a bad idea to solder the SSD in. If an old computer died you could take the old SSD/HDD out and put it in a hard drive dock and get the data out. Soldering the SSD in will remove that ability, and there's no reason to do that (other than make the laptop a few millimeters thinner). Because of that you're basically given the finger because you didn't back up. This will leave a customer with no hope of getting their data back, unless they end up in an independent repair store where someone like me could try soldering the PCIe lanes to another Macbook motherboard and try getting the data off that way.

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