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  • Jeepers 14 Feb 2018 19:14:14 16,517 posts
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    Buying an Apple device and then refusing to use Apple services is dumb and masochistic.
  • Tonka 14 Feb 2018 19:32:03 27,814 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    Buying an Apple device and then refusing to use Apple services is dumb and masochistic.
    I'm well aware of that. It's not for me though, it's for my father in law and we (my wife and I) thought that we should put some pictures and videos of him and the kids on it.

    Google photos won't work since he lives in China.
  • nickthegun 14 Feb 2018 19:33:43 73,518 posts
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    Well..... I don't use any apple services because it makes swapping between phones easier.

    Chrome, Google photos and Spotify and you're pretty much good to go. Pretty much every app is universal and they even pull equivalents when you swap OSs.
  • Kay 16 Apr 2018 15:54:55 19,550 posts
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    The SSD of my Macbook Retina from 2012 seems to have suddenly died. Not exactly the greatest timing for it, either.

    If I was to go to the Apple store and get them to replace the drive, roughly how much do you think they'll want? I've checked on Crucial's website, and it seems like they don't do SSDs that are compatible with my model. My current SSD was 256GB, though I wouldn't mind an upgrade to double that...
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2018 16:01:14 23,069 posts
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    Even from that model year the drive is user-replaceable isn't it? Not much of a ballache either, if I recall my last efforts. The machine itself can then boot into a shell that'll download MacOS and install it for you on the new drive.
  • Kay 16 Apr 2018 16:05:21 19,550 posts
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    Looks like it is replaceable, and I don't mind doing it myself if I can get a compatible SSD for a decent price...
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2018 16:15:02 23,069 posts
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    Bound to be some old stock from somewhere, but that's about where my specific knowledge runs out. I know you can do it, not sure where you'd source one. So I'm only *half* useless. :)
  • mothercruncher 16 Apr 2018 16:17:52 14,880 posts
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    I had a 2011 MacBook Pro I put a new HD in Kay, if it’s similar, whip the bottom cover off (make a note in pencil on the aluminium which bolts go where because they’re different lengths) and it was indeed then an easy job.
  • askew 16 Apr 2018 16:39:37 16,540 posts
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    £300 or so if you get Apple to.

    The SSD in my MBA died in January, and I’d have been looking at something like that, however they replaced it free of charge under consumer law.

    Glad I didn’t bust the back off and attempt to swap anything now!
  • Kay 16 Apr 2018 16:44:37 19,550 posts
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    @askew how big was the SSD?

    Seeing as it'll cost close to that much to buy an SSD anyway, I'd rather pay a bit extra and get them to do it.

    Tbh, I'm tempted to take this opportunity to replace the laptop. If only the latest MBPs weren't so ludicrously expensive...
  • askew 16 Apr 2018 16:52:04 16,540 posts
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    Think it was the 120GB version.
  • Kay 16 Apr 2018 17:03:54 19,550 posts
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    @askew cheers. And out of interest, how old was your Macbook? Mine is coming up to six years now so unlikely to be covered under consumer law, but still...
  • askew 16 Apr 2018 17:25:30 16,540 posts
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    I'd owned it since 2014, but it was the 2013 model. So out of warranty, never had AppleCare.

    Let's see if this works…


    Item Number Description Price Amount Due Customer KBB
    661-03728 Flash Storage, 128GB, SM
    Replacement Serial No: XXXXXXXX £ 220.00 £ 220.00 N
    S1490LL/A Hardware Repair Labor £ 69.00 £ 69.00
    VAT £ 57.80
    Total £ 289.00 £ 346.80
  • askew 16 Apr 2018 17:26:23 16,540 posts
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    It was quite a nice gesture! Doesn't an item have to be fit for purpose, or is supposed to have an expected lifespan?
  • Kay 16 Apr 2018 18:17:01 19,550 posts
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    Cheers. I've booked an Apple Genius appointment for Saturday, but somehow I don't think they'll be that generous.

    A quick search has led me to this SSD, which is apparently compatible with my model:

    https://www.flexxmemory.co.uk/apple-mac-hard-drives-ssds/transcend-jetdrive-725-480gb-ssd-upgrade-kit-for-macbook-pro-15-retina-mid-2012-and-early-2013-ts480gjdm725/

    Does anyone by any chance know of a cheaper/better option?

    Edited by Kay at 18:17:25 16-04-2018
  • Beetroot_Bertie 16 Apr 2018 18:57:42 403 posts
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    I'd politely ask about getting it fixed under the uk consumer law askew mentioned above, especially if you bought it directly from Apple.

    It roughly means the product should be fit for purpose for up to 6 years from delivery (assuming the item is expected to last that long).

    https://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/
  • Kay 23 Apr 2018 14:34:40 19,550 posts
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    Update on my MacBook hard drive situation, in case it helps anyone else: I never did go to the Apple store, because I managed to get into recovery (which I couldn't before), checked the disk (which had no issues) and restored everything from Time Machine, and updated to High Sierra. All was good for a few hours, until the next day, when the MacBook wouldn't wake from sleep, and then wouldn't boot up... so had to do the whole recovery + restore process all over again.

    So, the issue seems to be with the new APFS file system that High Sierra uses - my MacBook SSD clearly has problems with it. So now I've updated everything, but left the OS on the latest Sierra update. Been using it since yesterday, no issues at all so far.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 23 Apr 2018 14:39:25 1,454 posts
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    Probably needs a firmware update for the SSD, I've been through the same issue with a Samsung SSD.
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Apr 2018 15:05:28 22,175 posts
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    Apple replaced my iMac screen years out of warranty, def worth a go
  • Kay 23 Apr 2018 15:08:02 19,550 posts
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    CrispyXUKTurbo wrote:
    Probably needs a firmware update for the SSD, I've been through the same issue with a Samsung SSD.
    I wasn't even aware you needed to do that! Will have to look into it and see if it sorts out the APFS issue. But for now I'll just stick with Sierra.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 23 Apr 2018 15:10:38 1,454 posts
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    It's only an issue with some third party SSDs. Generally need to update from a boot disc, it's a pain but relatively simple.
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