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To fix? Or to sell? MacBook Pro

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to get some advice regarding my MacBook Pro's situation. (I'm in the UK)

My MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015 was water damaged some months ago. Long story short I got the '?' folder and after some stressful visits to various repair stores I was told the data is unrecoverable because the SSD is fried.

Here's the current working order of the MacBook Pro and what I tried:

Recovery Mode was tried, it connects to wifi I get all the options, Reinstall OS, Time Machine, I can go online in recovery mode and even Google works but whenever I try to reinstall OS there is no disk visible.

I tried disk utility but only see 'disk 0' which is 1.33GB unrepairable and 'OS X Base System' 1.33GB which I can also not do anything with.

Obviously the SSD is fried and data unrecoverable - I've accepted that. However here are my questions to you regarding my current options:

Should I sell the MacBook Pro on eBay as faulty without an SSD? If so, for what price?


Should I try and buy the correct SSD for my MacBooks version online and replace it? How risky would that be? I don't want to waste £100 or so on a new SSD only for the motherboard to fry it or to realise it still doesn't work because other components might be fried.

I just don't want to sell it if there's a chance of it being repaired.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Tough decision.`

In reply to: To fix? Or to sell? MacBook Pro

I can't guess what you mean by correct SSD. Older apples took any hdd/ssd that fit and you moved on. Do you have any drives that fit? Did you try those?

Here a 500GB HDD for a laptop is under 60USD so if you feel the machine is OK this would turn a hard sell into a few hundred bucks. Too bad about the water damage since it really kills the value.

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In reply to: Tough decision.`

With MacBooks almost every year version uses a different SSD so you have to get the right one, that's what I meant. And yeah I wish I could try swapping it out to see if everything would work but I don't want to invest in one only for it to be damaged. You're right it's a tough one.

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I wonder if a small(ish) HDD would be suitable

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for testing purposes.
With the HDD in a USB case, see if it is seen by the MBP
If the drive is recognized, and you can put the OS on it, then the value of the MBP rises and you could sell it as MBP without SSD but with "slight" water damage.

Just a thought


Post was last edited on October 10, 2017 4:48 AM PDT

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In reply to: I wonder if a small(ish) HDD would be suitable


I found a 500GB External HHD and I booted OSX using a small usb drive and installed El Capitan on that External HHD and it worked! I now have a fully functioning MacBook Pro which uses the External HHD. I am so grateful to you guys for your help and advice. This must mean that the only thing that is damaged is this the SSD itself or a connector? I wonder how I could further find that out? Should my next steps be to buy an SSD online to replace and then sell as a fully working used MacBook Pro, or sell as is but obviously the value goes up by a lot?

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Just taken a look at the price of SSD

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in the UK version of eBay.
You're right, those things are not very cheap.

To test the connection you would have to have an SSD of your own or a very forgiving friend with the same model MBP!

Not sure where I would go from here.


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Is it worth buying an SSD assuming that it will work?

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Yeah you're right I found one for about £130 on eBay. Could make an offer and buy it for a little bit cheaper I guess but the big question is is it worth it..

Right now as is I think I could get between £300 and £400 for it.

Buying the SSD puts me £120 or so back, but it would probably mean I could sell it to like a retailer computer exchange shop for about £450.. Or on eBay for around £500-£550...

I wonder if its worth all the risk and extra work for an extra £100-£200 gain?

I haven't actually mentioned yet but I did buy a replacement when it broke and it happened to be the exact same one, so I'm typing this from literally the exact same MacBook Pro with the exact same SSD sitting inside it.. But I am really scared of even thinking about the obvious here hahaha!

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Why not sell it as-is?

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You know it's water damaged so investing more when it works is up to you.

As to your assertion that only certain SSDs work, after replacing so many in many different Apples I think it's a myth.

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It's a gamble

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Hah! Yeah I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case... And since it was/is water damaged I also feel bad selling it on eBay if I got the SSD replaced and not mentioning somewhere it used to be water damaged.. could be a ticking time bomb.. The computer exchange shop I don't feel so guilty because these guys give 2 year warranty and they are a massive chain here in the UK.

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This 2015 water damaged laptop.

In reply to: It's a gamble

Is pretty much worthless. Now if you set out to not tell folk about that then you know what everyone things about that. That is, would you be upset being sold this machine without knowing about it.

Be honest or it will come back to haunt you.

I think if you must sell it, don't invest a dime. Take the sale, move on.

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