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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Can you provide more details how this was done? I thought this MacBook Air needed to be "brought back to life" as the thread title mentions. If the MacBook Air's SSD is still installed in the MacBook Air...playing a 2 hour movie sounds "alive" to me.

    Now if the MacBook Air's SSD was removed & installed elsewhere...and this is how the 2 hour movie was played...this I can understand. Otherwise I'm confused...or maybe I'm forgetting something mentioned previously in the thread.

    Thanks,

    - Nick
    Sorry, maybe I didn't explain myself the right way

    The internal SSD was never physically removed from the MBA. Sorry if I gave this impression.

    Mojave is running from EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. But the movie is playing from INTERNAL (Apple) SSD.

    Edit
    Here's a picture that will explain:
    Imgur: The magic of the Internet
    I know this is the internal SSD not only because it shows on the finder in the bottom part, but also because the external SSD is 240GB while the internal is 120GB.
    Last edited by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA; 06-09-2019 at 03:49 PM.

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    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    Quote Originally Posted by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA View Post
    Sorry, maybe I didn't explain myself the right way

    The internal SSD was never physically removed from the MBA. Sorry if I gave this impression.
    It's all good...just wanted to understand if the MacBook Air's SSD was still in the MacBook Air.

    Quote Originally Posted by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA View Post
    Mojave is running from EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. But the movie is playing from INTERNAL (Apple) SSD.
    This was the part that was unclear (at least to me)...MacBook Air was booted & running from an external HD. Perfect explanation...totally understandable.

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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    It's all good...just wanted to understand if the MacBook Air's SSD was still in the MacBook Air.



    This was the part that was unclear (at least to me)...MacBook Air was booted & running from an external HD. Perfect explanation...totally understandable.

    - Nick

    Attaching DriveDX log.

    Code:
    ### SYSTEM INFORMATION ###
    Report Timestamp                     : June 10, 2019 8:57:16 AM GMT+3
    Report Timestamp (ISO 8601 format)   : 2019-06-10T08:57:16
    
    Application Name                     : DriveDx
    Application Version                  : 1.8.2.610
    Application SubBuild                 : 1
    Application Edition                  : Standalone
    Application Website                  : https://binaryfruit.com/drivedx
    DriveDx Knowledge Base Revision      : 9/9
    
    Computer Name                        : Benís MacBook Air
    Host Name                            : Bens-MacBook-Air
    Computer Model                       : MacBookAir7,2
    
    OS Boot Time                         : 2019-06-10T08:55:42
    Time Since Boot                      : 00h 01m 34s
    OS Name                              : macOS
    OS Version                           : 10.14.5
    OS Build                             : 18F132
    OS Kernel Version                    : Darwin 18.6.0
    
    SAT SMART Driver Version             : N/A
    ATA Command Support Tolerance        : verypermissive
    N of drives in report                : 1
    
    
    
    ### DRIVE 1 OF 1 ###
    Last Checked                         : June 10, 2019 8:56:58 AM GMT+3
    Last Checked (ISO 8601 format)       : 2019-06-10T08:56:58
    
    Advanced SMART Status                : OK
    Overall Health Rating                : GOOD 100%
    SSD Lifetime Left Indicator          : GOOD 95.0%
    Issues found                         : 0
    
    Serial Number                        : S1W1NYBG308430
    WWN Id                               : 5 002538 900000000
    Volumes                              : Macintosh HD
    Device Path                          : /dev/disk0
    Total Capacity                       : 121.3 GB (121,332,826,112 Bytes)
    Model Family                         : Apple (Samsung-based) SSDs
    Model                                : APPLE SSD SM0128G
    Firmware Version                     : BXW1JA0Q
    Drive Type                           : SSD
    
    Power On Time                        : 1,339 hours (1 months 25 days 19 hours)
    Power Cycles Count                   : 25,640
    Current Power Cycle Time             : 0.0 hours
    
    
    
    === DEVICE CAPABILITIES ===
    S.M.A.R.T. support enabled           : yes
    DriveDx Active Diagnostic Config     : Apple (Samsung-based) g-series SSDs config [ssd.apple.samsung.g]
    Sector Logical Size                  : 512
    Sector Physical Size                 : 4096
    Physical Interconnect                : PCI
    Logical Protocol                     : SATA
    Removable                            : no
    Ejectable                            : no
    ATA Version                          : ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4c
    SATA Version                         : SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s)
    I/O Path                             : IOService:/AppleACPIPlatformExpert/PCI0@0/AppleACPIPCI/RP06@1C,5/IOPP/SSD0@0/AppleAHCI/PRT0@0/IOAHCIDevice@0/AppleAHCIDiskDriver/IOAHCIBlockStorageDevice
    Attributes Data Structure Revision   : 1
    SMART Command Transport (SCT) flags  : 0x0
    SCT Status supported                 : no
    SCT Feature Control supported        : no
    SCT Data Table supported             : no
    Error logging capabilities           : 0x1
    Self-tests supported                 : yes
    Offline Data Collection capabilities : 0x53
    Offline Data Collection status       : 0x0
    Auto Offline Data Collection flags   : 0x0
    [Known device                       ]: yes
    [Drive State Flags                  ]: 0x0
    
    
    === CURRENT POWER CYCLE STATISTICS ===
    Data Read                           : 6.5 MB
    Data Written                        : 3.3 MB
    Data Read/Write Ratio               : 1.94
    Average Throughput (Read)           : 42.1 MB/s
    Average Throughput (Write)          : 16.3 MB/s
    
    Operations (Read)                   : 1,241
    Operations (Write)                  : 464
    Operations Read/Write Ratio         : 3
    Throughput per operation (Read)     : 5.3 KB/Op
    Throughput per operation (Write)    : 7.3 KB/Op
    
    Latency Time (Read)                 : 0 ns
    Latency Time (Write)                : 0 ns
    Retries (Read)                      : 0
    Retries (Write)                     : 0
    Errors (Read)                       : 0
    Errors (Write)                      : 0
    
    
    === PROBLEMS SUMMARY ===
    Failed Indicators (life-span / pre-fail)  : 0 (0 / 0)
    Failing Indicators (life-span / pre-fail) : 0 (0 / 0)
    Warnings (life-span / pre-fail)           : 0 (0 / 0)
    Recently failed Self-tests (Short / Full) : 0 (0 / 0)
    I/O Error Count                          : 0 (0 / 0)
    
    
    === IMPORTANT HEALTH INDICATORS ===
    ID  NAME                                         RAW VALUE                  STATUS
      5 Retired Block Count                          0                          100% OK
    173 Wear Leveling Count                          0x70099002A                95.0% OK
    175 Host Writes MiB                              3,765,417 (3.6 TB)         99.0% OK
    192 Unsafe Shutdown Count                        373                        99.0% OK
    197 Current Pending Block Count                  0                          100% OK
    199 UDMA CRC Error Count                         0                          100% OK
    
    
    === TEMPERATURE INFORMATION (CELSIUS) ===
    Current Temperature                  : 30
    Power Cycle Min Temperature          : 30
    Power Cycle Max Temperature          : 30
    Lifetime Min Temperature             : 30
    Lifetime Max Temperature             : 46
    Recommended Min Temperature          : 5
    Recommended Max Temperature          : 65
    Temperature Min Limit                : 5
    Temperature Max Limit                : 70
    
    
    === DRIVE HEALTH INDICATORS ===
    ID   | NAME                                        | TYPE      | UPDATE | RAW VALUE                  | VALUE | THRESHOLD | WORST | LAST MODIFIED        | STATUS          
       1   Raw Read Error Rate                           Life-span   online               0x0                200           0    200                       -    100%  OK          
       5   Retired Block Count                           Pre-fail    online                0                 100           0    100                       -    100%  OK          
       9   Power On Hours                                Life-span   online              1,339                99           0     99         6/10/19 8:56 AM   99.0%  OK          
      12   Power Cycle Count                             Life-span   online              25,640               74           0     74         6/10/19 8:56 AM   74.0%  OK          
     169   Total Bad Block Count                         Pre-fail    online           0xF302A001E0           222          10    222                       -    100%  OK          
     173   Wear Leveling Count                           Life-span   online           0x70099002A            195         100    195                       -   95.0%  OK          
     174   Host Reads MiB                                Life-span   online       14,452,916 (13.8 TB)        99           0     99         6/10/19 8:56 AM   99.0%  OK          
     175   Host Writes MiB                               Life-span   online        3,765,417 (3.6 TB)         99           0     99         6/10/19 8:56 AM   99.0%  OK          
     192   Unsafe Shutdown Count                         Life-span   online               373                 99           0     99         6/10/19 8:56 AM   99.0%  OK          
     194   Temperature (Celsius)                         Life-span   online                30                 70          30     28         6/10/19 8:56 AM   57.1%  OK          
     197   Current Pending Block Count                   Life-span   online                0                 100           0    100                       -    100%  OK          
     199   UDMA CRC Error Count                          Life-span   online                0                 200           0    199                       -    100%  OK          
    
    
    
    === DRIVE ERROR LOG ===
    error log is empty
    
    
    === DRIVE SELF-TEST LOG ===
    self-test log is empty

  4. #34
    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    Okay, I understand now too. I do however admit to being a bit curious as to why you would run your operating system from an external source. I see it is a SSD external drive and I assume you are using a fast connection but despite the limited storage on your internal drive why not run just the OS and applications from that and store all of your data on the external? Or am I missing something.


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  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Sprague View Post
    Okay, I understand now too. I do however admit to being a bit curious as to why you would run your operating system from an external source. I see it is a SSD external drive and I assume you are using a fast connection but despite the limited storage on your internal drive why not run just the OS and applications from that and store all of your data on the external? Or am I missing something.


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    Hi. I am assuming you are new to this thread, and if not - sorry about that. But yes, the issue is that the OS will NOT install on to the internal drive. I installed the OS to an external drive to see where the issue was.

  6. #36
    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    Ok...just to make sure I'm understanding things 100%...are we saying that this MacBook Air is running 100% ok from an external drive (computer boots ok, apps run ok, can surf the internet ok, etc.)?

    If this is true...have you tried launching Disk Utility on the external drive...and reformatting/erasing the internal SSD in the MacBook Air...and after this...then attempting to install the macOS onto the internal SSD?

    Apologies if this was tried/mentioned already in the thread already?

    - Nick

    p.s. If this was already tried:

    - What disk format was chosen to format the internal SSD?
    - What method was used to install the OS (what was the source of the macOS installer). Was it installed via a USB stick setup as an installer...or something else?
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  7. #37
    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    Nick, it has been mentioned before.

    At this point I am beginning to suspect the installer files on the boot usb drive. Maybe create a new bootable drive using DiskmakerX, boot from it and see if it can complete the installation.
    Jake

  8. #38
    Guys, thank you so much for all the help!

    Indeed, it seems that this is a very weird case. The SSD performs fine as long as I don't try to run a test on it (DriveDX text fails and crashes both the app and ejects the drive), but works fine for all other uses.

    I think - unless someone comes up with some brilliant idea - that it's time to call this SSD a partial failed drive.

    Thanks so much for all the help though.

    PS - I have took out the drive just now for inspection, but it looks fine physically.

    Imgur: The magic of the Internet
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    DriveDx self-test failed:
    Imgur: The magic of the Internet
    Drive no longer shows on system after failed DriveDx Self-Test - Imgur

  9. #39
    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    Quote Originally Posted by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA View Post
    I think - unless someone comes up with some brilliant idea - that it's time to call this SSD a partial failed drive.
    This very well may be the case...but please humor me by trying one more thing.

    Let's do one thing "by the book"...and not try anything "fancy".

    - First of all make sure the SSD is properly erased & formatted (we want to make sure it is properly formatted before we begin).
    - Disconnect any external devices.
    - Reboot the computer.
    - Quickly press & hold the following 3-key combination:

    Option + Command + R

    - Continue holding these three keys until you see the computer (hopefully) trying to do something. This "doing something" hopefully is an image of a spinning globe of the Earth.
    - Now it's ok to release the keys.

    What we are doing is trying to reinstall the OS via "Internet Recovery". This is when the computer communicates with the Apple servers...and installs the OS over the internet...instead of via a local copy of an OS installer. This may take a while...but as long as it's moving forward...we can keep our fingers crossed it completes & works.

    DON'T be concerned what OS version is being installed! At this point we just want to get ANY version of the macOS installed successfully...THEN we can think about upgrading to something newer (if all goes well)...and if the version that's installed is not Mojave.

    Good luck,

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  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    This very well may be the case...but please humor me by trying one more thing.

    Let's do one thing "by the book"...and not try anything "fancy".

    - First of all make sure the SSD is properly erased & formatted (we want to make sure it is properly formatted before we begin).
    - Disconnect any external devices.
    - Reboot the computer.
    - Quickly press & hold the following 3-key combination:

    Option + Command + R

    - Continue holding these three keys until you see the computer (hopefully) trying to do something. This "doing something" hopefully is an image of a spinning globe of the Earth.
    - Now it's ok to release the keys.

    What we are doing is trying to reinstall the OS via "Internet Recovery". This is when the computer communicates with the Apple servers...and installs the OS over the internet...instead of via a local copy of an OS installer. This may take a while...but as long as it's moving forward...we can keep our fingers crossed it completes & works.

    DON'T be concerned what OS version is being installed! At this point we just want to get ANY version of the macOS installed successfully...THEN we can think about upgrading to something newer (if all goes well)...and if the version that's installed is not Mojave.

    Good luck,

    - Nick
    Hi Nick. Thank you. Unfortunately I have tried this before - more than once.


    How do you (and others who might read this) feel about an adapter + m2 SSD drive as a replacement? It comes out cheaper than getting a propriety replacment.

    Thank you.

    Adapter.JPG

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    Last edited by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA; 06-11-2019 at 08:26 AM.

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    I personally would be very leery of adding complexity to a system that is already acting strangely. I also don't think that the SSD has failed. I think something else is going on. I would suggest that you take it, just as it is, to an Apple store and have the folks at the Genius Bar run their diagnostics on it. They can run more complete tests than you can and should be able to tell you what is actually going on. Make an appointment to avoid having to wait for a Genius to break free.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    I personally would be very leery of adding complexity to a system that is already acting strangely. I also don't think that the SSD has failed. I think something else is going on. I would suggest that you take it, just as it is, to an Apple store and have the folks at the Genius Bar run their diagnostics on it. They can run more complete tests than you can and should be able to tell you what is actually going on. Make an appointment to avoid having to wait for a Genius to break free.
    Thx for the reply. Will the Apple store accept a MBA that you can kind'a tell was opened? Is that ok with them? I remember them being very strict - as if they own the machine and they now judge you for daring to touch it

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    Can't bring a Macbook Air back to life - please help
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    They should test it for you. If they think you damaged it, the penalty is in the repair costs. But they should still test it.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by OOOOKDSJAKSDKLA View Post
    Hi Nick. Thank you. Unfortunately I have tried this before - more than once.
    Just to be 1000% sure...are you certain you tried this before?? I'm talking about doing Internet Recovery...NOT reinstalling the OS via the Recovery Partition. These are two DIFFERENT methods. Fewer users are aware of the Internet Recovery method.

    if you did already try both methods...good deal.

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