Dana Stibolt

Rescuing data from a “no power” M1 MacBook Air

Before I sent this severely liquid-damaged MacBook out to Apple Depot (from MacMedics) for a $299 AppleCare liquid service, I recovered the data before it was shipped out. Even if your machine doesn’t power on, or if it has liquid damage, or if you can’t see your screen, I may still be able to get your data. Now that all new Macs (both laptops and desktops) have embedded hard drives, it makes it extra challenging to grab your data if the Mac doesn’t power on. With older Macs, when they would not power on, I could just remove your hard drive or SSD and usually have the data with no problem. This makes it super important to back up your data on new Macs. I recommend two Time Machine backups followed with Backblaze: https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html#af9wuu.

We recovered the data from this M1 MacBook Air that was liquid-damaged and would not power on.