Apple announced the Retina MacBook 2015, model A1534, on March 9, 2015 to launch on April 10. It has a new unibody construction and includes an updated trackpad, keyboard, and Retina display.

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Liquid damaged, need SSD removal or data recovery

Hi,

We need to recover important and precious pictures off our MacBook 12" Retina 2015. Either by removing the SSD if possible and placing it in some sort of caddy if available or some form of data recovery to recover our pictures. We have pictures of our young children and our 7 week USA holiday so we are devastated :(

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many Thanks

Update (09/15/2015)

Hi, I have got back to the UK now and have stripped the computer down and cleaned it bit by bit. The logic board is showing a small white LED when the charger is connected/batteries. However, nothing else is happening, can't power up etc etc.

Can anybody suggest anything?

Where could we purchase an upper case for the laptop? If someone thinks that it will work. I will try it. Is there anyway of being able to remove the Toshiba SSD off the Logic board and place it into some sort of external caddy/drive to remove the pictures, we are very desperate to retrieve these pictures. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Update (09/23/2015)

Hi there, Thank you to everyone for all their help.

We managed to swap the logic board into a new Macbook and retrieve our pictures and everything on it. After a further clean up we managed to get the original Macbook working.

Once again, Many thanks to everyone who helped.

:)

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Did you make any backups or send your pictures to anyone? if you did you might be able to recover some of your pictures.

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At this point I think you'll need to buy a second MacBook and swap out the logic board to recover the contents of your SSD. The problem you face right now is the system is so new I don't know of any parts availability.

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Sadly there is no means to remove the SSD as its part of the logic board!

Can you tell us what happened here. It might be possible to transplant the logic board into a second MacBook to recover things.

Here is the IFIXIT teardown to review: Retina Macbook 2015 Teardown Jump down to Steps 12 & 13 to see the location of the two chips (orange outline).

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No, unfortunately we haven't made any backups.

We spilt coffee on the laptop!

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Ouch! At this point I think you'll need to just open it up and clean up the spilled coffee so it doesn't make things worse. After cleaning see if the system will startup. Don't turn it on now! As the spilled coffee could short things out. If thats too much for you you'll need to find an Apple authorized service center to do it. They maybe able to fix your system if its not to bad at least long enough to pull the pictures.

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Okay, thanks for your response, have tried to look for some apple stores in the USA as we are still on our vacation until 14th September when we return to the UK. Maybe we will have to wait until then and then try to seek somebody who could give it a clean up. Does anybody know anyone who can do this in the Miami area or Orlando area. Many Thanks

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Would i need to buy the exact machine again or would it fit into any other macbooks? i have a 12" Space grey 2015 Retina with 256 Ram.

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You don't need the same color or even the same amount of SSD storage. You just need to get the same model here's the list: Retina MacBook

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See if it will boot up in Target Mode with another Mac, then drag your photos out. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH10725?loc...

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The computer will not switch on in target mode or safe mode, it's as if there is no power in it.

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Liquid damage on most Macs only shorts out the keyboard. There is a black plastic covering on the bottom of the keyboard that helps protect the logic board. I would replace the upper case if you find no evidence of logic board contamination. Here's how: Retina MacBook 2015 Upper Case Assembly Replacement

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Where could we get one of these from? Any suggestions please?

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I get them off eBay.

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Alright if you really need all the data off the computer i would recommend sending the computer to someone who can repair the logic board rather then trying to fix it yourself and risk losing everything. As the SSD is soldered on and you would need to unsolder it from the first board and solder onto a second all requiring very good quality and expensive hot air stations. Sorry this probably isnt what you wanted to hear but its going to be your best bet to get all your data.

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Okay that's fine. Is there a company that you can suggest for this? Also, is it possible to unsolder and put it onto an alternative board and what type of board would it need to go onto? this would definitely be too much of a big job for me but i do know someone who can do it and has all the equipment but does not know what board it would work with and whether it could just be put into some sort of caddy and how the data would be retrieved. it is only one folder with pictures in it that is really important to us.

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Its literally just 2 flash chips on the board. I would recommend sending it to Louis Rossmann at http://www.rossmanngroup.com/ He has a full video series on youtube of him fixing board. Its not cheap but its probably your best bet to get that data. And unfortunately your only choice is getting that board fixed or buying another machine at full price and having someone unsolder the NAND, reballing it and soldering onto a new machine. if that would even work.

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Could we not buy another machine and swap the logic board into it to remove the data?

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That's the easiest way! Just swapping out the logic board. As long as the logic board is AOK you should be able to recover your pictures.

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Problem is the SSD is soldered directly to the board not a separate card as it is on the rMBP and MBA.

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