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I dropped my MacBook… Yikes! Now What?

It is one of the worst sounds I’d ever heard in my life. My MacBook slipped right out my hands. That very second played out like a lifetime in my head. I thought to myself… quick… engage cat-like reflexes… but it was too little, too late. My beautiful, unblemished MacBook hits the floor, landing corner first. My mind raced thinking “oh no… what have you done?!?”

The art of balancing a MacBook in one hand and a Venti Caramel Macchiato in the other is one that I do not advise, take it from me, unless of course you’re related to Spiderman. In this case, I am not related to Spidey and the next thing I knew, I was helplessly crouched down picking up my damaged MacBook from the floor of Starbucks, as everyone in line watched… cringing.

MacBook laptops are very reliable and occasionally, something happens (not always your fault) and you find yourself needing to send your machine to the Emergency Room. Here are a few tips we feel can help if you find yourself in a life-or-death situation where your MacBook laptop decides to take a nosedive onto the floor.

After your MacBook makes impact with the floor (and you recover from the initial shock), gather yourself and then carefully pick it up. Inspect it to see if any external damage has been caused and brush away dirt, fluids or debris. Once all is clear, try opening the lid slowly… gently. If it still opens, check to see if your MacBook is turned ON or OFF. If off, do not turn it on, just try to identify anything that might appear damaged and clean it as best as you can.

Your next step will depend on whether you have an active warranty or AppleCare on your MacBook laptop or not. Check coverage status.

No Warranty Options

If your MacBook warranty has expired, and you opted out of getting AppleCare, my friend, I feel for you. You’re going to pay for all the repairs out of pocket. Your best option is to bring your laptop into the Apple Store or to a Certified Apple Repair Technician such as Simply Mac to get help with the repairs.

If you are tech savvy, you can save yourself a boatload of cash and buy the parts from a reputable dealer like Simply Mac and do it yourself. This is almost always a cheaper option for you. Depending on what is damaged, you will probably be looking at up to $800+ in expenses.

Let’s face it, unless you’re Victor Frankenstein, your MacBook will probably never be the same again. Take some time to weigh the cost of the repairs and possible lifespan after repairs with the cost of buying a new MacBook instead. You’re better off spending an extra $500 plus on the repair cost to get a new MacBook than fixing 9/10 times. Definitely worth considering.

Under Warranty Options

If your lucky stars aligned and you still have your warranty or extended AppleCare coverage, you will be saving yourself a lot of money. Schedule an appointment with a nearby Apple Store and take it in for inspection. The Genius Bar techs will go over the best options either getting it replaced for a much-reduced fee or fixing it. If your MacBook has major hardware failures in critical components, they will usually recommend replacing it. Bottom line is your MacBook will come back to you good as new or in some cases brand new.

Be Prepared for a MacBook Catastrophe

Once your MacBook breaks, there is no unringing that bell. These two pro tips are no-brainers to ensure that when an accident happens, you can soften the hit and will be back up and running in no time.

  • Purchase AppleCare: Yes, we know it costs a pretty penny at up to $350 for some models but think about it. Three years of warranty coverage and free service for most hardware failures including protection from… well, you? Dude, it’s a no-brainer. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
  • Backup Your Data: Apple offers some of the best backup options you can ever have. If you haven’t done it yet, use the Time Machine feature to backup your computer to an external storage device. It is already bundled into OS X so no additional effort is required. External storage devices are so cheap nowadays that you don’t even have a good reason not to have one. There are also plenty of third-party software to backup your computer with such as iCloud and DropBox where you can get up to 1TB (terabyte) of storage data for around $10/month. Just do it.
  • Consider Using Protection: There are many options available to protect your machine from external shock. Screen protectors, MacBook Skins, protective covers, we have a post on some of best ways to maintain and protect your MacBook here. Read up!
  • Having your MacBook break is emotionally draining, worse than when my goldfish died in fifth grade and mummy told me the toilet leads to Goldfish Heaven. Save yourself the headache and put steps in place to ensure your MacBook remains safe and intact!

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