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2.2 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz), 2.5 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz), or 2.8 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz) quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB shared L3 cache.

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MacBook Pro mid 2015 - compatible SSD enclosure

Laptop details:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

Processor - 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

Memory - 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics - Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

Model: A1398

https://www.ifixit.com/Info/ID-your-Mac/...

Question:

My laptop is not starting up. I went to the genius bar - they're saying the logic board has to be replaced and the SSD cannot be taken out and hence the data is lost. But on iFixit and all over the internet, it's mentioned that I can remove it and backup the data using the enclosure

Is there a reason why I was told so by the genius bar? How do I figure out if that enclosure would work for my SSD? I'm not sure how to use the information below mentioned on the ifixit product page and ensure that the enclosure would be compatible with my SSD:

"Please check what type of PCIe SSD is installed in your Mac before purchasing this enclosure. Apple NVMe SSDs, and AHCI SSDs made by Samsung (models from 2015 or later), while physically compatible with the enclosure are not supported."

Really appreciate some guidance!

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Sorry the Apple genius has an ulterior motive! He was trying to aim you to a new system $$

So let's get to the bottom of this YES you can take the SSD out of your system and gain access to the data on it. You can even migrate the apps and data to a new system as well!

Now the tricky part! Apple won't take your system in for repairs without the drive present in the system and to add to that they will also wipe the drive! As they don't want to have access to your info or naughty stuff!

OK, so they won't fix the system without the drive and will wipe it before my eyes! Thats not helpful! Is there an option? A local independent shop might be a better choice or you could just replace the logic board your self!

But lets really be sure you need to go to this extreme. More often I see odd issues related to an old battery, given the age of your system its do for a new one. Let’s get a better view of things, install this gem of an app! CoconutBattery take a snapshot of the apps main window and post it here for us to see Adding images to an existing question

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Thank you so much for taking time to reply back! Unfortunately I'll not be able to install the app since the laptop doesn't boot. Moreover, I got the old battery replaced by Apple 1.5 years back. So I do not think it's a battery issue - the genius bar guy also said it's probably not the battery (not sure how much I can trust them, he didn't sound so knowledgeable as well).

How do I find a trusted independent shop that does proper diagnosis, uses genuine(or high quality) parts and not try to do unnecessary replacements, like Apple might be trying to do in this case?

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@johnbecker - OK, lets give this a try!

Follow this guide to Step 5 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2015 Battery Replacement as wee need to do a hard SMC reset. Once you've got the battery disconnected, press and hold the power button a good 15 secs so you completely discharge the logic board.

Now with the battery still disconnected plug in your charger. Did the system spontaneously boot up on its own? If it did let it finish and do a proper show down.

Now reconnect the battery and with the MagSafe charger plugged in what is the color of the cords LED Amber or Green?

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Thank you Dan! Is it recommended to take a backup of the SSD before trying out all this? I've experience playing around with Desktop assembly in the past. So I'm not so worried. Still wanted to make sure before I do this since I have some stuff on the SSD which I can't afford to lose.

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@johnbecker - We're only messing with the Battery so your SSD won't be at risk.

But if you don't do things properly or make a mistake then having a backup is a good idea.

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