Do I repair or buy a new MacBook?

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Sep 25, 2018

I have a two year old MacBook Air (13") which now has bad liquid damage after I stupidly used it while cooking two nights ago. I have been quoted as NZ$899+VAT to replace the logic board/fix it. So after GST I may swell buy a brand new one as it would be only an extra hundred or two more or less. But I have a few questions...

1. Is this NZ$899+GST cost about right to replace a logic board? I am asking around different places for repair quotes. I have no insurance on it by the way. It seems like a hell of a lot of money thats all, but I have no knowledge of this area!

2. If I do end up buying a brand new one, does that mean I lose all the documents and packages on my broken laptop? I suppose I would with documents not on iCloud but what about packages like Microsoft Word/Excel etc which I bought about a year ago?

3. If I try sell the broken one for parts, can I somehow delete all my personal documents and data (stored passwords etc) beforehand or am I safer to just keep it/chuck it? I can't turn it back on so I'm not sure if this is possible but other people seem to do it...?

4. What would you do in my situation?

Thank you!

M x


Oct 2, 2003
Not sure how much a new Air would be in your country , i'm in UK
The logic board is probably one of the more expensive parts of the machine
1. The air has not really been upgraded in last few years, so you would be buying an older machine , you may want to look at the 12" macbook - again dont know prices in your country.
I have no idea on costs to repair, but its good to get different quotes and ask them to also quote for coping your data onto a USB Stick
2. You maybe able to get your data off the old machine, but you would need to discuss with a recovery company or PC/Mac repair shop on the cost
3. same as 3
4. If i had the money available I would buy a new machine, note you may need a USB adapter
May 28, 2018
Depending on the year of your MacBook Air, it's possible to take the data off. In older models, they used a gum stick sized SSD that connects to an M.2 connection. In order to get access to it, you will need to disassemble your MacBook Air. Then connect the SSD to an M.2 to USB. Connect it to a computer running Mac OS X.

If you are OK with dissembling your MacBook Air, ifixit has good tutorials. Don't wear synthetics and don't wear long sleeves. If you get access to the gum sized SSD, hold it by the edges.

Next time, cook without your computer beside you. Instead of reading the recipe from a computer, print out the recipe. Laser printing helps keep the text waterproof.
Aug 17, 2005
There is not enough information given to provide a real answer and, with Mac's, the real scoop is in looking up the serial number which is in very tiny, hard to read print on the back edge of the bottom. What is the serial number please?
Or, go to and enter it yourself then post what year and model you have:
Just last week, I had a MacBook Pro worth $975.00 (US) where a guy in Colorado replaced the GPU whith a 6 month warranty for $169 (US) and that was definitely worth repairing.
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