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V1admir V1admir is offline
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Default Swipe defective SSD before sending back to dell? - 03-03-2009, 09:44 PM

Here's a warranty question for you:

I tried to install OS X on my mini 9, using a number of walkthroughs, a legit copy of os X, etc. (Does this void the warranty?)
After reformatting the SDD to GUID and beginning the Mac OS X install, my SDD died before OS X ever booted. Nothing was bootable-- I got the classic:

"For Realtek ... Ethernet Controller v1.08 (080408)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Error loading operating system"

and I couldn't boot from USBs either (even ones that DID Boot and WERE bootable in my Latitude). I can't even run the USB dell diagnostic over USB or install a USB Ubuntu in order to try to reformat, etc.

I call Dell, tell them the error I'm getting, they send me a new harddrive.
They, of course, want the old (defective) one back.

Am I in deep doo-doo? I.e.-- the Harddrive that I'd be sending them back (although not bootable at all), IS/WAS partitioned as a GUID through Disk Utility and named something like "Vlad's Mac."

Hence, my question really is threefold
1) Is it warranty voiding to install the mac OS on the Mini
2) How deep do we think Dell checks these defective drives? I can't boot into the dead Mac-ized SDD, so is dell going to take the time to go through it to see how its particianed, etc. and then send me an agry message/bill for the HD they sent me to replace it?
3) Is there a way to swipe this drive clear/reformat this drive back to FAT even though it's not bootable?

Any ideas? Thanks.


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Default Re: Swipe defective SSD before sending back to dell? - 03-03-2009, 11:55 PM

I wouldn't worry about what they see on the drive. Chances are they'll never look.

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Default Re: Swipe defective SSD before sending back to dell? - 03-04-2009, 01:26 AM

And even if they did look, you can't void the warranty by writing something to the drive....
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