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(Mid 2012) MacBook Air Flash Storage FW Update 1.1 & Drive Replacement Program:
(Download page linked. I've seen threads in Apple's MBA forum on flash drive failures.)
"About MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1 (2.21MB)
This firmware update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.

Apple has discovered that a small percentage of flash storage drives in these MacBook Air models have an issue that may result in data loss. This update tests your drive and, in the majority of cases, installs new firmware to resolve the issue. If your drive cannot be updated, Apple will replace it, free of charge

System Requirements: OS X 10.7.5, OS X 10.8.3 or later"

As referenced in the firmware update above, Apple also has a page on their MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program. A clip from that page:

"Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected flash storage drives, free of charge.
If you ran a firmware update and were directed to this web page, skip to Replacement Process section for next steps..."

See replacement program page for more details. (The repair program also notes those that previously paid for a repair of the flash drive can apply for a refund.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Wednesday Oct. 16th, 2013 News Archive
  • OS X Lion install on 2006 Mac Mini with Core2 Duo CPU Upgrade
  • Op-Ed on new Macs and Closed Designs (sponsor blog)
  • 2013 MacBook Pro Release Date is Oct 25: 3 Essential Features to Expect
  • Apple's Secret Retail Weapon ("iBeacon") is Already in Your Pocket
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - Apple TV: Closed captioning
    - Archived - Software Update no longer available in OS X v10.3 and earlier
  • Other New/Reviews/Tech/OT:
    - Review: 2TB Seagate Desktop SSHD (Hybrid)
    - Breach at PR Newswire Tied to Adobe Hack
    - How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector
    - Harley-Davidson Recalls Some 2014 Touring/CVO Bikes
    - Akamai Releases 2nd Quarter 2013 'State of the Internet' Report
    - Coby Electronics closes leaving worthless warranties behind
    - Review: Paradigm Monitor 11 Speaker System
    - Review: The Vincent Price Blu-ray Collection
    - Review: Roku 2

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