My local Apple Store has been pretty awesome. I've had a history of bad hard drive cables and corrupted hard drives with my mid-2009 MBP over the last two years. In May they replaced my hard drive and the cable at no charge. I went back almost two weeks ago with the flashing folder, and the genius reseated(?) the cable, again at no cost. On Friday I got the flashing folder again, but I was somehow able to get the cable to make a connection (opened it up, pressed on connectors, and it magically started up). Thought I was all clear for the time being, but it happened again today. There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to it. The laptop has been either asleep and didn't wake up or froze on the login screen (hard restart, flashing folder) or it was shutdown. The only common thread was it being in my backpack and not being connected to power. I'm also getting battery warnings, so could that have anything to do with it? Logic board, maybe? I'm convinced something is wrong with this cable rather than it just coming loose every time, so I'm having the Genius Bar look it over again in about an hour. I'm not expecting another freebie repair (although that'd be nice considering the number of startup failures in a short time). I definitely don't expect to be handed a replacement. I don't even want to buy one until after the refresh. So what do you do when the Geniuses have already pulled strings for you, but the problem still occurs? Would paying for a repair make any difference?