So I just received my Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" straight from the Apple Online Store on Friday, and immediately got to getting it to my specifications with software, installing OS X Lion (shipped with Snow Leopard) and all that jazz. However, I did notice it was not responding well under Snow Leopard. I attributed it to running an old version of Snow Leopard and figured Lion would rectify it; and for the last two days, it did. It was running like a champ and being the computer I always wanted. But today, when trying to awake it from sleep mode, I got the spinning wheel of death. I was wary of doing something detrimental to my hard drive, so I decided to wait it out and shut it down softly. After a 45 minute struggle, it finally responded to my request to shut down. Upon rebooting, it seemed to come back alive fine, but the spinning wheel again reared its ugly head. I again waited it out to soft reboot it, this time in safe mode. It did its thing and I thought I was home free, but upon running Disk Utility, it let me know that "This drive has a hardware problem that can't be repaired." Not the words you'd want to read on the screen of your 4 day old MacBook Pro. It is now bootable and showing me my Desktop and with Finder popping up showing all my files are still there, but is completely unresponsive. I also tried to run Time Machine for the first time (just got it Friday and had to move files since I had to reformat my external and didn't want to lose things) and after 15GB, it failed to write. Now, I had to just manually shut it off. So, I've made an appointment with the Genius Bar for tomorrow and will be going after my classes. I thought I had done the right thing waiting until I had the money the right way, without loans and by working hard, to buy my first Mac. I'll be graduating soon and wanted to get a machine that would help with my music recording and production. I was so thrilled when the box arrived, and now I'm seriously second-guessing my purchase of a refurbished unit. This is very sad, considering I've had two refurb iPhones that are working perfectly. Has anyone else had problems like this in the first week of owning your MacBook, new or refurbished? I've heard Apple's usually great at rectifying and fixing these problems, but I just feel completely shortchanged by this all. Thank God I haven't gave my PC to my sister as I planned to do just yet, as I'll probably be without my MacBook for some time now.