Yesterday, I was using my MacBook, and Safari froze. Trying to Force Quit it, the Finder froze. Trying to restart it, the whole system froze. After waiting 5 minutes or so for the beachball to end, I shut off the machine using the Power button. Upon trying to restart it, it went right into the recovery partition. I used Disk Utility to Verify the disk, and it came up with "Invalid B-Tree Node" among 2 other things that were general errors. Trying to Repair it, it froze yet again, and after waiting 10 more minutes, I again turned it off using the Power button. A repair with my Snow Leopard disc said that it could not be repaired after I left it overnight. This time, trying to boot it up, the machine sat at the white screen, with the Apple logo and the spinning loading gear. It went nowhere. Trying to start it in Safe Mode with the Shift key caused the machine to very quickly flash the Apple logo / folder with a question mark / circle with a line through it. Letting go of Shift, it went to the Apple and stayed there. Zapping the Pram did nothing, taking out the battery and holding the power button did nothing, moving the hard drive did nothing. Actually, this paragraph and the previous one were all directions given to me by an Apple repair tech. I explained to them that I just had my machine in for major repairs, and assumed everything was taken care of. I know hard drives can go at any time, but 110 days? Come on. I sent it in at the beginning of September because the lid would sometimes pop open. The Syracuse Apple store "repaired" it, and they damaged my Backlit keyboard - it no longer lit up, at all, ever. I had it sent in to Apple because I refused to bring it back to those Syracuse techs, and Apple returned it to me with a list of things I didn't expect to be replaced - the LCD and lid, topcase, keyboard, backlight, logicboard, and hard drive. Why did they replace the LCD and hard drive? I don't know. Nothing was wrong with either when I sent it in. They claimed the HD had a "bad sector." Now, my MacBook's warranty expired on November 22nd, and the 90 day warranty on those parts just expired in mid-December. A call to Apple's repair tech went nowhere, and they told me the only thing they could do is give me a diagnosis and estimate on a repair in Syracuse. Because I updated to Lion, I also have no access to my Lion Time Machine backups, as the system won't boot to anything; in addition to the fact that I have no Lion flash drive or CD. Apple claims that even though I'm barely out of warranty, they can't do a single thing, and I'm on my own. I was even told to "get a hard drive from Best Buy, and throw that bad boy in there". Any suggestions here?