For the third time in a row, my babied, cared for, delicately handled 13" MacBook Pro has had the hard drive cable fail. I have an analytical chemistry report due by 12 midnight tonight and my MacBook is being shipped out for service. I have my iPad (useless) and my Nexus 4 smartphone (actually more useful for spreadsheets than the iPad, go figure) and a school campus of computers that are ALL equipped with Excel 2010. So I'm basically screwed. The first time it happened was in early February. I got a blinking folder icon. I immediately pulled my drive and hooked it up through USB to another computer. Drive worked, obviously the cable. Turned it in for service and got it back a whole week later. Second time it happened was one month later. Now, without failure, it happened a third time. It's almost consistent. I have to run around campus and either find someone with a Mac that can let me borrow it for 8 hours or I might just swipe a laptop to my student account and sell it for a $100 or maybe even $200 loss when I get my MacBook back. And before you hurl insults at me about how I should just sell my laptop and go back to Windows, try to be more considerate to my situation. I love my MacBook and I love OSX. The 13" Pro is perfect for me because I was able to upgrade it myself, it's not terribly expensive compared to the 15" Pro or Retina 13". It's light enough to carry around. But thanks to this issue, I'm effectively losing 3-5 days of healthy productivity as an engineering student. I'm taking very hard classes. Running around finding a computer to use because my Macbook is out for service is very detrimental to my schedule. And who cares if I can get a brand new laptop due to lemon clause? That still means potentially hours at an Apple store or on the phone with their technical support, playing the "I deserve this" tug of war. I don't have time for that and most managers know that you play the tug of war specifically so you can get people without time to give up. So I'm left with a few options and they're ALL terrible: Sell my MacBook at a loss (No one's going to pay me what I paid for it) and pay even even more substantial amount to 'upgrade' to a MacBook that doesn't have this issue (not confirmed) that will either offer more performance for a much heavier form factor (15" Non Retina Pro) or offer a much better screen but a lot less upgradeability and the loss of an optical drive (I rent DVD's from Red Box). So I lose money, lose money and lose either functionality or space convenience. Accept it. Accept that the 13" Pro is a great product with a really nasty quality control issue. I stock up on hard drive cables since I can do the repair myself. (They're not cheap. $20-25 per cable adds up if you have to replace it 5 times a year) Or try to get it replaced using the lemon clause (if that even exists). Even a new 13" Pro replacement might have the issue. You never know. Some of my friends have never had the issue, 3 of my friends have. It's literally a gamble. Go back to Windows.... At the expense of losing the best operating system I have ever worked with, I gain the ability to be selective about which $1000-1200 laptop I buy to ensure it has the reliability and build quality I seek. (Linux is not an option. I'd rather use chalk on concrete for computing than use Linux. I don't have the time to deal with it.) Sigh, this is such a nightmare. And during midterms season too.