So I kinda want to explain my saga of my (late 2009) Macbook Pro. I got the first generation of the MBP shortly after it came out.... I actually purchased it on Black Friday. Anyhoo- -The specs: -15" Glossy Screen -2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Due -2 GB 1064 MHz DDR3 -NVIDIA GeForce 9400M -Toshiba 250gb HDD (So as you can see, pretty basic machine.) Anyway, I'd only had the computer a few months when I started getting the blinking folder on startup. I brought it in, and they verified the HDD was going bad, so they gave me a new HDD. About a month later, I had the same problem happen again. The "Genius" I talked to said it was probably my Logic Board, so they replaced that. However, after getting my computer back from the shop, on my first startup, I got the blinking folder. So I TOOK it back AGAIN, and they replaced my HDD again. A few months later, I started having issues with both the HDD not spinning up and my USB affecting my iSight camera (weird I know) so I brought it in again, and they finally just replaced my whole computer. Everything worked great for a while, until once again, I started getting the flashing folder on startup, I took it in and they replaced my HDD again. (Yeah, this is like HDD number 3 for me now) Since then, I have had the HDD replaced two other times, along with my superdrive, and MagSafe adapter.......I'm not exactly liked at my local Apple Store.... they know me by name... I don't exactly like going there anymore... I also want to note that I literally baby my computer; I almost polish it daily, and am extremely careful with it So my current list of repairs looks like this: 5 HDD replacements New Logic Board New Super Drive MagSafe adapter New Computer ALL that being said, I plan to sell my computer as soon as Apple Care expires; I can't risk having a flakey computer on my hands... I can't afford to pay for all the repairs. My Apple Care will expire next December, so I'm hoping I can sell it around late December- early January and be just in time for the new MBP refresh, which I'm hoping that year will include possible: Slight redesign Lighter computer (in weight) Faster (of course) Possibly retina display Why I'm posting all this is mainly just because I wanted to hear if anyone else has had anything similar happen to them.... I'm a sucker for when it comes to first generation Apple stuff, but now I know.