Hello folks. So I have a early-2011 (purchased in June/July, just before Lion release) MBP, and today when I did the classic, shut-down and forgot to do something so turn it back on move, it took eons to start up and even longer to do simple tasks like open mail or firefox. I hoped a simple restart would fix the issue to no avail. Finally did some research about going into the recovery hard disk to repair the hard drive and even going into single user mode and doing fsck, none of which worked. However, this did solve the issue of the OS taking forever to do tasks once it starts up (which still takes quite awhile). Now my issue is, I can't even seem to format the HDD to be able to reinstall lion. I've attempted to erase the volume (I've also got a separate bootcamp partition), which then tells me I should run First Aid. Going straight to the option of reinstalling Lion, it doesn't even show the main volume in the list of available drives. Only the recovery partition and the windows one. I guess it's fairly obvious I need to be shopping around for a new HDD, and lesson learned about Apple Care. The two-part question I pose to the public here is, are there any other steps I could take that I missed? It's slightly irritating that a laptop only barely over a year old can already have a failing hard drive. If I didn't miss anything, then what are people's opinions of those hybrid hard drives? I like the speed of it, but I also need space. I'll be browsing other topics about these drives, but while I have a soapbox here might as well ask. Thanks for answers and opinions!