Re: buy an extended warranty?
lol, labelling the hd as defective is like a standard thing for geek squad. No matter what the problem is, it seems, they love to blame the hard drive. That way they get to charge customers for data transfers to the new hard drive, plus they can make a ton of money if the customer isn't under warranty (new hd cost+installation+cost to reinstall windows=~$300 mostly in labor).
Anyways, Norcent, for $150 if they're covering everything plus accidental damage on that notebook for 3 years it sounds like a great price on a warranty to me. how much is the notebook worth, at least a grand right? Might be worth the investment in this case if it's really that cheap. I've never had anything serviced thru Dell myself so I don't know how good their service is or what they look for. Maybe you could reverse the in mod before you send it in for service and claim ignorance if they bring it up. Not sure how the pin mod works, though, might not be reversible. I don't know anything about them.