I took Curtisdr's advice and decided to go through the hastle and make an image of the drive so I can just exchange the laptop without swapping the drives. Well my experience with BB went from bad to worse today. I went to the other one in my area and they said they can send the laptop back to be repaired but they can't exchange it.
So I proceeded back to the BB I went to on Thursday to get it exchanged, since they said they will do it when I was there before, today they can't exchange it because they don't have any more in stock and obviously are not going to get anymore. Also the closest BB to have that model is in PA and they would not have it delivered for replacement. I saw a tech with a M6809 box getting it ready for someone, it was the last one, I missed it by a matter of minutes. All they can do is send it in to get repaired which they said will take about 2 weeks.
I asked them what other options I had and really don't have any. I even asked if I could exhange it for another model since I have had trouble with this before (I have had to replace the hard drive and now the crack). They said that they would still have to send it to the depot to determine if the cost would be worth replacing with a different model. I went back to look to see if any were in the cages and saw one that had a big sold sticker on the side but that was it.
So tonight I attempt to restore my computer from the image I made, using Acronis True Image, and the stupid program locks up when it reboots to start the restore, so now I am screwed. It must use Linux or something to boot up because that is how most Linux distro live cds have acted with this POS laptop. I really like the features and power of this laptop, however, I guess you get what you pay for and I never plan to buy a laptop from eMachines or Best Buy again. My last laptop was a $700 Toshiba, that I got every penny out of, the motherboard had to be replaced, just prior to the 1 year warranty expiring, but it took them less than a week to send me a box to send it to them, send it to them, repair it and send it back.
I do plan on getting it repaired at BB after I get a hold of a laptop I can use while they fix the thing. And I hope it cracks over and over again so I can use their "Lemon Replacment Policy" to get it exchanged for something more dependable.
I know a lot of you love this machine and have had good luck with BB but I guess I am not one of them.
Sorry for the rant but I am feeling much better now.