Flashing folder with a question mark. NEED HELP!

i opened my laptop today and it started making little noises and showed a folder wit ha question mark. I've read some posts and it seems like a hard drive crash...I have the apple care and i purchased my macbook in july of 2007. I was wondering does that cover the problem that i have right now?? NEED help!!

Same thing happened to me the other day. In fact, it started making little popping noises, I installed the update 10.5.3, when it restarted I got the Folder with Question Mark. The drive was dead as a doornail. I could not get it to show up with disk utility. In fact, when I removed the drive, if I shook the drive you could hear the arm flopping around inside. I have heard reports of this happening to a lot of people. What brand and size drive did you have in your MacBook?
I ordered a new 160gb 7200RPM drive and it will be here on the 5th. It is real easy to install the drive on these MacBooks. The original equipment hard drives are 5400RPM, so I should see some real snappy performance increases, plus a lot more storage space. Lost everything on the drive, but It was backed up.

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