jsut read all the replies, thanks for all the insight. i will try the suggestions over the course of this weekend to see if i can get this fixed. Im running win 7 (64bit), sorry for that omission earlier. I am going to run the firmware update on the drive first but i don't think this is a hardware issue. the reason i say this is that this same install has been technically installed across 2 machines and 5 hard drives and 5 sets of ram thanks to hp repair center trying to fix this thing and my final swap out with the crucial stuff. my quick fix for the moment is turning off windows aero and it has helped some.Ill give it all a try and keep you posted.