Monkey- it's a 100% new build.
Most of the forums I looked at for the system32/ntdll.dl problem indicated that the problem was one of the drives. Therefore, lI'm going to RMA the drive, but get stuck with a replacement. Hopefully, I can ping the ear of NE enough to get a refund.
I don't have any other OS boot disks; I don't know that I'm enough of a gearhead to get into Linux. Frankly, I just want to game, play my music, and store movies...oh yeah, and do homework for classes and er...projects for work...yeah...
Either way, I'm just going to cut my losses and get one or a couple Seagate or Samsung drives. My experience with Western Digital seems to be matching up with what happens when these WD2500KS drives go bad (7-10% of the time in 1205 reviews at N e w e g g http://www.newegg.co...e...100&Page=.)
I guess I got what I paid for...
Anyway, thanks to Dsenette for stickin with me throughout the ordeal, and thanks to Keith, the disk drive doctor kevorkian, for providing the tool to effectively terminate the defective drive. I appreciate y'all's help.
Edited by JimB, 15 March 2007 - 07:21 AM.