Originally Posted by MichaelH
It was just imagines of the failed tests. I took the hard drive from an old HP computer that was having a similar problem. Maybe that was the cause. I was thinking of buying one from Frys.
I see, in that case pricematch frys against newegg.com and amazon.com "new".
See if you can pick up a western digital blue 500gb on 7200rpm.
I have one in my machine for the past 4 years, still happy as can be and no quirks most of the time.
In the meanwhile take your other hard drive and use it for windows 8 again.
If no problems arise within 24 hours you were right, if so it maybe 8 itself or the machine... :/
Good luck Mike.