If this doesnt stop crashing, i am going to go on a computer killing massacre and launch my pc out my window!
it's possible that some windows files are located on a bad sector of the platter, the drive can't read the bad sector and the system locks up. Doing a disk check should let windows find the bad sector and move the files unless the sector of the platter is so damaged those files can not be retrieved from a disk check.
A reinstall might work but I think when windows runs into that bad sector even during a clean install it'll most likely lock up on you. You can try using WD's software to locate and mark the bad sector but the only time I ever had any luck with something like that was when I used another program in dos to locate the place of the bad sector, then I partitioned the drive and did not use the partition with the bad sector. I'll need some time to locate that software but I think it was on the Ultimate Boot CD.
I was able to use this drive for a few more months but it died after that anyway
Several people have told you that you need a new hard drive because yours is screwed. What's so hard about that and getting a new drive?
Edit: just re-read this thread, did you do a disk check? if you did, what did windows report about the results?