Well folks, after screwing around w/ it for upteen amount of days, I finally decided to get another HDD. Set it up, and it has NO problems WHATSOEVER. After i get SP1 reinstalled tonight, im shuttin' it off. Thanks for all the useful advice.
A+ Core Hardware, Software Certified (May 13 2005)
the new beast...
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Barton running at 2.16 Ghz.
GeForce MX 4000 (mainly takes the load off the main system)
Creative Labs Audigy 24-bit sound.
Some Case from tigerdirect
512 MB Ultra DDR RAM.
80GB Seagate HDD
LiteOn CD-RW / DVD ROM drive.
currently looking at a litescribe drive at staples, due to its ability to label the CD shortly after being burned.