thanks for your question. i see no reason for sarcastic answer posts to any question, as i can see below. i got precisely the same errors you mention in your first post when i ran a dell diagnostics disk to check my hard drive. they were both in my same message block (different from your message block), on both the read test and the verify test. this is why i am sure i got these errors on a tiny sector of the hard drive: 1. all i did was download one chess game from the net, paying for it.2. then i played it without updating the dell BIOS and downloading microsoft's newest directx updates.3. then as i played, i got a nIVDIA heat warning that told me that i was starting to reach the heat threshold for the video card. so i stopped playing the game. 4. as a result of this, i went to dell chat to see what may have occurred. all i really wanted to learn was what happened in the nIVDIA warning. however, dell chatter reps do not know anything about what they tell you.5. they made a big deal out of this and told me to run the diagnostics. they said that when i did, i was to contact them again, so i did.6. then (telling them that i had, per their directive, updated the BIOS and (per the game's instructions) updated the directx), dell told me that i had to use a link provided by them to me that was regarding using the (did this):xp professional restoration disk to run a chkdsk /r !!!7. then i got all bent out of shape because obviously dell reps had not even read the link directives, which document was written back in 2004! 8. based on two sentences contained within that document, that they had obviously even read, there was a risk with chkdsk /r that could make me lose all data contained on this standalone that 5 users use (i am administrator and they are limited users). 9. this entire procedure with dellchat took me over seven hours, because i asked the reps to read over what they had sent to me (in the link) as well as a supporting paper about loss of data. 10. dell continued and continued and continued to tell me, without reading its own 2004 document link, that there was no way that i'd lose any data; however, the document itself said i could lose all of it, then:10b. have to partition my hard drive;10c. format it;10d. reload the entire OS;10e. download each and every program that i ever downloaded from the net;10f. get all the patches and updates that i have taken to wins xp and office 2003 AGAIN;10g. get every ****** piece of software i ever purchased and load them all over again!!!now then, here is the drift: there is nothing wrong with the hard drive unless you get serious errors while using your box in a normal fasion (standalone, xp OSes). only backup data that is irreplaceable in a situation as the above.don't even believe all consultants, because a lot of them will lie to you in order to get their hourly fee. when you know what many of us know, beware of false information. and, no question is dumb--but your trusted reps could be.