I'll try mounting the image on a new drive when I get home tonight (if I have time); for sure I'll try it by tomorrow evening. I'll also check RAM, but I find it to be an unlikely cause of the symptoms.
By the way, thlnk3r, I misspoke last night when we were talking about our one-on-one X2 3600+ Manchester duel. I mistakenly said "Orthos" for one hour; I meant OCCT instead. The default test for OCCT is now one hour.
Sorry for the misinformation.
EDIT: G.O., I found something funny out about these Seagate drives. If you check for your SATA connection speeds through your Device Manager (same way as before), you might see that the drive is running at SATA 1.5 spec speed. I was mystified when I saw this for the first time yesterday. nF4 boards support SATA 3.0 speeds, but this Seagate drive is only doing SATA Gen. 1 speed.
Seagate, apparently, ships its Barracudas with a jumper holding the drive back to SATA Gen. 1 speed; take off the jumper, and the drive operates at full (3.0) speed. I'm doing this as soon as I get home.
Hopefully this will improve your Seagate's performance. Edited by txtmstrjoe - 6/15/08 at 12:00pm