New Hardware Freezes with Strange Black and Blue Screen

I purchase two machines, identical.
Both are:
P5VD2-VM SE boards
Western Digital WD1600AAJS Sata 2
Sony DVD-RW
1Gb Buffalo Ram
Formatted NTFS BASIC partition to 80Gb
XP Pro SP2 with all current updates.
Antec Sonata III Case with 500W (Antec) Power Supply (Earth Brand or something)
 
My issue started on machine 1 at Day 1 (Day 0 was build Day) and on machine 2 at Day 4.

Both machines produce identical Strange Blue Screens.

Machine #1 Status 02-01-08
Currently failed. with error as described in this post. Kill Disk Failed on erasing the drive, but was able to destroy the partition table. Kill disk will not pass 0% on the erase but after the first attempt to "kill the disk" the main partition that Windows XP was on has dissapeared. On-Board Video currently in use. No PCI Cards installed. After Attempted KillDisk the Hard Drive will not format. Windows XP Pro CD says unable to format drive. I already took the drive out to exchange it with a Hitachi from the Supplier.

Machine #2 Status 02-01-08
I was told by my supplier that there is a conflict with Western Digital Drives on this motherboard. I am unable to confirm. I have installed a Hitachi 160Gb HDS721616PLA380 in Machine #2 (replacing the Western Digital) and I've reloaded the OS. I've been running a Burn-In-Test for 3 days now. OnBoard Video in use, no PCI Cards installed. I have no issues, the problem seems to have gome away.  

There is another post with a similar issue at HARDWARE / MIC / SYTEM FREEZE FOLLOWED BY STRANGE BLUE SCREEN. The resolution there was a video issue, but my findings are not showing anything with video. has anyone heard of Western Digital Drive conflicts with this board?

Than you fellow member Imaceo for the pic.

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DirtComputersConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Well it turns out the PC's are no longer having issues. Both are running Hitachi Drives. I still believe WD drives are better, as I've been using them for years and never had an issue, but this incident has opened my eyes.

The real solution here was already determined before I ever posted. Don't buy the P5VD2-VM SE boards!
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scrathcyboyCommented:
" have installed a Hitachi 160Gb HDS721616PLA380 in Machine #2 (replacing the Western Digital) and I've reloaded the OS. I've been running a Burn-In-Test for 3 days now. OnBoard Video in use, no PCI Cards installed. I have no issues, the problem seems to have gome away."

That's what I suggest to most people with WD problems -- buy hitachi, as the WDs are unreliable, and yes, they could conflict with the board, especially if SATA.  Why not buy another hitachi for the other system and get on with life?  You don't have to run a 3 day burn in, hitachis are reliable.

Sell the WD drives on EBay -- a lot of people love them because they read the speed specs.  You will get a good price for them, maybe almost a new price.  Just offer them as working, don't go into the details.
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DirtComputersAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the interesting Comment. We all have favorite Hard Drives. I've been avoiding Hitachi for 5 years now. I used to call the Deskstar drives "the DeathStar".

My supplier warranty replaced the drives with Hitachis. BTW, I've never had a Western Digital Drive fail like this, and up until know I believed them to be some of the best on the market.  

I need to run a long burn in because previously the machine ran for 4 days with no issues, then developed a problem. These are machines for use in a business production environment. No amount of testing is enough. Additionally I'm still not convinced the drive is the only problem. The other post suggeted video problems, which leads me to "burn in" longer than normal.

I'll post my test results here this week.
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