I just got my laptop back. New hard drive, number four. New motherboard. They (the dell team) think that it is a mother board issue (could be power or connections). If this happens again I’m never going to do dell again.
As aways the first thing to do on Vista is to turn off UAC the worst thing ever started on windows. Let’s just annoy the end user over and over and get people used to just selecting YES at every prompt until someone puts a prompt up that says (format hard drive) the user then selects yes like they always do… and boom hard drive gone.
Here is a great read on this