This is the shitty harddrive that failed.
Got a Seagate Barracuda to replace it, and spent all of last night installing new RAM and XP, plus many of my other programs and settings.
It's like a new computer--bigger and more.
Consumed a lethal amount of vodka, but that's the rule when working on computers.
I have only owned 5 harddrives before yesterday, and the only two that have failed were Maxtor.