First off thanks for the replies. I know something isn't right.
I have a P4 2.0Ghz w/512 megs of RAM so the HD and Processor speed should definately be able to handle it. Could it have been something I did while installing the drive with the IDE cables? I'm not the most computer literate guy and I had to switch all my IDE wires because of the locations and Master/Slave relationships.
My HD has a seperate slot that didn't even look like an IDE.
IDE 1 (or 2, I can't tell) has the Plextor as master and DVD/CDR as slave.
IDE 2 (or 1...) has my floppy and zip drive Master/Slaved (can't remember which is which, I just went with whatever I could fit.
Anything else pop into anyone's head?