Today after noticing I was running low in my main hard-drive's disk space, I connected the SATA cable to my storage drive which was sitting 'inactive' inside my case for the past few months.
I transferred some of my big chunks of files like DVD's, Beatles collection of music (2gigs worth), and ISOs.
Later, I opened iTunes and tried to play one of the Beatles songs and needed to redirect iTunes to the updated file location. As soon as I clicked where it was, Windows completely locked up (no hard drive accessing noise or anything, just a hard-lock) and I reset.
Then the computer began to hard-lock at the ASUS logo BIOS screen and after loading my main harddrive's RAID array. Sometimes, if I didn't lock, I'd get to a point where it says Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del to continue and the cycle would repeat.
When I disconnected the SATA cable from the storage drive, everything works fine and I get back into Windows XP. I reconnected it again and got to the disk read error (and d/c'd to get back to post this here).
So finally, my question... Is the hard drive failing or has it already failed and should I not attempt to recover my files? I was afraid that I lost everything from the initial restart but after discovering that it's isolated to a few files that may be lost, I'm grateful.