thanks for all replys. After 2 reboots it went back to normal. I don't know what the problem was, but its gone for the moment.
Does anyone have any idea what the average or expected lifespan of a drive like this is? Newegg has 3520s for $42 shipped and I am starting to wonder if I should pick one up to stick in one of my other machines if this one is on the way out.
btw...greetings to all at cdfreaks...been lurking for months...didn't realize that my last post was my first