So, every time I tried to create or delete a folder on this drive, the computer would freeze.
Googling for a week was an interesting read on this problem in XP.
running these two commands;
mount -o remount,ro /dev/hdd2
reiserfsck --fix-fixable /dev/hdd2
told things were fine. Nothing fixed, man!
Now I can create and delete folders on this drive.
Must be ritual magic, huh.