I have an external HD (NTFS, 60GB FireWire) that has just about kicked the bucket - or so I think. It was performing just fine until sometime this afternoon when file access became slower and slower... Then, for a while I was unable to read from the drive at all. Several power cycles later, I was finally able to at least see the disk in XP and copy small files from it (large files in the GB range would cause XP to freeze).
Now, I have the unit at home and CHKDSK is chunking away at it. The file verification completed without a hitch. But the index verification didn't. Right now CHKDSK is reporting that it's "Correcting error in index $I30 for file 38050." Also, it's showing that "File record segment 7808 is unreadable" and that number just keeps climbing minute by minute (it's up to 7829 now).
So, I'm basically asking for advice. Should I just consider the 50GB or so of data on this unit to be lost forever, or do I have options? I'd prefer trying to save as much as I can, and I'd probably even go as far as using a data recovery service to help out, since the drive has a lot of client work on it.