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Hard drive going bad?

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A friend on a non pc forum posted this earlier:

External HP Simplesave 1tb HDD is about to go bad??
i KNOW i had around 300 gb/700 media files saved on this thing yesterday afternoon
but later the same evening, a good 200 gb is unaccounted for.

Drive Properties (under Win XP) still shows a third of its space as occupied
yet when I try to browse its contents, only 100 gb are displayed
In fact each & every file after the letter K has gone into hiding.

Tried using Windows Defrag but it just sits there @ the 25 percent mark .

First time I've seen this happen
And being that this was my backup drive, I don't have any other backups.

... *** to do ???
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Any suggestions?
I told him to start off with hdtune and see what it says,if anything abnormal.
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HD Tune is a good place to start, By the sounds of it, there is something going on and HD Tune will most likely find it.

If I were him I would get some recovery software on it now, such as Recuva and see if he can save any of that data.

EDIT: Just re read, if it the back up drive, you wont need to recover the data, just run HD Tune, determine if its dieing and replace it....
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