Over on Lockergnome, someone was wondering if the data on a corrupted drive is recoverable. The last thing you want to do if a drive is failing is to continue to write data to it. If there’s a question of data being corrupt, do nothing until you can get a professional to look at it. I’d be more inclined to send it to a third party than I would be even taking it back to a store where it was purchased from.
There are businesses built to do nothing more than recover your precious data from hard drives gone bad. The people you find at a local store that your drive was purchased at may not be as well-trained in the methods used to SAFELY retrieve your data. Do you really want to trust those photos, videos and documents to someone who may or may not be able to properly recover it?
If you’re reading along and have had experience with this, please leave a follow-up comment here. The community could use GOOD recommendations of people and companies who can help them gain access to their lost files.