Hello - A friend of mine got a used external hard drive and hooked it up to my computer to delete the files off of it. But instead of deleting the files off of his drive, the ***** started deleting files off of MY external drive. I should have double-checked to make sure that he knew what he was doing BEFORE he started, but still....! Anyway, when I realized what he was doing I stopped him, but he had managed to delete about half of a 500GB (yes, GB) hard drive. Which totally sucks. The only morsel of comfort that I have is the fact that it is a backup drive, not my OS hard drive, so nothing should have been overwritten and the chances of recovery should be good. However, I seem to be having a problem with the size of the drive. We're talking about probably over 200GB of data. I have tried two different recovery programs so far. The first one (Glary Utilities) froze after 2 days, and the next one (ZAR) gave me an access violation error after running for 16 hours. I'm not ready to give up because a lot of the stuff on it is irreplaceble (music composed by a friend who is dead now, etc). I don't have thousands of dollars to take it to a specialist, but I can pay some money for a program, if someone can recommend a good one that can handle a drive this large. Please, does anyone have any suggestions?