ps: the hard drive is definitely running and loading slower.
I have a seagate SATA 140gb harddrive formatted in NTFS. It is about 3 or 4 years old. Last night, I noticed certain files were not being shown in windows explorer. baffled, i restarted my computer. obviously, xp ran a check disk on the hard drive. i've never had a problem with that particular hard drive so the 3 part process was new to me (this is my only drive in ntfs). at first it said that none of the files were readable or verifiable. knowing that seemed odd, i restarted again. this time, all files were verified. then some indexes got deleted; i guess from being corrupted? this process began taking quite a while so i decided to let it go overnight. this morning, windows was loaded but the hard drive wasn't even listed in explorer! kinda peeved that 80gb of files were gone, i decided to shut down the computer and leave it off while i was at work.
so now, i came home and turned it on. check disk ran again on the drive, and only a few files were unreadable. i noticed the insertion of indexes(?) on some of the files(?). i can't quite remember the terminology used. after it was done, windows loaded with the harddrive listed in explorer. however, i was left in the same boat as last night, as some files were still missing. it appears about 15gb worth of memory was lost.
now heres the kicker: i can still access some files that don't show up through recent documents. obviously they are still there (i know, things dont disappear when they get deleted) but i find it odd that they can be found through that and explorer won't show them.
obviously something got corrupted or deleted. so here are my questions: how do i fix my it? will the files reappear once it gets fixed? if not, how hard will it be to recover them?