Files on hard drive show they are there, but not accessible

Have a portable drive which has many files on it from Wife Boss who of course has not backed it up.  Now when you plug the harddrive in it show the file structures and the files, but when you try to access them you get errors like doesnt exist or operation failed.  

Tried some different software packages... but so far not luck on finding a decent one.

Pretty important files, any ideals???????????
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TheVeeeAsked:
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brikeyesCommented:
can you copy them ?

can you see the files in dos?
DVation191Commented:
TheVeee,
Sounds like the drive is failing. You might be able to retrieve the files with OnTrack's EasyRecovery (best I've ever used) but it won't perform miracles.
http://www.ontrack.com/software/

If this doesn't work, you'll need to have the files profesionally recovered.
http://www.ontrack.com/labdr/
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