Lost data on external hard drive

I have an external hard drive. (200 gigs) I have music stored on my hard drive.  For some reason, I lost my entire music folder...12+ gigs. There's nothing really wrong with the hard drive. All other files and folders are still in tact on the hard drive. Only the music folder was deleted. Per your website, I installed PC Inspector File Recovery and was able to recover some of the files but I keep receiving an error message...

NT_read error
error no.23
drv:129 LBA:18209125 blocks:1
Abort, Retry or Ignore?

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Well, I found this link:
But the poster gave up on the data recovery.

It's possible that's a hard drive issue.  Try running a diagnostic on the drive, Ultimate Boot CD (www.ultimatebootcd.com) includes quite a few drive tests.

You could try GetDataBack.  It's a better program than PC Inspector File Recovery.  Here's a link to more information:

I have had very good results with Restorer2000.  
you can try to recover the data with recovery programs; some are better in different situations than others. Stellar is very good too; but here some links :
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                        Easy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration

if this does not work, i recommend a data recovry Cy :  http://www.gillware.com/      
If the hard drive is dying, then you may not be able to recover the data.

Check using the vendor's diagnostics first !!

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm               Drive Fitness Test
http://www.seagate.com/maxtor/           Maxtor & Quantum
http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/support/hard-drives/software_utilities.html#diagnostic Fujitsu
http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/utilities/shdiag.htm     Samsung
http://support.wdc.com/download/#diagutils                    Western Digital
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm             IBM & Hitachi  DFT

I hope this helps !
Just my 2 cents, but I have found nothing better than SpinRite (www.grc.com) to fix mysterious drive issues if its hardware related.  ($89 and worth every penny)

You will need to put the drive on an interal connector, not USB, to be sure its handle it properly.  I have now lost count of how many windows and file issues I have been able to recover from at least long enough to get the data off the drive.   Last go round on a laptop, it took 5 days of continuous running, but I was able to ghost the whole drive afterwards and was able to boot the image after restored to a new one.  Couldnt do it on the old drive it was failing so fast.
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