troubleshooting Question

Suspected Hard Drive Corruption

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I had a problem with my 6 month old external 500gb Western Digital MyBook

It just suddenly got corrupted, with most folders now consisting of corrupted filenames of ridiculous size, dates that range from 1980 to 2080 and weird characters ie ¹@hzÂ.±.п¨ (See attached JPEG)
folders that are corrupted like this cannot be opened

I made the mistake of running chkdsk /f and a lot of the folders got converted to files of 32kb size even though they have several gigabytes of photos and video clips in each

How can I get back my data (Would love a freeware solution if possible) and hopefully restore directory structure and filename extensions etc? as this was my backup drive there is a lot of archived photos and emails that i need to get back! The drive is only about 6 months old.

The drive is its initial formatting which is FAT32 and my OS is Windows XP. The only thing i recall doing is setting up a sharing folder on this drive with my Macbook air and trying to transfer files, could this have caused it?

Antivirus AVGFree didnt reveal any viruses (and that probably would have affected the other two hard drives too)

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
512mb RAM
Windows XP SP2
Maxtor Internal Hard Drive 250gb NTFS
Seagate Internal Hard Drive 320gb NTFS
Western Digital 500gb MyBook (External) - only one affected

any help would be greatly appreciated!
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