so, suddenly last night / today, i'm having issues with my external drive. some directories are coming up "not accessible", "corrupted and unreadable".
this sucks, clearly, especially because a few weeks ago i bought this drive *as a backup*, but then the old drive started to act weird (i.e., sometimes not spinning/booting up), so i started using the new one as my main one, thinking i wouldnt need to go get a new backup one soon.
UPDATE: i stopped using it earlier, because i noticed that some files i was able to use last night were unavailable this morning. on the way home i bought the same drive to have a destination for any files i could get.
got home, (took a nap,) and fired up the dying(?) drive. i could see everything in the root folder, but accessing any files gave me a denied permission error.
after futzing around for a long time with permissions, which wouldn't take, i finally resorted to a recovery program. now i see this:
so, looks like this will be done some time around 9am. on the bright side, the files i've tried so far all seem to be ok.
i wish i had vodka here.