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Recovering data from a Fantom Drive 120GB

I was transferring a file from Movie editing program to a External Fantom Drive and a message appeared saying "can not complete transfer" When I opened the Fantom Drive, All the file icons had disappeared except for about 12. there where mostly MP3 and MPEG files in the FantomDrive. How can I get back all the lost data?

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