Even though I am a computer noob to some extent, I think I can help you, if you merely want to recover your data.
Actually, a month ago, I also experienced the same drive problem. I have tried an external hard drive recovery freeware
that perfectly restores all my files. Therefore, I think you may need it, too.
Read more information: http://geeksdo.com/data-recovery/format-recovery.htmlNote
: You should not format this drive before you have restored all your data back.
You also should learn to back your data regularly all the time.