Recovery - Usb Flash Drive

Have a usb thumb drive. Was using a mac yesterday, saving, copying, and using multiple files from my flash drive. At the end of the day, i went to open a file and realized that two entire (and fairly important) folders were missing, as were several more recent files-some from the same day. Now my drive reads as though it has more space available than it should. I keep seeing all these scams and $50 services to recover lost files from flash memory. Anyone know of any reliable free-ware or techniques i could use to get my files back?

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