I need help in recovering files, if thats possible. Today, the Disk Cleanup ran, and I decided to finally let it free up some space instead of manually deleting big files. So I just let it run, as it was loading, about towards the end I noticed desktop icons disappearing. Then I realised it was deleting practically every file on my C:\ drive. It deleted all documents on desktop, my documents, my pictures, and worse of all, all the programs on START>All Programs> have "(Empty)" on it. Basically all the files in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs" are gone. I see the folder names there, but there are no files in every folder. I still have some programs left on the other harddrives, but some of them don't run no more because of registry errors I suppose.
Anyways, I can't seem to figure out what to do. I'm missing a lot of the files that came with the PC. I don't know how to retreive them again. Programs such as Windows Media Player, and all the items under "Accessories" are gone!
The question I have is, am I doomed? Is there no way to go back? I can't use the system restore to go back because it has basically deleted all the save points also :*(. I don't want to have to format the PC and reinstalling everything, because I'll still lose tons of files. I've heard that theres a possibility in recovering files with programs such as "File Recover" (http://www.pctools.c.../?ref=google_fr), but I'm not sure if it'll work, and its not free so theres a big risk of buying a program that may not help. Can anyone help me? I just need to know if theres anyway back.
~ Thanks, Sou.