I recently managed to lose a lot of valuable Windows files during what was meant to have been a repair install; however, I think I probably ended up running a clean install instead.
Anyway, I have since downloaded an evaluation version of Recover My Files, which tantalizes me with extracts from my 'lost' Word files in its preview window, so at least I can see that they still exist in some form! Anyway, I want to know if I really need to buy the programme? Does the fact that it can retrieve my files mean there is already a way for me to do the same? And/or is there (equally good) free software that I could try instead, bearing in mind that I don't have much money? How will it be able to 'retrieve' the files anyway; given that I no longer have the programs which created them?
Just wondered if anyone else has experiences to share ... personally, I've found the whole business pretty frightening!