I have multiple hardware/software issues so I'm not sure where to post this.
My brother built me a 'new to me' computer. It has a hyperthreaded Intel Pentium 4 (E210882) motherboard.
He assumed I had backed-up my HD before he moved it to the new computer and I assumed since he was doing the work, he would back it up but he didn't. (Huge mistake on my part I know.) He moved my HD, reinstalled WinXP with no issues (my files were all intact) but I couldn't connect to the internet. I was researching that issue and looking for drivers but I only had 3 days to register Windows via the internet. I couldn’t get it online to register so I was locked out of my computer and unable to fix the internet issue, even if I’d found a way.
A friend of my husband’s (who worked as a computer tech for a large SF hospital for years) said he could fix it no problem and since he made his living doing these things I trusted him. (2nd huge mistake).
He reinstalled Windows...again...and omg, he managed to wipe my HD . He couldn’t fix the internet issue either and basically said, ‘uh sorry’ and left in a hurry.
Here’s my questions.
1. Is there any way to recover my files from my HD?? What about recovery software programs? Do they work? Any recommendations to brand or what I should look for or what I can do now? Of course I am completely desperate to recover them.
2. If I purchase a NIC–PCI Ethernet adapter (internal or external USB style), will that allow me to bypass my driver issue and connect to the internet??
Any help or recommendations would be sincerely appreciated.
Thank you for your time,