He put in the XP OS cds and started the install. He got the prompt - do you want to format. He said yes, it then asked "Quick Format" or "Regular Format". He picked regular and formatted the drive with all our data and applications He forgot to disconnect the drive and thought he was formatting the new 2nd drive. No we don't have backups.
My question is: does a regular format do a 'low level format'? I want to buy some off the shelf software and try to recover the files. I'm hoping we just wiped out the FAT tables, and didn't do a 'low level' format.
Does anyone know? And can anyone recommend good recovery software? We went to a recovery company and they want $1600 for the 80GB drive.
Thanks in advance!