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Lost partitioned hard drive after formatting C drive

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Hi. The overall story here is that I lost a partitioned drive located on a separate physical hard disk after formatting C drive, and I'm trying to recover files from the lost partitioned drive. Here are some details, I hope they help. I'm using Windows XP and recently formatted my C drive (my primary hard drive) because it seemed infected with virus or some sort of spyware. My C drive is one of three partitions on my first hard disk, partitioned using Partition Magic 7. I have a second physical hard disk that's been partitioned into 5 partitions using Partition Magic 7. Before formatting my C drive I copied some files from C drive onto a partition from the 2nd hard disk as backup. After re-installing Windows XP and all other necessary programs, I found that the drive I'd backed up my files on had disappeared, but the other 4 partitions from the 2nd hard disk were still present. I opened Partition Magic 7, and there was about 28GB of unallocated space (the size of the partition I copied files onto before formatting C drive). So I formatted this space to FAT32, hoping that my files would be recovered, but they weren't. I'm not sure if the drive letter used was the same, and I don't know if it matters. Am I still able to recover those files, or is that no longer possible? I would be most grateful for any advice on how to fix this problem. Thanks
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