A few days back my OS (Windows XP Home) stiopped working on my PC. I still had some data on there, hundreds of family photos which I should have backed up to DVD but had not yet.
Rather than reformat and lose all the data for certain, I bought a new HD and installed Windows on it (with my old HD detached). I then put my old HD back in as a slave and I've found old programs etc. but noting in the "my documents" area. I do a search on the HD and find no files called PIC*.jpg (which is what the camera names them.
I even went to Diskeeper Corp (www.diskeeper.com) and paid to download their Undelete program hoping that I would be able to recover the files if they had been deleted. I found many old deleted jpgs but these were ones I had deleted and never intended to recover. The ones I want just seem to be gone.