All important data should be backed up/copies to a DVD or CD, or external drive for just such situations. After a full/destructive system recovery using F11 on HP and Compaq computers, the C: drive is reformatted and the operating system plus all programs are taken back to its factory state.. Sorry, but those files are basically gone... That is unless the files are extremely important. In such a case, you can contact a data recovery company such as Ontrack at the link below.. It will cost a good bit of change.
Hope this helps.
I have a compaq presario V3117LA and something happened to my laptop that it wouldn't turn on, it only appeared the safe mode option but still it wouldn't go on. I pressed F11 and did a system recovery, but I was told by a warning message that my files wouldn't be erased.
The computer its now literally like new, but I can't find my files! mostly its pictures, movies, some office documents and music, I don't care about the programs, I just wan the files.
I have windows xp
somebody knows how to recover the for free or do I have to pay some computer specialist?