Google for hard disk recovery or data recovery. You'll find do-it-yourself software and companies that will try it for a fee. But I'd say the prospects aren't really very good.
OK. First things first...Never format your HDD when you are sleepy...I did so and am deseperately hoping to save myself from the damage caused.
I had to format my internal hard disk (80 GB) and so before doing so, I copied all the data that I thought I would require later to an external harddisk (WD 250 GB) conected to my PC through a USB port.
Now, as part of running the setup through my bootable OS setup disk, I chose to delete the 4 partitions on my internal hdd and then in the next section when I was asked to choose the drive on which I want to set windows up, by mistake I chose the external hdd item and then created a couple of partitions before realising that I was digging my own grave. Immediately after that, I stopped the setup process and removed the external HDD from my PC.
Now what I have with me is a fresh internal hard disk (80 gb) on which I have a crisp new Windows, but when I plug in the external HDD, it is showing me just the partitions, on which when I click I am asked to format them.
IS THERE A WAY TO RETRIEVE THE DATA FROM THIS DISK or SEND IT TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM??? Please help!!!