Remove the hard disk, use another PC and try recovery or file finder software like PC FILE INSPECTOR. Sadly this may be a test of your backup system.
My computer started acting up the other day. It would teboot on its own. Then today, something sparked and smoked. I turned it off hard. Then after a while I turned it back on, but it said restarting set up and asked for the installation CD. I put it in and Windows installed, but my documents was all gone to about four months worth.
I need to recover my most recent documents. What do I do?