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Need some serious help. Data Recovery Experts Needed!!!

by smitty8100 / December 12, 2009 9:25 AM PST

Fist off, on a scale of 1-10 of computer knowledge I would put myself at a 6.

Ok, I really screwed the pooch on this one people. Here is what I did. On my computer I have (2) hard drives, C: & D:, pretty common thing. So I have Windows XP Home installed on my C drive and just data on the D. I treated my D drive as a vault that held all my pictures, music, documents and such. Never installed any programs on it.
Earlier this week I obtained a copy of Windows 7 Prof via student discount. So I started to pull everything off my C: drive that was important to me and transferred it over to the D: OK NOW, this is where I get really stupid. I ran the Win 7 install disc that I created and went for the option of the clean install. Now in the Win 7 install window I was shown my (2) hard drives but here Is where I messed up. I took it that Disk 0 was C: and deleted that partition. Then I reformatted that partition. Then to make it worse I installed WINDOWS 7 ON THAT PARTITION!
So most of you can imagine that when my computer booted up and I went to my D drive, it was filled with Windows files and not my files. To make it worse I never uninstalled xp so now I have a dual OS configuration in which XP is on the C: and Win 7 on the D. Naturally Ive been using the XP since its on the C: and I dont want to write anything to the D: drive.
I do know of recovery software but have had no luck. I need to find my old partition and recover it but have failed. Dont know if its bc of Win 7 on it. Should I uninstall Win 7 off that drive then try to recover it?

I just need some help or points in some directions. This thing has me sick to my stomach because of all that Ive lost. Im not opposed to sending this HDD in and having it professionally gone through but would prefer the cheaper route. Im sorry this is so long but i figure the more context of the situation the better.

Thanks for anything

other tidbits: Drive C and D were created with only one partition, not broken up

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by steve66 / December 12, 2009 10:26 AM PST

Not sure it would be present in this case, but look for a folder somewhere called windows.old. IF it's there, it's likely that subfolders with the "missing" items will be inside.

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by steve66 / December 12, 2009 10:31 AM PST
In reply to: windows.old? an addendum, and other would say this as well, you've now learned the painful lesson that everybody learns sooner or later. Computers will die, drives will crash, etc., and it's not a matter of if, but when. Back up that precious stuff! Flash drives and external hard drives have never been cheaper. Or just burn that stuff to a DVD (and make an extra copy). Or try Carbonite or Mozy. Or something!

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