With every minute of use, the files might be written on top of.
If you are serious about recovery, here's what I suggest.
Go look at www.unerase.com and get that software. Install it on another PC then add your hard drive as a slave or on another IDE connection all by itself.
Now unerase it.
If this is not acceptable for the dollars this software costs, then we just found out how much the files are worth.
So today I was cleaning out my computer, deleting and moving around old and useless files and documents, etc. I have one folder that contained a plethora of important documents for work (mostly WordPad .rtf documents that I spent countless hours composing). I have another folder, under the same name, in a different part of my computer, with old, useless stuff in it. When I attempted to delete this file, I accidentally right-clicked on the important file, and hit 'delete.'
Now, a huge amount of hugely important WordPad documents are gone. I checked my Recycle Bin, and nothing was there (on my computer, deleted files oddly usually dont go to the Recycle Bin). I then looked to see if I had stored backups of anything, and I had backup copies of a grand total of 3 of my documents (leaving easily 100 still gone). I then did the only thing I could think of that could possibly restore my lost files: I did a System Restore (I restored my computer to a checkpoint made at about 8 PM yesterday). They were still not there.
PLEASE help me out. Is there any way that I can get these WordPad docs back? These are important, and I spent literally countless hours of work researching and writing these (all of them I need to use in the future). Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.
I am running Windows XP Professional.