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recover data after reinstall win xp after it shutdown?

hi there, been researching for days finding similar problems but nothing quite close enough, appreciate any help you can please provide.

initially, windows would not start (when i turned on the comp as usual, it entered windows setup and informed me a problem had 'been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage'. at first all options were stalled/frozen and i had to cut the main power to restart, but then i could enter bios or let it load to setup).

a friend advised not to use recovery console but to reinstall windows.

*it might be necessary to note: i had my comp configured to run with E as the primary drive. C drive had been messed up long ago and a friend helped me isolate it with intentions of reformatting (we never got around to that and ive been using the E drive with no problems for over a year).

when i reinstalled windows it seems to have put my old C drive as the main drive and all the contents of my valued E drive are now located in D. i dont know if that matters but the current problem is that they are unaccessible.
when i try to open any file an error message says 'access denied', or 'corrupted' or simply beeps at me.
i had shut down the comp to go to work and when i restarted it today there were unfamiliar flash screens with lines and lines of 'recovering orphan file 'such and such''. it was going fast but i recognized some file names as the ones from my former E drive. when windows finally loaded, many of the 'corrupted unaccessible' folders are now missing.

what are my options for recovering or repairing my data?

im not sure which info to provide, i have a win xp pro on a intel r pentium rd, cpu 2.8 ghz, 504? mb ram, 80? gb hd.

thank you so much for taking the time, i am losing my mind.

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