Ok anyone who was interested in this problem I have found about the best solution for it, thnka you muchly for all the suggestions, here is a little account of what I did and I will come back soon and let you know how well it worked
Anyway, Norton utilities has an unerase function which I have been able to use to recover some of the information, unfortunately the recovered infor is in the form of about 400 Megs of text files, so I am now in the process of searching through these to try and find which are the appropriate files that contain my data and which are just parts of programs and the like... to do this I am using a little dos batch file that I wrote myself which goes along the line of...
for %%n in (file*.txt) do find /i "%1" %%n >>hello.txt
this will take every file in the current directory with the file name file*.txt and searh through it for the sting passed as the first item to the batch file name, it will output to a file hello.txt
it is a bit of a slow process and will turn out some rather large text files at the end of the day, but it seems to have worked, so far I have found about 3 files which contain certain promising looking text portions
again thanks for all the suggestions
ps could someone answer this so that it becomes an answered question..
Ok let me tell you a little story to explain the problem....
It was a lovely day, and after doing some work at uni with linux, I
decided that it would be a good thing to have linux at home....
So off I went to an "Installfest" ut on by the uni to put linux on my
fathers computer (note: he doesn't keep good backups.... yes I
guess you can see the problem arising now!)... Anyway to cut a
long story short, I backed up everything from dad's HDD to
another drive.... partitioned my drive, set up linux... and then went
to copy all the data back from the other drive to my drive....
So I booted in dos, and to prepare the c drive to get all my data
from the other drive (d) I did the following...
format c: /s/q (quick, copy system files)
Now had the drive I thought was c actually been c then this would
have said... sorry can't do a quick format have to do a proper
one... but no it went ahead and formated the drive and copied the
system files on... and then I prceeded to discover that the system
had set up what used to be the d drive as the c drive and I have
just successfully formated all my data... oh joy :-) <----see I'm
Anyway I thought... no that is ok I can do an unformat on it... but
then I was told that because I had copied the system files on that
this wouldn't work, and I didn't have time right then to muck around
and try it out...
So anyway I am looking for a solution as to how I might get my
data back.... any help would be very much appreciated thank