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Data lost after reinstalling windows and running chkdsk

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I have an 80 GB hard disk which I had partitioned into 5 drives - C,D,E,F, G.

I installed windows XP on C drive (which was formatted), while I had data on drives D, E, F and G. As it normally happens, towards the end of the Windows xP installation, the machine is restarted with Windows XP. During the restarting, Windows prompted me for chkdsk on my drives, which I performed. It indicated that some errors had been fixed etc. I thought "Oh, that's just as well! A new system with an error free disk." :)

But on booting and looking at the contents of my disk, I got a major shock.
1) On one of the drives, a lot of data was missing and instead I found folders like "found.000" and "dir0000.chk" (which didn't exist previously).
2) Another drive was totally inaccessible and Windows told me that it was unformatted and I was prompted to format it (which I did not). Now this drive had some 20 GB worth of very important data, which I needed badly.

I need help fixing the above two problems. Haalp Haalp Haalp! :)

Thanks for your time,

PS: I know I was stupid not to backup the important data. Won't happen again, but can anything be done about the problem(s) at hand?
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