File\Data Recovery from a NTFS HDD that MAY have been written over

To cut a long story short I formatted and re-configured a Windows XP PC for a user (taking a backup of the usual files) however they still use Lotus Word Pro and unbeknownst to me it stores its templates & glossary in a file under Program Files which I didn't think to backup.

So, does anyone know if there is any software/programs that could retrieve these files, considering that;
The space they occupied MAY have be written over (though it is a 150Gb drive with only 20(ish)Gb being used)

I already have a full copy of 'Get Data Back' and haved tried a couple of other 3rd party software demos but these just return the current file structure, they don't show ANY deleted files (which I thought was a little strange?!?)

The files aren't important enough to take the specialist recovery route and could be recreated but would take time.

Any suggestions will be greatfully received . . . .
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lacrewgaCommented:
If you have formatted the drive, I would look for any other options... has the user saved any of these setting anywhere off computer (is the only one I can think of).
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torimarCommented:
Do you know the file extension of the files you are trying to recover?

If you find them in this list: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File_Formats_Recovered_By_PhotoRec you could try PhotoRec: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

It is most conveniently used by booting off the Parted Magic boot CD: www.partedmagic.com

Here's a step by step guide:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step


But I admit that chances are very low. There isn't much you can do when the clusters actually got overwritten.
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wp179787Author Commented:
lacrewga: Thanks for the suggestion but if they did have a safe copy, I wouldn't be looking Data Recovery.

torimar: Thanks for that, they are .lwp files, I'll give that PhotoRec a try and see if it brings anything back.
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wp179787Author Commented:
torimar: Unfortunately .lwp isn't a file extension that is recqonised (sp) by PhotoRec, oh well . . . .
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torimarCommented:
wp179787,
in your request to close this question you state as a reason:
"I think the general consensus is that it can't be done . . . ."

According to the regulations of Experts-Exchange this counts as a correct answer in some cases. Please consult this page:
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In your present case, future inquirers into the E-E database will obtain the valuable information that such a kind of recovery cannot easily or cheaply be done (unless PhotoRec knows the filetype), which may spare them a question of their own.
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