How to recover pictures and documents from a disk that was formatted

I have a 250GB Hitachi sata drive that had Windows Vista on it.  By mistake I used Acronis 2009 and cloned a copy of Windows XP over the top of it. I then used Get Data Back for NTFS and recovered all the Word documents and jpgs from the userids that existed under Windows Vista.  But when I try to display the jpgs all that displays is “Invalid picture file”.  I’ve tried to display them using both Picasa under Windows XP SP2 and the Windows Picture viewer under Win7 Pro.  When I try to display the Word documents using either Word 2003 or Word 2010, it doesn’t convert the files into anything that makes sense.

I thought that Get Data Back for NTFS would do a direct bit by bit copy of the jpgs and doc files.  I’ve used it many times to successfully recover user files in various circumstances. How can I recover these pictures and documents?

Thanks,
Al
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rindiCommented:
If the files you got can't be used, then parts of them were overwritten when you cloned over the HD. Larger files are usually spread over different sections of the disk, they aren't necessarily in one contiguous piece. So it is quite possible that part of the file was missing when you recovered it because that part had been overwritten. Those files will stay corrupt.
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
It may be very difficult to get all of the data you need back as the new install of Windows XP may have already overwritten (or corrupted) the files you need to recover.  You can try using recuva. If you perform a deep scan, you may be able to retrieve some of the files.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Also note, you should save these files to a new HD so you don't start accidentally writing over data you're trying to recover.

Good luck!
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asiduCommented:
Another program which you could use is
http://www.paretologic.com/products/datarecovery/pro/index.aspx

As suggested earlier you may not be able to get every thing back.
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himanshu24Commented:
My suggection u use this
http://www.easeus.com/download.html
Easeus data Recovery Software that a good Recovery software, Its recover 1Gb Free
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nobusCommented:
recovery soft can recover if the data is not overwritten, eg by a new install
it may be able to recover the rest (which may range from 0 to all, depending on what was overwritten)
if you want it recoverd, ask the recovery services like this for their options - and price - it won't be cheap imo !
 http://www.gillware.com/

if it was only formatted - not installed - you can use this  : http://www.easeus.com/resource/unformat.htm 
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Had a degree of success.  Not complete, but enough.
Thanks to all.  
Al
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