this might be a bit tricky to recommend in the thread, (but sticky mails would be greatly appreciated to help me out!)...my girlfriend somehow deleted all folders and files in her MyPictures folder (XP pro).
She's a photography student so this is a bit of an issue.
I'm looking for a good app that can restore .nef extention files (they're apparently RAW files) - I've managed to get back most of her JPEGs with some app I found, but it hasn't picked up the all important nef's.
I've got another app running at the moment, but I reckon it's looking like it's going to time out on me - so the successful suggestion on an undelete/restore app that gets her files back wins several beers when I catch up with you at pubcon (or another webmaster event :) ).
#1 - do NOT use the machine until you find an undelete. You will be overwritting the files you want to recover. #2 - umm dude? Trashcan ring a bell ;-)...ok, you been there right - done that right? lol #3 - assume the data is lost and have a beer. If it restored some, but not others - that is a good sign that the deleted files have been overwritten... see #1.
GetDataBack worked great for me for my last 2 disk crashes. (I mean great. The techs at the place where I got my PC told me the disk was unrecoverable and wanted to send it back to the manufacturer for the $150 replacement value, LOL. I took it home instead and and set it up as a slave drive, and eventually got about 98% of the data off successfully.)
However I am not certain whether it's appropriate for undeleting files or not.
GetDataBack has also worked well for me, even after a reformat.
I had a website I was working on locally (over 200 hours put into it), totally brain-cramped and forgot to back it up before a reformat. It was a "for fun" site, which is why I didn't really think about it. But that episode sure sprouted a lot of new procedures I now have in place.
I tried four different products about a year ago when a program I was developing decided to wipe itself out (and take its whole directory with it). None of the programs worked but a couple were able to find the deleted files (but not recover them). All should have been recoverable since they were in a work partition.
In the end, I gave up and reverted to backups losing about 8 hours of work.
It sounds to me that you did well to recover the files you did. As Brett said, the rest are probably long gone.