|There are programs around which can sometimes recover old info from a HD provided there has been little activity on the machine since the data was deleted. Unfortunately I don't really know a good quality program which is free. |
Maybe someone else knows of one.
I have used "FreeUndelete" with success:
If you decide to go that way I can advise on its usage.
The above however is not in the same class as professional recovery programs.
It boils down to whether you want to pay the money or take the chance.
Unfortunately, whichever way you go there is no guarantee of success.
It all depends upon the current state of the HD.
some other bloke...