Thank you to all who responded, unfortunately the advice given did little except make it more frustrating, however I did find a fix to the problem and was able to recover 100% of the data.
downloaded a linux live CD from Knoppix: http://www.knoppix.net/get.php
the version i downloaded has a copy of testdisk.
you put the live cd in and boot it from disk, your OS doesn't run at this point just the linux cd, and no you don't have to install anything for this to work.
i followed the information found at this website in regards to testdisk:
and ran the program within the linux terminal
to get to the root directory in linux start a terminal screen and type in sudo -s must have the space between sudo and - to take...
then you can start the step by step for test disk.
when you get to the part in test disk that it has scanned your hard drive and found the partitions, mine was listed with the * (this the one i formatted), as this was the main partition in the old system it makes since that since the bootable partition was formatted it wouldn't find the other 3 I had. Follow the screen prompts to change the selected bootable drive to some other type. write the changes in the program and exit testdisk.
close down live linux, kinda like windows, bottom left, go to shutdown, it will prompt you when to take the cd out.
reboot your system like normal and the hard drives that were lost are now back where they were. all in all if i didn't have to research all of this the process takes about 1 hour to get the downloads, burn them to cd and start playing.
one note, when you burn cd's from an ISO format you need to make sure the CD burner recognizes it. I used a vista laptop for my temp computer to complete all this mess and it had a program all ready installed that did it just fine.
good luck to anyone that this happens to, note of advice, don't format a partition if it is designated your boot partition unless you change it before hand..