Recover photos from re-formatted hard drive

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Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
If it is worth that much to you, might be best to take it in to a pro.

In the meantime, don't use it so as to avoid overwriting the files anymore than they already are.
 

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Thanks for the info. But, what about one of the various recovery utilities listed on download.com, do they work, what should I pay? If so, what one should I go for. I downloaded one, (the name eludes me) and it found a whole load of files but I had to pay to purchase the software to recover what it had found.
 
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Thanks for the info. But, what about one of the various recovery utilities listed on download.com, do they work, what should I pay? If so, what one should I go for. I downloaded one, (the name eludes me) and it found a whole load of files but I had to pay to purchase the software to recover what it had found.
You'll have to decide how much you are willing to pay. What are the photos worth to you?

The more you use your PC, the less chance there is for recovery. Downloading a program may overwrite some of the files you are trying to recover. Installing it, more files overwritten.
Best to remove hard drive and hook it up to another PC to read via the new system.

Look into Linux. It has a forensics distro used for obtaining files. It is free, but will take some time to learn how to use it to do the job properly.
http://penguinsleuth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=31
 
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