File Recovery Question

Massive computer failure. We suspect that it was caused by a cable guy trying and failing to install cable Internet this week.
Windows failed to boot.

My husband has reinstalled Windows XP, but files associated with Windows were lost- as well as Nero, Photoshop, Office, etc. etc. We can reinstall all that, but I’m heartbroken because of some lost digi pics. Is there any chance of recovery?

Weird–my husband reinstalled WinAmp, and his old playlist popped up.

I think that as long as he did not format the disk you might be OK. Do a search for *.jpeg and see what files pop up.

Never mind. It took hours to find, but…there they were. On the c drive. All the digi pics. How cool is that?

We are burning them off onto cd as I type.