Originally Posted by true_atlantis
so my buddy got a bunch of his files deleted off his computer (windows xp). im not sure how the drive was formatted, fat32 or nfs. is there any software out there to recover deleted files in these file systems? and how do i tell how the drive was formatted? thanks
Not a Linux question, but......
First, don't attempt to do anything to the disk without a plan of attack. There are lots of data recovery programs and services.
Is the computer bootable into Windows?
What exactly is working and not working?
One option is to boot up from one of the Linux "Live CDs"--eg Knoppix. If you can do this and run "fdisk -l" that will tell us a lot.
But, tell us more details of the current state before trying anything.