What is the Operating System? Windoze or Linux something? Is the drive NTFS formatted or a Linux format? What make/model of drive is it? And do you have another drive from which you can boot the computer, or is the whole machine unusable right now?
As for Windows/NTFS, there are loads of NTFS data recovery tools. **MOST** of them are not very reliable, and almost all of them one has to purchase/pay for somehow. The trial versions only tell you what they can recover, but won't actually do the job.
There are a fair number of Linux-based recovery methods, but I personally am not familiar with them, as I am pretty new to Linux. Incidentally, when my Maxtor Drive died, I tried literally over a dozen different tools, and NONE of them would recover very much. I got hardly anything back, and eneded up completely wiping the drive in order to use it again.
I hope someone can point you to a useful, working tool to use, but just don't put much stock in anything you can download.
And-- if it IS Windoze, and you have the Install CD, you could reinstall/repair Windoze from the CD, provided the drive is not physically broken, and you won't lose any of your personal files or data/music etc, only Windows settings and stuff like that.
Last edited by GrapefruiTgirl; 03-18-2007 at 11:26 PM.