... but I'll have to wait and see because I can't stand trying to get anything done from this dial-up connection I've been using...
Oh man. When it rains it poors.
I downloaded the GUI tool MigRecover 3/4, but using 3 and 4 both yield corrupt files. First I clicked "File" and then "Open", browsed to the .MIG file and it opened a bunch of files (most are corrupted).
That's a bummer. Thought we might have had something there.
I've got TestDisk here at home. I thought that tool only mounted lost partitions. No ? If the original partition has been written over with a new file system I suspect it won't do me much good.
Last time I used it I'm pretty sure I recovered data from a broken XP install that had been accidentally formatted.
I don't want to steer you wrong here, so would appreciate any comments from others.
Photorec also should get it done, and perhaps that's where you should start.
The important point to make here is these are Linux based tools run from a live disc so as to preserve the data on the HDD, as opposed to booting the hard drive and using Windows based tools.