Hi i've just been given my brothers computer, he has a Compaq Presario S5020AN, Athlon XP 2400+, 40GB Hard Drive, 256MB RAM, CD Writer, running Windows XP Home SP1.

Now what he/someone did is used the Compaq Recovery partition, and this reset all the software back to when he brought it.

This wiped all his word documents, emails and almost a years worth of photos.

Is there any free/pay software available that i could use to recover these files? Or is there any place that would charge a reasonable amount to get it all back?

Thanks.