UPDATE - After a nearly a week working on it and trying a load of different software packages, I was able to recover all of my lost data (except my emal contacts and messages, but beggers can't be choosers)! Phew, I feel so much better!
My computer crashed for some unknown reason, so with everything backed-up to a secondary hard drive, I did a system restore. For some reason that I still don't know, the system formatted and did the the restore to the back-up drive and I ended up losing everything. Everything! I'm sick about it. Even now as I type I'm sick to my stomach when I think about all that I lost. Everything I've done for my web training (including all of my websites I've done) - gone! Every document, every email, every contact from my address book, every piece of music I've paid for and downloaded, every photograph and every file - Gone! I just got my first job doing a website for my personal trainer. I've already submitted the design to him and that too is gone. I'm going to have to start all over again. I cried for about a half hour when I realized what had happened. I'm just gutted. I'm not sure if non-computer type people really get it, but I'm a tech and a big portion of my world - just got wiped away. I'll guess be busy for a while re-building my computer.
BTW - if in the last 6 months you've started corresponding with me via email - please email me with your addresses. Thanks!