There are ways of recovering data. But you require quite a few tools. If the hard drive is spinning you can recover pretty much everything. Ive done it a few times with a few a hard disks. But my 80GB is formatted so nothing to recover and my 160GB wont spin and so if i wanted to recover it id need to pay and it isnt cheap. And im pretty sure I can download nearly everything that was on it. Its gonna take a while though lol.