I don't think there's much anyone can do to help this guy, but it is a powerful reminder of just how important it is to have multiple backups of any important work you may have done.
You guys, I need some serious help. For the past two years I have been working on a secret DOOM project called The Day Of Resurrection. It was a complete Total Conversion for DOOM called DOOM4, a sequal to all DOOM's of the past. I created new music, from scratch, for all 32 levels, completely new DOOM monsters, completely new DOOM SFX from scratch, and dozens of new enhancements. The entire project was on Zip Disks. Last night, I decided to, ofcoarse, work some more on the project, when I discovered that both the Zip Disks were COMPLETELY FORMATTED. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN LOST. I have no idea what happened. Every last byte and megabyte on the disk is gone. The entire game project is gone.... the new game engine, the game files, graphics, source code, EVERYTHING. I don't know what to do. The game was massive... completely based on the original DOOM. My whole life has been ruined. The entire game... JUST GONE overnight!! What can I do?? I MUST get that game back and it was near completion!! DOOM4!! FROM SCRATCH!! ALL THE EFFORT!! I was planning on releasing it on my website, which isn''t up and running yet, on August 20th, my birthday. But now I can't. My life's work is gone... forever. What can I do?? I must get the game back!! PLEASE HELP!
Ouch. If you have any words of sympathy or maybe some way he could recover his data, email the poor soul.