Please tell me how to get everything back!! Ah I'm freaking out
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Do you have any more information about what happened and how? Maybe it's not really erased and there is another problem? Maybe you just can't access the drive for some reason? Like something in the bios? Or a simple hardware problem like a loose connection.
(I assume you are talking about the hard drive.)
What does it do when you turn it on (don't turn it on, I'm asking about what you already know). Did it do anything at all? Did it make through the POST check and stop? (The POST check is the stuff it does before the OS starts). Were there any audio error codes (beeps), or even a LED code, maybe on the back of the computer?
If the drive is really erased, first thing is to not do ANYTHING with it. Don't even start it. I can't give all the details here, but it's something I might be able to recover if I had the computer in front of me. However, depending on what's wrong, it could be a LOT of work if it has to be done manually.
If you need to use the computer and want to delay recovery, what I would do is don't turn the computer on. Remove the hard drive, or have someone else do it. Install a new hard drive, and an operating system. Now you have your old drive secure where no more damage can be done for now.
You can take it to someone who really knows what they are doing. It MIGHT be something easy. You might not need to do the things I listed above. Those were just precautions. If you are lucky it's something easy and cheap. If you are unlucky it will be expensive. It you're really unlucky you've completely lost everything.
It might be something you can recover yourself if you are competent with computers. There may be some recovery software that can do it, but I'm not up to date and can't recommend anything. I know how to do it the old brute force way, but that's a huge amount of work and it can't be explained.
I didn't really help much, especially without more information. But just remember that most likely it's not truly erased. The info is most likely still on your drive. It might be random gibberish in a form that's difficult to unscramble, but it's probably still there.1