if you used the system recovery that came on the disks that came with your laptop, then your files are gone, the point of a sys recovery is to restore your computer back to factory settings so its exactly like as it was when you got it...
you may be lucky and recover a few files using a file recovery program, tbh though most of them will probably recover and be corrupt.
Wait a second I want my photos back too and I do not know if it is destructive or not what so ever. I do know though that this was not done with a disk it was a recovery program on my computer on the start up. This is an HP computer btw.