I used a cd to do the recovery. My computer got a virus on it and wiped everything on it.
First of all, the infection probably moved the files to another location on the hard disk and hid them, instead of what you believe (wiped them).
Several things you can try to see if files are still available.
1 - In folder options in control panel, view, show hidden files. Then
search your hard drive for folder name or file name you know is missing.
2 - Download from bleepingcomputer.com, their utility UNHIDE and run it.
Use explorer to see if you can find missing files.
3 - Download utility RECUVA (pronounced recover) and recover