Did you contact wootware for availability of the cards they have on offer..? It may be that, they don't keep stock on hand because it's not a big enough seller, so they order on demand..
The labour law dictates that, annual shutdowns form part of an employees normal annual leave..
The recommendation for companies are that, this be set out in company leave policies.. So, leave policy should make it clear to employees that they need to make sure to have enough annual leave left...
The files are there, just dont do anything further with the drive.. any writing to the drive can result in potentially overwriting the files then they are gone..
You can recover yourself, many apps available.. don't have time to get a reputable list together now..