My mate came back from holiday and plugged his external HDD into his PC but it refused to be recognised. He stripped it out of the case and I now have it plugged directly into my PC. The bios sees it but it has no drive letter. It is a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200gb. I ran the Maxtor diagnostic and it says that the partion table is empty.
He has about 20 gigs of photos on the drive .........
Both on XP Home by the way