I've just returned from my holiday, a very pleasant week in the Lake District, UK and to my horror, my slave hard disk is, according to XP, "...not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" It's a Maxtor 160gb Diamond Max Plus9 drive and it was working perfectly before I left. Nobody has touched the PC since I left, so the files must still be on there somewhere, but I don't know how to retrieve them. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drive, but the situation remains the same. Can anyone offer me some advice on how to get my files back, please? The drive was about 3/4 full and some of the files are irreplaceable (I know I should have backed it up sooner, before someone tells me) so I'm desperate to retrieve the data and, if possible, save the drive in the process.
Many thanks in advance.