I'm happy to accept I've been stupid but I need the help and advice of the forum members. I was needing to transfer files from my macbook to an external drive. The external drive is a 1TB Freecom HDD. I had split it into two partitions. One for time machine updates and the other for TV shows and other media I didn't want/have the space to store on my Mac. I thought it would be simple to delete one partition, the Time Machine one. I have not been using it as my main Time Machine back up. I have another external for that. However, after I deleted one partition I found I had deleted both partitions and therefore lost about 700GB of home media which I had on the external. I do realise the data/home media is recoverable as long as I don't copy anything onto the external drive. I did download a trial piece of software which was able to identify my data is recoverable. However, in order to retrieve the data I would need to buy the full version of the software for about $100. However, my external drive then seemed to eject itself. I have the issue now of the 1TB Freecom HDD not mounting. Despite the light of the external coming on when it it plugged in via USB. When I plug the external drive in it is not being read. Could any forum members give me some helpful suggestions of what I need to do or download in order to complete the recovery. Given I'm abroad travelling at the moment will I need access to other computers/external drives to copy the recoverable data? Many thanks in advance.