I have an iMac with 2 external hard drives, one is mains powered, one USB. The kettle blew taking the earth leakage with it. Several things have broken, My amplifier is gone, and for a few nail biting hours I thought the iMac had, Im still not sure. What happens is that after a short while, I get a screen of death, telling me I need to turn the iMac off, I do so, then on restarting it has an error message that it wants to send to Apple. Always the same one. a few minutes later it goes again. I unplugged everything, just leaving the iMac and the external Monitor that I use. It seems ok. Then I plug things in slowly, one by one. The Western Digital mains powered hard drive appears (though still not 100% sure, it may be coincidence) looks like the culprit in making the Mac crash. Im relieved that its not looking like the iMac thats been damaged. But I need the content of the HD. Its partitioned, so that half is utilised by TM and the rest as extra storage. Thing is how do i get that data off? Its still there, and I can access it very briefly until it crashes again, though nowhere long enough for me to transfer it I am very very grateful to an Ex who installed at least some sense about back-ups into me, as I have music/photos and books backed up on another drive. But I really want these 'other' (yes more personal ) photos back!! also because of the content, I can't hand the drive over to anyone to retrieve it! any one got any ideas? Is it even conceivable that the external HD could make my iMac crash like this? thanks and no, I'm not a dirty old man with dodgy photos, Im female, the photos are of me, and no, you can't see them..