If you guys recall a month ago, I posted a thread where I was asking about a problem I had with an external FW enclosure that I was trying to place an IDE drive in. Well, I managed to sell the Western Digital 200GB drive and get a Maxtor 200GB drive, which is supposed to be supported by the Oxford911 bridge chip. I installed the drive yesterday in the enclosure, plugged it in, and sure enough Disk Utility launched and saw the harddrive as a healthy 189GB of real diskspace. I made one partition and it took a few seconds and it was ready, in full unlike the WD drive which used to lock up disk utility if I tried to get more than 127GB or so. I checked the newly mounted drive on the desktop and I smiled in relief as it seemed my quest to "build" an external FW HD was coming to an end. I copied around 13.5 GB of miniDV imported video to the drive to clear up some space and it was great. But then ... and you knew this was coming it was time to put the drive away and take the iBook to the family room for some work. I dragged the icon to the trash and ... waited ... the Finder started beachballing ... and waited .. and on .... until after quite a few minutes I gave up and relaunched finder (probably the first bad thing I did). The drive was nowhere in sight and finder was not happy, i think i rebooted the system and now when i plug the drive in, it doesn't show up, nothing shows up in Disk Utility (even the iBooks drive doesn't show up now) and when I unplug the FW drive, I get the two messages that seemed to be hiding while i was waitig for it to mount "bad thing you unplaugged that drive, you will lose data" as in DUH ... and "filesystem not recognized, do you want to initialize". I am fine initializing, but I can't seem to get to the drive to do it. However, Apple System Profiler does see the drive in the FW devices. HELP! Help?