right, im ****ed. People in my office keep everything on an external hard drive, - i've not been here long but i know its never backed up. Anyway, whilst dragging a file to the disk os x 10.3.9 suddenly froze up. beachball city. I restarted the computer and im getting the message "you have inserted a disk with nothing os x can read, initialize, ignore" - WTF?!? this thing contains all their clients work, i'm already being blamed for it (they're not very computer literate so they think that just because i was using it - its my fault) ANYONE KNOW OF A FIX. i have a feeling it may have overheated, its the hottest day of the year here in the UK today, and this external hd doesn't have a fan or anything. I've unplugged it from the power source and am letting it cool down - could the heat have fried it completly or is it likely to be ok once its cooled down?