I thought the tough outer case would protect if from that. The drive is actually making a chunk-chunk noise now too. I really want to get this looked at in hope that some of the data can be rescued. The drive was being recognised yesterday before I made things worse with my uncompleted scan disk operation.I'm guessing the data could be retrieved as you here about burn't disks being retrieved by special labs but it will be v.costly. Does anyone know anyone who can take a look at it?