thans for the reply sorry for the delay in responding.
I have since checked the warranty which it is now out of. SOOO I have wrapped the HD in a piece of kitchen roll placed inside a freezer bag, sealed the bag & placed the HD in the freezer overnight. When I connected it the next morning I was able to recover some data of the drive - not all the data but some is better than nothing. SO if your HD is out of warranty, you've really nothing to lose..