Thanks Mike. I am not quite sure yet if I have fully resolved the problem because I still get the system hanging if I use autodetect in the BIOS (I do not get hanging if I set the drive to 45 for some reason). Have not tried writing to the drive etc but at least the system is now detecting and showing the hard drive. A little more persistence and I am sure I will get there. Thanks again to all.
Hopefully, for the benefit of Charence, and others who may be interested. I used the link on Mikes response to my query. This is the Maxtor site and downloaded MaxBlast 3. I now have a working spare drive with two partitions totalling 80GB although my BIOS has a 32GB limit. Note there is reference in the MaxBlast 3 information for at least one drive being a Maxtor, so may not work for everyone. The Maxtor site is well worth a look for hard drive issues.
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