Thank you all for the responses- some of which are begining to make sence to what is happening.
anskyber -Is the drive one you have "created" for yourself... This a readymade drive that had a NTFS part on it -whuch was given to a lady with an ME machine. I Have rid of the NTSF part and am now trying to get it to FAT32 to be suitable for her and to be 'universal' Bremmer The drive is badged DIGITUS and has a 'Samsung' movement -Have downloaded the Samsung 'bits' and am playing here Also playing with 'PARAGON' disc management system found on a PCA cover disk. So far the machine knows it is there, Disk management shows a clean 'active' disk- but not the FAT32 although Paragon says it is As this is a 40 Gb drive, it could be that size limit thing kicking in So far no Icon is appearing. Keep the heads scratch chaps
I've come from using Puppy Linux click here and that's got a copy of Gparted and you seemed to be able to do just about anything with it, I didn't fiddle too much because I didn't need to do anything.
When you plug the drive in it will show up as either sd1 or sd2 which will have to be mounted, but that's easy because there is an application to do that, I can't remember it's name, but there's no commands you have to use it's all driven by the GUI.