USB cable works fine
I tried the same USB cable with an old Philips MP3 player (it has a cracked screen so no display) and that works fine. Thank you for the idea though.
As for the data, it's 16gb of audio (podcasts, MP3s etc) that I have built up. Up until November last year I always backed them up on my external HD but I have added a lot since then.
Is it possible that some sort of power cable has broken and that I can 'open up' the MP3 player to get at the hard drive in there?
Thank you for this!