Is it too late??
I was having problems with my laptop so I decided to format....
Then during formating windows said it couldn't format because the disk could be damaged. After repeated attempts (even putting the HDD in another laptop) at this, I decided, to take a drastic step. I too a small (about size of a dollar coin) but VERY strong (85lbs pull force) neodymium magnet and swept it across the top.
Now it when I try to format, it doesn't even recognize there is a hard drive hooked up. It says there is not hard drive.
So, is it too late or is there one more thing I can do? Luckily I have another laptop to work with if there is anything else I can try.