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Can a hard drive that has had a magnet on it be salvaged? If so how?

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by EtherealRaven In reply to bad harddrive

Does it not work at all? Find (or go to another computer and create) a Windows Start-Up disk. Boot off of the Floppy drive, then run FDISK. Delete partitions, then create a new one(or more depending on how many partitions you want). Then reboot (CTRL+ALT+DEL), and then while you are still at the A prompt, type "format c:" (without the quotes). This should fix it if it is bootable at all. If it is not, I know of no way to salvage a non-bootable hard drive. Contact the manufacturer.

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by danpiers In reply to bad harddrive

If a strong magnet damaged the tracks laid out by the low-level format, the low-level format will have to be re-accomplished. I recommend DrivePro to perform the operation. There are other programs out there, but this one has always worked for me where many of the orthers failed. Once it is accomplished, use FDISK to re-partition the drive, then FORMAT the partition(s). You can use DrivePro to partition and format, but I prefer to use the separate tools. Good luck.

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