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Re: Satellite A300-27H? Do I need HDD Recovery partition after creating DVD

Question: Re: Satellite A300-27H? Do I need HDD Recovery partition after creating DVD

I have just created my two recovery DVDs for my new computer and I want to know if I still need my 113GB partition on my computer?

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Answer: Re: Satellite A300-27H? Do I need HDD Recovery partition after creating DVD

The Recovery disk would set the notebook back to factory settings? this means that the Recovery disk would format the whole HDD and would create the same partitions like at the first day of purchase? it should create also the HDD recovery partition too?

Therefore in my opinion you could delete it if you don?t want to have such partition on your HDD?


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I have no prior experience with making a recovery CD and I hear ya only get one shot to do it, and so have to be careful not to screw up. Hence.. I am posting here so I can get some clear instructions on how to achieve this. I am not going to rush into it like a bull in a china shop because that's usually when i make mistakes.
Would love someone to guide me thru doing this step by simple step if that is not too demanding to ask. I would very much appreciate it.

All I know is I have the Toshiba recovery disk creator in Program Files...I will install ImgBurn if that's OK to use, but would love some guidance helping me thru this so I dont mess up.

tmany kind thanks,

Answer:Creating recovery CD for a Satellite A300-1J1 Laptop

Hello Kes

Toshiba takes care of you and made simply way to do this. ;)

You must not install anything. Just start Toshiba recovery creator tool and put high quality empty DVD-R media and follow the menu on the screen. That?s all.
I recommend you to use TDK or Verbatim medias. I have tested both of them and they work for sure.

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I am not really providing any solution, but faced similar problem with my Satellite A300-1EI laptop, purchased in Dubai, UAE. I tried to make recovery discs through Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator. However, everytime, I got an error message. I tried with Verbatim, Philips DVD-R and lost several DVDs. Meanwhile on some net surfing, I found out that Toshiba DVD writer is a bit sensitive and try using Verbatim brand DVD-R. I tried with Verbatim 2 days ago and at the last moment when I was about to dance with joy that first DVD is created, received an erro message as below

*"The following issue occured while recording data to the disc.*
*The current process will be stopped.*

*A power calibration area error occurred.*
*Please check if the dics is scratched or dirty.*
*If so, please try again with a new disc.*

*(Error Code: 0E01B5-26-00037304)"*

I really do not understand the message. Can you advise on how to create the recovery discs.


Answer:Re: Satellite A300 - Error while creating Recovery Disk


For me it looks like the used DVD disks are not fully supported by ODD.
It seems to be a compatibility issue.

I had such issue in the past but I could solve it using another DVD from another manufacturer.
I made a good experience with TDK DVD-R.
Using the ?R disk I was able to burn the disk but using the +R I received an error.


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I have a Toshiba Satellite A300-1MM laptop. I want to factory reset the Windows Vista OS, but leave the other OSes I have in the state they are. I am attaching a screenshot of the disk management selection and the :My Computer:.
I want to reinstall Vista from the recovery disk to the partition I currently have them, without messing other ones.
As boot loader I am using GRUB 2.0 (Ubuntu 14.04)

I want to keep the current partitions and replace Vista.
(I know that i have accidentaly deleted the recovery partition, but i have recovery disks so do notworry)

Thanks in advance , for any other definitions, ask me.

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I have satellite A300 with pre loaded Vista home premium OS, due to some reason I had to format the entire disk and I lost my OS recovery partition.

Can any one help me in getting my os partition?
I had checked with the service centers they said I can use the OS recovery partition of similar model.

So I request everyone if anyone can provide me the OS partition, I would be thankful to them.

Please contact me at [email protected]


Answer:Satellite A300 - I lost the recovery partition


I think you did understand something wrong.
On the Toshiba notebooks there is no recovery partition, they have a HDDrecovery folder that contains the factory settings.
I recovery partition that you mean is a Window Vista feature, not a Toshiba.
Here is a useful link to this:

The HDD recovery folder is stored on the second partition of the notebook. You can use the HDD recovery function if you go in the advanced boot menu, choose ?Repair my computer? and select the Toshiba HDD recovery function.
But I think this is too late now?

Did you burn the Toshiba recovery disk? Normally you can burn the factory image that is stored in the HDD recovery folder on a DVD by using the Toshiba recovery disk creator. Therefore you get always a remember message or popup that you have to do this.

If you didn?t do this and you want the Toshiba recovery disk you must order a new one. You can do this here:

I hope I could help you. Do you have more questions?


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Thanks to a recovery software I have saved the "HDD RECOVERY" folder an all the other files that were in D:(the damaged partition) into another folder in C:

Now how can I burn a recovery cd/dvd starting by this folder ?

I've the Satellite A300-21w that came with a 320 GB HD splitted in 2 partitions: C: & D an Vista Home premium:
The D: partition containing the "HDD RECOVERY" folder was accidentally damaged by me and now the system only view the C: partition !
I've tried to run the Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator but it shows the message: can't find the "hdd recovery" folder.
How can I reboot my laptop?

Message was edited by: melauf00

Answer:Satellite A300 - Recovery partition is lost

Thanks to a recovery file software now I' ve copied the "HDD REcovery" directory with all the other hidden files in D: in a folder in C: I can burn a recovery cd/dvd with that folder ???

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I had some trouble while trying to install MAC-OSX, to it, where the partition table get deleted, then I recover all the partition as is, but I can't boot anyways,
Then, I decide to temproraly install another copy of vista from Vista disk ( not the partition ), then configure my laptop to boot from the recovery partition and reinstall the right copy,
My problem is, every thing is there, the only problem is, I need to configure the system to boot from the recovery partition.

My device is:
Satellite, A300-148

Thanks in advcanced.

Answer:How can I configure Satellite A300-148 boot from recovery partition?

I have bad news for you my Friend, but your NB is not compatible for the MAC- OSx system, this NB was designed only for windows vista, & if some day you can install the system, may be you have too many problem with the drivers & the performance of the machine, so I don't recomend do it.

You can check all the information about the NB in this page.

I hope this help you.

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What key strokes do I press to have the Toshiba Satellite A300 start the recovery partition?
On a Gateway PC you had to hold Alt+F10 then hit Esc and Alt+F10 again to access the recovery information on the HD without the CD's.
I don't have access to recovery CD's and I just want the laptop to boot from the recovery partition and restore the Windows Vista 32bit OS.
Your help would be appreciated!

Answer:Accessing the Recovery Partition on a Toshiba Satellite A300 Laptop


I hope this document will help you -


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I have deleted the HDDrecovery partition by accident but i have all the files in the partition backed up.

Is it possible to create the partition again?
Or make a recovery disc from the files? -
I have the recovery-disc-creator program if its possible to still use?

Satellite Pro A300

Answer:Satellite Pro A300 - deleted HDD recovery partition but have ghost backup

> Is it possible to create the partition again?
From my knowledge it?s not possible to create it again without a usage of Toshiba recovery disk? As far as I know this partitions contains also some marks which are necessary to boot from this partition.

> Or make a recovery disc from the files? -
I have the recovery-disc-creator program if its possible to still use?
Usually this Toshiba Recovery Disk Creator tool needs the HDD partition in order to create the Recovery Disk. But I doubt it will functions if you have already deleted this partition.
But nevertheless you could check it.
Create the partition (Vista disk management), copy this files on this partition and check if the this Toshiba Recovery Disk Creator tool would find this.

If not then I don?t believe that you could create such HDD partition?

In such case you will have to buy a Toshiba Recovery disk

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I am trying to reconfigure the partition sizes of the windows and recovery partitions as I don't like the idea of having the drive poit 50/50.

I therefore want to reduce it so that only the recovery data will fit on the D drive and my main partition will be a lot bigger. ie C: = 240GB+ and the recovery drive (D:) will only be 5GB (Big enough for the recovery data only.)

I posted this thread here a couple of day ago.


This and searching these forums has gotten me to the point where I think I need to use the recovery DVD in "EXPERT" mode. This should allow me to set the partitions manually rather than automatically right down the middle!

I have noticed that the screen which asks me what to install has a SETTINGS option which is always greyed out.

Does anyone know how to open the SETTINGS screen or if there is another way to manually create the partitions?

Thanks for any replies.

Answer:Satellite A300 1J1 - Recovery "Expert" Mode to change partition size


I have already answered the other thread (see link in your posting)

The point is that you cannot resize the partitions using the Toshiba Vista Recovery DVD.

The mentioned ?Expert mode? is not available in Vista recovery DVD.
The expert mode was a part of the Win XP recovery CD.

However, fact is that the Vista Recovery DVD sets the notebook to the factory settings and also the partition sizes.

The partitions sizes can be changed in Vista Disk Management!


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I have already found quite some discussions around the question how to increase free space on the SSD.

Is it a feasible option to remove the recovery partition after having created a USB recovery stick with "Toshiba Create Recovery Media" tool?
Any risk?

If it would be feasible, how can it be done to assign the gained space to the C: partition?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Answer:Portege Z830: Creating USB recovery and remove recovery partition on SSD?

> Is it a feasible option to remove the recovery partition after having created a USB recovery stick with "Toshiba Create Recovery Media" tool?
>Any risk?

Well, the recovery partition would be created again while notebook recovery procedure using the Recovery disk or recovery flash memory stick?

So if you want to delete the 2nd partition, you should create such recovery disk/USB stick before changing something on the HDD.

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I have having trouble opening or playing anything in the CD/DVD player.

I am getting the messages either:
D: application not found, or
D: is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

Please help

Answer:Re: Satellite A300 - Partition D is not accessible


Sounds like the ODD filter in the registry may be invalid. Have a look at this hotfix:

Another thing to try is get a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the optical lens to remove any dust.

If still no good, it may be a hardware problem with the drive itself.

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Does anyone know how to create an ISO from a recovery partition? I'm looking to create a bootable flash drive to install XP on my ASUS 1005HA. (I have Windows 7 starter, but I don't want to pay the 80 bones to upgrade to the full version.) I also have an ASUS 1000HA with XP--and the corresponding recovery partition--that I'd like to use to put XP on the new netbook. Unfortunately, I don't have a USB optical drive (I'm cheap--sue me) and so I need to use the bootable flash drive.

Long story short, I know how to make the bootable flash, but I need an XP recovery ISO to load onto it to allow me to install the OS. Anybody know how I can make one from the recovery partitions?

Answer:Creating Recovery Disc ISO from Recovery Partition

Using a recovery image from one PC to install on another PC with different hardware is not going to work.

Besides it is illegal, we cannot help with that here, read the site rules.

Other Illegal Activities - As you might expect, we don't want anything illegal going on here. Users cannot post hacks, cracks, pirated software, or anything of the like. Furthermore, we do not allow instructions on how to complete illegal activities, such as pirating. Please don't ask for advice on using illegal software, as it will be removed.Click to expand...


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I have model Satellite A300-1MT and I don't know how to get access to hidden partition.

Answer:Satellite A300-1MT - how to get access to hidden partition


Why do you want to access the hidden partition?

Do you know why this hidden partition has been created on the HDD?

This hidden partition is created automatically by Vista and it contains the backup files which are needed in order to repair the OS if something will go wrong.

It?s not advisable to access this partition or to delete it!

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my Satellite Pro A300 came with 2 different partitions, and I would like to change the size of the partitions (the data partition is too small).

Would that affect the recovery tools? Are there any suggested approaches?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Satellite Pro A300 - How can I change the partition size?

Which OS do you use on your notebook?
If you use Vista this document could be useful for you:

Normally this should not affect the HDD recovery but to be sure burn the recovery disk if you didn?t do this as yet.

If you have the recovery disk you are on the safely side.

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I have a Satellite A300-21H and using MS vista but will be getting dual boot ubuntu soon.
When i look up my disk size i see C drive is 148GB and then there is an E drive also at 147GB.
The E drive is ntfs ( contains a folder called HDD recovery and text file ) - i assumed this was the recovery disk but it seems rather huge!.

Then i looked into the manula to see the recover should only be 1.5GB and there is a hidden 1.5GB drive on the disk also.
My question is what is the E drive, can i merge it with the C drive? and can i wipe it and still use the 1.5 GB to recover things? and The two back up DVD's i made what are they for?

Thanks in advance:

Answer:Satellite A300-21H - What the hidden partition means?

Hi buddy

The notebook contains 3 partitions;
One partition contains the Vista OS
The second partition contains the HDD recovery folder. This HDD recovery folder is needed for HDD recovery procedure. You can recover the notebook without using the disk. You can boot from the HDD and can start the HDD recovery process.
But it?s strongly recommended to create a recovery disk! This could be helpful if something will go wrong with the preinstalled OS and the HDD recovery.

Last partition (the hidden one) contains the Vista backup files? called WinRE.
This backup files are needed in order to repair the OS in critical situations?
It?s no recommended to remove, delete or merge this partition!

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I have purchased a new laptop Satellite A300-1EC.
I was successful in completing the complete setup of the system.

When i check my drive i find only two drives "C" and "E".
Drive C is for operating system and "E" is data disc with one folder HDD1.

Now if i want to save my normal files like in word, excel etc... which is the drive to save my files.

Will saving in "E" effect the functioning of computers.

best regards to all


Answer:Can I save my files on "E" partition of my Satellite A300-1EC


I presume the partition ?E? contains data which is needed to start the Toshiba HDD recover.

I think you could save your files on the ?E? partition too but you shouldn?t change or shouldn?t delete any folders or data which already exist on the ?E? partition.


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I have Tosshiba Satellite Pro A300-1GR and recently noticed a file named R08985EF.tag in E:\.
The file's content is "R08985EF" and it's dated 12.7.2008 - the same date as HDD Recovery folder and all its content and has very similar modified-time.

The file isn't read only and has not any protection.
What is it used for and may I delete it without any harmful consequences?.

Any suggestion will be highly appreciated!

Answer:Satellite Pro A300-1GR - File R08985EF.tag in E:\ partition

I would not recommend deleting this file because this file could belongs to the HDD recovery procedure and if you would delete it then you would be not able to un the HDD recovery procedure

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I recently upgraded my Acer 722 netbook to an 265GB SSD and installed Windows 7 on it. I was wondering if there was a way to create a partition for a recovery environment (just in case something happens). I have a system image of this pc saved, however I feel it would be best to also create a recovery partition.

Note: This does not have a CD drive.


Answer:Creating a recovery partition on new SSD

If the original hard drive reflected a recovery partition...and you cloned the drive...the new drive has such.

If you did not clone the drive...and your Acer disks don't reflect the recovery partition...then you have erred.

If you did a clean install of Win 7 with a license/disk other than that supplied by Acer...there is no need for a "recovery partition", since such exists only as a substitute for reinstalling Windows to the state that it existed when system was first purchased.

System Restore is the Windows function provided by Microsoft for system problems.

What you need to be doing constantly/ backing up your system.


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I've done clean install of Win 8. At the very beginning of the installation I have deleted the hidden recovery partition hoping that during the installation process a new recovery partition will be created.
However that did not happen and I ended up with only one partition at the end of the installation with the Windows on it.
I did create a Recovery Disk on a USB drive ( took about 350MB of space on it) which of course can be used for booting up and repair/recovery should one day something go wrong.
However, I am not sure how to make a similar small Recovery Partition ( not the Restore/Refresh Partition) on the C drive so I can initiate repair process when C is not able to boot and my USB drive is not around.

Answer:Creating Recovery Partition

However, I am not sure how to make a similar small Recovery Partition ( not the Restore/Refresh Partition) on the C drive so I can initiate repair process when C is not able to boot and my USB drive is not around.
If you meant the "Windows Recovery Environment" which performs the "Automatic Repair/Startup epair" , "System Restore" etc, you don't need to do anything manually. Setting up "Windows Recovery Environment" is a part of standard installation process. Make sure it is working by entering the "Advanced Boot Options".
Also the same recovery functions can be performed by booting from the installation DVD.

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On my main PC I installed Windows7 on same drive as XP Home as Windows7 would not recognise my second drive where I had planned to instal it.Windows XP has become slightly corrupt regarding Webcam and Moviemaker and Sfc/acannow calls for a XP Home cd with SP3 in order to correct some system files.I have a Medion netbook purchased with XP Home SP3 preinstalled and would like to make a CD from the recovery partition to use in main PC to hopefully restore the corrupted files.The back up discs that I created for the PC do not contain SP3 and are not recognised.I have external drives and 4gb flash drive that I could use in mowing info. to prepare the CDHelp appreciated.

Answer:Creating CD from recovery partition

your medion will have their specific drivers etc and other files so won't work with the desktop.You need to borrow a full XP Home install cd to run this. Or have you got the original CD you might use that if you uninstall SP3...just a thought as I'm not sure if that will work.

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I bought a new SSD Samsung 830 serie, 128 GB. I used acronis to make a disk copy, but somehow the recovery partition does not work anymore. I did a system recovery process, but it did not install win7 properly. I still have the original disk, with which I can do a system recovery. I can transfer Win7 to the SSD. Is there a way in creating a new recovery partition? Thanks a lot.

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I have a Toshiba laptop that ran vista home premium, i installed W7 ultimate on the main partition, but still have the vista recovery partition...
I want to be able to "recover" back to the W7 installation.
what/is there a way to do this?

I have acronis true image version 11


Answer:creating my own recovery partition...?

Windows 7 has its own restore/backup capability. There's no need for a "recovery partition" that depends on OEM software, IMOMore Info....Still More .Louis

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How can I create a recovery partition on a desktop so that I can just press a key like F11 and reset my system back to its original state? I mean like how we get it with the laptops mostly..

Answer:Creating a recovery partition

Nearest thing that I know of is the Acronis Secure Zone methodology (

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I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-1OP with Windows Vista.

The hard drive is partitioned into C:\ and E:\, each of around 75GB with a hidden partition for the System Recovery Options. E:/ is showing only about 5MB left free while C:\ shows 28GB. However, the listing of folders/files for E:/ shows a total of around only 10GB. I have set hidden files & folders to be shown in Control Panel/Appearance but no more are listed to explain the "missing" 65GB. I also get a warning window popping up telling me to free up space in E:\ drive.

What is the problem and how do I fix it? I have run Disk Cleanup but get no more free space.

Answer:Satellite Pro A300-1OP - Missing disk spce on E:\ partition

I am pretty often here on this forum and I am always wondering what kind of problems people have with their notebooks.
If you have created recovery DVD move all files to partition C and start computer management > disk management. Delete volume E (second partition). After doing this create it again and make full format.

It will be interesting to know if the partition will be shown properly after doing this. if yes, move all data back and hope everything will be OK again.
Please note: after doing this it can happen that you will not be able to create recovery DVD or use HDD recovery installation so please do this if you have created DVD.

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I can see that WXP drivers are available for my Satellite A300 but can I have a recovery DVD for my Satellite A300-19R? Should I call Toshiba?

The installation is simple and without error messages. I'm not experienced with WXP installation and must not install ALL the drivers step by step.

Thanks for your answer.

Answer:Can I get WXP recovery for Satellite A300-19R?

You can order one online at:

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my A300 has become a bit slow loading up and such. So i want to format the hard drive.
I have made 2 DVD's using Toshiba recovery disc creator. Now what.
Do i do use the two disks that i have just made or do i use the product recovery media disks that came with the system.
Also what about all the drivers and such will they be on the disks i created or do i need to search for them and other programs such as my virus programs and such.

Cheers for any help

Answer:Re: Satellite A300 - How to run recovery

I assume you didn?t read any topics here in the forum regarding the recovery procedure?
So I recommend doing this because this theme is one of the most asked themes here in the forum!

PS: You need to boot from recovery disk and have to follow the instruction on the screen.
Recover disk will format whole HDD and will set the notebook to the same state like at the first day of purchase.

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Hello all,

Recent disk crash on my Samsung has been the nightmare of all nightmares. The replacement drive has no recovery area setup, so cannot install the recovery software and thus recover from a backup made with it!

Either I spend a fortune at a Samsung service centre, or try one shot at recreating it.

So, my question is....

How do I create a partition WITHOUT a drive letter, with the Volume labelled as "RECOVERY"?

I suspect that this is not possible, but if it is, how then do I change the status to EISA configuration?

Here is a screenshot of somebody else's setup....

I should add that I have recovery software that install windows etc. so no worries if it screws up my base system(without any of my data).

Answer:Creating a recovery partition - Windows 7

Wow, stumbled on the drive letter solution. Set it without a drive letter, right click to rename.

Now I just need to change the status to EISA configuration?

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I am confused by what a recovery disc/partition is. It's not an install disc ... or is it (just a OEM-modified one)? Is it a simple clone of the HD/main partition? Is it some sort of self-extracting clone?

My Vaio P isn't going to come with a recovery disc or a recovery partition. I want to create one. Do I do this using something like Clonezilla/Acronis True Image? Will the result be different from the discs that would have come with the computer if Sony/the distributor had included them?

Answer:Creating a recovery disc/partition

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Is there a way to create a recovery partition, like what hp has? but from an OEM version of Vista?

Answer:Creating a recovery partition from Vista OEM?

Only if the OEM copy of the OS includes the tools to do it.

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I have recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my Qosmio, installed all the drivers and necessary system utilities and programs that I wanted. Now, that took me a good few hours and quite a bit of effort. So, I thought of a way to prevent myself from having to do exactly the same thing in the future (I often have to completely wipe my laptop) I thought of creating a custom recovery partition. (Cause I'm lazy, aren't we all, more or less? )

So, just like on untouched laptops - you hit a key when it's booting, and you're given the option to restore it to factory condition (wipe the hard drive and restore the initial, first windows installation with all the unnecessary bloatware)

Would it be possible to do something like that? Create a system image, put it onto a hidden partition and leave it there until I need it, and then have an automated process that would restore wipe the current OS and restore the backup image. If so, how could I do that?

My current Windows installation is taking up about ~20GB total.

Answer:Creating a Custom Recovery Partition

You really need to be keeping some system images. You would normally store these on an external HDD. You can store them on a partition other than the operating system partition but if your main HDD fails you've lost your image.
Windows inbuilt system imaging
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
But if you had to pick one very popular and more flexible imaging program then look at (free) Macrium Reflect.
Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi, I have just installed a new motherboard after the last one failed. No surprise but XP won't boot up. Keep getting the option to start in safe mode, etc but then it just reboots. Have gone into Recovery Console and am wondering about partitions. The master 80 GB HDD I have is partitioned as C: 76309 MB (41609 MB free) with unpartitioned space of 8MB. I have a lot of data I don't want to lose by simply reinstalling. not life threatening stuff by any means (I back up the important stuff) but just extra hastle. Am I able to create a new partition from Recovery Console and reinstall XP onto that?

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Answer:Creating partition in Recovery Console

If this is a completely different motherboard, you will need to reinstall your OS. You may try a repair but in the long run, you will more than likely need to perform a fresh install.

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Hello, I had bought a HP laptop more than a year ago in US. I brought it to India and few days back the harddisk crashed.I bought a new harddisk and installed win 8.1 to it. I see 2 issues.... 1) The OS is not taking the produc key, am working with microsoft on this.2) I have lost the recover partition due to this hdd crash. Now even if I installed the win 8.1, how will I create a recover partition on my new HDD? Can you please help and explain in detailas to what can be done on this? Regards,DK 

Answer:Creating recovery partition on a new harddisk.

Please identify your notebook with its product number. Otherwise. it will be unnecessarily difficult to help you. You can find the product number in the BIOS on the system information tab. You may also find it on the bottom of the notebook in very fine print. Was the notebook delivered with an operating system or was it a FreeDos type? If it was delivered with Windows 8.1, then the license key should be present in the BIOS, unless someone inadvertently cleared the keys. Did you make a usb recovery flash drive? If you did, then running a factory image recovery will restore the hard disk to the state it was in when you purchased it. The factory recovery will also install the recovery partition to the new hard disk. 

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If I change the hard drive on my ideapad, I will no longer have the One Key recovery partition and features.However, after doing a fresh install of Widnows 8, and installing all my desired softwares/settings, can I create my own One Key recovery partition? So in the future, if I want to do a fresh install of Windows 8, with my own personlized softwares, all I have to do is use the One Key feature. If so, can someone please tell me how I can create my own custom One Key recovery partition?

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Hi, HP Notebook - 15-r205ne (ENERGY STAR) My laptop came with windows 8.1 64Bits pre-installed, but later I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 (64 Bits) over it, without making any recovery disks. Now I want to switch back to windows 8.1 , I still have the D Partition containing recovery files, but going to F11 doesn't help me.Any suggessions on how can I make recovery disks from the D partition within windows 10 and then use those disks to install the original OS back? Thanks in Advance!

Answer:Creating Recovery Disks from Partition on another OS

If you did an upgrade or custom install to Windows 10 and not a 'clean' install within the last 30 days it's easy to go back to Windows 8.1 Revert from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 Otherwise you will need to purchase recovery media from HP.   If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks! 

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Hi all

My Satellite hard disk has *3 partitions* as in picture

In the partition E: there is a hiddn folder named "*hddrecovery*" with a lot of files and a redame file (.html) warns:
*"HDD Recovery Folder*
*Do not delete or modify these files and folders.*
*Any modifications may damage the HDD Recovery system! "*

Last time that I made the system recovery using the 2 DVDs (created at the first boot), it was also *deleted the "D:" partition with all data files*. I'm very disappointed for lose data :_|
Suggest me _how to make safely the system restore to factory state_ *without affecting the secondary partition and its files*.

Thank you very much.

Answer:Satellite A300 - How to restore the system without loss data partition?


As i know, restoring factory settings from Hdd image (F8) will remove all data on disk C:. Using recovery disks it will remove all data on local C: and local D : ( creating hdd image folder). If you have some important data move it to external usb device or dvd disks for any case. That's all I can suggest you

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I've got a Satellite Pro A300 PSAGDA 2000R

It had Windows Vista installed when I got it but after a while it needed a reformatting so I did, (I like to reformat my computers every 6-12 months on average), it only came with XP discs even though it's got a serial for Vista on the underside of the laptop so I installed XP. That was about 2-3 reformats ago now.

However while looking for drivers I saw mention of a hidden partition for reinstalling Vista (which hopefully is 64 bit) and attempted to do so numerous times but unfortunately it didn't work, I'm assuming that perhaps when installing XP I may of accidentally deleted it or something? (Would of thought they'd of made it on some solid state memory that couldn't be written over or something.)

*Is there any way I can access it, get another that won't cost a ridiculous amount of money (eg download) or someone kind enough to create a image to upload to a file sharing site or something that I can download?*

I have also got a spare copy of Vista (and a few of XP) on disc, will any of them work?

+Another thing I'm interested in is can I get any form of the Windows 8 preview OS that will run on this laptop? Apparently it's improved performance over Vista and W7 so would be handy for running on a laptop, and I've also heard it's possible to upgrade to the full version from the preview or W7 for a minimal cost and would probably be much cheaper than other methods if possible.+

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Answer:Satellite Pro A300 - How to access Hidden Vista installation partition?

Actually at the very least how do I clarify if I deleted that partition? Where is it? Where do I check that?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A300-15B, purchased almost 2 months age. I have created a recovery DVD using Toshiba Recovery DVD Creator as mentioned in the manual. The question is, I have created this DVD 2 months upon purchasing and I used the notebook for this period. Would my recovery disc be the same as a recovery disc created just after purchasing?

My recovery disc's content does not include any setup that I can see which makes me think that I might have created a wrong one. Can I use this disc for re-installing Vista assuming that I am now using Windows XP?

And how many recovery discs are required for this model of Toshiba? I only have one.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Kind regards..

Answer:Question about recovery DVD for Satellite A300-15B

>Would my recovery disc be the same as a recovery disc created just after purchasing?
The recovery image is always the same. When you use it the notebook will always have the same configuration, the same you got after switching it for the first time.

>My recovery disc's content does not include any setup that I can see which makes me think that I might have created a wrong one. Can I use this disc for re-installing Vista assuming that I am now using Windows XP?
There is no setup.exe because the installation cannot be started under running OS or in some kind of DOS mode. Just put recovery disc into optical disc drive, start your notebook, press F12, choose CD/DVD drive there, press ENTER and follow the menu on the screen. You can use now what you want. after using recovery DVD you will have ?factory settings? again, the same you got after switching it for the first time.

>How many recovery discs are required for this model of Toshiba?
This question is understandable for me. Generally it depends on media you use for creating recovery media. Just follow the instructions in ?Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator?. It can be that you need two DVD-R medias.

Do you have more questions?

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Hello, at me such problem. I when have bought tried to change splitting of disks that was not half-and-half and that for disk C it was taken away for example 50 Gbyte and on disk D the remained. And so, suffered suffered and because of that that did not know that in BIOS the tag is established that it was impossible to touch SATA. All has spoilt.
Also has removed even the protected area on a disk for system restoration :(

Help please, I wish to return all as was. It is for this purpose necessary Recovery Disk for Toshiba Satellite A300-15E

In advance thanks all responded

Answer:It is very necessary recovery disk for Satellite A300-15E

Well buddy?. You mad a big mistake? you should have created the Recovery disk firstly before you have changed or deleted something from the disk.

I don?t know if you will be able to use the recovery HDD option but try to press the F8 buttons immediately after you have powered up the notebook.
Usually the menu should appear and there you should choose the first option called ?Repair my Computer? and then Toshiba recovery.

Well if this is not possible then you have no other choice as to order the Recovery disk from this website:


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I have a Satellite A300-1MC. It will not boot into windows just sits there with the welcome screen. PC diagnostics indicate that the Hard Drive is faulty. I have replaced the MK3252GSX hard drive with a Toshiba MK3276GSX - both are 320Gb.

When I insert the recovery discs I get the following message when Disc 2 is running "Please insert next recovery medium containing file D:\08008XSP6.SWM.

Any ideas where I go from here"?

Answer:Satellite A300-1MC - Recovery is not working


Are you sure that you Recovery disk was created properly?
Did this recovery disk function properly in the past?

Did you label the disks correctly?

It looks like there is a problem with recovery disk.

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Installed new hdd on my satellite a300. When i run the product recovery cd, I get error <seg. 10> -> cannot read WIM header]
[Error: 23] F:\05425Xsp2.swm. [_wim_create_file: <seq. 10> Fail to read WIM header

Progress 100%

[ERROR: 1812] C:\Program Files\Ulead Systems\DVD MovieFactory for Toshiba\Ulead

DVD DiscRecorder 2.2\Background\16_9_Wide\Spor03_W.jpg

Error restoring image.

The speciefied image file did not contain a resource section.

ERROR: ImageX could not apply VISTA F:\05425XSP2.swm Index 2 from ODD to c:\!
Press any key to countinue......

Waiting for ODD to become avaiable...
ODD Drive F: ready.
Check for medium in drive F: ...
Failed to initialize the raid class.
No RAID - continue normally .....

X:\windows system32>

Then nothing happens.....

If I close the window, the recover just start all over again...... ?????

What can be wrong?

Thanks for any solution

Answer:Satellite A300 - recovery failure

>What can be wrong?
Good question. Do you use recovery disc for the first time?
Try to set BIOS to default settings and try again?

By the way: which HDD have you built in?

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I have an A300-21i and it wont boot. It wont recover using the image as the image seems to be corrupt and it wont re-install with the recovery disks it always hangs at around 52% whilst unpacking the OS from image X.

I have however proved that it is not the machine as I have managed to install Win XP Pro on it and everything is fine. BUT I would like to return it to factory condition as I would like to sell it.
I would appreciate any thoughts on this

Many thanks

Answer:Re: Satellite A300-21I - Recovery hangs at 52%


I have never noticed a problem with my Toshiba recovery disks but have you tried to format the HDD before you use the recovery disk? Therefore you can use a Microsoft XP disk to format the whole HDD.
After this boot from Toshiba recovery disk again and follow the screen instructions.
Does it work?

Furthermore it would be interesting to know if it?s possible to install Windows with a Microsoft disk. Can you please check this?
Maybe the Toshiba recovery disk is scratchy or it?s a HDD malfunction and so it always hangs during the installation.


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Does anyone have the recovery disk 2 for A300? I have disk 1 but missing disk 2 :(
Hope someone can help me or send me a link from where i can download the disk 2


Answer:Satellite A300 - Need recovery disk 2

Hi amrit711,

The Toshiba recovery disk you can?t download so hopefully you find something with the same model where you can get recovery disk 2.

But you can also order the recovery disk from Toshiba directly. It?s not for free but these disks are pretested and should work properly:

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I have my Satellite A300 with Windows Vista for a while now, but it started to give me some problems a few days ago.

All of a sudden, windows won't load, it frozed on the windows logo screen. Since i needed to recover the files i installed ubunto from a cd and i was able to get the files out safe. Now, and since i have this partition, everytime i get to the screen where i chose the partition and try to start windows, a black screen shows and nothing happens! So i thought let's format everything but I just can't make it to the recovery screen or terminal. I've tried every key and trick I could find or remember of, but it still goes to the partition screen.

I have lost track of my recovery CD so, is there any way I can format without the recovery CD?

Thank you!

Answer:Satellite A300-1M1 - Format without recovery CD?


If you want original factory settings back your only chance is Toshiba recovery disk. Generally speaking it?s no problem if you have lost it because you can order it from Toshiba but this service is not for free:

Alternative you can use a normal Microsoft Windows disk. All drivers and tools you can get on official Toshiba website.

Check this!!!

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Does anyone know if a windows Vista DVD should have been included in the box? If not how do I receive a copy?
Thanks for your help.


Answer:Should I get recovery DVD with brand new Satellite A300-16I?


As far as I know all new Toshiba notebooks are delivered with HDD recovery image. That means there is no recovery media anymore. When you start your notebook model you will see a ?reminder? about creating recovery DVD.
Can you find on the desktop shortcut for ?Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator?? If yes please start it and create recovery DVD.

Can you find ?HDD Recovery? folder on second partition? Please do not delete it.

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Hi everyone,

I did a very stupid thing!! I formatted my laptop Sattelite A300-1EI and discovered that i have lost the recovery DVD that i made???

I called the retailer where i bought the laptop but they don't have recovery disks for this model?

How can i retrieve my original VISTA version for my laptop???

Is there anywhere on this site to download it?

I have downlowded all the drivers from this site but i want the original vista back...

Please help

Answer:Re: Satellite A300-1EI - Where to get the Recovery disk

Maybe you could order it from this page:

Check it out

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I have tried using the Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator numerous times and with many different brands of Discs to create the recovery disc.
However every time just as the laptop is just about to finish burning the disc, there is an error and the operation could not be completed.

I don't believe there is a problem with the drive as I have used it for many other things including watching movies with no problem.
Could Toshiba please mail me a recovery disc instead?

Answer:Cannot create a recovery CD for my Satellite A300-1BZ

>Could Toshiba please mail me a recovery disc instead?
Mail a recovery disc? Very interesting. To mail 4 GB image is not so easy.

I don't know what are you doing but if you want good tip then use Verbatim or TDK DVD-R empty medias. Use DVD-R only.
I have Satellite A300 too and I created recovery DVDs successfully.
Do you use DVD-R medias too?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A300- 1EG.

I created 2 recovey disks as required in the "Toshiba Recovey Disk Creator". I created the first one (Disk 1) 2 weeks ago and the second one (Disk 2) today because I didn't have 2 DVDs in hand.

My first question is does it matter if I have left a period of time between the two creations will if affect the recovery if I ever need to use them?

My second question is do both recovery disks just recover the operating system eg: Windows Vista or do they recover everything that was saved on Local Disk C at the time they were created?

My final question is if it happens my operating system dies, do I just power on the laptop and put in recovey disk 1 and then 2, (if that is not how I do it can someone please tell me how to?)


Answer:Satellite A300-1EG - Why do I need 2 recovery disks?


When you use ?Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator? you can see there option for using different empty medias. On some notebook the image can be burned on one empty DVD and on some models you need two of them. It depends on recovery image.

For my Satellite A300 I used two DVD-R medias. I have created recovery images for several notebooks and it is not known to me you have interrupt recovery creation and continue it later. When the first media is finished you must put second empty media and burning procedure will continue automatically. As far as I know there is NO option for disc 2 creation only. Please be careful about that.

I recommend you to obtain two empty DVD-R medias and create recovery DVDs at once.

When you use recovery DVD the whole HDD will be deleted, not just partition C. that means all data saved on HDD will be deleted. If your notebook has two HDD the recovery procedure will affect HDD1 only. Be careful about that and before you start recovery procedure back up all your important data.

Final answer to final question ;) ? when you want to install OS again using recovery media do follow:
Power your notebook ON and press F12 to enter boot options
Put recovery media 1 into optical disc drive
In boot options choose CD/DVD drive and press ENTER
Follow the menu on the screen

Of course, start with DVD1 and when asked insert second DVD.

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Trying to recover my A300, when on recovery disk 2 it restores for a while then I get the message:

Error: 10-FC12-045D recovery error

Just wondering whether ordering a new set of recovery disks from Toshiba would be worthwhile or whether there's another solution to the problem?

Answer:Recovery failure on Satellite A300

To be honest I have never saw such error but on this forum I saw several complains about similar issues.
In my opinion, before you order anything, try to obtain other HDD for testing purposes. Exchange HDD and try to install recovery image again.

Can you do this?

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I bought a Toshiba Satellite A300 with Windows Vista pre-instaled but I didn't received any CD or DVD with Vista. I just have a sticker with CD key on the back of the laptop.

I installed Windows XP from personal reason and now I want to install again Windows Vista using the folder HDD Recovery.
Can I install or I should have made a DVD with Vista ?


Answer:Satellite A300 - Need recovery disk

Sorry but now you are not able to install Vista with the HDD Recovery. The HDD Recovery can only be used on an installed Windows Vista system because XP doesn?t support this function.

Your mistake was that you didn?t burn the recovery disk with the Toshiba Recovery Disk Creator in Vista and now you are not able to burn it.

The only way to get Vista back is the recovery disk and now you must order it on the Toshiba website or from an authorized service provider.

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I've lost the recovery disc that I first created & I'm now up the creak after vista crashed on my. I've managed to reload it but have some serious hardware issues that I'm unable to resolve such as being unable to connect to the internet etc.

Can anybody advise where to purchase a recovery disc please?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A300-1BZ - Where can I buy a recovery disk?


Of course you can buy a new recovery disk. Just click on the following link and order a new one:

By the way, you can download all drivers and tools on the Toshiba website if you have installed Windows from a Microsoft disk: => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers


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I want to recover my Toshiba Satellite A300-1G5 Notebook to factory settings state. But when I run the HDD recovery wizard, It says that the file or program is not found.
And when I checked to my Partition drive its not also there.

Please help me or post information on what to do or where to get the HDD recovery thing..

Thank you and I hoping for your response from the great community of this forums.\

Answer:Cannot start HDD recovery at Satellite A300-1G5


Seems to me, the Hdd recovery image is already not available on your hard drive. Did you make a recovery disk? Otherwise, you need buy from Toshiba, the more information for ordering is:

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My daughter dropped the laptop. I now get a blue screen that says that I need to press F8 to start the recovery process. But when I press F8 nothing happens.. Any ideas? I would really appreciate any feedback.

Answer:Satellite A300-21H - Can't start the HDD recovery

> My daughter dropped the laptop. I now get a blue screen that says that I need to press F8 to start the recovery process. But when I > press F8 nothing happens.

I think there is something wrong with hard drive after drop. Can you enter the Bios (f2 on startup) to check if hdd recognized. You can see it on main page or boot option.

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can any one help?
I am looking for a copy of the recovery CD'S for my Satellite A300.

Answer:Need recovery CDs for my Satellite A300 laptop

Hi scottyy

You can order recovery media under

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hiya folks

I want to do a clean install on my laptop Satellite Pro A300 but only thing is I cannot find my recovery disc which I made. When I first made it is there any where I can get a new one?
I've checked the drivers section but nothing there


Answer:Satellite Pro A300 - Can I get a new recovery disk?


If you have still installed the Vista version that was delivered with the notebook you can create a new recovery disk again.
Just start the Toshiba recovery disk creator and create a new one ? That?s all!

Furthermore you can reinstall Vista if you use the HDD recovery option. Therefore you have to go in advanced boot menu (F8) and select ?repair my computer?. Some files will be loaded and then you can choose the Toshiba recovery option.
But this is only possible on preinstalled Vista version.

In worst case you have to order a new recovery disk from Toshiba directly:


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I am not sure if this is possible however is there a way of installing Windows 7, activating it with my OEM key and then created a recovery partition just in case I am ever in the situation where I need to run it using a hot key during boot?


Answer:help creating a recovery partition for hotkey restore

The easiest way is the OEM Recovery disc.

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I would like to create recovery disc from hidden partition. Is it possible to leave unnecessary software or I have to burn the whole partition? Thanks in advance! 

Answer:T61 Hidden partition and creating recovery disc

I would like to have the minimum number of DVDs. Can I use 1XDVD DL instead 2xDVD for Vista?

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Hi, I had a ThinkPad X61. Recently, I upgraded my hard disk and need to reinstall the OS and drivers. I only had 1 Rescue and Recovery CD and 6 Product Recovery CD.  I wanted to create a new partition (D, but during the recovery/restore process, I was not given a chance to create or configure disk partition.  Is there a configuration during recovery/restore process that allows me to create partition? Is there any workaround or method to achieve 2 partition?  Thanks in Advance =)

Answer:ThinkPad X61 creating partition during restore/recovery

you can't create separate partition using the recovery media or its associated recovery process.

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Not sure if this is the right part of the forum, but it seemed the most appropriate.

My problem is that i am trying to change a partition on my hardrive so that it becomes a recovery partition.

So far i have copied the contents of my windows 7 disc into the partition and tried using the following command:


cd /boot

bootsect/nt60 E:

only to receive the following:

'Target volumes will be updated with the BOOTMGR compatible bootcode.

Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access is denied.'

I need help to change the access to allow me to do this, please help

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I've just created a recovery media, with 2 DVDs and I'm wondering if I can now delete the partion on the HDD called "Data" which contains a folder called "HDDRecovery".

I'm asking here cause I don't wanna do anything stupid. Thanks in advance for replying

Answer:Can I delete the second partition after creating recovery media?


there is nothing special, just remove it as you usually do. The most important thing that you have already made recovery disks. :)

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After purchasing my new Student Version of Windows 7 Professional I was keen to do a full system format, and start fresh. I no longer had a need for the Dell Recovery Partition which contained Vista (and a decent amount of bloatware), so I removed all partitions from my disk to start with a blank 180GB HDD.

I thought to myself, if I am going to start fresh I might as well do things right and mimic Dell’s setup with a recovery partition of my own. Now to be fair, this isn’t an extremely wild idea as there are plenty of manufacturers and software companies who provide such solutions very simple and easy. Everyone knows that Norton Ghost is fantastic, and Acronis TrueImage is right there with them. Of course you can simply run-up Imagex along with WinPE and sysprep a WIM to re-image your HDD at anytime for a free solution. However, all these solutions require that you have some sort of recovery media for boot time operation, and the Imagex solution isn’t for the faint of heart. Now I do a lot of travel, and I wanted a solution that didn’t require me to look after a bootable DVD or USB stick, and because I am working with a laptop I didn’t have second disk which I could boot from via BIOS settings. My recovery solution had to be a Primary Partition on my only HDD with boot time options (in case my system is completely rooted.)

This turned out to be quite the challenge, as Windows 7 / Vista no longer support the simple easy boot.ini file t... Read more

Answer:Creating a Media-less Recovery / Installation Partition

Step 1.
Insert your Windows 7 Installation DVD and boot from it. When the first screen appears asking you for language and keyboard layout press “Shift + F10”. This will bring up a command prompt.
(See "Step1.jpg" attached.)

Step 2.
In the command prompt type ‘DISKPART’ to enter the DISKPART utility.
Type ‘list disk’ to see available hard drives.
Type ‘select disk [#]’ where the number is the disk that you want to install Windows.
Type ‘list part’ to see a list of partitions currently on the disk.

This is where we will delete all partitions that we no longer need. WARNING – You will lose all data that resides on these partitions. You may not be prompted with any “Confirm” dialogues as it is assumed if you are using DISKPART you are smart enough to know.

Type ‘delete partition [#]’ where the number is the partition you want to delete. Repeat this step until all partitions that you want to remove are gone.
(See Step2.jpg attached.)
Step 3.
We are now going to create all of the partitions that we will need on this disk. My disk consists of two Primary partitions. One is my C:\ drive where I will install Windows, and the other is my D:\ drive which I will name “Recovery”. I have decided to make my Recovery partition 50GB in size. This will accommodate the Windows 7 Install files, as well as a system image with all of my applications... Read more

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Trying to reinstall XP.

Restarted the machine with the recovery disk, the recovery application starts up. Select options and then it starts unpacking. Gets to 7% and stays like that for over 2 hours.
I tried re-installing Windows XP from my own disk but that fails with a message saying cannot detect Hard Drive.

The hard drive is present and can be seen in the BIOS.
Should I leave this recovery thing running over night?

Is there any way I can re-install the drive with XP?
Can I install a new drive and re-install XP?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Satellite Pro A300: Windows Recovery Problem

Is maybe recovery disc damaged?

Missing HDD message is typical for WXP installation and on this forum you can find tons of threads with exact explanation why this happen and what you can do about it.

Just for example check

Test it again with own WXP installation to be sure HDD is OK.

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I have an A300-1MO.
Can I use any Toshiba recovery disk \?
Or is there like a specific one for my A300-1MO?

I'm like a total noob....
Somebody pls help...!

Answer:Re: Satellite A300-1MO - Can I use any Toshiba recovery disk?

No, you cannot use any Recovery disk? you have to use the recovery disk designed for this notebook model.
The point is that recovery disk contains a image. Image is a package which contains OS and Toshiba drivers?
If you would use another recovery disk then the image would be installed with not compatible drivers and this could lead to further problems?

Every new Toshiba notebook provides a Toshiba Recovery Disk creator tool. This tool can create a recovery disk?

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I have Satellite A300-14s

My brother transfer some songs and videos to this partition (Data:)

The good thing is that the original recovery files are there and not modified (i check it because i have a300-20a)

my A300-14s has HDD recovery folder and *.bin file (this is the one has problem) but my A300-20A has HDD recovery folder and **.TAG file

I have deleted all songs and videos in the data partition and then try to recover my A300-14s to factory default...
I restart then press F10 at begning but i got and error...

This is


plz help

I can't recover

Answer:Satellite A300-14s - My brother modified hdd recovery


Try to this:
Press F8 while the notebook powers up.
Then choose ?Repair my Computer?.
Now new window should appear and then you should choose Toshiba HDD recovery.

Usually this should start the HDD recovery procedure.

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I just bought a Satellite Pro A300 with Windows XP.
I want to know how I can, or if I need to, create a recovery disc which will reset the machine to its original state.
The information included gives instuctions on how to do this for machines installed with Vista but not for XP.

I know I can recover from the hidden partition but in case that option isn't possible I would like to be able to recover from CD or DVD.
There is a Product Recovery CD included which just says 'MS Windows XP' so I guess it won't include drivers or the Toshiba software?

Any help appreciated,

Answer:Satellite Pro A300: How can I create the Recovery Disc


Do you have preinstalled Toshiba software called ?TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator??

Please check this.
Using the TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator you can create the Recovery Disk.

But if your notebook was already preinstalled with Windows XP then a Recovery CD or DVD should be included.

Did you check all items in the box?

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Have an Satellite Pro A300-28V laptop with Vista 32 Business. After a recovery from HDD Recovery partition I decided to use the function Complete PC system backup to make an image for future recovery with all my present settings. Too annoying to reset to factory default (Thunderbird 3.0 Mail, Open Office, and some other small applications previously running with no problems for years on another desktop computer).

The system needs 5 to 9 DVD's and it writes the first DVD. Takes roughly 30 minutes. Then, during verification of that disc it hangs. Verification bar stops at about 30% complete.
Anyone with that experience? Does not the Business "Complete PC image" work well on a OEM installation of Vista?
Or is it maybe the DVD driver who needs an update? I do not use a 3rd party burning software.


Answer:Satellite Pro A300-28V - Can't create own recovery disks


Which program you are using to create your own recovery disks? For example I mean Acronis, Norton Ghost, etc.

In your case I would try it with another burning program like CD Burner XP or Nero.
Furthermore you could try to remove the upper and lower filters in Windows registry, maybe it will work.

Last but not least on the Toshiba website you can check if there is a firmware update for your CD/DVD drive.

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I bought a Satellite A300 few days ago, it auto installed Vista without CD when I opened it.
Is it spouse to come with a vista CD/DVD or do I have to burn one with Toshiba recovery disk?

Answer:Satellite A300 - and Vista recovery Question

Hi, You should burn one dvd with recovery tools for future, toshiba dont gives cd's with a300 :) i also have a300

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I recently purchased this laptop and I get this reminder to make a recovery disc, but the link to the program doesn't work.

When I found the recovery disc program in its original folder it still refused to open.
My laptop just 'thinks' for a moment and then pretend nothing has happened.

Does anyone have a solution for me?
Maybe I could download a working version of this program...?

Answer:Making Recovery disc for Satellite A300-16I


From my own experience after a third system restart a recovery reminder appear saying you need to create a Recovery DVD.
You said you found the recovery disc program in the original folder? well, as far as I know there is a ?TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator? shortcut on the desktop.
Use this shortcut to star this application.
If this is not possible then you could try to recover the notebook again and then to create the recovery CD.

To start the recovery process you have to press F8 button immediately after system start.
Then choose the option called ?Repair your Computer? and follow the instruction on the screen.


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Hi all

I?m planning to buy new laptop of model Satellite A300-1GR for my work.
But I found that there's a problem. Many users face when dealing with laptop in general which is the deletion of partition when using Recovery disc at any OS failure & losing there data on other drives.
So what I want is a solution that makes me able to do the follow:

1- Have many Drives C, D , E , etc?
2- The OS is on C drive & my work data on others
3- In case of any problem or failure in the OS I can format just the C: drive & install another OS on it without any removing or modification on the other drives at which my data kept on
4- Ability to install different OS?s like Windows Vista , XP or Linux

Simply i just want my new laptop to be like my Desktop PC ( Full controlled by me )

Best Regards

Answer:Questions about Satellite A300 HDD pratitions & recovery

Hi buddy

Will try to provide a little bit light into this case ;)

The A300 is equipped with the HDD Recovery function. This means that you can recover the notebook without the OS DVD.
The installation will start from the HDD.
Of course there is a possibility to create a Toshiba Recovery DVD using a preinstalled Toshiba Disk Creator.
After the creation of Toshiba Recovery DVD you can format the whole HDD and can delete all partitions (if you want).

So now we come to the point which you have asked;

The whole HDD will be formatted (also the partitions) if you would use the Toshiba Recovery DVD.
Why? I think the Recovery DVD was designed for one purpose; settings the notebook back to the factor settings.
And this is what the Recovery DVD does. It sets everything back to the first state.

So if you want to keep your data on the other partition then you shouldn?t use the Toshiba Recovery DVD but an original Microsoft Windows OS disk.

Furthermore it?s always advisable to backup the data on a external HDD for example.
Then it would be no problem to get back the data on the notebooks HDD.


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First of all, sorry for my very bad english.

I bought a portable PC 9 months ago, Toshiba Satellite A300. I have had problems with a virus and the result is that despite of the actions of clean and disinfection, the computer remains infected and I have denied the access to the hard disks and regedit.

I have thought to recover the operating system preinstaled of factory (I hope it is the solution and not the formatting) and Barrie told me to check

I did it but the PC says that it's imposible because there's no files. I didn't make a rescue CD (so newbee).

What can I do?

Answer:Satellite A300 - How recover the OS without having Recovery disk?


Did you already install another OS?

Normally the HDD recovery as Barrie suggested always works if the preinstalled Windows from Toshiba is installed but sometimes due viruses it could not work. I mean if you don?t have success with this you will need a Toshiba recovery disk to get back factory settings.

A new recovery disk you can order here:


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Hello, I have a Toshiba A300 1j1 and have had it for two years. Recently, when attempting to start the laptop just a blankscreen appeared whilst the laptop appeared to be running, but eventually the screen appears. But more alarmingly I get a "BOOTMGR is missing, press ctrl+Alt+Del. So I run the recovery process as I made recovery CD's a year earlier. But I can't complete the process bec. I get...

Checking for HDD1
HDD1 not found!
Try to remove all letters from potential partitions on HDD 0 ...
Try to remove all letters from potential partitions on HDD 1 ...
Microsoft DiskPark_Version 6.0.6001
Copyright <C> 1999-2007 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: MINWINPC

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

Partition 1 is now the selected partition.
Diskpart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
100 percent completed
Diskpart successfully formatted the volume.
Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

Partition 2 is now the selected partition.
Diskpart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
100 percent completed
Diskpart successfully formatted the volume.
Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

Partition 3 is now the selected partition.
Diskpart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
100 percent completed
Diskpart successfully formatted the volume.
Copy Recove... Read more

Answer:Recovery process FAIL on Satellite A300

Hey mate,

> ERROR: Copying of Recovery Base files failed!
Sounds like a faulty or scratched recovery disk maybe?

In my opinion you should try another disk, . e.g. Microsoft Windows disk. If your recovery disk is faulty, the Microsoft disk should work properly. After this you can download and install all drivers and tools from the Toshiba page.

In worst case it?s a hardware malfunction, HDD or something else, but you should test another disk firstly. ;)

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Hi. I have a Satellite A300 laptop.
I saw that my computer has 1 hidden partition in the first drive and another recovery file in the second drive.

1) What is the difference between the 2?
2) I accidentally deleted the file on the second drive, and now I'm unable to create a recovery disc, so I need to order a new one.

What does the disc contain? does it only install the operating system, or will it also include some of the software that came with my laptop (Microsoft works, camera assistance software and so on...)

Thank you.

Answer:What does the recovery disc include - Satellite A300?

1) This is pretty easy. The hidden partition contains the Windows recovery environment and the file on the second partition in the HDD recovery folder the factory settings or lets an image of it.
The recovery environment is a Vista feature, not a Toshiba. If you want the factory settings back or reinstall Windows you need the HDD recovery function or the Toshiba recovery disk.
Here is a useful link about the recovery environment:

2) The reason why you can?t create the recovery disk is that you have deleted the file. Normally on the second partition in the HDD recovery folder is the image for that and this can also be used for the HDD recovery function. Therefore you must go in the advanced boot menu and select ?repair my computer?. But now it?s too late and you can?t use this feature.

If you want the recovery disk you can order a new one from Toshiba directly:
The recovery disk contains the operating system and all drivers and tools from Toshiba that you need for the notebook.

I?m right that you didn?t look in the user manual?! ;)
Otherwise you would know all what I have told you.

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I was wondering if anyone knows how to recover the Satellite A300-1J1. My laptop has Windows Vista home premium, I'm not too sure about the number of "bits" because the sticker at the bottom of my laptop is faded. My serial number is 8811896Q.

I shut down my laptop and when I tried starting it up the following morning it said "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause". Then it goes to this screen which says "System Recovery Options: the installed programme cannot start. Click OK to turn off the computer".

Does anyone know how to recover my laptop without having to lose (wipe out) all data currently on it, such as windows documents etc.?

Answer:Satellite A300-1J1 and system recovery options

>Does anyone know how to recover my laptop without having to lose (wipe out) all data currently on it, such as windows documents etc.?
In the past we have discussed very often about this theme. Anyway it works on this way:
- When you use recovery DVD for OS installation whole HDD will be deleted including data on all partitions
- If you use HDD recovery option only partition C will be deleted and all data saved on second partition will be still there
So try please HDD recovery installation following instructions on Toshiba document.

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I have just brought a Toshiba Satellite A300-1j1 laptop, and at the same time got the upgrade to Vista Ultimate disk at the same time.

Straight out I went to do a soft upgrade to Ultimate, which failed, and the laptop restored to Premuim.

Stupidly I then immediately went for a hard install to Ultimate which 'worked', but obviously the drivers to run the laptop was not installed, so I decided to go back to Factory settings, and try getting Ultimate on again.

However using F8 on boot up is not giving me the option to restore, and I have since learnt that I should have make a set of recovery disks, which I did not do.

The installation data is still on the 'E' drive, so is there anyway I can still use it to make these discs, or what should I do?

Thank you for your help,


Answer:Satellite A300-1J1: Cannot use F8 to start the HDD recovery procedure

>?.and I have since learnt that I should have make a set of recovery disks, which I did not do.
That is your biggest mistake.
>The installation data is still on the 'E' drive, so is there any way I can still use it to make these discs, or what should I do?
There is nothing you can do to create recovery DVD. if you want to have original recovery DVD you must buy it.
For this check please

Sorry buddy :(

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I'm upgrading the hard drive of my *toshiba a300-1mz*, but I'd be sure that I can use the *recovery disks* maked at the first boots for the s.o. (vista)

I expect your support...
thank you very much...

Answer:Satellite A300-1mz Can I use the recovery disks after a HDD upgrade?


Yes, you can do this!
If the HDD has been recognized by BIOS then you should boot from Toshiba recovery disk in order to reinstall the OS which was preinstalled by Toshiba.


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I have a Satellite Pro A300 and I need to factory reset. I have learned from my computers teacher that there is an unknown virus on it. Apparently it was downloaded when I downloaded Malware Bites. I got the laptop for free from Set-BC because I have muscular dis-trophy and get tired writing.

My teacher told me that I need to Factory Reset it, but when I received the laptop, it had had everything installed on it, (kurzwell, Chrome, etc) so I don't have the factory reset disk. Also, the virus has disabled everything that has the slightest thing to do with internet, (Chrome, I.E., Firefox, Outlook, malware bites, etc).

Is there any possible way that I could factory reset the laptop without needing the disk.
Any suggestions will help.


Answer:How to install recovery image on Satellite Pro A300?

Hello Steve

Notebooks delivered without recovery disc have recovery image saved on HDD and if you still use original preinstalled operating system you can try to install this recovery image following recovery procedure. How to do this is described in user?s manuals document or you can do this following instruction described on

Does it work for you?

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I got problem in my Satellite A300-y00, which are virus, trojan or more threats.
I want to ask if is it possible to resend back to Toshiba to reformat as a new one again?
I mean that will they install the same software with included everything such as a new one in order to delete all threats.

Will it cost more?

Answer:Can I send Satellite A300-y00 for recovery procedure


As I?m not mistaken the A300 was equipped with the HDD recovery option.
This means that you can recover the notebook and set it to factory settings very easly and without usage of the Recovery DVD!!!

So power up the notebook, press the F8 button and choose the option called ?Repair my Computer?.
Then a new screen should appear and there you will have to choose the last option called Toshiba Recovery or something like that.
Then follow the instruction on the screen.

The whole HDD should be formatted and new OS with all the drivers should be installed

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Trying to fix a mates laptop, had lots of issues so tried to put it back to out of the box state but when loading the disc's on 2nd disc fails to read and I get an error. Tried buring it at min speed but still no good.
Just wondering where I would get them from. Model number is: PSAG4A-02E00M.

Answer:Recovery Disc's needed for Satellite A300


1. have you tried to restore from Hdd image as written in this article?

2. but when loading the disc's on 2nd disc fails to read and I get an error

It looks like it scratched and some files can't be read. As I know, the 2nd Dvd contains drivers/utilities that you can install yourself from Toshiba driver pages. It depends on model:

[European Toshiba Driver Page|]

[Canadian Toshiba Driver Page|]

[Australian Toshiba Driver Page|]

[American Toshiba Driver Page|]

> Just wondering where I would get them from

Unfortunately, it's not free to order recovery disk, you have to pay. For European models, you can order here:

[Recovery disk|]

For other models (country regions), you should check on above mentioned sites

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I have Satellite A300 with windows vista recovery disc and I want to upgrade to windows 7! how can I get one?
how much does it costs?

Answer:Satellite A300 - How to get Windows 7 recovery disk?


The upgrade is pretty easy: Just purchase a Microsoft update disk and then you can update Vista to Windows 7 ? That?s all!

But if you bought your notebook from June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010 you can order a Windows 7 upgrade disk directly:

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Hi all, I have a Satellite A300 that has been giving me problem in the past few weeks...

I am using Windows Vista

about 2 months ago, teh laptop start to have problem, it will restart itself automatically before getting into windows (while in the windows loading screen, no blue screen, screen just turns black suddenly and restarts itself), but it will eventually get into windows successfully after a few loops

but from about 3 weeks ago, it just keeps looping and never get into windows, good news is it can enter safe mode no problem

I did every thing I can to try rescue it, like messing with msconfig, drivers, removing rams etc but no luck

so i back up everything in safe mode and decided to factory restore the machine, but the problem is that when I start the computer pressing 0 and gets into the recovery screen, the restart loop happens again!

any idea? or is there any other way to perform factory restore without touching the windows installed in my laptop? is it a hardware or software issue?

i thought about creating recovery disc but my cd drive is not working properly, and i dont want to risk buying an external cd drive not knowing if the problem can be fixed...

many thanks!

Answer:Re: Satellite A300 cant boot, cant use factory recovery

>...i dont want to risk buying an external cd drive not knowing if the problem can be fixed...
That?s right but you must understand that it is not easy on this virtual way to offer exact explanation and diagnostic to your problem.

It is not easy to say if this is software or hardware related issue. best way to test is recovery image installation. Recovery image is tested and if there is no some hardware problem notebook should run properly. How to install recovery image you can read on

>...or is there any other way to perform factory restore without touching the windows installed in my laptop?
Something like this is not possible. Windows that you use now must be reinstalled. I don't know why you notebook restarts but this is also risk for recovery image installation. In case that recovery image installation will be interrupted you will have two problems:
-original recovery image saved on your HDD will be unusable
-you will not be able to start t again

In your situation best thing is to minimize this risk and have original recovery DVD that can be used if something goes wrong.
>but the problem is that when I start the computer pressing 0 and gets into the recovery screen, the restart loop happens again!
Can you please explain what happen exactly? Does notebook simply cut off/go off and then restart again or what?

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Well at first my computer started doing weird like I wasn't able to use firefox or msn since it said there was no connection. But it showed there was a connection and my download manager was still downloading. So I restarted my pc and it couldn't make a connection so eventually I could make a connection through my Iphone but my normal lan connection wouldn't start working again.

So I thought I'd backup my documents and just reinstall my whole pc. I used the f8 button at startup and it said everything its supposed to say and I clicked on reset to fabric settings (or something like that). So It started up and after it installed it gave a error. Though it started to configure vista, so I thought it would be fine. But when it rebooted it did the toshiba startup thing and then a loud beep with a total black screen.

I tried to do the recovery again but it didn't gave the option when pressing f8. I tried every thing to fix it but nothing worked.

Eventually I managed to install vista off a disk I still had left from my computer from an other manufacture.

However now It won't install any windows updates (it downloads but then gives a error) and a lot of drivers are missing wich when I install them don't work.

Is there any way this can be fixed? I still got the recovery files on my d partition, But it won't give the repair your computer thing that you get when pressing f8.

Answer:Total crash after HDD recovery on Satellite A300


This is strange because normally after using the recovery disk all should work and all drivers must be installed.

In your case I would try to reinstall Windows again with the recovery disk. Maybe you should before format the HDD with the Microsoft installation disk and then using the recovery disk.
By the way, did you create the recovery disk? You can do this with the Recovery disk creator and it?s preinstalled on your computer.

Good luck and tell me what happened.


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I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 2CW. I bought it with Software Windows XP (included in a CD), which worked perfectly for years. I have reinstalled it several times during this years, but now the CD has deteriorated and it doesn't work anymore.

Originally the machine had WIndows Vista installed with DVD recovery creation option and a HDD recovery option, but I think this is not possible for Windows XP.

Do I have any options?Where could I buy the original Windows XP CD?

Thank you

Answer:Satellite Pro A300-2CW - Need Recovery disks with Windows XP


You can try to order it on
Other way you can install own WXP version. All WXP drivers, tools ad utilities can be downloaded from Toshiba download page

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Hello to everyone!!

My cousin interrupted the first boot of Vista, resulting in an constant error while powering up the laptop (saying something about disconnecting a camera or a media player). I decided to perform a clean install of Vista Home Pre and everything rolled ok.

I have a back up of the HDD Recovery Folder and tried to burn a DVD using as prototype my recovery dvd (A200-1J0) which prooved non-bootable.
So, I would like to know whether it is possible to make a recovery dvd manually (meaning without the wizard mentioned in the user manuals) for the Toshiba A300-17N laptop.

Answer:How manually create Recovery DVD of Satellite A300

Something like this is not possible. If the HDDRecovery folder still exists on second partition please start your notebook and press F8 for advanced boot option. Use first option on the top for computer repair. Follow the menu und choose option for Toshiba HDD recovery.

Install OS again and create recovery DVD using preinstalled Toshiba tool.

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sorry for my English, I?m French.

I have purchased a Toshiba Sat A300-1fg and I have burn the dvd recovery before installed XP.

And now the first DVD can't be read correctly and I can't restore my notebook for sell it
(the fan is too loud, media keys don't work with another player of wmp.... i'm not happy with this notebook)

I search anymore can be upload me a DVD copy please.


Best regards

Answer:Satellite A300-1FG psag4e does not read Recovery DVD


Try to copy this Recovery DVD on other computer and then try to boot from the burned DVD.

By the way; The Media buttons can be use din WinAmp. You have to enable the option in WinAmp settings. The fan is not loud and cooling settings can be changed in Power Saver settings.
These are some tiny tips ;)

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I'm having some issues making the Recovery Disc (see ), but as the main file burned to the discs is a 1+ GB *".exe"* one, I am starting to wonder if the discs are really expected to be bootable... after all you'd +usually+ require a windows envionment to execute such a file.

Or maybe the files required to "run" that .exe are supposed to be in the bootable part of the disc?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Are Recovery Discs bootable? - Satellite A300


I don?t know how you have burned the Recovery disk but you should use definitely the Toshiba Recovery disk creator tool.
This tool burns the Toshiba image and creates the bootable recovery disk.

And yes, the recovery disk is bootable and if you want to start the recovery procedure you have to boot from it.


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I have a problem with Recovery Disc Creator. When it burns the 1st DVD disc an error occurs. It says "Unexpected error occured. Error code: 0E01B5-26-2A031000".
I have Toshiba Satellite A300-1NA.

All of the updates are installed, and generally the system is "clean". I suspect that this problem is caused by my DVD-RW drive (MAT****A UJ880AS) but I cannot find new firmware for it. Thanks in advance for any help.

Best regards

Answer:Re: Can't create recovery discs on Satellite A300-1NA


Firmware updates you can get on the Toshiba website but for your Satellite A300 with Mat****a drive I didn?t find one.

Have you tried DVD?s from different manufactures? I use always Verbatim disks and never had problems with it.
Check this!


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I have tried to reinstall my Vista home premium on my Satellite A300-247. I have buit-in OS. I have done it axactly according to manual (restart - F8 - repair your computer - ......) When I clicked on Toshiba HDD recovery in recovery tools system wrote me this:

" the recovery of the OS is impossible
Could not find HDD recovery folder on second drive of the first hard disk.
There is no valid HDD recovery enviroment on this computer. "

I want to ask what should I do reistall my OS. I have no disc with OS and tool for creating backup disc doesnt work.
Is there some option to get from Microsoft or from Toshiba my OS on DVD?
If I use this tool for reinstalling OS, will I loss all informations on drive D ( Vista is on drive C)

Thanks for answer

Answer:Satellite A300-247 cant find HDD recovery folder


Seems the HDD recovery does not work.
Possibly something has been changed on the HDD recovery partition or the recovery files has been deleted?

Usually it?s always advisable to create a recovery disk at first. This should be done at the beginning and such recovery disk is always helpful if something would go wrong with HDD recovery or with the HDD?

Now you cannot recover the notebook because you don?t have such disk and the HDD does not work?

What to do???
Well, I think you would need to order new disk.
You can do this here:


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Hi ..

my friend has this laptop: Satellite A300-20P.

I'm not sure what he did, but he installed Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, then 32-bit again. The whole thing messed up.
Anyway, he didnt make a recovery disk for his laptop (damn thing). Now, becasue I have a Toshiba laptop too I know that there is Recovery on the Harddisk on the D partition (not the windows partition). I tried to use "Repair Windows" booting Windows, when I try to restore the whole PC from a backup media it says " No backup media found", now I'm not sure if the recovery sector still available or not, because the Windows cant boot. So is there away to find the recovery media?

If this mission impossible, then I have Windows Vista Ultimate to install and I can download the drivers from the site? The problem is, how I will make recovery media when install the Windows and the drivers ?

Please this is urgent.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Satellite A300-20P - How to restore from Toshiba recovery?


To be honest I?m confused at the moment because first you wrote about a problem of your friend?s notebook and you wrote something about your own notebook where you try repair Windows.
So I don?t understand what you mean exactly.

But fact is you have two possibilities to restore factory settings:
1)Use the Toshiba HDD recovery option. You can start it if you go in advanced boot menu (F8) and select ?Repair my computer?. Then follow the screen instructions.
The first partition of the HDD will be wiped and you get factory settings back.
2)Use the Toshiba recovery disk. It?s very similar to HDD recovery option but whole HDD will be wiped (all files will be deleted). After this you have factory settings back, too.

So that?s all what you can do to restore the factory settings. If the HDD recovery option not work and you don?t have a recovery disk you have to order a new one from Toshiba directly.

Alternative you can use a Microsoft disk to install Windows and then download and install all drivers and tools from Toshiba website step by step.

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i'm trying to create recovery disc for the first time(bought laptop before 5 days) and just a little before the end the creator stops:

Failed to read file.
(Error code: 020150-20-00000000)

What is going wrong?

Answer:Satellite A300-15A can't create recovery disc

Are you using good quality Discs?

Try TDK DVD-R media.

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I bought a new Satellite A300 and now I have to reinstall Windows Vista. My question is:

Through the recovery disk do I already have all the necessary drivers for my computer?
Do I have to download them online one by one?

Thank you for your help



Answer:Satellite A300 - Does the recovery disk contain all drivers?


Yes, the Toshiba recovery disk contains all drivers and tools for your notebook. After you have used the Toshiba recovery disk you have the same settings as you have started the notebook the first (out of the box). So that means the disk contains an image of ?factory settings?.

The disk is very easy to use: You have only to boot from it and follow the screen instructions. Windows and all drivers will be reinstalled in few minutes.

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I Have a HP Presario CQ60 212EM Laptop running Vista Home Basic in a 25gb partition C on a 150gb hard drive. There is also a HP Recovery drive D that is 10gb. I have 115gb of unallocated space.

I have set up my C drive exactly as I want it and it is running perfectly complete with the latest versions of my programs and updates.

Now seems like the perfect opportunity to make a sector by sector copy of it which leads me to my question:

If I create another partition slightly bigger than C: Is it possible to copy all the contents of C: over to the new partition and then over-write C: drive (the system drive) with this backup copy, if and when necessary, from the partition I've created? Do I have to have an external hard drive to do this?

My initial experiments have ended in failure because the software I have used can't write the complete backup copy back to a drive containing the OS ... I suppose because C: is in use when I'm attempting this.

What do I need to do, make or acquire to make it work if it's possible?

If it won't work can I do it from DVD or USB stick?

Answer:Solved: Creating a Recovery Partition On The Same Drive As Vista

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