Reset Toshiba Satellite laptop to factory settings

Toshiba Satellite Factory Recovery

Toshiba laptops starting with mid-2007 and up did not come with a recovery disc when purchased as previous years. Instead, Toshiba has opted to add a hidden partition on the hard drive which contains the same files on a recovery cd / dvd but is more efficient as in it cannot get lost scratched now being on the laptop itself.

To reinstall your laptop to the factory settings / “out of the box” settings, please follow these steps. It worked for me, and should work for you.

ALL DATA WILL BE ERASED ON YOUR HARD DRIVE IF YOU PROCEED. YOU WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER ADAPTER PLUGGED IN. DO NOT SWITCH OFF OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER DURING THIS PROCESS.

1) Hold down the power button for 10 (ten) seconds to switch off your machine.

Please note: Holding down the power button on the machine forces it to switch off. Any unsaved data will be lost.

2) Press and hold the 0 (zero) key and at the same time just “tap” the power button once to switch on your notebook, “do not hold down the power button”.

3) When the machine Starts beeping or comes to a recovery screen; release the 0 key.

4) When prompted by the warning screen; select “Yes” to continue with the system recovery.

5) Select Recovery of Factory Default Software; click Next. “Do not select “Erase the hard disk” unless you plan on installing your own version of windows when the laptop is reformatted.

6) Select Recover to out-of-box state. This will include “System Recovery Options”. Click Next again.

7) It will warn you that “All partitions will be deleted and you will lose all data on the hard drive”
Just Click Next to Start recovery.

Depending on the speed of the machine, it could take 10-30 minutes to do a complete factory recovery. Once your recovery is complete, before you go back through setup, you can download a hard drive clone software called clonezilla here http://clonezilla.org/ which will allow you to boot, clone your hard drive to another backup drive just to have for your safety needs. This is great if you want to mirror your hard drive, go back through the recovery process, delete your partition and install your own operating system then if you change your mind, you can use the clonezilla image to put everything back the way it was.

by Joe Lovrek

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