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Laptop wont boot up, can i use desk top reformat the HD


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#1 jennkent5454

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:44 PM

I have a toshiba laptop with vista, it will not boot up, not even enough to reformat. I can take out the hard drive and open it via my desk top, is it possible to reformat from my desk top, or get to the recovery file and burn a disk? or should it just be trashed?

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:53 AM

Does the system power up? How far?

"Won't boot up" doesn't explain what happens or at which point something doesn't go as planned.

What model laptop?

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 10:24 AM

it is a toshiba satellite A135-S2266. it powers on, the hard drive starts but then stops. nothing ever appears on the screen

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 01:10 PM

any ideas? anyone?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:25 PM

How old is your Toshiba?
Any CDs, that came with it?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:06 PM

its about 5 years old, It didnt come with a cd

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:16 PM

It may have recovery console.

Hold down the 0 (zero) key and turn the laptop on. Keep holding down the zero key until the TOSHIBA logo appears, where you should start tapping the zero key repeatedly. Stop if the unit beeps or when the TOSHIBA logo disappears. The screen should flash ** HDD RECOVERY MODE ** for a split second, then load the Toshiba recovery program right from the hard drive.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:55 PM

I have tried that with no luck. Can I pull the recovery program off the hard drive via my desk top, and burn it to a cd?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:58 PM

That's not possible.
Your best option is to call Toshiba and order recovery DVD.

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