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#1 massimo727

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:26 PM

Came installed with vista basic, the owner must have done hd wipe before shipping it out. What are my option right now? I've tried doing a vista recovery, but it doesn't recognize that there's a hd. It's a Toshiba satellite L355-S7915 I'd appreciate any help, about ready to start pulling my hair out.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:32 PM

rule #1 NEVER buy a laptop used.

now saying that, it seems like you will be out another 100-200$ depending on what operating system you wish to go purchase. amazon has xp for around 75$.

i recommend you buy a new os disk and just format and install.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

I'm starting to believe it's a bad hd. When I boot up with ubuntu live cd, it shows everything on the hd. It's like windows doesn't know that there's a hd there. can't find it when it's booting.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:21 PM

I've tried doing a vista recovery

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:56 PM

A vista recovery cd and from the built in toshiba recovery option. It doesn't list the hd that C is on.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:26 PM

I assume, you're booting from Vista recovery CD?

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:27 PM

yes. I'm assuming this is the recovery disc.
http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/


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Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:10 PM

The above DVD won't do anything, if the hard drive has been wiped out.
That DVD is helpful for performing some repairing options, if Vista installation exist.
It doesn't seem to be your case.

If the hard drive is empty, you'll have to buy Windows disk.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:00 PM

it is all there. When I put in a vistape disc, C isn't recognized. I believe I need a driver.

It's all there still, when I try to boot the pc it says no bootable media there. But when I use any boot disc I can see the Toshiba recovery partition and one other partition.

Could the mbr be corrupt or do I just need a driver? Would there be anyway I could get my license from the computer using software?

Edited by massimo727, 30 May 2011 - 05:04 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:02 PM

What is there?

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:26 PM

Vista.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:40 PM

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:22 PM

lol.

I can see the files when viewing them with hiren's mini xp mode.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

It doesn't mean, that the installation is OK.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:30 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

I've tried this, when it gets to figure 4. my c partition doesn't show up.




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