Thanks for taking the time and try to help.
Yes, I have seen the Restore Toshiba M45 link, what is so frustrating is that it doesn't work. It had previously worked in the past, but the entire recovery process never completed for some reason. I've researched this problem extensively (to the best of my ability) and numerous other people had the same problem with the recovery process.
I tried to obtain new recovery disk from Toshiba, but they no longer offer them for models made before 2006, I typed in my exact model and serial number on their official site and confirmed that they no longer offer recovery disks for my model.
I found this site out of the U.k. and they offer recovery disks for my model, but I think they only include drivers, not sure if they would actually restore my system to it's factory state.
I thought maybe I could download an .iso of the disks someone had ripped, not sure if that would work or not, but I didn't come up with anything.
I've done several tests on my hard drive and they all come up with zero errors.
Did several memory tests, and they all came back good.
It's so frustrating, because according to tests, there is absolutely nothing wrong with my hard drive or my laptop, it's just the system recovery tool that Toshiba provides doesn't work properly.
After finding out that Toshiba no longer offers recovery disks for my model, I wiped the entire C partition (not saying it was smart, or the right thing to do) and was hoping to just install some other operating system, so that I can just move forward.
It's going to cost me over $100.00 for a new copy of XP which is infuriating, beings I already paid for the copy that I had. I don't know much about installing operating systems, what is doable and what isn't. Is there anyway I could use my XP license key to validate a new install of XP without having to pay for it again?
I do have an old Windows ME (Millenium Edition) reinstall disc that came with my Dell back in 2001, I don't suppose there's any chance of that working if I install it on my Toshiba laptop?
What do you think the best course of action would be to move forward?
Thanks again for all your help, I really appreciate it