As with most laptops, I had a recovery partition on my hard drive. In my case this was 5GB as it contained the operating system, drivers and all of Toshiba's bloatware.
I have came to a stage where I wish to wipe my computer for many reasons as sorting out everything will be extremely time consuming.
I first tried to wipe my computer by booting into the recovery partition, however it turns out that ti has been badly damaged beyond repair (even if it could be repaired I would not trust it anymore). Therefore, using this method is a definite no.
I then tried to use what I thought was a recovery disc that I made, however it turns out it was a system repair disc and not a system recovery disc, therefore I cannot use that either.
I then tried to create a system recovery disc, however Toshiba's software would not let me as the recovery partition was corrupt.
After lots of research, came across the following method. Does anybody have any experience with this method and how safe do you think it would be?
Basically, the method involves burning my own windows 7 installation disc (just windows 7, nothing else) and booting using that to reformat my entire hard drive and installing windows 7.
I am finding it strange that this method is not publicised very much at all, this is making me cautious of using it.
I am aware that I will have to install Windows 7 using this disc and then go to Toshiba's website for all of my drivers, I am prepared to do this.
Do you think this method is safe?
(I am also aware that I can buy the Toshiba recovery disc from Toshiba, the issue with this is the price, i really cannot afford to do this at the moment, I am a student and am struggling so much with cash at the moment - therefore, i need a free way of wiping my system).
Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from one of you soon.
Edited by hamluis, 18 April 2012 - 01:39 PM.
Edited for readability.