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Steph0120
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Factory Restore

I am trying to do a Factory Restore on my lap top.  I know I am supposed to press 0 when it is starting up and  have done it before. However, for some reason it is not working.  Is there anything I can do??

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Peter
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Re: Factory Restore

What's the model number of your computer? It should be listed on a label on the bottom.

 

The recovery information is on a separate partition. It is possible you've formatted that partition. Have you ever installed Windows from a Windows disc on this computer rather than using the recovery?

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Steph0120
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Re: Factory Restore

I have a Satellite L655D-S5055 and no this did not come with any discs.  Thank you!

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Peter
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Re: Factory Restore

What happens when you hold '0' while starting the computer? Do you get an error of some sort?

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Steph0120
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Re: Factory Restore

No error message - it doesn't do anything. It just starts normally even though I am holding 0 down.

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cbwilsha
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Re: Factory Restore

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Are you sure you are holding down 0 (zero), as opposed to holding down O (oh)?

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cfc
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Re: Factory Restore

Information:

Many Toshiba laptops come with the factory software recovery image stored in a special (hidden) area on the hard disk.  From this special hidden image, you can restore your computer to its factory-fresh software condition by following these steps:

To restore the original factory software image on your computer follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the computer is turned off ("Shut-down" from the Windows Start menu)
  2. Remove any peripherals such an external mouse, keyboard, monitor, USB flash drive etc.
  3. Make sure the AC Adapter is plugged in and working.
  4. Press and hold down the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard while powering on the computer.  Release it when the recovery warning screen appears.
  5. If the recovery process offers a choice of Operating Systems, select the appropriate one for you.
  6. A warning screen appears, stating that when the recovery is executed all data will be deleted and rewritten.
  7. Click Yes to continue.
  8. When the Toshiba Recovery Wizard opens select "Recovery of Factory Software" or the appropriate option for your needs.
  9. Continue to follow the directions restarting as necessary.

Please note that the process may vary slightly from machine to machine, that you may be asked to insert disks (multi-disk packages) and that the process may take one to two hours to complete.  The recovery process will require you to restart your computer several times.

As you use the recovery process you will have several options. One of these may be to create a custom size partition. Follow the directions on screen for this and other options as prompted.  When in doubt, it's usually best to accept the default, or pre-selected option.

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cfc
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Re: Factory Restore

Creating system recovery media using the Toshiba Recovery Media Creator utility

 

Information:


There may come a time when you would either need or simply want to "start over" with the software image on your computer. This "start over" (or "Recovery") will restore the software on your computer back to its original factory condition. The down side of this process is that you will LOSE ALL DATA and programs that were not preinstalled at the factory.

There are several ways to perform the recovery process.  One method is to use CD or DVD** disks created especially for this purpose. You can make recovery disks, with blank CD or DVD disks that you provide, using the Toshiba Recovery Media Creator utility. You can make as many "sets" of the disks as you like (please note that the disk sets are specific to YOUR machine and cannot be used to "recover" other computers.) Toshiba recommends you keep at least one set of disks to use in case of an emergency.

Note: Not all machines offer both CD and DVD options. DVDs provide much larger storage capacity thus requiring fewer disks to make up the set.

Steps to create Recovery Media:

  1. To use the Toshiba Recovery Media Creator click on the Start button in the lower left hand portion of the screen.

     

     

  2. Type "recovery" in to the Search bar. As you type results will start populating the menu. The more you type the more "refined" the list will become, giving fewer and fewer options as you "narrow" the search. Note: If the results do not include the "Recovery Media Creator" utility, type "Toshiba recovery" in the search bar and try again.

     

     

  3. Next, select "Recovery Media Creator" from the options presented to you. Note: The option may also be "Toshiba Recovery Media Creator", "Toshiba Recovery Disk Creator" or "Recovery Disk Creator".

     

     

  4. Select "Yes" when prompted with the question, "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer?"

     

  5. Within the "Media Selection" area place checkmarks in the boxes next to the options you desire. The "System Recovery Media" option will make a disk set that will perform a complete recovery of your software. Some models include the option to create "Application Disks" (as seen below). This option will allow you to create a disk set you can use to reinstall programs you specifically select from a list of applications originally shipped with the computer. Note: The "Media Set" section allows you to select the type of media you prefer, the example shows the default selection; DVDs.

     

     

  6. The "information" box indicates what type of disks, and how many of them, you will need in order to create the disk sets you’ve selected. Note: Take the time to label the disks as you create them in order to avoid confusion later.

     

  7. Checking the "Verify" box will allow the program to check the data as it is being written to the disks. Selecting this option will take longer for the application to create the disks but will ensure the disks are in good working order when completed.

     

  8. Place a blank disk into your CD-ROM/DVD drive then select the "Create" button on the lower right of the page. Follow the on-screen instructions as you move through the process inserting new disks as the program requests them. Note: It may take several moments for the disk to become available after you close the drive .

     

Additional Information:

  1. The path to the Toshiba Media Creator Utility is not identical on each machine. If you want to locate the specific location of the application you can use:
    1. Start menu>All Programs>Toshiba>Utilities>Toshiba Recovery Media Creator
    2. Start menu>All Programs>CD & DVD Applications>Toshiba Recovery Media Creator

     

  2. On some machines the application can be found by using "Toshiba recovery" in the search bar while others use simply "recovery".

     

  3. On some machines the application is called the "Toshiba Recovery Disk Creator" utility as opposed to the "Toshiba Recovery Media Creator".



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Elabcyber
Posts: 1

Re: Factory Restore

Unplug the ac adapter and remove the battery, then press and hold the power button. Then connect the ac adapter then press and hold the 0 (zero) then power on the laptop, thats how i got mine to give me the menu option to factory reset the toshiba satellite, c55-A
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Rambo
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Re: Factory Restore

This is how I did mine:  Remove battery and unplug the AC adapter, press and hold the power button for about 15 seconds.  Let go the button, plug in the AC adapter, press the power button, when the Toshiba splash screen appears, press F8 right away (you may have to tap it a few times) until the Windows startup menu appears, select the first option,which is repair your system or something like that.  Follow prompts and voilla.  I have a brand new operating system when it starts up again.  It took about 1 hour and 1/2.  Good luck.