Like many other recent computer models, some Toshiba computers may not ship with a recovery disk. Instead, all of the information needed to recover the computer in the event of a serious problem is stored on an area of the hard drive that cannot be deleted without the use of a special utility. This hidden recovery partition on the hard drive cannot be used, however, if the hard drive itself fails. For this reason, creating your own recovery disk is an important security precaution. With a recovery disk available, you can restore your computer to its original state even if the hardware itself has failed. Use the Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator to burn a Windows Vista recovery disk after purchasing a Toshiba computer.
Click the "Start" button (Windows orb), then type "recovery" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. If "Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator" is displayed in the search results, the recovery disk creator is installed on your computer. Click it and proceed to Step 5. If it is not displayed, continue to Step 2.
Download the Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator for Windows Vista using the link in the Resources section of this article. Launch "app_recovery_disc_creator_launcher_27726A" to begin installing the disk creator.
Click the "Setup" button. A Toshiba screen saying "Please wait" will be displayed. Restart your computer when prompted by the software.
Double click the "Toshiba Application Installer" icon on the desktop after the computer restarts. Alternatively, if there is a problem with this icon, click the "Start" button, then click "Computer." Browse to "C:," "Program Files," "Toshiba" and "Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator," and double click "TRDCLcher.exe."
Insert a blank disk and follow the prompts to burn the recovery CD.
Should your computer fail, restore it using the recovery disk that you have created. Turn the computer on with the disk inserted, and hold the F12 key on the keyboard. Select the menu option to boot from the CD or DVD drive. Note that the process of using the Toshiba Recovery disk will erase all data stored on the computer, so use it only as a last resort when troubleshooting a computer problem.