How to Reformat a Toshiba Satellite Laptop Hard Drive

Updated February 21, 2017

When your Toshiba satellite laptop starts moving very slowly and pop-up ads constantly appear onscreen, it is time to reformat the hard drive. This will remove any problems you have and is a very simple process thanks to its included Windows recovery disc. This disc allows for a painless re-installation of Windows, which will only take an hour or so to perform. This should be considered a last-ditch effort after you have run anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Reformatting your computer will erase any files stored on it.

Turn your computer on. Save your files to a USB flash drive or hard drive.

Open the disc tray, slide the recovery disc into it and close the tray. A Windows recovery screen will pop up onto the screen.

Press "ESC" on the keyboard to bypass the repair option. This option is only good for fixing files that are corrupt or missing, not fixing virus- or spyware-infested Toshiba laptops.

Select the "C:" drive to reformat your primary hard drive and press "Enter." The computer will now begin reformatting, which may take over an hour.

Follow the onscreen installation menus once the hard drive has been reformatted. It will ask you to name your PC as well as other basic set-up questions.


Do not forget to save your video game save files inside the game's program folder.


You will have to reinstall all of your programs.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows recovery disc
  • USB flash drive or hard drive
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