How to Reformat a Toshiba Satellite Laptop Hard Drive

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How to Reformat a Toshiba Satellite Laptop Hard Drive
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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.

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Things you need

  • Windows recovery disc
  • USB flash drive or hard drive

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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