Toshiba® Satellite A500 Format
When to format Toshiba Satellite A500?
The Toshiba Satellite A500 is one of the latest models released by Toshiba. Many different models have been released, each with slight modifications, but all of them come with Windows® 7 as operating system, which will allow the user to enjoy a robust working equipment or use it as an entertainment center for watching movies or analog / digital TV in high definition, thanks to the built in HDMI built-in port. However, no equipment is free of viruses, malware or random file-system failures. There may be some cases when it would be necessary to format the hard disk in this laptop.
The following points will provide a better understanding of how and when to format Toshiba Satellite A500:
- Cases when it is necessary to format the Toshiba Satellite A500
- Checklist of what to do before formatting
- Formatting the hard disk: Issues encountered and consequences
Cases when it is necessary to format the Toshiba Satellite A500
Sometimes due to a power failure while the computer is connected to the electricity, a virus, malware, spyware attack, a third party software malfunction installed, your PC may become too slow or totally unresponsive . If, after running an antivirus and malware/spyware removal tools, the computer is still unresponsive or doesn't boot at all, then it is recommended to format the hard disk and reinstall the operating system from the supplied Toshiba-HDD recovery partition.
Checklist of what to do before formatting
If the computer stopped working correctly after a power failure, it is recommended to turn it off, turn it on again and start a system check using the check-disk feature built in Windows® 7. System check will correct any defective sectors or locate any possible hardware malfunction. Before doing a total system recovery/hard disk formatting, there are certain steps to follow. You must Copy / backup all the important user information, documents, pictures and music. Once the information is secure in an external device, may be USB stick or CD/DVD ROM media, then you can run a system recovery / format the hard disk.
To format the hard disk, reboot the computer and press the function key as requested on-screen. The system will ask the user if they wish to make a system recovery. Click OK and apply a format to the hard disk when requested. The system will warn the user that all the information will be lost. The computer might seem unresponsive for a couple of minutes, but it always takes some time before the whole hard disk is formatted. After finishing, the Toshiba-HDD recovery will proceed to make a fresh installation, leaving the computer with the factory settings.