Recovery Partition on Toshiba® Satellite A500
Recovery Partition on Toshiba Satellite® A500: A How to Guide.
For a regular computer user, they will eventually face the possibility of their laptop becoming corrupt, infected with malicious virus, malware, or even growing sluggish due to unwanted programs. In times like these, the only option left would be to reformat and do a fresh re-install of your system.
Today, we will be looking at the Recovery Partition in Toshiba Satellite® A500 and the steps involved in utilizing it.
- Out-Of-Box System Recovery
- Creating Recovery Media
- Things to watch out for
Out-Of-Box System Recovery
An out-of-box recovery is essentially the process of reformatting and reinstalling your system back to its original factory settings. Before you begin, ensure that your Toshiba Satellite® A500 is securely connected to the power adapter and the power adapter in turn is secure in its socket. Next, turn on your Toshiba Satellite® A500 while simultaneously pressing the ‘zero’ key on the keyboard. This will launch the in-built Toshiba Recovery Wizard. Follow the ensuring steps to complete your recovery. In the first screen, select your appropriate operating system. Then, select the type of recovery you want, either a factory reset or a complete hard drive formatting. A straight out-of-box recovery would be the recommended choice here. The program will now ask whether you want to maintain any existing partition or amend the default partition size. Choose as required. The recovery process will commence. Once completed, simple press any key and the system will reboot. Now, you are done.
Creating Recovery Media
For those who prefer to have their recovery media handy in the event of a hard drive failure, or simply to recover their system to a preset configuration, follow these simple steps.
Turn on your Toshiba Satellite® A500. In Windows® mode, click ‘Start’, ‘Programs’, ‘My Toshiba’ and select ‘Recovery Media Creator’. Then, select DVD as using a CD would involve a minimum of 15 CDs as opposed 3 DVDs. An option will appear giving you the choice of files and applications to be included in your recovery media. Choose as desired. Insert a blank DVD into the drive and click ‘Create’. Insert the other blank CDs as prompted by the system. When using your recovery media in future, simply place them in the drive and perform as required.
Do not attempt a recovery using just your battery. A recovery interrupted by a power failure will probably corrupt the recovery partition and prevent another recovery from taking place. If you are using a recovery media, do not borrow DVDs as the operating system licenses would be included there. You may end up using software illegally.