Tech support for formatting issues in Toshiba® Satellite L500 Series
Issues related to the formatting of the Toshiba Satellite L500 Series laptop
You may be required to format your Toshiba Satellite L500 notebook, if it is infected by malicious programs. Different issues may compromise the performance of a laptop, including virus infection, corrupted system files, etc. This may lead the owner to want to format the laptop to clear any corrupted files and start the system afresh.
In the following points, we discuss various issues related to the formatting of a laptop and the consequences that may arise.
- When to format a laptop?
- Consequences of formatting the disk
- Resolving the issue
When to format a laptop
Whereas formatting may not be recommended, there are circumstances that may compel one to format the laptop. The following situations may lead one to format a hard disk. Virus infection is the leading cause. Viruses are malicious programs that are designed to cause havoc to user’s files and applications. When a computer is infected by a virus, the boot sector may be infected causing the computer to be unable to boot. In addition, the virus may change the system registry settings resulting in constant blue screens. Other than that they may alter the system files that are critical for system operation. Whereas an antivirus and removal tools may be used to help clear the system, traces of the viruses may still be left in the system and the only solution to clear the system of the infection is by formatting.
In a case where one wants to use multiple operating systems within the notebook, they may be forced to format the hard disk to create additional partitions to install the extra operating system. When the notebook has been purchased or gifted to you from a previous user, you may want to completely remove the contents of the hard disk and install your own applications and create space for your application files. This can only be effectively done by formatting the notebook’s entire disk.
Consequences of formatting the disk
Frequent formatting of the disk shortens the life span of the hard disk. This may eventually lead to a hard disk crash. In addition when a hard disk is formatted the entire content of the disk is lost including user data, applications and device drivers. In a case where one lacks device drivers, the system may not be restored to the original manufacturer’s settings thus compromising on the system performance by denying you some basic services i.e. quality color, no sound and inability to achieve Internet connection.
Formatting should only be a last resolution when all other avenues fail. Where one wants to use the multiple operating system, Windows® allows for different versions to be installed on the same disk and all one has to do is choose the operating system to load at startup. In addition, there is third party application software that allows one to create extra partitions without having to format the disk. In cases where the system registry has been affected one can use registry cleaner to restore any mess that may have been made.