Recovery Partition in Toshiba® Satellite U500
Recovery disks are the storage media that contain data and information meant to restore your system back to the manufacturer’s default setting in case of a re-format of the hard disk. The system’s backed information is normally contained in CDs or DVDs. However, Toshiba Satellite U500 notebook does not comes with CDs or DVDs but the recovery information is contained in a special hard drive partition and users has to back them up to CDs or DVDs. However, this tends to create issues some of which are discussed herein.
- Issues with the recovery disk partition
- Resolving the issue
- Accessing the notebook’s recovery partition
Issues with the recovery disk partition
In cases where the partition disappears or the hard disk configurations changes or is damaged or disk partition with the recovery information is erased, then all the recovery data is lost. By default the recovery partition is supposed to be drive D; but there are cases where the notebook comes with up to four partitions and in such a case, the user may not know how to access the back up of these settings in case an operating system is reinstalled or the system files are corrupted. The notebook locks this media to the exact notebook’s specification. If the user reverts to a different kind of Operating system other than the one that was pre-installed with the computer, then getting the exact settings as the original becomes a near impossibility. In some cases, the partition may be hidden to prevent accidental deletion or formatting of the contents, this makes it equally hard for a lay man user to locate the partition when need to.
Resolving the issue
To prevent cases where the recovery information is lost when the drive with recovery data is lost or a user is unable to access the data, copies of the partition recovery data need to be backed to CDs or DVDs after purchase. In addition, one should avoid formatting or erasing the contents of the extra partitions that are in the hard drive.
In order to access the recovery partition for the notebook, the user has to reboot the system. Press down the '0' key before the laptop initializes at boot up. This should be done until the Toshiba logo appears, a message "HDD RECOVERY MODE" is displayed then the recovery program is loaded from the hard drive.
In cases where the recovery partition information is not accessible at all, restore points can be used if the problems being experienced are software related issues.