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Friday, October 1, 2010

How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

Some Toshiba notebook computer models have a Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility, which is stored in a special partition on the hard disk drive, along with the system files used for the 'recovery' of the hard disk drive to its original just-from-the-factory default state (contents). "HDD" in the name of this utility stands for hard disk drive. This on-disk utility is  alternative to the Recovery CD or DVD included with many other Toshiba notebook  models. The following instructions describe how to use this utility.

Toshiba strongly recommends that you create recovery CDs / DVDs after installing your computer.

The HDD Recovery Utility allows you to:

  • Create Hard Drive Recovery CDs or DVDs. 
  • Restore your hard disk drive to the original factory default state. 
  • Restore just your "C:" drive, leaving any other drive volumes or partitions you may have created intact. 
  • Restore your hard disk drive to the original factory default state, but without the recovery partition. 
  • Delete your hard disk drive recovery partition without losing the data on your C: drive. 
  • Reinstall drivers and applications which were bundled with your computer.
Creating Recovery CDs/DVDs
Copying the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility and the needed system files to a CD or a DVD improves the chance of being able to restore the original factory default state of your hard disk drive in case of failure. It allows you to use the space occupied by the special recovery partition used to store the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility on the computers hard disk drive.
  1. Double-click the "Recovery Disc Creator" icon on the Windows desktop.
    This utility may also be launched by clicking Start --> All Programs --> Hard Disk Recovery Utilities.
  2. Select CD, DVD, or All Files (to create Recovery media on both CDs and DVDs).

     Sample Recovery Disc Creator screen
  3. Select the items you want to copy by clicking the checkbox next to an item's name - recovery files, applications (original bundled drivers and applications), or both the recovery files and applications.
  4. Click "Burn".
  5. Insert a CD or a DVD into your computer's CD/DVD writable drive, when the utility prompts for it.
    The utility will prompt for as many CDs or DVDs required to contain the selected files. If your CD or DVD drive does not support writing, contact Toshiba Customer Support to obtain Recovery CDs or DVDs for your computer.
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the copy process.
For instructions on using the Recovery CDs/DVDs, see the section below titled "Hard Disk Drive Recovery using Recovery CDs or DVDs".

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