DVD-Rom won't read recovery DVD

August 11, 2005 at 10:15:08
Specs: Windows XP, 256mb

Please help me!! I'm attempting to do a recovery process on a Toshiba A15 Laptop, however the DVD/CD-R Burner combo drive has stopped reading DVD format discs. Just so happens that the recovery disc is a DVD. Does anyone know how I could either create a set of CD-Rs from the DVD or how I can modify the .INI file on the recovery DVD so I could run the recovery from a dedicated partition on the current system or an external hdd? If you have any other ideas that might help, please feel free to post those too. Also, does anyone know if I can install the OS via an external DVD-Rom? That's providing I can get access to one. Thanks in advance!

Here is the first part of the .INI file on the recovery DVD:

[System]
InstallVersion=2.00
InstallStart=2
Version=1.2
ModelName=Satellite A15 Windows XP Home PIRADDVD
ModelID=SATELLITE A15
Production=0
AutoAppsInstall=0
CustomSystemInstall=0
OSReinstall=0
Partitions=1
WINPE=0
TempInstallPath=C:\ERCDTMP
BootCDDisk=0
BootCDPath=BIN
BootCDCommand=BootCD.bat
BootCDFiles=BootCD.bat,SCISet.exe
BootCDDevice=1
BootDisketteDisk=0
BootDiskettePath=BIN
BootDisketteCommand=BootFDD.bat
BootDisketteFiles=BootFDD.bat,SCISet.exe
MakeDisketteDisk=0
MakeDiskettePath=BIN
MakeDisketteCommand=MAKEDISK.EXE
MakeDisketteFiles=
PreInstallDisk=0
PreInstallPath=BIN
PreInstallCommand=PREINST.BAT > NUL
PreInstallFiles=PREINST.BAT
PostInstallDisk=0
PostInstallPath=BIN
PostInstallCommand=POSTINST.BAT > NUL
LongFileName=1
PostInstallFiles=POSTINST.BAT,WINSTART.BAT


Michael McTavish
msmctavish@shaw.ca


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#1
August 11, 2005 at 11:16:17

Are you absolutely certain that the Recovery disc for Toshiba is DVD and not CD? I can check Toshiba KB for verification.

i_XpUser


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#2
August 11, 2005 at 14:55:40

Yes. Unfortunately I'm certain that the recovery disc is a DVD. The total data stored on the disc is just over 2Gb. Any ideas.

Michael McTavish
msmctavish@shaw.ca


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#3
August 12, 2005 at 15:32:49

Defective DVD, some sort of bios fault or drive being read wrong in bios, defective dvd drive. See bios for oem settings and be sure the drive is listed as what it should be. Toshiba has good support pages.

It should work. I don't think Toshiba hid the OEM disks on a hidden partition like dull does.


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