Reformatting a Toshiba Laptop

July 14, 2005 at 12:58:56
Specs: Win XP, 512 RAM

Hey guys

I want to reformat my computer. Here is the problem. I have the product key, but I dont have the Windows XP cd that came with my computer. I have like 4 different windows xp cd's at home but they are all for my other computers which are Dells and the one I want to reformat is a Toshiba. When I bought the Toshiba it came with a Windows cd specificky for Toshiba computers....Is there anyway to use the Dell cd to reformat my Toshiba? or is there anyway to reformat my computer without the cd at all?

Its not that big of a problem I guess. Im just wondering if it can be done...

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July 14, 2005 at 13:08:39

Interesting question.

I believe you can use the Dell copy of XP as long as it is just the "Operating system" CD, not a "restore" CD.

You will be asked for the serial key. If you were installing it onto a Dell computer, you wouldn't have to enter the key or activate it. You will be asked to activate it on a Toshiba or anything other then a Dell. That may or may not be a problem.

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July 14, 2005 at 13:34:10

You either need an XP install CD or the relevant restore disks provided by manufacturer. I doubt if other manufacturer restore disks will even run (but you never know!). And they'll have all the wrong drivers - so if did run, probably won't boot (but you never know!)

If you use an XP install CD, you'll need a valid key, and you will be asked to activate. If you a correct restore CD, almost certainly won't be asked for a key or activate.

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July 14, 2005 at 13:58:20

If you just want to REFORMAT without installing windows XP, you can use FDISK from Win98/WinME Boot Diskette provided you have a Floppy Disk Drive.

If you don't hava a FDD, you must first create a Bootable FDisk CD in a CD burner with a Burning software like Ahead Nero/Roxio ECCD Creator and then use it to Format the HDD.
If you want to Reinstall the same OS and software from Toshiba, contact them with your PC specs, Serial #s etc and get Recovery Disc.

If you are using a Genuine Bootable WinXP CD, you may still have to get Drivers for the Hardware from Toshiba; check the feasibilty for that before formatting the Notebook HDD.

Since you did not say why you wanted this specific "treatment" (Reformat) without giving us a clue about the symptom , no other alternatives can be offered at this time:-)
Good luck whatever you want to do.

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July 14, 2005 at 14:53:56

I have done this with IBM win98 install disk on an HP and it worked. Of course after the install I had to re-do all the hardware.

I also tried this with an HP XP install disk on a an IBM and I couldn't even get past "inspecting the system". XP flat out refused even to copy files to the drive.

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