|Removing the battery won't do much, if anything.|
"... it went to the black screen prompting to start in safe, normal, last know good point, etc."
If you get this message the hard disk is intact and still has Windows on it.
If it won't boot into Safe Mode for troubleshooting, you'll most likely have to load Disk #1 of the Toshiba install disks, restart the machine and reinstall the operating system. This measure will wipe the hard disk and load "Factory Settings/Programs".
It's a good day when you learn something