|Hi- Thank you--sorry- Only my 2nd post here. The issue itself is confusing.|
I have only one hard drive in laptop with total of 3 partitions on that hard drive.
I did not remove the HD from the laptop.
I Did not use restore Disks from Toshiba.
I used the built-in Recovery partition to recover this machine.
Here is what I did:
1..Laptop would not boot Nor would it even post up. just a blinking cursor.
2. So I used a Win 7 PE live CD boot disk to get into the system. It worked for me.
3. I found 3 partitions.
-Main drive-- 225GB
-Recovery Partition- 9GB
-1gb :"useless" partition. 1GB
The problem was the main 225 gb C partition had D drive letter assigned, instead of C. C was assigned to the 1gb "nothing"partition. Drive 0 (C Drive) had "D" assigned to it. Then there was the recovery partition assigned E or F Everything was incorrect. Even DVD rom had a strange letter assigned to it. don't remember.
I guess all of that backwards crap is why the machine was confused and would not boot. Because C drive was not the 0 drive (It was 1 or 2 drive ) Everything was all out of order.
4. I carefully corrected the drive letters to the proper ones. I was able to do that using my "live CD boot disk for Win 7". Otherwise i could not access anything,, whatever the reason was.
5. If you hold down the 0(zero) key then tap the power button once you will go right into the Toshiba recovery/restore menu. That was not happening for me until I repaired the drive letter problems.
6. Now With C drive (Drive 0) assigned its correct letter, the Recover/restore menu finally appeared to me when I held down the zero key, like it was supposed to.
7. I restored the laptop to its factory defaults using Toshiba's built-in restore application.(by holding down Zero key) They do not issue restore disks anymore. Just the restore/recovery partition , which is what I successfully used to restore the laptop. It Also Reinstalled Widows 7 and all the drivers.
8. The PC works fine and all is well, except that while checking things out after the immediately after the restoration project, using a program called called GParted from the Lived boot CD, I noticed that the hard drive itself and the 2 other partitions are NOT mounted yet.
9 I am pretty sure they need to be mounted. Being a relative beginner, That is why I asked this question.
It is very complicated and I was trying to keep it simple. I am sure I probably really made it sound complicated now,
BUT THE QUESTION again IS: Do i need to mount the C drive? also does that important recovery partition need to be mounted, as well? i do not care about that 3rd one except that it may hold the boot sector and unless you guys tell me I should care.
I use a lot of big words here but i am no expert. Please believe that I am far from that. I need all the Expert advice I can get.
thank you again,