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F3-F100-0003 Error Code

Toshiba Satellite p505-s8980 notebook
May 9, 2010 at 05:14:51
Specs: Windows 7
I recently had to replace the HDD in my P505-S8980. Unfortunately none of the electronics stores around here sell the exact model of the one that died so had to settle for a Western Digital that has 200 gigs less room than the original. At the same time I also purchased the Media Recovery Disks for it as well. Once they arrived I then swapped out the HDD, Put Disk 1 of 3 of the Recovery disks into the optic drive, powered it on and after a few minutes of "Windows is loading the files" nonsense. a window pops up saying:


An error has occurred.

ERROR : F3-F100-0003

An error has occured.
Please press [OK] to turn off the computer.

Now thats all fine and great except that it doesn't tell me squat in terms of how to fix this F3-F100-0003 ordeal. Any suggestions?

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May 9, 2010 at 07:41:16
Had you shopped online rather than locally, I sure you would have found a HDD in the capacity you wanted & it probably would have been much cheaper too. Isn't the system still under warranty? The HDD almost certainly is. What were the symptoms of the drive going bad? The 1st thing you should have done was look into a warranty replacement. Did you partition & format the new drive with WDC's Data Lifeguard Tools before attempting to install the OS? I'm not sure how Toshiba does it but it's possible that there's a hidden recovery partition on the original HDD which is required for the recovery discs to work.

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May 10, 2010 at 04:29:42
I did check online for an exact replacement HDD, cheapest I could find one for was $265.00. Only had a warranty for 6 months, Purchaced this unit at the beginning of this last fall term. So 6 months came and went. The original HDD completely died while I was attempting a rather large data transfer. Obviously thats all gone now as well. Have'nt been able to Format & partition, this F3-F100-0003 error comes up and shuts me down before I can get to that part of the installation. And finally, yes, the original HDD did have a partition that contained the System Recovery files, but none of that is required to perform a System Recovery using these disk's. Still looking for an answer to the original question....

F3-F100-0003... What does this error mean specificly? What causes it to show up.? Is there anyway of getting around it?

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