Replacement HDD for laptop

Toshiba Satellite 5205-s503 notebook
August 26, 2009 at 21:47:32
Specs: Windows 98
I have a Toshiba laptop that the HDD crashed. It was running Windows XP. I got a used HDD with Windows 98.

When I installed the HDD, Win 98 loaded but has had many problems. It will only run in Safe Mode.

I have the Toshiba Recovery and Applications / Drivers CD's (all 3) but Windows 98 doesn't recognize the DVD / CD player.

I created a Win 98 boot disk, loaded the CD-ROM drivers and it still doesn't recognize the CD / DVD player.

I'm at a total loss of how to get XP back on this laptop.

Any suggestions?



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August 26, 2009 at 23:32:11
Post the exact Model # from the Lable on the bottom of the Laptop.

If you have the Toshiba Restore CD's you should only have to restart the Laptop with #1 CD in the CD DRive.

You can't install Windows from Windows.

If the Laptop does not start the Recovery process you may have to go into the BIOS Setup and change the BOOT Order from HDD to CD/DVD Drive.

To access the Bios Setup try this.

Restart and IMMEDIATELY hit ESC, you should be prompted to hit F1 Key to enter BIOS SETUP. If not your Model number may use different Keystrokes to enter BIOS Setup. If you miss with the Escape key Hold the power switch in till it shuts off then try again. You need to be pretty quick on the ESC Key.

If you get to the BIOS SETUP SCREEN look for something that reads "Boot Device Order" or something similar. Set the CD/DVD drive as First Boot Device then look at the bottom of the screen for the key to EXIT Saving Settings.


When you EXIT ( I think it's the END Key) the laptop should Read the Restore CD in the Drive and begin the Restore Process.

If the process stops for any reason read everything on Screen and proceed only when you are sure you want to take the Following step.

DO format the HDD if prompted. You may or may not see a choice of Formatting to FAT 32 or NTFS. Decide this before you begin. If you have any older software that you want to use from Win98 or Win ME use Fat32. You can always change to NTFS later.

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