how to format toshiba laptop?

December 22, 2010 at 14:02:04
Specs: Windows 7 home premium
i know this sounds paranoid but i just bought a brand new toshiba laptop satellite L650. im used to windows xp however it comes with windows 7 home premium. anyway to my shock when i opened the box there were no installation discs or recovery discs. i contacted the salesman and he said i have to create the recovery discs myself. so i did that. the thing is if i ever have to format and start fresh coz of a nasty virus that i cant get rid of or whatever, how do i format it? ive got 4 recovery discs. im a newbie. can someone plz give me step by step instuctions how to format and reinstall windows 7 and drivers etc... thanks

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December 22, 2010 at 14:21:05
That's why you made recovery disks. When you put the disk in the cd tray and boot with it, it will go back to where you are now. When you get the computer to where you want it, i.e. programs installed etc. make a fresh set.

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December 22, 2010 at 17:11:15
Toshiba (from mid-2007) no longer supply recovery disks with new laptops. They do provide a hidden recovery partition called the HDD Recovery Utility. This is accessed by pressing and holding the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard and then pressing the computer's power switch. This process is described in How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility.
you should never format the whole drive, or you will lose this partition.
the recovery disk is not an installation disk, just a recovery.
in the win7 backup and restore, you can set restore points, revert to restore points.
you can set file and folder backups and restore file and folders, \
make recovery cd's and most importantly create a image of your current system once you have all your programs installed and all the junk cleaned off.

take an hour or two to look through the backup and restore help file and you will be happy you did.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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