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Toshiba P30 - I can't complete the reformat/restore operation

I have a P30 that I can't complete a reformat and restore operation on. Since my internal DVD writer did not work, I used an external drive to start the process with my factory recovery disk. When I went to re-boot my computer to complete the process, it would not recognize my external drive. When I try to open Device Manager it shows no devices listed at all. At first it did not recognize my flash drive, but now it sees it.

I ordered a replacement DVD drive which came in today. I installed it and my P30 will not recognize that drivel. It spins up and the light comes on, but that's it. Is there a possible workaround to reformat and restore my files such as working from the Command Prompt? I am running XP.

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  • natoforces74 Nov 17, 2008

    Thanks for the advice, but I tried a few more times and finally got the P30 to recognize the DVD drive. It then started the the process of wiping the drive when I got the message "Corruption on the Image file" effectively stopping the process. I rebooted and got the following messages: Abort: 19235, Decompression Error -5 and "Fail on INT24 - Q:\base\OS.BAT.

    All I get now is the infamous blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner...period.


  • natoforces74 Nov 18, 2008

    Removed the DVD drive and rebooted but still goes directly to the black screen with the blinking cursor. I can't get to the desktop to even get to the programs folder. Is my problem that can be remedied by replacing the harddrive with one that has the right OS installed and call it good?

  • natoforces74 Nov 18, 2008

    Removed the DVD drive and rebooted but still goes directly to the black screen with the blinking cursor. I can't get to the desktop to even get to the programs folder. Is my problem that can be remedied by replacing the harddrive with one that has the right OS installed and call it good?

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Pull out the cd drive and reboot. then go to programs folder and un install any new dvd or cd programs that where just installed. reboot . then try to install your drives again

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    JP Services Nov 17, 2008

    sounds like you need to repair it with a os disk

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