I need to wipe the hard drive on my Toshiba Laptop and i dont want to lose my wireless internet, connection by also wiping out the satelite or what ever that is.
is there a way to restore my toshiba to its origional factory state?
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Re: wiping the hard drive
I presume you have not formatted the drive yet. first make sure there is a restore partition on the drive.... after that go into the start menu and look for a menu item called restore or restore tools .... i'm not 100 % familiar with that computer but the basics of restoring the system are generic.
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You should be able to find them on the site of the manufactuar of the laptop or wifi card. You need to give more information if you want a better answer. What type of computer or laptop is it? What's the brand? maybe then I can provide you a link to the right drivers. GreetzDj wacko
You need to restsart computer and hit f11 or f2 this will send you to a window which will allow you to do various things like partion your drive and also format your drive. In this instance you woul'd like to format the drive. Make sure you have all vital data that you need backup on dvd cd or external hard before wipe or you will never get that info back.
The motherboard bios password could be wiped on the toshiba equiums by removing the ram and wlan card and then shorting out the two contacts marked C88 with an X next to them...you might want to google that bit of advice to double check if it will work on that laptop before you attempt it. I AM assuming that you own this laptop in giving this advice
The password on the hard drive cannot be wiped.. and as this was designed to prevent data theft probably you would need to return the drive to toshiba or one of their agents proving you owned it
check properly your network connections at control panel to see there if your wireless lan installed already, if not install it by using its own utility disc to support and add the programs for your wireless lan...
Sounds like your Drivers may not be installed for your Wireless Network Adaptor especially if you had to re-install your computer due to a virus. To check this Right click on My Computer, click on properties, and then the hardware tab, click on device manager, and see if there are any devices listed that have a Red X or a yellow ! mark on them, if so write them down, and then proceed to the toshiba website to download any needed drivers and reboot and try again.
Website url for your wireless driver can be accessed below:
go to http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp?nav=Product%20Support#
select your product and download the drivers to your external drive
connect it to your friends laptop and install them, if you want it quicker just get the network drivers from the site, transfer and install then you can get all the other drivers directly to the laptop you are working on
hope that helps you, these are from the US site btw, if you want them for other locations (shouldn't make a difference) then go to toshiba.com and select your region
Problems on the main board could be causing these troubles since it's common to everything else. You might also have memory problems. You could have a bad hard drive, which would account for lost or corrupted files and very long read times while Windows tries to get good data. Because of its connection to the system board, hard drive troubles can show up as other symptoms as well. My first suggestion would be to try another hard drive, then memory.