While trying to reformat the hard drive using the recovery disc, the battery power went off at the beginning stage of reformatting. Now, when I start the computer normally, it freezes at the phrase " INVALID PARTITION TABLE" then it shut down itself. I owned this P30 for about 3 years. Any help will be greatly appreciated. TR
You may need to take the hard drive out and find a portable USB hard drive case to put it in ...if it is 3 years old it is probably an IDE drive ...newer ones are SATA drives....then hook it to another computer and and check it ...you can also reformat it in the portable case on another computer then put it back in the laptop and then reinstall windows......if it isn't recognized by the other computer then it probly wrecked the hard drive somehow..
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the f8 function is only to try and remedy boot problems. the recovery option you're getting is to restore if you have already made recovery discs. if you have a recovery partition on your hard drive you should be able to access it when you boot up. before starting your laptop press and hold 0(zero) key and power on the laptop. once it starts you should get a screen with 3 options then choose option 1 to get back to factory restore.
I don't think it is your hard drive but here is what you could do: Press F8 at start up to enter start options, choose safe mode with networking or last known good configuration.
Use the built in system recovery, press F11 or F12 at start up to enter recovery partition.
Use a set of recovery disc to do a system repair or to install new original operating system.
Order the recovery disc set from the website by model and serial number.
in Windows right click on the disc drives icon in my compter and open the properties.. Click on the tools tab... Click on the check now button in the error checking section this will check the drive selected and optionally fix any errors it finds on the hard drive... after that assuming it went well and nothing drive-life threatening was found and could not be fixed youshould be able to complete the task you set out to do
maybe the shop formatted the hard drive including the recovery partition where all the files should be .so your disc cant find it .
if you can boot up into safe mode then use windows restore function to restore to an earlier time,if not you may have to get a set of recovery discs from toshiba