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Re: toshiba 5000 laptop
From the above it appears as if you attempted to reinstall the operating system using the recovery discs. Given this you should attemtp this again and make sure that you re-format your harddrive before installing the Operating System again. If you are installing xp again the following link will walk you through the steps. Basically boot from the cd and re-install windows making sure to delete the existing partition step 5 is critical.
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You need to get disk for Vista from anyone and then use your windows product key mentioned on the sticker on back of your Toshiba Laptop to install Vista again on your computer. But as you had already formatted it so all data is lost now.
If there is anything on the hard drive worth saving, I would remove it right away and buy an external hard drive enclosure and connect it to another computer and pull all of the important files off of it. Although it might not be readable, if the hard drive has failed.
If you don't care about anything on the hard drive. Then and only then would I attempt to format it. Many ways to do this. With the Recovery Disc (which comes with many computers), a Microsoft Windows install disc, BartPE disc (free), Linux Live CD (free), etc.
Just let us know what OS (operating system) you want to put back on this computer and how you want to do this. And what kind of Windows install disc that you have (i.e. Recovery, MS Windows, etc.). And if you have access to another computer with Windows XP and a CD burner.
And right now, it does sound like your hard drive has failed. And if reformatting and reinstalling isn't going to work if this is true.
Just go through it and delete everything left behind.
if you want to do a complete format and reinstall then you can use any A100 system disc (borrow one?) download one from the link below. http://www.recovery-cds.com/laptop/product.asp?product=5396&ph=search&keywords=toshiba,recovery,cd,get&recor=1&SearchFor=any&PT_ID=all
With some Toshiba models you an burn a recovery DVD from the XP software. Look in programs/ accessories,system tools or use the built in HELP for any info