I need to format my Toshiba L2 Series notebook. I have all of my disk, i.e., operating system and software. But I don't have any Toshiba drivers and I don't seem to be able to find one place where I can get the drivers (not knowing exactly what is needed). Can you guide me on the steps to wipe and restore the computer? Is there one place I can got to get all the drivers; in what order do I install the software? If I wipe the computer how will it know how to boot back up? I'm comfortable with software installs, I just need some help on the order and obtaining drivers. (The laptop was a gift after my son completed a class and was offered an opportunity to purchase the computer at a very reduced rate.) Thanks for you assistance. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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You can't format the HDD, or you don't have a operating system. You need a windows disk, recovery disk, or contact the MFG with your serial and see if they will send you a system disk or recovery and the windows serial.
Second, you don't format from NTFS to NTFS to clean a HDD, you use software like active killdisk, or one from the MFG of the HDD, WD has a tool cd, so do most.
The fastest way to do it is by inserting the operating system install disk and select clean install and format the hard drive from there you don't have to install the operating system its a utility built in but if you format your hard drive it will erase windows or what operating system you use.
Insert the factory CD that came with your machine and restart and follow the on screen instructions. Format the drive and re install operating system you should have the disks to do this if not go and purchase an operating system software program and go from there. John
The instructions for this procedure are quite involved if you are talking about formatting and reinstalling the laptop operating system software. You need to have these things:
A Legitimate copy of the Operating system software on an official microsoft release CD that is bootable. Then you go to the bios in the startup usually by pressing the delete key while laptop is booting. then go to the boot proiority list and make sure the cd drawer is in the first option. Reboot the computer and then when the option to boot from cd comes up, press any key and it will boot from the cd.
Once the installation options appear, you need to select the hard disk to use and then select the format and install Windows XP. Select format using NTFS filing system and then the process starts to format the drive and install the file need to complete setup.
Once the GUI portion of set up installs and you have logged in for the first time, don't forget to change the boot priority back to the hard disk!
Hope this helps :D
(1) take the hard drive out and connect it to another computer, right click on the drive, and click format
(2) You need a windows or other operating system disk....just start it like you were going to install windows, and select advanced disk options (it's a link, easy to overlook but it's always there)
You can not format a disk with a running operating system on it.
There are other "bootable" disks you can also format the hard drive with...an Acronis Backup boot disk, probably a Norton Ghost boot disk....things like that...not all bootable CDs, but usually a backup or disk imaging program will allow you to format a hard drive
If you have the windows install disk, just put it in and start a new install..there will be an option come up in the installation to format the drive.
If your laptop has a second hard drive listed that is very small that the recovery partition...go to it and run the recovery program