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Well, if you have no Installation disc, or no cd/dvd rom in this specific model, you should have a recovery partition.
To access the Toshiba recovery partition, power off the laptop. Hold
down the 0 (zero) key and turn the laptop on. Keep holding down the zero
key until the TOSHIBA logo appears, where you should start tapping the
zero key repeatedly. Stop if the unit beeps or when the TOSHIBA logo
disappears. The screen should flash ** HDD RECOVERY MODE ** for a split
second, then load the Toshiba recovery program right from the hard
Note that this erases all data, and reloads all factory
default software. Be sure to back up all your important personal data
If this procedure doesn't work, you don't have a recovery partition set up, hence, you will need the installation disc.
The system is originally designed to use IDE HDD, make sure the necessary chages for Sata HDD are made in the BIOS, next make sure the Recovery disc is fine without any scratches. You can order a new Windows OEM recovery disc by calling Dell tech support (1-800-624-9896-US) and try installing the OS. The disc will cost you not more than $12.
You probably need an OEM version of XP...not that IBM version. If you buy an OEM version, you can use it many computers. A real XP disc will partition, format, and delete partitions on any functioning Hard drive. Don't buy a recovery disc, please. That just sounds WRONG.
A cheaper solution might be a new Hard Drive...but I don't trust your IBM version of XP.
This is a fairly new laptop, it should have come with either a recovery disk or a recovery partition on the HDD. You should be able to still purchase the recovery media from HP. Have you contacted them?
Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and
drivers separately); Optional re-allocation of recovery partition; Recovery
CD/DVD creation tool; Symantec™ Norton Internet Security™ 2008 (60 days live
update); Notebook Help & Support
This is a feature of the notebook from the HP support site.
this is more like a workaround that I used on a laptop which cd room drive just failed (and which I did not want to replaced as it was more expensive than the whole laptop)
If you can't select the device you want to boot from.. you may want to partition your hdd and format it so it loads a dos operating sytem .. use another machine and a win98 startup disk to do this then copy your I386 folder from your winxp cd into the new formatted hdd so when you put the hdd back into the IBM machine it loads dos and then going into the I386 folder you can run a winnt command for you to install the os.
u can create your own recovery software using norton ghost software.Install in and create a backup file on the next partition of your lap hdd or on a dvd cd.At any time u can restore the backup file.Make the dvd cd bootable.