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Pleae help.i tried to re-boot my laptop. however i fear my product recovery disc is damaged. i think i have wiped the hard drive but have no way of re-loadin windows. when i switch on i get a couple of lines of jargon the last of which says. invalid partition table. its a toshiba satellite p10 its about 8 years old. please please can you help. Katie.

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First of all you should have a bootable disk then only we can help

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Hello,

I found these instructions for you on the Sony support site.



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  • Before performing a recovery, go to the Sony® eSupport Web site at http://esupport.sony.com and check your model-specific support page. Look for software and driver updates or check for knowledge base solutions that may help you solve your computer's issue.
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    • The Windows Backup and Restore option opens the Backup and Restore Center provided with the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system. This provides the ability to save information from the hard drive, such as personal data files, and restore previously backed up data.
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