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Installing new hard drive

Thanks for the advice given in my previous post!

New question - I purchased a new hard drive and geek squad at best buy is installing it for me (i was afraid of ruining something internally).

I want to reformat myself instead of spending 120 bucks! Geek Squad led me to believe that it could get really complicated but i'm thinking they're just saying that so I pay up.

I'm somewhat computer savvy but in no way a smarty. I think I can reformat on my own but I wanted to know if anyone had done this before or has any info on reformatting a bare hard drive on a toshiba a-105 s4074.

Thanks!!

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Hi, monikan. I just happened to see this post because I went back to send you a comment as a follow-up to your prior post. Please take a look at it, as I am concerned for your safety. Hope all that is OK.

Having read this update on where you are with your machine, and now with the exact model, I checked the specs on it. The machine you purchased is a Media Center PC, and according to the specs, had a significant amount of additional software, utilities, and so forth, along with the Windows Media Center OS, that you will not have if you install a straight XP version. Again, I suggest contacting Toshiba to obtain the recovery disks for the machine - they usually cost less than $20 or so, and per their documentation, it is then a fairly simple matter of inserting the disk and following the instructions. This would put your machine back to the state it was in when it was purchased.

As you have likely gathered from the other two responses which have been posted here, there are not too many individuals - even experts - who would take on a new installation such as this. If you decide to get the Toshiba back, you will have protection with them, and if Best Buy did the XP deal for you, you would be protected there.

(If you do decide to charge ahead with a personal installation of XP, the MS instructions can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941.)

Good luck! Again, please take a look at my comment to your previous post, and thank you for using and rating FixYa!

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The charge was probably not be just for the formatting; but it included when they reinstall your operating system and drivers. Formatting the drive is a breeze. But you will need to have either your Toshiba restore CD or a copy of your operating system (WindowsXP?). With the restore method, the drive may be imaged (direct written) resulting in a formatted drive when done. With XP, partitioning and formatting the disk is preliminary before the files are copied. In either case, you simply need to follow the prompts.
Tip: You might want to flip over the pc and copy the XP Product Key, just in case you are asked for it during the install.

If you need more help, feel free to ask...

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Well they are right, if you do not reformat the drive correct and if you install ur operating system your self you might not make the correct partition, you trusted them to install your drive so you should trust them with the rest, peace of mind is the greatest thing! You need to bring them your recovery disks, if you don;t know how to boot to disk then you should bring it to them, sorry to say its easier to install a HD then formate/reload an OS

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