I am failing to partition my hard disk after formatting
My Toshiba Tecra A3 has been unusually slow and chose to format it and reinstall all the programmes (should i say office?). After inserting my original Toshiba Product Recovery DVD, It takes me through all the stages upto the end but with no option for me to specify if i want to partition my hard disk. I've done it twice and at the end I have one drive (c) with all the 60 GB. Before, i had two drive c and D. Kindly advise me on how to get these back because am otherwise stranded. Thank you.
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Windows can ONLY partition a hard drive BEFORE the actual OS installation begins; sorry to say, if you want to partition the system without using third-party software (such as Partition Magic), you'll need to wipe the drive and begin the installation AGAIN...
Boot from the DVD, and look for an option to partition the drive, which must occur BEFORE the drive is formatted. IOW, partitioning can ONLY be done (without third-party software) BEFORE the drive is formatted; if you don't see an option to partition the drive BEFORE the system is ready to format the drive, I would suggest that you contact Toshiba directly...
You didn't mention which country you bought the laptop from, and I couldn't find a Toshiba website for Uganda, so use this link:
That should provide a good starting point for finding the information you need; I don't have access to a Tecra Recovery DVD, so I can't provide any more specific information for you. Best of luck...
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there are many reason,first is,that you're trying to boot from a nonbootable device,but i think it's not this but your system file is corupted,it's more reasonable that you say you was formatting the hard drive,so what drive did you format? C:? i suggest you to reinstall the operating system,actually you can exchange the missing NTLDR file,but it's dificult,and has many risks,and there will be many bugs after you do i
you need to format that unalocated hard disk
at windows, go to computer management>disk management
at there the all drive of hard disk will show, then right click at unalocated disk and chose format, your hard disk will show as active hard drive, from there you can shrink your disk to 2 partition
If you boot from an XP or vista install disk and select the option to delete the existing partition it should format ok. Be sure to not delete any factory restore partition that may exist on your hard drive. When you are at the partition delete screen you may see several partitions, just delete the one that is about the full size of your hard drive, any smaller one will be a diagnostics or retore partition. I hope this helps.
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Look on the back edge of your old HDD where all the gold pins are and on one side there is a group of 4 pins in two rows of two... and see if there is a tiny jumper installed across two of them (white or black about 1/8" tall and 1/16th wide).
Now look on the new HDD and see if there is one there. The NEW HDD must be set up exactly like the OLD one or it won't be detected by BIOS or Windows.
I am beginning to think your LT has the CD as MASTER and the HDD as SLAVE, which may require adding or removing a jumper. Some new ones come with, some without ;-) I didn't think of this earlier
where did you get your copy of vista? is it yours did you borrow it?
lets try to reformat one more time. your recovery partition is gone now so make sure you format the entire disk. when it asks you to confirm erasing formatting etc. don't choose the quick format, if it asks. do it the slow way, less chance of error.
from the user's manual of toshiba PSL30L -00M00D (i'm using the exact same one):
Restoring the preinstalled software from the Recovery HDD (Depends on the model you purchased.) About 2.5 GB of hard disk space is reserved for the recovery partition. When re-setting up your hard disk, do not change, delete or add partitions in a manner other than specified in the manual. Otherwise, space for software may be destroyed. In addition, if you use a third-party partitioning program to reconfigure partitions on your hard disk, it may become impossible to re-setup your computer. 1. Turn off your computer. 2. Hold down the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard and turn on your computer. When “In Touch with Tomorrow TOSHIBA” appears, release the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard. 3. A menu appears. Follow the on-screen instructions.