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Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504; boot from USB? Reformat HD w/o CD-ROM?

I have the infamous Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504 without a working CD-rom.  I want to reboot the HD with the same OS, Windows XP.  Am I able to do this with a USB drive?  IF not is it possible?  I am up for all options.  Thanks!  Hope to hear from you!.



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  • mrwacki Oct 14, 2007

    Thanks for the reply. 

    I have tried the F12 idea.  The five options that are displayed to me are icons and they look like the following:

    -three circles on top of one-another_ I assume the HD

    -one circle_ I assume the CD-rom drive

    -one 3.5" floppy disk_I assume to mean the floppy drive(which oddly it doesn't have a floppy drive)

    -two computer looking screen with straights line between them_I assume to mean networked based

    -PCMIA card_ I think that is what is called. 


    These are the five options.  My confusion comes from the following:

    -There are three USB ports.  How do I know which one? 

    -How do I stage the data on a USB drive for install?  Will the computer understand the "disk" order and then also install all needed drivers? 

    In general will this work?


    Thanks! Look forward to hearing from you again.



    infamous... this model, when it was new, caused a lawsuit against Toshiba for overheating and some other issues. 

  • mrwacki Oct 15, 2007

    I have done the 'esc' key... it takes me to a black sceen with the words "press F1 key for default startup"  or something like that.  There is no option for bios.  I think that is part of my issue. 

    I looked last night and found I386 options for reboot, but my computer does not have them on it. 


    The cd rom will read DVDs, but when a data or audio cd is in the drive will not even recongize a media is there.  Odd... but true. 

    Thanks for your help and support.


  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    iam unable to enter in bios set up. how to enter in 5005-S504 PC Notebook.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    i use toshiba satellite 5005-s504 now pc start slowly about 30 minute . ican use bios , and usb soprt run about 10 minute and stop run. ican not it have ploplem. you can tell my




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First these laptops are what is called "Legacy Free", meaning there is no BIOS, at all, ever, for all time, not gonna be there.

Second, the Floppy option is referring to any supported USB Floppy drive. If you have one great, if not this will be more difficult.

NOTE**** - If at any point you do not know what I'm referring to, please do not attempt this, you will likely render your HDD useless.

If you have the Floppy on USB, then you will need the XP setup on Floppy Disk and there are alot of disks, and from my own experience so far, No, a USB flash drive will not work, I even tried an emulator which formatted it as a floppy disk.

If you do not have a floppy, then you will need to remove the harddrive and connect it via an external USB drive cage to another pc, create two partitions, one for your OEM OS disc, the other for the installation. Obviously your OEM OS Disc is not all that large, only partition what it needs, and make sure you make it a bootable partition. For XP you will also need the SATA drivers for the hard drive as XP does not have them included in the setup disc. If you do not have these, you will need to find them or just stop here, because you can go no further.

This is one of the biggest drawbacks of a "Legacy Free" system, you cannot change the SATA operation in BIOS like most other pc's. The system configuration is done through a windows utility from Toshiba.

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Are you saying you want to re-install XP on the hard drive? If the 5005 has the same bios as 90% of the Toshibas out there, "usb devices, or usb rom" should be one of the options in the boot order in the bios. It's a bit different tho, in that if you press F12 for temp boot order, it seems as if it doesn't do anything, but in fact, the icons across the lower 1/3 of the screen are your boot options; just move the highlight to the desired icon.

Good luck.

BTW, what's made these "infamous"?

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  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2007

    try this: upon boot, keep pressing "esc" until it tells you to press f1.

    do so.

    In the bios, check the boot options which may give opportunity to use the usb drive.

    Otherwise, I've got a pcmcia cdrom... it's a possibility.

    What's wrong with the systems cdrom?

    Good luck; sorry I'm not better help in this situation.


  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2007

    Hi again,

    Do the esc - f1 thing. that will access the bios. There is a tab in the bios for boot order. See if you have any viable options for what you have to work with.

    Good luck.

    dvd rom drive...that's just wierd.


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If you find anything worth doing let me know im haveing a more complicared problem ....... ive lost all my disk i got with my toshiba satellite and it is causing me serious problems when it comes to reformatting my computer is there any other way to do this that dosnt involve the disk that came with it????

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Hello i got a question. why my laptop is when i play the dvd video is work fine. but when i play video in interent like for example youtube the video is play too slow. (the sound finished before the video). Can anyone help me with this? please

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