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Jon Bailey May 30, 2013, 05:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I got another one, a mate gave me a Toshiba satellite 550 because it doesn't work, he doesn't want it and has no interest in getting it fixed. A quick examination revealed that the hard disk has clearly failed, its not a problem replacing this, however he didn't make a recovery disk when he had it, Toshiba want 30 for one, which is extortionate.
I can access the old HDD using my computer and there is a folder called "HDD recovery" that allows a user to reinstall the C partition through windows on the laptop. Is there any way that I could recreate the same partitions on a new HDD and transfer that file into the D partition and reinstall windows without accessing windows?

"The world is a temple to the self, and these days, there's alot of believers"
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john albrich May 31, 2013, 01:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 31, 2013, 01:36am EDT

>> Re: Toshiba satellite 550 recovery.
You could try one of the partition manager freeware/shareware programs out there.

Self-booting Partition Logic is one I've used successfully for similar situations. It's available separately or I think with UBCD. Both are freeware/donateware of excellent quality and functionality. See or similar for download website.

You should be able to create and/or create-copy the partitions to a new drive. Something to keep in mind is the freeware/donateware versions often require that the target partition(s) size is equal to or larger than the original partition. Shouldn't be a functional issue, just have to make sure the size of the new drive can accomodate that. (Keep in mind that some manufacturers describe their drive capacity differently, so if you're replacing say an 120GB drive, I'd use a 180GB or larger replacement drive just to be sure.)

I also suggest you make a backup of the old original drive's partitions (as well as possible) even though they might be "bad" before you do any work with it with other programs. That's just in case you slip up and tell the partition manager program to do something to the wrong (i.e. original) disk. Partition manipulation programs can be very unforgiving.

edit: it's possible the computer manufacturer tied the recovery program to the original hard drive serial number so it couldn't be transfered. Generally not, but some manufacturers have done some pretty bizarre things to boost revenues over the years. Just something to keep in mind when considering costs and sourcing of the replacement drive. For example, ask yourself if you would want to be able to return the new HDD if you can't get this to work?...or would you be able to retask the drive in another computer?...etc

Jon Bailey Jun 28, 2013, 04:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Toshiba satellite 550 recovery.
just a little follow up, It did seem that Toshiba had tied the recovery program into the original hard disk, there was no ability to access or run the program from the new disk, or as a toshiba tech told me "the recovery image is useless on your new drive"
So, 30 it cost.

"The world is a temple to the self, and these days, there's alot of believers"

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