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Old 05-14-2015, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Another Factory Restore

I posted about the factory restore of my Sony. After solving the certificate problem I was reminded why I had rushed to buy a new computer to replace it a year ago. Unpredictable spontaneous quits. It can run for hour or seconds and then suddenly die. I could get it fixed, but too difficult right now.

In the mean time, my newer Toshiba was showing signs of being infected with no solution near at hand. I'll skip the details. But I got fed up and without much planning I launched into a factory restore. Took longer to complete than the Sony, but happily it did. I did it from the discs (not from a hidden drive) and told it to not preserve the partition, assuming this would make a cleaner redo. I have no idea if this process also resets the master boot record or whatever other deep stuff is needed, but so be it.

Anyway, so far my computer seems to be running okay. We will see. I also have no plans to get my upgrade to Win7 Ultimate back. That was a mistake on my part, and pointless on this computer anyway.

   
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I had to do a restore on a Toshiba a few years ago. In my case, it was to restore the system to a newly installed, unformatted HDD, so the restore process had to at least be capable of resetting the MBR and all attendant deepnesses.

Whether it'd always do that (ie, when faced with an already-formatted HDD) or not I don't know. Hugh suggested a couple of support forums a few messages back; I'd bet one of them could provide the answer.

   
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In case you need more specific help on your Tosh, they have a very good user forum that they run. Several of the regulars are also CIS sysops and Jerry is one to watch for since he is especially knowledgeable and runs a wide variety of devices in a large business environment.

He upset a lot of old CIS Windows fogies by enthusing about how useful it was when Windows 8 came along and his staff could run tablets just as they ran their office desktops!

Sony has never had a good reputation for it's laptops IIRC and has pulled out of that field.

   
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Yes, I like their forums.

I wish Toshiba offered a greater range of customization. For example, one can request a 1TB hard disk on their 13.3" and 16.6" laptops, but not their 14" laptop.

   
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Yes, I like their forums.

I wish Toshiba offered a greater range of customization. For example, one can request a 1TB hard disk on their 13.3" and 16.6" laptops, but not their 14" laptop.
Odd. On the other hand, if the HDDs are still as easy to replace as mine was, it's child's play to pop in another drive. And wheeeeeee you get to play with your restore CDs again. ;-)

   
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Well, one thing nice I did notice. They now offer a 500gig solid state.

   
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Well, one thing nice I did notice. They now offer a 500gig solid state.
Probably costs as much as the laptop?

   
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Probably costs as much as the laptop?
And makes the laptop last way longer when you drop it! ;-)

   
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And makes the laptop last way longer when you drop it! ;-)
I don't know about that but makes it lighter to carry!

   
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Makes your battery last longer as well. On my HP the fan was on most of the time, busy cooling the hard drive.

   
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