As of 2011, the recovery function is included on most Toshiba computers manufactured since 2006. This function stores data on your hard drive as a special image file, ready to be extracted as necessary to return your system to its original factory state.
Supported Operating Systems
Toshiba released recovery images on computers running Windows XP (and XP service packs two and three), Windows Vista and Vista 64-bit and both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. This means that your computer will not have included an original disc for the operating system; the OS is part of the recovery image.
Use system recovery only when you have exhausted your troubleshooting options and the only option that remains is to reinstall the operating system. System recovery reinstalls everything on your PC; this means that all of your saved files will be removed. To access the recovery function, turn your PC off and, if using a notebook computer, connect it to an AC power supply. Turn the PC back on and hold down the 0 key (not on the number pad) to enter recovery mode, then follow the on-screen prompts.
You can create recovery media from the stored image file on your PC for future use. Simply click "Start" and type "recovery media creator" into the search field. Insert a blank DVD into your DVD burner and follow the on-screen prompts to create a disc. You can alternately order recovery discs from Toshiba directly (see Resources).
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