Toshiba Recovery Function

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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.

Using Recovery

  • 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.

Recovery Discs

  • 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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