How to Format a Toshiba Satellite L300


The Satellite L300 is a type of laptop computer designed by Toshiba. Though it comes with a working version of the Windows operating system preinstalled, there may come a time when you wish to format the unit and start again. Formatting describes erasing everything on a computer's hard drive. However, this will also erase your operating system. As the L300 will cease to function without a proper operating system installed on its hard drive, if you want to format your unit you'll have to do so as part of the installation of a new OS.

  • Choose a new operating system for your Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop computer. Because of the way the laptop is made, you can essentially choose any available version of the Windows operating system. The Mac OS X will not run on the Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop computer even if you format the hard drive first.

  • Insert the installation disk for the operating system you selected in Step 1 into your Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop computer. Make sure the disk is secured in the disk tray and that the disk tray is completely closed.

  • Click "Start" and then "Restart" to restart your Toshiba Satellite L300.

  • Wait patiently for the installation utility for your newly chosen operating system to pop up on the screen. Once it does, click "Install." Click "Yes" when asked to confirm whether or not you want to replace your existing operating system with the one that you've chosen.

  • Continue to click the "Next" button until your new operating system begins to install itself. The installer utility will first format the hard drive on your Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop computer, which will erase everything on it. Then the new operating system will install itself and your computer will restart. Your new operating system will be available for use on your newly formatted Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop computer.

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