How to Reformat a Toshiba Satellite Hard Drive

by J.S. Copper
Reformatting a hard drive may be the only solution to a nasty virus.

Reformatting a hard drive may be the only solution to a nasty virus.

Reformatting a computer's hard drive is one of those things you hope to never have to do, but unfortunately this may be inevitable. Sometimes a particularly nasty virus leaves your computer so beaten and bruised that a complete reformat is the only solution. Or, maybe you simply want to clear out all your data. When reformatting the drive of your Toshiba Satellite, you will be completely wiping the drive, including the operating system. Therefore, it is imperative that you have the proper Windows installation discs.

Back up your data. Reformatting the drive completely erases any and all data, so if your computer contains important documents or files, it is important to back them up to an external hard drive.

Insert the Windows disc and restart the computer. As the computer boots, press any key (when prompted) to boot to the installation disc.

Follow the on-screen prompts to start the installation of Windows. Eventually a screen will ask you where you want to install Windows. Highlight the C: drive and press "D" to delete the current Windows installation. Press "L" to confirm.

Select the newly unallocated space and press "C" to create a new partition. Set the size of the new drive as you'd like. Select NTFS as file system of the reformatted drive. Press "Enter" to format.

Continue with the Windows installation, entering the necessary information as prompted (time zone, region, computer name). Once the installation is complete, you will have a newly formatted drive with a fresh copy of Windows on your Toshiba Satellite computer.

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About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design

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