How do I format my Toshiba Satellite A505 laptop since it came with no disks?
Not sure what you intend to do by saying you want to format the laptop. If you mean that you want to restore the laptop to 'out of box' condition, or as new, then you must look for one of two things:
- If, while in Windows, you click Start, then All Programs, and locate a listing for Toshiba, then look inside that category for an application to rebuild, or otherwise restore the laptop to the as new condition.
... or ...
- When you first power on the laptop, usually you see on the first screen an option for SETUP, like Hit F2 for Setup, or Hit F10 for BIOS, etc. There may be one specifically for getting into the Toshiba Rebuild routine.
Most recent laptops have a hidden partition, which contains all the files that are used to produce a brand new condition for your laptop.
Sometimes there are two options, one to wipe everything and rebuild, and one to actually protect your documents, but not any added later applications, while it rebuilds it.
Those are the things to look for. Be careful and be certain what it is you wish to do to it, before you do it. Most of those options, when you find them, are not reversible.
If there is something that you did recently that you want to undo, you might be able to accomplish that if your laptop is set to retain System Restore information every few days, or before major upgrades, and you can restore to the day before whatever it is you might have done that is making it run strangely now.
on Jun 24, 2012