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Old 03-29-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Basically, I have a toshiba A660-11M which I want to wipe for multiple reasons. Everything is backed up already.

Somehow, my HDDRECOVERY partition has been damaged as it will not work at all, any booting to that partition will fail.

I haven't got any recovery media as I accidentally created a system repair disk instead of a system recovery disk when I bought it. I didn't realise they were different.

I can't create a recovery disk now because of the HDDRECOVERY partition being damaged.


Is there anything at all I can do to wipe it? I must have it wiped by the end of tomorrow!


I know I can buy recovery media from Toshiba directly, but I cannot afford it and even if I could I wouldn't receive it in time.




Is there anyway I can repair my HDDRECOVERY partition?



It is damaged becuase of a stupid program whihc decided to write to my D: drive instead of my C: drive. I assume it deleted one of the recovery files when doing so.



(I have seen the sticky, those methods do not work)

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What program did you install that was installed on D?

Try going to System Restore and restore the D: to the date before you installed the program.

Also try going to Start type in CMD located CMD.exe right click on it then select "Run as Administrator" in the command prompt type in then press enter...

CHKDSK D: /F

Press Y for Yes then reboot.

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I will do them steps now...


I didn't install anything on the drive, it was an .exe program whihc I was using to create a multiboot USB drive (it may have been SARDU, i was using lots of different programs). For some reason, it wrote some files to my D: drive instead of the C: drive.
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How do I use system restore for my D: drive?

I have searched for system restore and opened it, however it is only finding points for my C: drive (or at least it on my appears to be C: entries)
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Ran chkdsk, everything was fine :(
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Right Click on the D: drive select properties select the "previous versions" tab if any show up before the date you installed or tried the multiboot select all then restore them.

Question why were you trying a multiboot what type were you trying? Were you trying to install a dual boot configuration with Windows 7 and another operating system? Did you partition any drives mainly the D: drive.

Please explain in detail what you tried to do when trying to multiboot.
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i wasnt doing a standard multiboot. i did not touch my single windows 7 installation on my hard drive. I was making a multi-live usb for Linux disruptions, i did nothing to my hard drive (i thought).


When using one program for the multiboot usb, it needed to write some files to hdd temporarily, for some reason it chose my D: drive. it aborted when it reached capacity. i deletec all newly created files (i think).
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There are no previous versions of my recovery drive :(
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Can you open the D: drive and show all hidden files take a sanpshot and post it here. Open the files with in D: drive also and take sanpshots of those also and post it here. Need to see if the recovery files are there. The app you used might have put a grub in the D: drive or a Grub image if so that could be causing the issue.
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I have ignored any empty folders. None of the files were hidden.

please find all attached in the .zip


Thank you so much for helping me so far :)
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Open up the "BIN" folder post a snapshot. It was recently created or written to this month that folder or files might be the culprit.


Edit:: I see you have already opened that folder and there is a snapshot of it. My bad. Can you post another though with the dates when the files where created or written to. You can select the "Organize button" modify info by date
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I have organised the files by date and screenshotted the most recent files from both bin and bin/x64.


I don't think either of them contain any culprits as the recently created/edited file seems to be a log file from a program within the D: drive which I accidentally opened yesterday.
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Ok try this locate these files in the "Bin" folder and copy and paste them to a thumb drive to back them up then delete them in the Bin folder.

Module.txt
Toscontrol.bat Configuration system file.

Then reboot and see if you can access the recovery partition (Like you would if you wanted to reinstall Windows) just do not reinstall. Report back.
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ok, ill do that now...
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nope, boot failed again :(

shall I restore the files?
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nope, boot failed again :(

shall I restore the files?

Yes restore those files that you deleted.

I have asked for assistance with your problem in the forum. I will think about other troubleshooting tasks or ways to fix the problem. My mind is a little fragmented right now lol. Perhaps someone else from our team will chime in and give you advice in how to solve the issue. If I think of anything else between now and then I will let you know.
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Thank you so much for everything you have done, I really appreciate you trying to help me :)
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I am just bumping this thread because I still need help if anybody is able to, otherwise the thread will be lost.
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Can you tell me what format the D: drive is is it FAT or NTFS?
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It's NTFS

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