I have a Toshiba Satellite M40X. I think my hard drive may be toast, but not sure. Would like to try to see if I can get it going, but not quite sure what to do next.
Nasty Katushka (I think) malware virus started opening all sorts of windows - I didn't follow their commands, just clicked the X to close the windows. Safe mode, etc., worked at first, then didn't work. I probably did everything wrong. I tried system restore with Toshiba recovery disks (win XP). SysRestore goes thru the motions, but doesn't restore system. I have tried many times. I get only the black screen with the flashing cursor.
I am not really concerned about recovering files - have copies of most everything - and if not, oh well - them's the hazzards. Bought another Toshiba Satellite with Windows 7.
My question is, is my hard drive toast? Here may be clue???? System Memory 640kb Ext Memory 1270 MB
If it is not toast, , I am aware Toshiba software contains drivers specific for Toshiba computers. Can I try to install the Windows 7 recovery software I was given with my new laptop try and get the M40X running? Other than knowing if it is the 32 or 64 "whatever", I think the old machine can handle Windows 7 but not totally sure. I added 1Gb of memory to it a while back. I only want to use the M40X for email (modem), Word & Excel basics, maybe play my Scrabble game if I can. It won't be used for anything fancy or to store any files on.
I can get into the BIOS Menu, reads current date and time,
HD is H7S424040m9AT00 (PM)
Quiet Boot Enabled
Power on Display auto selected
LDC Dispalay stretch enabled
Bios V 1.60
I selected to load set up defaults.
I think the CD on the old one is working as it reads the recovery CD to start the system restore process. I do have one of those little USB sticks too, a small (old) one that has never been used.
If my hard drive is toast, what is involved in replacing the hard drive? Is it an expensive endeavor? It would be great to have this laptop working as I could use it when I travel.
Any assistance would be great. I am not in a panic, I have my new laptop working. Thank you very much in advance.