How to Restore a Toshiba L305

By Ty Arthur

The Toshiba Satellite L305 notebook computer has a recovery program pre-installed at the factory that lets users return the hard drive to its out-of-box state. Using the recovery feature completely deletes all software and options saved on the laptop, which resolves any boot up problems and removes any virus infections. The recovery option isn't accessible directly through the operating system however, and must be accessed by starting up the computer in a different way than normal.

Step 1

Close out any software currently running on your Toshiba Satellite L305 laptop. Navigate to the laptop's "Start" menu and choose "Shut Down."

Step 2

Hold down the laptop's "0" key and press the power button. Keep the key held down during the boot up process until the "Toshiba Recovery Wizard" window loads on the screen.

Step 3

Click the check box labeled "Recovery of Factory Default Software." Choose the "Next" option.

Step 4

Choose the "Recover to out-of-box state" radio button. Select the "Next" button and click "Next" again. Wait for the "Press any key" prompt to appear and tap a key to restart the laptop.

Step 5

Use the prompts that appear on the screen to choose your region, time zone and keyboard settings. Type your new Windows user name and password in the text boxes when prompted. Click "Finish" to load the new operating system.

Tips & Warnings

  • When the Toshiba Recovery Wizard appears there is a radio button option labeled "Erase the Hard Disk" underneath the "Recovery of Factory Default Software." Choose the option if you want to wipe the data contained on the hard drive without reinstalling the original factory settings and operating system.
  • Choosing the "Recover without changing the hard drive partitions" option instead of the "Recover to out-of-box state" option leaves any extra hard drive partitions you have created intact when the operating system is reinstalled.