How to Restore a Toshiba Satellite Laptop to Factory Without a Disc

By Scott Shpak

A brief overview of how to restore a Toshiba Satellite laptop to its factory state, using both the system recovery partition and recovery disks.

Whether recovering your Toshiba Satellite laptop from a technical problem, for resale or simply starting from a clean slate, you may be able to access the hidden restore partition that Toshiba has included since 2007. No recovery disks are required, as all your system software and operating requirements are loaded and accessible through a recovery wizard when you reboot. Provided the hard drive is original and hasn't been repartitioned, you have access to factory settings with just a few key presses.

Restoring With the System Recovery Partition

Step 1

Back up all important documents, files and information before restoring your Satellite. The system recovery process erases all data on your hard drive.

Step 2

Connect your power adapter to the laptop for the duration of the recovery procedure. Press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds to force the laptop to shut off.

Step 3

Press and hold the 0 key along the top of the keyboard, not on the number pad. Press the Power button once to start your laptop, releasing the 0 key only when the Toshiba logo appears.

Step 4

Select 32- or 64-bit operating system, if you are presented the option. Older computers may not offer a choice.

Step 5

Click Yes at the Warning screen to continue the recovery process if you have saved all data you require from this computer.

Step 6

Choose Recovery of Factory Default Software and click Next. Choose Recover to Out-of-Box State (System Recovery Options Are Included). These choices return your Satellite to the factory default settings.

Step 7

Read and acknowledge the final warning screen and click Next to begin the system restore.

Please note: Recovery times vary depending on the model of computer and can take up to 2 1/2 hours to complete. During the recovery process, your computer displays a screen saying “Preparing/Configuring your System, please wait,” and it restarts several times. This is all a normal part of the process and should not be interrupted.


Satellite laptops running Windows 8.0 or 8.1 can also use Windows advanced startup options to access the system restore process, as explained by Toshiba.

Restoring With System Recovery Disks

If your Satellite laptop's hard drive has been replaced or reformatted without the system recovery partition, your only alternative is to use system recovery disks. The procedure has many steps in common with the partition restore method, though the initial restart is different.

Step 1

Insert Recovery Disk 1 into the optical drive and then hold the Power button for 10 seconds to force the laptop to shut down.

Step 2

Press and hold the C key and then press the Power button once to turn on the laptop. Release the C key only after the Toshiba logo appears.

Step 3

Follow steps 4 to 7 of the System Recovery Partition procedures. If your computer requires more than one recovery disk, insert these when prompted during the process.