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Copy Product Recovery disc + spindle platter.

 
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Mahjonng



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Copy Product Recovery disc + spindle platter. Reply with quote

Hi,

Am asking for help, preferably from an expert + I will expand now on the subject of this thread
in the third paragraph.

But before I do I'm asking, kindly, please try to avoid asking me a "why do want to do that for"
type of question, or other questions, like some persons have asked me on other free computer
chat sites + free computer forum sites, after I had posted a thread. This is because the 2 needs
and 2 problems should be enough to understand in what I am trying to achieve. I will also ask a
question at the end each need + problem.

I will now expand on the first need of the subject of this thread, "Copy Product Recovery disc",
followed by the problem and what I have tried:

I need to copy the Toshiba Product Recovery disc (Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit) onto a
8GB USB flash drive.

The reason why I need to do this is because at least 3 'plastic bits' of the 'spindle platter' of the
CD/DVD rewritable disc drive (black plastic circle centre that 'holds' a disc) of this Toshiba laptop
have broken off and the drive will not 'except', or read, the above mentioned disc and most other
discs.

Did copy the disc (3.98GB) onto the 8GB USB flash drive using Rufus but it was not successful.

So, the question is: how do I copy, what is the procedure or what is step-by-step instructions of
copying, the essential files of the said disc onto a 8GB USB flash drive?

Will now expand on the second need of the title of this thread, "spindle platter", followed by what
I have tried:

Need to buy a new 'spindle platter' from a UK website for the said mentioned disc drive of, or for,
this Toshiba Equium P200 laptop.

Have visited website of the authorised UK supplier of Toshiba products - Topaz Support Limited UK.
But I did not find any "spindle platter" after doing a search on that website.

So, the question is: what website, preferably free and hopefully legal, offers or provides Toshiba
laptop + computer parts?

Will now end this thread. But I do thank you for your patience in this matter and I do look forward
to receiving your reply, hopefully containing a link, or links, and a suggestion, or suggestions, soon
in the near future.

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JonS



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) copying the recovery image to a pen drive won't work unless you know how to make and edit a boot sector onto the pen drive. Even then it may not be compatible with the copied files. Besides which just copying the files won't work - you would need to do it with an imaging utility like Isobuster.

2) you can't purchase new DVD trays. You need to purchase a complete laptop DVD drive - assuming your machine uses a SATA drive, not an older IDE one. You would have to remove the old drive, transfer the mounting bracket at the back, possibly switch the fascia (though Toshibas often don't need this as most have a standard slimline fascia) and then bolt the new one back into the laptop

Any competent computer engineer would be able to supply and fit a new drive for you, and if required to also rebuild the software. If you have a problem finding anyone, you could try placing a job request at http://www.pciq.com
One of my colleagues there would be happy to quote you
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply to, and update for JonS Reply with quote

Hi JonS

Thank you for your reply to my thread on the 2 of October. But I must, also,
provide 4 corrections for both of us.

1. I must apologise to you as I neglected to state that I did use ImgBurn to
create an .iso image of the Toshiba Product Recovery disc. Then I used
Rufus to burn that .iso image to the flash drive and, as I stated before, I
was not successful. But I have found 1 step-by-step instructions for "How
to create a USB recovery media flash drive from recovery ISO images-
or discs (DVDs)" at http://aps2.toshiba-
tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm. I did try out the instructions for a
8GB flash drive even though it is for 16GB flash drive and was not
successful - I know it was not correct thing to do, but sometimes you will
never know unless you try! Also, I have found 1 non step-by-step
instructions for "Using AutoRun with a USB Flash Drive" at
http://www.samlogic.net/articles/autorun-usb-flash-drive.htm -
have not 'tried out' the instructions yet, but have copied the website
address for future reference. So, what do you think?

2. Also, in my original thread I stated "CD/DVD rewritable disc drive". But,
again, I need to apologise to you as it is a "DVD rewritable drive" only
and more!

3. Although I have used ImgBurn to create an .iso image of the T P R disc
and have used Rufus to burn that image to a 8GB flash drive this was not
my original intention. My original intention was to burn all, or at least the
needed files, of that disc onto the 8GB flash drive and I would still like to
do that!

4. Also, although I did not state in my original thread that I wanted to
replace the tray of the mentioned drive above, I should have stated that
the 'spindle platter' of the drive (black plastic circle centre that 'holds' a
disc) of this Toshiba laptop can be removed. So, I only need to buy 1
'spindle platter', but preferably 2!

That is all I can think of for now. So I will now end this reply. But I do thank
you for your patience in this matter and I do look forward to receiving your
reply soon in the near future.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer your parts one by one

1) I don't see how this will work as there appears to be no mechanism in the instructions for creating the required boot sector on the USB drive
However, they say it will, so persevere, following the instructions

2) A DVD-RW (or DVD+RW) drive is by definition also capable of CD-RW

3) I don't think it will work simply copying files due to the hidden boot sector

4) You can't purchase the "spindle platters". Optical drives are cheap and come as complete units. When they break you throw them away and replace them.
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