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Toshiba Satellite A305-S6905 won't reinstall OS

Morning all,

I have a Toshiba Satellite A305-S6905 that Im trying to reinstall ANY OS with... Ive tried my bootable Windows XP SP3, Win7 x32 and Win7 x64 but the same thing keeps happening, it gets like 40-60% thru the install then it just hangs and never continues. No BSOD or anything...

What are some things I could try?

I have installed the latest BIOS update to the machine, still no go though. :(

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Jeff Perkins

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Surely we cannot recommend that CD as it contains unlicensed software...
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Okay, sorry Younghv.

I get the idea though, basically I need some tools to test out the HDD and then possible hardware on the laptop... Ill keep you all posted of my progress. Thanks for your help.
Chris Millard

If you have use of a desktop PC, you can always remove the HDD and attach it to the desktop and run the checkdisk from there.

However, you could also look at purchasing a 3rd party utility such as SpinRite
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As noted by 'riteheer' (http:#a36349621) the manufacturers will provide a free tool for the HDD analysis.
ded9

Might be a problem with the dvd rom .

Try usb drive.

Logon to another computer...download microsoft tool to create bootable windows 7 usb drive.You require a formatted flash drive for this step.

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe

After creating the bootable windows 7 usb ..change the boot sequence in bios ...make sure usb is first in boot order.


Boot from the windows 7 bootable usb to install windows 7...your issue will be resolved.



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Jeff Perkins

I am not familiar with the deleted recommendation, so didn't know it was pirated.... but I prefer to use the manufacturer's hard drive diags, since they make the drives, they are usually pretty good at checking condition.
As for ram test, I've found MS memory tester: http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp   to be as reliable, if not more so, in detecting, most, but not all problems.
The worst part about diagnostic software is there is little out there that is reliable on all hardware.  I've yet to find a reliable one to test mainboards.  You can usuaully purchase for a hefty price, many different diagnostic suites that work on today's hardware, but then as the new stuff comes out, your expensive package is quickly found wanting, and you either fork over more big bucks for upgrades and new releases, or the company that made it goes out of business.
   In this case, I've found some good scientific intuition, coupled with part swapping is usually the best route to go.
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OdyChris

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After running all these tests, and the WD Diagnostic tool its the HDD... So I have another one on order now...

Thanks for all your help guys...

Jeff Perkins

Hate that you had to replace a hdd, but glad that you found the problem.