We received a Toshiba Satellite (S955-5378) with a catastrophic hard drive failure. The customer had no recovery disk so we ordered one from Toshiba. It came as a USB stick.
We could not boot from the USB stick even after changing the boot order. So I turned off the "Safe Boot" feature and changed UEFI to CSM. Now it booted to the Windows 8 installation envrironment. Next a a dialog box appeared to announce the Windows 8 can only be installed in a PC with UEFI enabled.
I tried to see if you could have UEFI with Safe Boot turned off, but alas, no. I'm thinking I should take an image of the USB stick and burn it to a DVD. Maybe it will boot to a DVD with Safe Boot, etc. enabled.
Any ideas? (And don't you just love everything about Window 8?)