I am working on a Toshiba Satellite laptop that had a hard drive failure on the main partition. I was able to recreate the partitions on a new hard drive (using diskpart) as they existed on the original drive. I was able to copy the 8G Recovery partition (last partition) to the new drive using Easeus Partition Manager. My assumption was that I should be able to reinstall Windows from that partition, but have not been successful at doing so.
I have booted a Windows 8 installation disk and tried to do the Reset. I get the message: Unable to rest your PC. A required drive partition is missing". I have doublechecked and the Restore partition and it appears to have a complete collection of files on it and it is listed as a Recovery partition, both in the label and in the partition type.
I have held down the 0 key when turning the system on, but that appears to have no effect.
I have held down F12 when turning the system on and it gives me some choices on physical boot devices (ODD, HDD, USB, etc.) but nothing about the Recovery.
The client never made the Recovery Disks and I don't have any similar computers around from which to make such disks.
I'd like to be able to do the reinstallation without the time and expense of ordering the disks from Toshiba. Is there a reasonable alternative?