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Thread: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed

  1. Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    Computer: Toshiba Laptop
    Model: Satellite M305D-S4830

    Problem: Initially windows wouldn't boot; so I decided I would try to reformat it to fix the issue.
    First I erased the hard drive; now I'm trying to use the "TOSHIBA Recovery Wizard" that came with the laptop to reinstall the operating system, but end up getting the following:

    "ERROR: 08-0A74-0000
    Partition creation failed."

    p.s. I have tried formating using the command prompt but it says format failed after choosing a volume label.

    p.s.#2 When I run the startup repair I get the error that the volume is corrupt

    I noticed there is a hidden partition called X: where there is a backup of the out-of-box operating system, but have no clue how I might use that backup to possibly restore windows...

    What should I do?

  2. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    I think the problem is the partition on your HDD.
    You said you erased the hard driveÖ well, this might be the reason why the recovery does not function as it should.

    In my opinion the full HDD should be formatted again (all partitions should be removed and formatted too.).
    Maybe you could use an Microsoft original disk (Win XP CD) to format the HDD and then you could use the Toshiba recovery disk to recover the notebook again!

  3. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    Fortunately I do have a Windows XP disc; but when I try to install xp OR repair (there are only those two options and to exit setup); it says "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer."

    Thanks for responding though.

    Any more ideas?

  4. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    >but when I try to install xp OR repair (there are only those two options and to exit setup); it says "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer."
    The OS cannot find the HDD because it does not contains the SATA drivers!
    If you donít want to install SATA drivers then you should access the BIOS and should switch the SATA mode from AHCI to Compatible.
    Then try boot from Win XP CD again.

  5. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    And how do I do that? I just want any operating system and to use my laptop again. I don't know what to do here. Can you write me out a step by step guide on what to do?

    Message was edited by: Sio

  6. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    I said;
    You should access the BIOS and should switch the SATA mode from AHCI to Compatible
    Then boot from the Windows XP disk in order to format the HDD.
    After the HDD has been formatted you should use the recovery disk to reinstall the Vista OSÖ

    What step is not understandable for you?

  7. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    "switch the SATA mode from AHCI to Compatible"
    I don't understand this step; how do I do this?

  8. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    You have to do this in BIOS!!
    Access the BIOS (press F2) then choose SATA mode, set it to compatible, save the changes, leave the BIOS, boot again the Win XP CD, format the HDD.

  9. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    I did what you said and was able to start formatting the hard drive using the XP disc; however it freezes at 41%....any ideas? It's been sitting at 41% since about 20 minutes after you made your last post.

    I appreciate the help by the way.

  10. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    Hi!

    To be honest this looks like a HDD malfunction.

    In your case I would try to check the HDD with the Drive Fitness Test:
    http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
    With the Drive Fitness Test you can test your HDD. Download the CD image, burn it on a CD and boot from it. Then you can the HDD.
    On the same website is a user guide if you want to know more.

    Bye

  11. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    Thanks for replying Lars; however it didn't help. I burned the iso to a disc and tried starting with the CD in the laptop and nothing happened. It just says:

    Yukon PXE v6.50.2.3 (20071025)
    (C)Copyright 2003-2007 Marvell(R). All Rights Reserved.
    Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) v2.1
    (C)Copyright 1997-2000 Intel Corporation.
    PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
    PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
    Operating system not found

  12. Re: Satellite M305D-S4830: recovery error - Partition creation failed
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    It looks like that the notebook canít find the HDD so it tries to boot from network.
    Do the BIOS recognize the HDD?

    However, I think you should replace the HDD.

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