+ 0 Votes hmm TheVirtualOne 6 years ago buy a new hard drive. the one you've got is faulty. if its the data that you're after because its really important and you're willing to spend thousands of dollars to get it back... I know a guy... lol seriously. get a new drive. the average life span of a hdd is 3-4 years and you bought yours used. + 0 Votes Reovery cd ccommcomm 6 years ago I just wanted to know if you were pushing F12 to choose where you are booting up. When you start up your computer press F2 to access the bios and F12 to choose where to boot from. + 0 Votes It's only 1.5 yrs old, and I am not worried about the data on HDD keke_zh 6 years ago I just wanted to reinstall the whole system. I set the boot priority to CD-ROM->***->HHD...and saved the setting. But it didn't work. finally i tried to boot from a geniun WinXP CD(it didn't come with my Toshiba Latop). Followed the same procedure: unplug the HHD forcing the computer to boot from CD, and then plugged in HHD...Interestingly, HHD was detected this time and it worked fine...So the HHD is OK...But i really wanna use the Toshiba Restore CD so that I can restore the factory settings.