I've inherited a Portege R600-13X from my colleague, who bumped it and killed the hard drive. I've installed a new hard drive but don't have OS installation disks as he said the computer didn't come with any. To make matters even more difficult I believe the optical drive might not be working. My old R500 had a dead optical drive and after I replaced it (it still didn't work) I was told it might be something to do with the ribbon cable, which piggy backs off the SD card reader and then to the motherboard.
So anyway, is there any way for me to install Win 7 professional (I have the original windows key) from a USB flash drive? Or is there a specific OS recover/reinstallation disc that I can download from Toshiba?
Any advice would be very gratefully received
I have a Portege R600 and it has been a terrific workhorse although now showing its age with newer software.
I think these machines came with Vista preinstalled and your friend should have created a set of recovery disks when he/she first got the machine.
Toshiba did release an upgrade disk when Windows 7 came out which was available to purchasers within the free upgrade period you. You may be able to find a disk but you will need the Win7 licence to go with it.
Otherwise, your only option is likely to be to purchase a disk and licence. Of course you may find specific Toshiba drivers are missing. If you think about it, it is extremely unlikely that you'll be able to locate what is essentially a Windows 7 installation disk for free download.
Without an optical drive you will have to borrow an external USB drive and force the BIOS to boot from that first.