Factory Restore - On It's Own, By Its Self ???

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Toshiba L775D - S7340
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I am working a friends laptop to try a recover pictures, documents, ect.

They were working on battery power when they noticed a low battery warning. Once they plugged it in the screen went black. In their words... "Black black". Thinking the battery needed to be charged they called it a night and went to bed. The next morning they pressed the Power Button and it started to boot up. But, it was loading all the Toshiba factory goodies and drivers from scratch.

It appears for some reason that factory restore was called up but from the explanation my friend gave me sounds to be like they didn't do anything to bring up the screen or OK the process....it just did it when powered on.

Thinking about it, it is kinda scarey to think one could boot their machine and have it wipe the system and start fresh. I guess one good thing learned here is to backup, backup backup. Currently running Ease US and trying to recover some of their goodies...or as much as I can.

Anyone have any ideas on how or what may cause this to happen?
 
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Well that process does not happen in one step! There are hoops you need to jump through to get to that point, as you are well aware. Toshiba as well as all the other major producers of computers have put fail safes in place to prevent a user from whipping out the OS inadvertently. IMO, this smells a little fishy to me. I think you need to put then under a bare light bulb.
 
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yeah..... one thing i have found that generally people will not tell u how they screwed up their own computer............i have fixed many computers where the owner says "i didn't do nothing" then the truth comes out!!!!
one guy recently played that game .....later he confessed he spillled coffee on the ol' keyboard
 

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I would ... but is our pastors wife. I asked her if there were any steps that she had to take to initiate the process and she said no.... it just started loading when she powered it up. So she is a "First time user" a second time around.
 

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I remember doing the coffee thing once... first time and last time... knock on wood.
 
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I would ... but is our pastors wife. I asked her if there were any steps that she had to take to initiate the process and she said no.... it just started loading when she powered it up. So she is a "First time user" a second time around.
"First time user" a second time around
Like I said, Fishy. She messed up. This being touchy ground as being the pastor's wife... What can you do? Your the tech... Fix it. Keep the peace in your faith.
 

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Do what I can with it. I already told I couldn't make any promises.

While I won't and can't rule out user error, I was wondering if there could be another possible cause such as corrupt file system, hardware problem or some other nefarious reason.
 
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Do what I can with it. I already told I couldn't make any promises.

While I won't and can't rule out user error, I was wondering if there could be another possible cause such as corrupt file system, hardware problem or some other nefarious reason.
No.. To many variables that would causes this from occurring. It would, IMO, Be user intervention. If there is another member that is more informed on this issue that could comment on the opposite, but I doubt it.
 

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theoretically, it could happen with a faulty keyboard or stuck key . Many Toshiba computers with an inbuilt recovery option have the ability to boot direct to recovery option by pressing & holding the 0 key while booting. If that key was held down "accidentally" then an impatient user could have pressed the enter key without reading the screen properly that caused the recovery options to start
 
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theoretically, it could happen with a faulty keyboard or stuck key . Many Toshiba computers with an inbuilt recovery option have the ability to boot direct to recovery option by pressing & holding the 0 key while booting. If that key was held down "accidentally" then an impatient user could have pressed the enter key without reading the screen properly that caused the recovery options to start
Its not one or two key sequences that initiate the Toshiba system recovery. Like I said, there are hoop you need to jump through.

1. Restart the computer.

2. Start tapping the F8 key till you see the Advanced Boot Option Screen.

3. Select Repair Your Computer then hit Enter.

4. Select your Country then OK.

5. On the System Recovery Options Screen select Restore Application.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions. Meaning More Hoops.

8. When prompted select "Full Factory Recovery"

9. Select Next then Yes.

10.The System Recovery Starts.
I am not aware of a backdoor procedure that will bypass this process.
 

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Thank you dvk01. I was not aware of that option. That's what I love about computers, you never stop learning. I also love the word "Theoretically" It opens the door to the debate room every time.:D
 

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If there is one thing that I have learned in this world, it is that a computer and its user will always find a way to surprise us and anything is possible with computers.
 

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I could hold this as a possibility. She is an older user, perhaps not knowing she was saying yes to let to disaster. Without being there and seeing it for myself one just can't know for certain what really happened.
 
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