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My fiancées Toshiba Satellite computer had gotten a virus which won't allow her computer to start up past the windows flag. I used Toshiba recovery to reset it to factory defaults. After which I restarted the computer holding the power button and the #0 for the recovery of factory default.

It finishes the process to 99.9% (CRC file included) but then stops and shows an error message: f3-f000-0018.

I don't know what the error means and cannot find an answer on Google or anyone I know. And I am wondering, if it is possible, if a person would be able to wipe the drive manually as a external USB and copy all Windows 7 files from a working computer and replace onto the external drive.

If not, is there another way to fix the hard drive?

Also: I think The problem originated from a bad registry file.

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In post title you mention "hdd" error, while you do not refer to that anythere in the text. So what is the actually full error message? – Martin Prikryl May 24 '13 at 8:31
An answer given on the Toshiba Forums… claims this is caused by a memory problem. Does the Toshiba recovery console work? Can you run a memory test? – Tog May 24 '13 at 8:53
Thats all it says. Before it completes and ends that text appears. nothing else but a black screen around it. --- The toshiba recovery console does work and that is what i am currently trying to use to fix it. – user226517 May 24 '13 at 23:56

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