I would like to thank everyone for trying to help! I finally got this working using the help from you and parts of other links you posted especially the link jaclaz gave me! Thanks a lot. Really appreciate the help of everyone!
I will tell you the steps i followed in case anyone else had the exact same problem:
1st i will say again what happened. A friend of mine has the Toshiba L775-15T with windows 7 home premium x64. He wanted to format the laptop but didn't want to go again through the whole windows updates procedure etc because of his slow internet connection. Hi didn't think too much of it though. He downloaded a version of windows home premium x64 including all the latest updates from a torrent site. He formatted just the OS partition ,leaving the small 400mb partition and the 3rd "recovery" partition untouched. After seeing his laptop without all the drivers and the Toshiba applications he freaked out and brought his laptop to me to do a proper format - recovery as i helped him do some time ago. But he hadn't create the recovery disk as i warned him to do so many times before.. PS: the F8 - Repair - Toshiba recovery etc. wasn't available anymore
1. Since the .swm files in the 3rd partition where too big for a dvd, i created a bootable Windows Installation USB 64Gb in size using Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool (you can use YUMI or any other similar application)
2. In the USB i created a new folder and copied there all the .swm files from the Toshiba recovery partition, along with the imagex.exe. Note: when i used the specific imagex.exe i had an error that the subsystem wasn't present and after a little search i downloaded from microsoft the proper x64 version of it (weird though that the original one wouldn't work) from here: http://hotfixv4.micr...ntl_x64_zip.exe
-- In case you need another version of imagex you can get it from this link from Microsoft: http://support.micro...5084&kbln=en-us
3. I booted the computer from the USB and when the windows installation started, i selected "Repair the computer"
4. Using the command prompt i navigated to the specific folder in the USB i had copied the .swm and imagex files
5. I run the following command imagex /ref 15541XSP*.swm /export 15541XSP.swm 2 boot.wim (This command merged all the swm files into a new boot.wim file, in the same directory. The file was close to 7GB)
6. Then i run the command format c: /fs:ntfs /q /V:Windows (Take care here to make sure that your OS installation was in C:\ ). In case you are wondering, i 1st ignored this step and at the end the applied image that will follow, wouldn't load properly, so i added this step and all worked fine.
7. Then i run imagex /apply boot.wim 1 C:\ and restarted the computer. The Toshiba recovery procedure started and after a few restarts the laptop came to life in its original factory state.
PS: If you get any errors (didn't happen to me) about the boot record or something like that, boot from the windows repair console and hopefully it will repair it
My friend is now with me, thanking you guys all.. He WILL BE buying the drinks tonight! Cheers
Thanks again for all your efforts!
Edited by Ntantor, 26 August 2014 - 12:50 PM.