I just got my Toshiba NB205-N210. On the whole, I love it. But I borked up the Toshiba utilities installation(s) when I tried to uninstall some of them. That triggered a quest to re-install Windows XP. Whoa Daddy!! Took all night.
1. No WinXP disk included.
2. No optical drive.
3. No SATA driver on a WinXP disk (not even on SP3) assuming you have one handy (BSOD when starting the installer).
4. I had a WinXP/SP2 disk from somewhere in my past. Wasn't compatible with the CD key on the back on the Toshiba.
5. Some weird reliance the installer has on whatever may already be on the c: drive was producing a corrupted file error that would prevent the XP installation from proceeding.
5a. Another weird error from the XP installer that wouldn't let me remove the existing c:\ partition. It said it was using temporary files on the C drive.
1a. I had a WinXP/SP2 disk already.
1c. **IMPORTANT** Save the C:\WINDOWS\I386 directory from the factory installed XP before you blast it!
1d. Created a hybrid installation between the WinXP/SP2 disk and the I386 directory from the netbook. Worked!
2. There are a few utilities out there that will create a bootable flash drive WinXP installer from a source disk.
3. BIOS setup, AHCI->Compatibility
4. See 1d
5. http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page. Used it (also transferred to a bootable flash drive) to blast the factory created partitions.
At 4:45am, I was successful. Is this really what is required to re-install fresh XP on a netbook? Re-loading their factory installed image defeats my purpose and besides, I broke their tool that does it. I'm not about to ask Toshiba support for XP install media. I pre-assume that to be worse than what I endured.