none of the drivers work (including wifi) unless i boot with driver signatures disabled. when i boot with signatures disabled, everything runs fine. I dont believe its a driver issue as i have downloaded drivers not only from toshiba but also the hardware websites. i have also updated windows.
Everything ran fine on the old HD. Both old/new HDs are the same (WD Scorpio). the old is 300gb and the new is 500gb. The common denominator appears to be the HD and resembles the symptoms suggested at this link: http://www.mitchellenright.com/2012/05/25/no-wifi-networking-errors-after-new-hard-drive-and-system-recovery-on-toshiba-satellite-l550/
I have tried installing Intel RST and the Microsoft Hotfix (which failed during installation). Does anybody know why this is happening? and/or if there is not fix and i am to replace the new HD, how am i to be sure that another new hd wont have the same advanced tech? Thanks again for the help