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Vaio laptop recovery

knut18 Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Hi,

Can anyone tell me how to recover my vaio laptop? The hard drive crashed. The problem is compounded by the fact that the optical drives doesn't work. The BIOS doesn't have the option of USB boot. The only silverlining is I have the recovery discs but can't use them as the optical drive is not working. I have a hard drive docking statiion and 2 more compueters at home. Is there any way I can reset it back to factory settings? perhaps takes the hard drive out and reformat it using the docking station...???? Not sure how to do it. Any help will be greatly appreciated..
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
What's the model no? (look at the screen bezel, bottom right-hand corner).
#2
if your bios has AHCI listed for SATA in bios and is currently in AHCI mode switch to IDE mode and try recovery option again . You could also try the reverse .

also take the hard drive out and connect to another PC with a sata/ide/ to usb adapter or a usb caddy and scan the hard drive for errors, just the top box ticked eg the box that says auto fix errors etc.

disable the broken optical drive from bios if you can and or [both] remove the ide/ sata cable and power for it from laptop as well

You say it don't Boot from usb have you been in bios and enabled the boot menu or do it that way and set external hdd/usb to Boot drive also take note of any other keys it asks you to press at post.
#3
I had a similar problem. I replaced the hard drive and burned the .iso to new HD.


Edited By: nomeames on Jul 25, 2010 07:47: ..
Edited By: nomeames on Jul 25, 2010 07:59: revised..
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dontasciime
if your bios has AHCI listed for SATA in bios and is currently in AHCI mode switch to IDE mode and try recovery option again . You could also try the reverse .

also take the hard drive out and connect to another PC with a sata/ide/ to usb adapter or a usb caddy and scan the hard drive for errors, just the top box ticked eg the box that says auto fix errors etc.

disable the broken optical drive from bios if you can and or [both] remove the ide/ sata cable and power for it from laptop as well

You say it don't Boot from usb have you been in bios and enabled the boot menu or do it that way and set external hdd/usb to Boot drive also take note of any other keys it asks you to press at post.


I don't see any option for AHCI / IDE mode in bios. Its the "old" phoenix technologies bios and has the boot options for floppy, optical, hard drive and network. The first three are ruled out. Not sure how to configure the network as it won't give me any option to specify the network path (to my NAS). I have ordered the hdd dock from ebuyer and hoping to scan the drive for errors once I receive it. Any idea how I can copy / restore the contents of the recovery CD onto the HDD once I take it out?

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