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Sony vaio laptop - recovery partition wiped, windows 7 wont install?

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Found 13th Sep 2011
Just been given my friends sony vaio nw20ef to try and fix, he somehow lost all partitions on the hard drive and didnt create the recovery disks, i have attempted to install windows 7 from a genuine dvd and it fails saying "windows cannot be installed to this disk. The computers hardware may not support booting from this disk,ensure that the disk controller is enabled in the bios" being a sony bios their arent any options regarding disk controller or in fact many options at all.

I have read that this laptop has a uefi firmware for boot rather than using the bios, but surely a genuine windows disk should install cleanly?

any ideas?, or where he can get the original disks sony supplied?

cheers
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You can buy replacement rebuild disks from Sony,
Have you deleted the partition(s) and created a new one manually? (Drive options advanced)

http://communities.intel.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-101873-24608/450-337/advanced.png
Edited by: "PhearFactor" 13th Sep 2011
Babbabooey

You can buy replacement rebuild disks from Sony,


got a link?, im not being lazy ive been searching for hours! ta


PhearFactor

Have you deleted the partition(s) and created a new one manually? (Drive … Have you deleted the partition(s) and created a new one manually? (Drive options advanced)



yes all partitions deleted, new one created, it just wont have it lol
Is it a 64bit Windows version you are trying to install or 32bit?

cheers, their support lines a premium rate i believe :-(

Babbabooey

http://www.sony.co.uk/discussions/thread/124296




PhearFactor

Is it a 64bit Windows version you are trying to install or 32bit?



tried both tbh, but i believe it needs to be 64bit.

will give it a go, i followed a similar guide to create 3 partitions yesterday, and that didnt work but this maybe worth a blast, sony dont sell the disks directly to the public, they are sold to aftercare specialists at £54 inc vat so not too bad i suppose!

PhearFactor

Have you come across this yet?http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297800It … Have you come across this yet?http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297800It links from this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2481490


Have a look at the 3rd link I just added. I have seen it mentioned a couple of times now, the clean command in diskpart and then continue using the Windows installer.

It almost sounds as if the disk has been changed to MBR and it cannot change back to GPT without being done manually.

Something else that might be worth giving a go, try to get Linux up and running on it if you are still struggling. It may help to work out what is wrong as at least you will have access to the drive. You could create a spare block to test with then on the drive and try to get Win7 up and running on that while using the Linux install to do the partition/formatting work.

Edited by: "PhearFactor" 13th Sep 2011
PhearFactor

Have a look at the 3rd link I just added. I have seen it mentioned a … Have a look at the 3rd link I just added. I have seen it mentioned a couple of times now, the clean command in diskpart and then continue using the Windows installer. It almost sounds as if the disk has been changed to MBR and it cannot change back to GPT without being done manually.Something else that might be worth giving a go, try to get Linux up and running on it if you are still struggling. It may help to work out what is wrong as at least you will have access to the drive. You could create a spare block to test with then on the drive and try to get Win7 up and running on that while using the Linux install to do the partition/formatting work.




cheers for the info i got it converted to gpt but its still not having it, think my mates going to have to pay the 50 odd quid and suffer. Should have made the recovery disks duhhh

One last try?

You can force the Z to boot the Windows 7 setup disc in BIOS mode, versus … You can force the Z to boot the Windows 7 setup disc in BIOS mode, versus EFI mode. Just hit ESC when booting up to take you into the EFI boot manager and select the DVD-DRIVE, versus the ACPI(....) string.

tried that yesterday, nothing happens. Ta

PhearFactor

One last try?


I guess you tried other keys also? I don't know what model the laptop is so I cannot check for you, but usually there is a key that show boot devices, could be that simple. Find the right key and see if you can follow the above.

Anyway, I guess we all learned something today. Don't buy a Sony Vaio X)
Edited by: "PhearFactor" 13th Sep 2011
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