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Reformat hard drive so can reinstall Sony VAIO laptop

by pacchiraku / March 22, 2010 2:32 AM PDT

What is the command to reformat a hard drive? I have a SONY VAIO laptop and its hard drive failed after just four years and no alternative other than to replace with a new hard drive. New hard drive was not purchased from SONY! The new hard drive was partitioned and I had to get a Windows "trialware" Operating System to try and get onto the laptop. Now that I don't have the proper "authentic" product key code to install the Windows after the trial was over, I cannot use the laptop other than in safety mode. This is why I intend to reformat the new hard drive now that I have rec'd the "recovery discs" from SONY that are supposed to reinstall the original operating system and its original software programs that I had when I originally purchased the laptop. I was told by SONY tech that since I had Windows XP "Home Edition" installed on the laptop since the hard drive "failure" they could not advise me any further and said I would have to reformat or figure it out myself since there is now new programs on the hard drive. Will reformatting the entire disc enable me to then use the SONY recovery disks and not see the wrong Operating System (Windows XP Home Edition) that was just erased? I was hesitant about "recovery disks" from SONY since having a new drive altogether, I thought it would need to "recover" original information from the SONY hidden partition but they said no, the recovery discs will reinstall the original operating system as well as other programs that I originally had. I just now need to know how I physically go about reformatting the hard drive. Don't care if it remains partitioned or not, just want it to work again!!!!!

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Recovery disks . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 22, 2010 2:49 AM PDT

are designed to do as you wish. You boot with the first disk. On boot up the disk will give a warning about the recovery process. You will continue and the disk will format the drive, install the OS and should ask for the rest of the disks which will contain the drivers for the laptop.

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Recovery discs
by pacchiraku / March 22, 2010 3:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Recovery disks . . .

I did try the recovery discs already and was on the phone with SONY tech support. The first disc said warning, this recovery disc is incorrect for model number, please check model. I had to then press "OK" and it would start the process all over and come back up to this same message.

So the tech advised me to look at the system's info. on the hard drive because he said the computer wasn't recognizing the hard drive. I booted up on F2 to see system info., the hard drive was recognized. Because the tech said the laptop was not recognizing the hard disc, I had to correct him and tell him yes it was. I had downloaded a trialware program of Windows XP Home Edition program (laptop originally installed with XP Professional) he shut me down right there and said they couldn't help me because I loaded that new software on the laptop. So that's where I am. I did get at least a response from the tech that if I erase that program and reformat, will the recovery discs work then. He said yes. I don't know what to believe, but I have a strong feeling with all the new items I loaded 0n the new drive (such as WinZip and other utilities), that I will have to get rid of all of it before the recovery discs will work.

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To Erase All Data On The Hard Drive
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 10:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Recovery discs

On a separate computer, create a disc-wipe CD using the Dban site below. Once the bootable disc-wipe CD is created, you put it in the DVD/CD drive, then boot the computer using it and follow the site's instructiosn to wipe the disc:

http://www.dban.org/

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Just want to say thank you for your information.
by pacchiraku / March 22, 2010 10:52 PM PDT

I will check this out and post the results. I appreciate it.

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Caution.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 10:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Recovery discs

When I use DBAN I unplug all other drives (call me over cautious) since this will erase all drives.

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