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recovery disk on hidden partition of hard drive

My computer is a Sony Vaio PCVRX755 512 memory 60G hard drive. It was running slow every so often (about two years ago) and a coworker looked at it and said that he could remove the partition in the hard drive and it should speed it up. Big mistake. Now the hard drive is failing ( making a grinding noise) and I found out that the recovery disk was on a hidden partition and when he removed the partition it erased the recovery disk. I went to a computer repair service (National Network) and Circuit City and both have told me that to transfer my information to a new hard drive i need a recovery disk from Sony or to buy an microsoft xp disk (i think the price was $200.00). I called Sony and was told that they used to sell the disk for $20.00 but have quit producing them for my computer. I was also looking at adding more memory and a bigger hard drive. That would cost me about $200.00 plus if I have to buy the xp disk another $200.00.I have seen new computers with 250G hard drive and 1G memory from $900.00 - $1,000.00 Should I buy a new computer or can my old one be repaired for a reasonable amount of money. I have a few games on it but nothing that can't be replaced.

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This story is why you read admonishments to...

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Have your restore CDs handy.

XP Home is likely what they provided. It is not 200 bucks. That is Sony's price.

I won't ask why you are doing more than what is required to bring the machine back to where it was. It seems fine that you would consider upgrades but then you are in for a bit more money as you suspected.

To transfer you data can be cheap to free. While you can always use your last backup as the way to move the files you can never lose, some will pull the drive and stick it in the new machine as a slave drive and get their latest files out.

I see new drives in the under 99 bucks everyday here.

Price? Nothing.

Bob

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Who asked about Data Recovery?..................

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Don't meen to but in, but maybe you should read the posts more carefully before you reply.
I have noted this & started a post @ Admin. jumping in without reading the entire thread, but this has gone unnoticed.
I realize the amount of posts you feel you must go thru - but you're not helping anyone with erroneous replies!
In fact, you are actually totally confusing the "Newbie"
I'm sure your boss would rather have you answer queries accuratly 100 % of the time, than answer 10 X more with ridiculous replies.
If you wish to suspend or revoke my privelages on this forum - So be it. I just call them like I see Them.

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Thanks.

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Thanks for the comment but I'll continue to add more to the responses as I see fit. I felt it's worth noting just in case they wanted some file.

I didn't read in your reply what you would do.

This is not the newbie forum.

Bob

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Data Recovery

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In his post, CC1471 said;

''I went to a computer repair service (National Network) and Circuit City and both have told me that to transfer my information to a new hard drive i need a recovery disk from Sony or to buy an microsoft xp disk''.

It seems to me he had been enquiring about recovering his data before the hard drive finally failed.

I have read both CC1471's post and Bob's reply a number of times now, and I see nothing erroneous about Bob's comments or advice.

If you feel I have mis-interpreted anything, please feel free to discuss this further via email through my profile.

Mark

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Which part of the following...

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quoted from the original post are you having trouble understanding?

I went to a computer repair service (National Network) and Circuit City and both have told me that to transfer my information to a new hard drive i need a recovery disk from Sony or to buy an microsoft xp disk (i think the price was $200.00).

Bob included the data recovery info which indicates that spending some of that money at Circuit City wouldn't be needed.

Before you "call them like I see Them" do at least read them.

Thanks.

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Toss or Upgrade??.................

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Excactly how old is your VIAO???
If it's a 2002 model, you woukd probably be better off replacing it.
If your machine was built after Spring 2004, then it's an SP2 model - probably worth putting in the price of an HD & some absolutely needed RAM!!
Check ypur CD's from Dell to see what they have included.

Luck - csrjohn

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Check out newegg.com

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You can find XP and a hard drive for much less that what Sony quotes. If your computer meets your needs, you can fix it for less than half the cost of a new machine.

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thanks for the advice and reading my post completely

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thanks crsjohn and glb613. I am looking at a 350GB hard drive for about $100 (after rebate) and installing two 512G RAM for about $35 each. As I stated in my post my computer did not come with recovery disk. It came with the recovery information installed on a hidden partition on the hard drive (which my coworker deleted when he removed the partition). I have been told that I can purchase microsoft XP Home OS for about $100. I will take your advice about replacing the HD and upgrading the RAM.

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Problems with your sony

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Are you still having problems with your computer? The posting is a bit old; in any event feel free on contacting me if you still need help.

Hector

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