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Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Question: Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...


I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

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Answer: Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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I've lost the recovery disks I made when I bought my laptop. I only realised this after I did a complete reformat with windows XP Pro with service pack 1 after a virus infection. Laptop runs vv slowly now, has no sound and takes ages to boot up. Also it won't download windows service pack 2. I contacted Sony service centre and they said the recovery disk would cost 90 which I just can't afford. I've tried downloading individual drivers but that was a nightmare as the available drivers were not compatible. Can anyone help? I would be happy to pay a reasonable amount.

Answer:Recovery disk for Sony Vaio VGN-FS315S?

With luck, You should still have the recovery partition on your laptop click here try rebooting the laptop and tapping the F10 key (or on some it is the F9) and a menu will come up that will allow you to Choose Restore C: Drive and click StartThat will take it back to Factory Fresh (and you will be able to burn new recovery cd's to use in case of harddrive failure)

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I've just bought a Sony Vaio and am trying to create the recovery disks. Each time I try it spends around 45 minds copying the first disk then comes up with an error no 142025 saying it doesn't work with this disk remove it and try another. I've tried 3 different disks so far and each 1 is the same.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Sony Vaio recovery disk problem

I've tried 3 different disks so far and each 1 is the same.
Are you using the correct format?
The main thing to remember is to get discs that are of the same format as your DVD drive. For example, if you have a DVD drive that records in the DVD+R/+RW format make sure you buy discs that have that label on the packaging. You cannot use a +R disc in a -R recorder or vice versa. However, many DVD recorders now record in both the - and + formats.
You say you have used 3 different discs but have you tried a different make?
My advice, when it comes to blank DVDs, stick with major brands.

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I may get in trouble, I don't know if its allowed to ask for help like this.I am looking for a Sony "VPCS40FX SERIES RECOVERY MEDIA KIT"  Bought a used Vaio laptop, Windows 7 Home premium/64 bit.  Previous Owner bought it new in Feb 2012. After a hard drive failure, 5-6 months down the road, the laptop was repaired at the place of purchase, a "well known chain store". It just seems to run hinky, as one used to say on here. Lots of hang ups, and sometimes it literally stops working, while browsing. Have to re-fresh over and over, might come back and might not. The PO was told the Sony disks had to be purchased as it was out of warranty. Allegedly there was a time frame they would have supplied them for free for the HD failure. And Sony is quite proud of them it appears. The PC has the "Stores" own crap tagged in with some desktop icons, and wireless connection setup, etc. It has had the recovery partition re-installed, but it just seem quite right either. So was just looking to start from square one with the correct software. Feel free to PM me.thanks

Answer:Any one have a Sony Vaio Recovery disk set, VPCS40FX they may want to part with?

As long as you have the Windows 7 Home Premium Key on the computer itself you can use any Windows 7 Home Premium disk and legally install it clean on that computer using that same key.  I always reinstall Windows even on new computers using a retail or tech net disk (or a wim image) and I use the OEM key from the computer and it works fine and allows you to start without all the 3rd party bloat ware that slows down your computer.So you don't need that "Sony" disk, you just need a Windows 7 Home premium/64 bit disk

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Can any one please provide me with the original sound drivers for the Sony laptop model-vgn-t27gp? This model works on Windows XP OS.

Many thanks if the recovery disk for the same is made available for download.

Answer:Request for sony vaio vgn-t27gp laptop-XP recovery disk

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hello Window Eight Forums.

I have a question about my VAIO Notebook/Laptop. It originally came with a lot of Bloatware installed. Which was hindering its potential performance. So I deleted all partitions, hidden and not hidden including all the recovery partitions that come pre installed on a Sony VAIO laptop. I then reinstalled a clean windows 8 version using A windows 8 retail installation DVD I have.

I contacted Sony support about another issue I am having with my 1TB HDD making clicking sounds and I was told.
"Because I have done the above. I am no longer able to receive support from Sony EU. because I have wiped the recovery partitions and original windows 8. and reinstalled windows 8 Retail. Without contacting Fony."

So this brought me to ask these questions...

Can I reinstall the original Sony VAIO recovery partitions to my already installed windows 8 OS.
and is this even possible ?

Fortunately I created 5 recovery media DVD's not long after first use of my new laptop. These recovery media DVD's are basically a complete backup image of everything on my Hard Drive at the point of recovery media creation time. including the recovery partitions and Windows 8.

Windows 8 seems to be running okay at the moment, so I would rather not have to completely format my HDD (again) and start fresh using the recovery media DVD's I created.

Is it possible to reinstall only the Sony VAIO OEM recovery partitions along side my already installed windows 8 retail Using my... Read more

Answer:Can I reinstall the original Sony VAIO recovery partitions

Welcome to EightForums.

You would need reinstall the complete original Sony VAIO install & recovery partitions.

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I want to remove the two partitions that are pre-installed on my new Vaio laptop. There is a lot of software also pre-installed - can anyone tell me if erasing the partitions to make one large C drive will cause any problems, and also how to actually erase the partitions...Thanks a lot,James

Answer:Erase disk partitions on new Sony Vaio

You can fdisk, delete partitions and create 1 or more. This will explain + more: click hereBTW This is the way to go only if you have a full xp disc,if you've only got a recovery xp disc it will mess things up.

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Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted. For model VPCL212FX. Can it be replaced?

Answer:Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted

Some info here which might be useful: pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Ths is going to quite complex I fear.

I have recently inherited a HP Pavilion Entertainment Notebook dm4 1050ea. I'm not sure whether recovery discs have been made, but I now have the necessary media to do that. I was wondering if I made an image of the disk on another HD (could be a USB external), would that include the recovery partition, and could I use that, instead of the recovery discs I plan make, in the event of my HD going down ? Will that image have the ability to recreate recovery disks ? I'd obvioudsly have to create the image before the recovery disks, because I understand the process of creating the recovery disks involves modifying your software so that you cannot create a second set.

With recovery disks, can they recreate the your system as it left the factory on a new HD if your old HD dies ? (Including the ability the ability to recreate system recovery disks). If it cannot, then your system will not be truly restored to the state it was when it was ewhen it left the factory.

What I am looking for is a second way of doing a system back-up (as well as recovery disks) [I'm thinking that one back-up is not enough especially if you are the unlucky type].

Concerning a related topic, On my Presario S5160UK I have an image of the original HD (this disk seems to contain only 2 partitions, C: and D: (data), but there must be a hidden partition which I've never found any evidence of). The image also contains only 2 partitions...ho... Read more

Answer:Disk Images, Recovery Partitions &c. on HP PCs

Why isn't my external USB hard disk showing up in 'Computer' in Win 7 ?

Recently I purchased an Intenso 320 USB 2.5in HD for backing up the HD in my Pavilion dm3 1050ea. I used Easeus Disk Copy v.2.3.1 to do the copy. I made a sector-by-sector copy of the original HD onto the USB disk.

Everything seemed to go OK, I rebooted, and went to 'Computer' and it wasn't there ! It could see my USB thumb drive (memory stick) when I put it in, and my old XP system could see it the Intenso backup disk fine, all the visible partitions were there and they looked to be the same size as the on original disk in the Pavilion. But why can't I see this disk on the Pavilion ?

I'd like to settle this before I put the disk in a draw and hopefully never use it.


HP Pavilion dm4 1050ea - Windows 7

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I have just bought Sony VAIO CS-17G, with the following ODD specifications;

Maximum Reading Speed:
DVD+R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL)/ DVD-R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL)/ DVD+RW: 8x/DVD-RW: 8x/ DVD-ROM: 8x/DVD-RAM: 5x/ CD-ROM: 24x/CD-R: 24x/CD-RW: 24x
Maximum Writing Speed:
DVD+R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL)/ DVD-R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL) DVD+RW: 8x/DVD-RW: 6x/ DVD-RAM: 5x/ CD-R: 24x/CD-RW: 24x

Now am trying to create Recovery Disk with DVD+R.
It proceeded for 26% & then ejected the disk saying 'Recovery Disk Not Created'.

Is DVD+R an issue for the cause?
Should I be using a DVD-R?

Pls assist.

Answer:Creating VAIO Recovery Disk - Which DVD?

The optical drive should be able to burn +R discs given its specifications. But in general, -R is a more commonly used format and is compatible with more burners and players than +R. If +R does not work for you, try it with -R and see if you get any farther.

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This should be my last thread here about these problems. please selp me get it running full potential.

It's a Sony Vaio PCV-RX651 80G HD, 256MB ram, 1.72ghz running XP.

I got it used and could have swore it was pretty fast before I reformatted. When I got it, it had service pack 2 and windows update hadn't been run, it had tons of bells & whistle programs like movie shaker and stuff like photo editing that comes with the VAIO that make it a digital studio PC, tool bars, pop up blockers, etc, add/remove had like 50 things not counting Windows updates. I stress tested the internet and Windows Explorer and thought it was decent but reformatted to start from scratch and get the highest performance.
explains how to format this model:

I didn't make a recovery disk with drivers or the Sony Shared Library thing to get the VAIO programs. I read the VAIO programs are actually not needed to run the machine and are better off not installed if not used, making the Shared Library obsolete too, no?

I updated drivers, but saw no difference, the format instructions ^ say to download them if without the original CD. The drivers:
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Answer:Help reformatting without VAIO recovery disk

256MB RAM is absolute minimum RAM regardless of type / model, for any XP - It was OK for a basic Windows 98, but not XP1Gig is a minimum to run (yours x 4) to have any decent running system - I run 4G on my XP Pro these days.Google your Make / Model for details on adding RAM and how to DIY (usually quite simple).I installed Norton Antivirus and didn't notice it get slower, but then I uninstalled it, and saw no change. Did you use the Norton Removal Tool ??How many times have you reinstalled now, and how many CDs have you used ??

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Hi, im just wondering if there was any way of getting recovery disks if you have already wiped the hdd? I only formatted the c drive, not the recovery partitions.
I didn't make a recovery disk because I have made a image using a 3rd party image backup program. But when I put the disk in, it doesn't work.
I tried doing a system reset by pushing f12, but not even that works, I get an error message.

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Question: Sony recovery disk

Is it possible to get hold of a recovery disk to recover a Sony laptop it is out of Warranty and teh recovery software on the hard drive is failing half way through through the inability to read the image.Sony are suggesting that I need to send it to them to repair at a min cost of 170 ish and i don't think this is the correct solution as I can install windows xp from a retail version and run the machine.I cannot use the retail version as the solution as the license is for an OEM version so at this moment I cannot use the machine as teh hard drive recovery software is just not working.I have asked Sony for a copy of the recovery software but they have not responded yet.Any ideas how I can check the disk is physically ok or get a copy of teh recovery software? It maybe disk specific which might be a problem.Alternatively is there any way i can activate the OEM license without a disk from Sony?

Answer:Sony recovery disk

I just realised the last comment might be mis constured as wanting to do something illegal. That is not my intention I just want to get the machine working again and I think I have the rights to use the OEM version of teh windows license I have with the machine, I am just very frustrated at this momnet.

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i have Toshiba Satellite U400 121. My recovery Disk is not working may be due to the scratches i see in it. i took the Laptop to the Toshiba service Centre and i got negative support from them. They said, they cant put back the Windows Vista since recovery disk is not there and they put the Windows XP in it and handed over to me.
later i came to know that the Windows Xp is not Geninue one. :|

I still see one of Partition "D:" having HDDRecovery Folder in it.

So Can i use Recovery Disk of any Other Toshiba Laptop model's as the recovery disk of Toshiba Satellite U400 121.

Actually i tried with another model's Recovery disk, In that while booting with that disk the recovery wizard starts up, but since am not sure of it i stopped it there and did Exit.

Kindly any one of you let me know if you have valuable inputs on this.

suggestions are welcome !

Thanks in Advance.
thyagu :)

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Answer:Re: Can I use Recovery Disk from other Satellite U400 series


I?m not sure what Satellite U400-121 series it is but you have to use the Recovery disk designed especially for this notebook series!

Other recovery disk cannot be used because the drivers and tools which have been implemented into the Toshiba image are not designed for this notebook series!

By the way; you can order the Recovery disk from here:


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my HDD's crashed due to me dropping my Laptop.
I have purchased a new HDD thinking I would be able to download the recovery disk, well after reading up on here I guess I'd have to order a physical copy....

I found a link but it only links to Europe and my model is from Australia (bought it there) there a link for the Australian recovery disk order?

Also would they deliver to the uk? Since I'm not in Australia anymore.


Answer:Where to order recovery disk for Australian series?

Hmm?. I guess you will need to get in contact with a local Toshiba ASP in Australian to get a recovery disk for this notebook model.
I found this Toshiba Australian support page:

At the other hand instead of recovery usage, you could use a clean Microsoft Windows OS and the necessary drivers could be downloaded from the Toshiba AU page.

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Hi, i have just reformatted and reinstalled windows using the toshiba recovery disc , prior to this reformatting i had 2 drives , drive C and drive D , now theres only one drive C.
Also when i press on the shift key and simultaneously press down the key with 2 , attempting to type "at the rate of sigm" which is used for e-mail addresses it types " " "(open invertated coma sign).
can someone please help


Answer:There is only one drive when using recovery disk on Satellite L series


ok the first issue must not be a problem. If the recovery only creates one partition thats normal and ok. If you want your second partition back then take a partition manager (just google for "partition manager") and repartition your drive. Thats all.

Regarding your " " " problem: could you please explain again what you want? I mean when I type "Shift+2" then I get " , Wheres the problem?


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My laptop is about 2 to 3 years old and has 3 partitions C, D and E as factory set up.
I have found that the system partition (C) is now virtually full and can't be extended as the D drive is in the way of surrendering part of the E drive.

Does anyone know if the rescue disc will reinstate the partitions as factory settings or is there an option to change the partition set up during installation?

Answer:Does Recovery disk reinstate partitions as factory settings?

Hi buddy

Yes. As far as I know the Toshiba recovery disk formats the whole HDD and recovers the notebook back to factory settings.
This means that the whole HDD would be formatted firstly and all the partitions would be erased. Then the recovery disk creates the partitions again and installs the OS and other stuff like drivers and tools.


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I am looking at possibly getting rid of my Whitebox Linux installation and to remove the GRUB boot loader I was told I had to run fixmbr in the Win XP Recovery Console. So when I went to run it, it told me that it could mess up my partitions on the disk if I had them. Well, I have my WinXP installed on it's own drive with apps as well. Then I have another HD with various files and programs on that has 3 partitions on it. My question is does anyone know if I should be ok in using fixmbr since my OS is installed on the HD that is not partitioned? Or will it not recognise the secondary drive partitions after fix?

What I am ultimately trying to do is get rid of my Linux install and install Windows 2003 Server as a dual boot with my current Win XP install. If I just format my Linux partition and install Windows 2003 Server will it just overwrite the MBR and recognise my default Windows XP for a dual boot?

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Will fixmbr in recovery console mess up my disk partitions?

If you just Fdisk( or do it from the Install CD) to remove/replace the Linux partitions and replace then with a Fat32 or NTFS partition, you can then install 2003 and it will sort out the MBRs and booting for you. It will probably make the 2003 default, but that is easily changed.

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followed this step by step...and when ever i hit the arrow keys to select a disk partition in the list (says all are unknown) i get a BSOD and it stays there until i reboot.

this is a 8 year old HP and im installing XP pro 32bit and it does everything it suppose to do when booting except install to a hard drive, says windows doesn't detect a hard drive or partition. well i just got a new IDE 80 GB hard drive, all new IDE cables, everything.

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I thought it would be a great idea to delete my partitions to start with a clean slate. It was a terrible idea. I cant find a non-bootlegged windows 7 home premium recovery disk. I tried my product code on the windows site to get an iso file. The site refered me to hp for recovery options because it was a pre-installed version. So I tried a bootleg recovery disk that let me get all the way to expanding windows files. but it was corrupted or missing. I tried a few iso files from the internet that I couldnt get to work either. My anti-virus hated it. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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I have my recovery disk and I installed a new 320gb HHD.
When I installed the recovery disk, it re done the partitions 160gb in each (2 partitions plus 1 recovery partition)...

But I want to dual boot with XP pro due to software issues and I prefer it sometimes...
I have redone my partitions, 1st- 51gb for XP pro(32bit), 2nd- 51gb for vista(32gb) and the 3rd- 210gb is for storage

How do I install with Toshiba vista O/S and stuff that comes with it on the recovery disk, just on to the 2nd partition without touching how I have set the hard drive up....

I already have about 100gb of pics, music and cam vids on the storage, with nowhere to put them so I cant risk them as some are only copies (so it might be a good idea to let me know how do I back up what?s on my storage partition to DVD's please)

If I can?t, then can some1 please tell me how I get my OEM Toshiba vista off this recovery disk or link one to me?

Hope all this makes sense lol... thanks

Answer:How to install Vista off Recovery disk without setting partitions?

If you have so many important material best back up is to buy external HDD and copy all this stuff there. I recommend you to buy small 2,5? external HDD and when necessary you can take it with you and connect to any computer if you want to show or copy this file. External HDDs can be connected to other computers with delivered USB cable.

Back to your partitions.
When you use original Toshiba recovery installations DVD you will have 3 partitions.
-WinRE partition and it belongs to Vista OS. This partition is not visible and this is not a kind of ?Toshiba recovery partition?
-partition C for Vista
-partition D/or/E for DATA. On this partition is saved recovery image in folder called ?HDDRecovery?
I don't know which notebook model do you have but this configuration is on all new Toshiba notebooks delivered WITHOUT recovery media.

Using Toshiba recovery media you will be able to get exact mentioned partitions structure. Using recovery installations media you WILL NOT be able to install Vista on second partition.

So if you want to have dual boot with WXP you can do follow:
-At first you will install Vista with recovery media and on second partition you will install your WXP version
-At first you will install WXP and then you can install Vista on second partition but you must use Microsoft installations disc. Recovery media cannot be used.

That's all I can say from my experience with this stuff.

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I bought the new Toshiba Equium M40X about 5 years ago and it came with recovery disk. Now my system is bit slow and thinking about running recovery disk on it.

When I bought the system I think it had only one drive C: and later I partition it to three drives. Now I want to know that if I run the recovery disk on my laptop then would it delete all the partitions because I have taken the backup of c: drive only?


Answer:Equium M40x - Does recovery disk remove all partitions?


if you run a recovery disk all data on local C: and D; will be wiped. so, you should backup all important data before to start

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Do u know anywhere that has PCV-V200G recovery disk?

Answer:Sony Recovery Disk NEEDED!

Take a look here:

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I purchased a used Sony notebook PCG-F350 and wiped out everything. I reinstalled Win98 but my modeum, sound, video etc
doesn't work - I tired the Sony site to get the driver info with no luch - some of the drivers are intergrated. Does any have the disks/CD i need to fix my notebook or any other advice. Thanks Gina

Answer:Sony Startup/Recovery Disk

I have a Sony too... its a hard website to search for anything on....
I have been searching the net for drivers for you... not much luck though.

However I did gather some info from Sonys site for you ....

Cust. info Service center - technical fax on demand


I realise your notebook may not be a VAIO but other things are listed also

VAIO® Desktop & Notebook Computer Support
Wireless LAN Support
ELECTRONICS SUPPORT - Help for using Sony Televisions, DVD players, telephones, etc.
IMAGESTATION - Help for using the ImageStation website.
SONY STYLE - General and purchasing information for using the SonyStyle website.
STORAGE BY SONY SUPPORT - Assitance for CD-RW/DVD+RW drives, AIT Tape drives and other storage related products.
I hope you can find what you need siomehow thru this... sorry I was not able to find more.

I'll keep looking & if you find something let us know here....
maybe someone else will look also

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Fellow users,

I have a big problem, my hard drive failed and I have no recovery disks with me.

It came pre-loaded with Sony's OEM Win 8.0 and several partitions. I tried to recover the system, but my HD has too many bad blocks and it ends up freezing.

So I bought a new HD and placed it into my laptop. Using a Linux Boot-CD and a SATA-USB adaptor, I was able to access several partitions on my old HD. I used GParted to copy and paste the SONYSYS, Recovery, Windows RE Tools, Disk-1 and Disk-2 partitions to my new HD, but not my OEM partition.

I tried to boot the computer this way, but it did not boot, said that my system needed repair and that I should boot with a recovery disk.

I have created a USB Boot Disk on another Win8 computer (lenovo), but I did not copy the recovery partition (for obvious reasons). Now I am able to boot to the recovery tools, but when I click to Restore the system, it says it cannot locate needed partitions.

After that, I also tried to recover from a System Image and guide it to my Install.wim file, but it said that it did not contain info on my syste,

I spent the last day looking at threads here about DISKPART, but I cannot manage to make it work. I am not that advanced and I feel like I am shooting in the dark here.

So, with my recovery partition in hands, how can I recover my system (factory settings of course) in my new HD?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:VAIO SVE14A27CHX Win8 HD Failed and no Recovery Disk

On many Sony models, holding alt + F10 at boot will start the factory restore process although in your case factory restore may not work coming from another computer.
You may have to order the recovery discs from Sony.

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i have no recovery disk nor my password for my T-series W350I gateway laptop. this was passed down from an old friend to help me during my first stages in my college journey.

Answer:gateway T-series reboot with no password or recovery disk..

gateway t series w350i restore cd

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Hello, So with a year and a half under its belt, my Acer V5 had more than a few programs installed that I no longer use. With Windows 10 around the corner, I figured that I'd clean things up and restore it to factory settings with the handy USB recovery drive that Acer had mailed me. Although I had a working laptop four hours ago, I've now been staring at a "Restore failed --Can not find image path" error message, over and over again. Then the injury has been compounded by the insult of not being permitted to speak to Acer about the damage it's caused due to the laptop's being out of warranty. It appears that several other people have faced this error. So I'd like to pose the following two questions: A) Is there any uniform solution to this problem that can un-break my computer? Extra points if such a solution can be implemented in a timely fashion? B) Given that Acer's recovery drive took my working computer and turned it into (effectively) a flashlight with a keyboard, is it wrong to think that I should have the ability to speak to Acer about this? If the Toyota dealer comes to my house and slashes the tires of my '98 Corolla, the fact that the car is old doesn't absolve him or her of the responsibility for destroying it, right? Thanks! 

Answer:Acer Recovery USB Disk Error (Aspire V5 Series)

I should add that I apologize if my tone is a bit testy. After I was transferred to the third party support for out-of-warranty customers, I spoke to probably the most belittling, demeaning individual with whom I've ever spoken. It was a less than pleasant experience.

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

Answer:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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Does any one own a Sony N38E/W laptop - these were recently being sold by PC World and Dixons Group for 499 and are white in color.I own one but unfortunately managed to wipe the recovery partition in error and did not make a set of recovery disk!Having taken the laptop back to Sony Centre where it was purchased, they were not very helpful and suggested I contact Sony direct who will sell me the recovery disks for an extortionate sum of 40!The Sony Centre I purchased laptop from didn't have any N38E/W in stock and therefore were unable to "burn" me a set of recovery disks from a display model.Thats where any PC Advisor members come in - if any one does have such a Sony N38E/W laptop, could they do me a BIG FAVOUR and burn a set of recovery disks for me from their laptop.I am willing to send anyone that can help a couple of blank dvds and a self addressed envelope which can then be sent back to me with the recovery disks burnt from their laptop.Its a relatively straightforward process and can guide anyone if they dont know how to do thisPlease note it has to be a Sony N38E/W and not any other Sony N38 model eg N38Z/WAny assistance would be gratefully accepted - since Im currently left with a useless laptop

Answer:Sony N38E/W laptop recovery disk - Help needed

Check this siteclick here

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Does anyone own a Sony N38EW laptop and is willing to burn me a set of recovery disks?I unfortunately deleted the hard drive recovery partition in error w/o making any back up of thisSony Centre (where I purchased laptop) want an extortionate 40! for a set of receovery disksIts a very simple task to burn a set of recovery disks and can email instructions if neededI will also post a set of blank dvds & a return envelope to anyone willing to assist - thanksThanks

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 with Vista Home Premium factory installed and now I need to install Windows 7. Before doing that I want to make sure I can restore my computer exactly to the way it came if anything goes wrong in the process of installing Win 7 or I needed back my original laptop with Vista.

Figured out the best way to create a complete image of my Hard drive.

Capacity is 320GB
4 partitions - System Partition (C), Recovery Partition, some other 2 small partitions.
I have to modify these partitions and sizes when installing Win7. I want to completely image this HDD so I can get these back exactly the way they are now.

What is the best software I can use and what are the best methods? Please give me your opinions and instructions. Thanks.

Answer:Creating full Image of Hard disk System & recovery partitions (Dell)

(1) Download Macrium Reflect (Free)
(2) Create an image with all 4 partitions selected
(3) Make the linux recovery boot CD
(4) Make sure the linux boot CD works and can locate the image you just made and shows the 4 partitions for selection. Exit.

If the linux boot CD fails to work as will happen on some system configurations you can try in place of the linux CD:
(1) Hirens Boot CD Macrium Reflect is part of the mini XP environment
(2) Macrium pe recovery disk. To make this you will need to download the Macrium Reflect V5 trial and be prepared to do a large MS download of WAIK (~1GB). Macrium guides you through the quite straightforward process.

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I am a new player here, so excuse me if i make a mess of this. I have a Sony Vaiol laptop and am  running vista.  I haven't used it for a lot other than internet, so data limited and space is problem started suddenly when i turned on pc and a black screen with the error message,"disk read error, press cntrl+alt+del to continuie."didnt do it! Wouldnt do anyuthing.Finally, I acquired legal sony recovery disks. And when the screen to choose operating system comes up, there is none so it says apply drivers and im lost, I have no familiarity with hard disk drivers so....but did bring up command prompt in recovery and through luck and lil else, i happened on chkdsk and found it to all check out but it does say NTFS not fat 32, but found no problems. Now Im dumb completely!!! Help if you can.

Answer:hard disk`??? wont reboot even with recovery disk yet all disk checks say fine.

Sony Vaiol laptop.Has problems of its own. It is not piratical to give you guidelines on this laptop. There have been many issues about how to repair and maintain it. The recovery discs should have everything you need.Here is a bit of advice, not really my own, try to sell the unit to somebody that thinks they know how to fix it. Then go buy a new or used laptop that will suit hour needs.The cost of ownership of any laptop is higher that many new users expect. Some more than others.This  may sound like a rant to put down Sony. It is not. Sony has made their own bed of nails. Look at this article from last year:Sony Vaio Laptop Recall: Everything You Need To KnowRead the article. You decide.

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

Answer:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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Question: Sony Vaio recovery

I am trying to repair my sisters laptop, sony vaio VGN-NR100
it it less than a year old, I am told that it stated an error code and I am guessing a spam virus attached to an email, they only have dial up and utilize the internet seldom to browse but mainly to email. Now that I have it in my possession, it only boots to the phoenix and intel page, same page, I can not hit delete, F10, or any other function keys upon boot up to get into safemode or recovery area or to adjust driver boot up(system menu) to adjust anything, after the phoenix intel page comes up all buttons sound with a short beep and all buttons are inoperable, they dont have a vista disc it it attached to a partition but I can not access as I have seen it when it was working... I am just curious if there is a back way to get into this system, otherwise I will pull the harddrive and attach to another system and see if I can get in there, but I would appreciate any insight, thanks, Eric

Answer:Sony Vaio recovery

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Question: Sony Vaio Recovery

My RA 830G issue came after IE crashed. The PC would not reboot (device not found bios not installed). Rebooted via F2 and reset to defaults but still same message.

I have the Recovery Kit discs and attempted to reboot. I get to the backup data, no peripherals, etc and click Next but my Sony keyboard (wireless) and Mouse are not responsive. Disconnected Sony Keyboard (and wireless receiver) and added a wired keyboard. The wired keyboard is not responsive either.

I am one click away (I think, my computer savvy is not as great as my wife thinks it is), how can I get this recovery going without a functional keyboard? (or how do I get the keyboard(s) functional?)


Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery

Hi SteveMA,

First off, please list the model of your laptop. Is the computer able boot into safe mode at least? Also, try booting the computer with "Last known good configuration". Hope everything works out well for you.

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Question: Sony VAIO Recovery

Just now i tried to recover my hard drive using the Sony VAIO Recovery disc but it wont run. I inserted the disc in the computer then it asks to restart. It then asks to press any key to boot which i did and it does it system check, after all that i get the normal blue screen where you get the options of what you need to recover but these options wont appear, it is just a blank blue screen, and if i wait too long the computer restarts itself. I desperately need to boot my hard drive as im having allsorts of problems and just need a clean out. Anyone have any suggestions? The boot worked fine few months ago but i cant access system restore point as far back as when everything was fine.

Answer:Sony VAIO Recovery

Sounds like your Recovery disks may be corrupt. Are they scratched?? Do you have a Win XP CD? if yes use that to recover the system but be careful you don't re format use the repair function on the fourth screen not the first screen. That worked for me on my viao. If in doubt call the tech help desk. click here to get halp re Viao system restore

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I am having a very hard time finding a recovery disk for a Sony Vaio PCV-RZ34G... And thanks to Sony they have discontinued this disk. My computer has crashed... Does anyone have this ?

Answer:Sony Vaio recovery CD

I hope you got your problem solved. These days there are so many virus floating around that it is almost certain the system is bound to crash sooner or later. What can one do then without a CD?

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Question: sony vaio recovery

i have a sony vaio laptop(notebook) PCG-TR2

my own recovery discs did not work so i ordered sony's

powers on and off but cannot get anything to happen exit to initialize BIOS
-only message - disk read error

upon inserting sony's DVD - still no "action" having followed the directions

thanks 4 nything

Answer:sony vaio recovery

---HAVE RECOVERY DVD from sony -
notebook powers on but could not get system to recover internally or from the recovery discs i made - NOW am experiencing nothing with the recovery disc i purchased from sony -

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Hello All,

I'm having a difficult time restoring my computer to its factory settings. I already backed up most of my important information on a # of DVD discs. I just can't get Windows Vista (32) to re-install. I tried pressing F-10 when the computer starts and Launch the Vaio Recovery. It went through most of the reset but then the screen just goes blank for a very long time and I'm sure its frozen there.
The computer I am trying to reset to factory settings is a Sony Vaio Desktop VGC-LT18E, the model it says on the back of the computer is a PCG-281L.
BTW, I never made the recovery discs. Is there any other way to get these discs without ordering them through SONY? Online versions? Etc..?

Thank you all for your help.


Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery CD's


see if this helps you... good luck.... How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One - the How-To Geek

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I have a sony vaio that doesnt have any way of usin the recovery partition is there a way of gettin around purchasing a version of there recovery cds. I have the same version in a OEM version so I was wondering if that will work with there cd key or what.

Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery cd and Oem xp

Your Sony system is using an OEM version already, so if you have a plain OEM version (not tied to a brand of hardware), I would think it would work. I've never actually used an OEM license, so maybe someone else would know for sure.

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Hi, i had a problem with my Lenovo Yoga 13, I recovered all the data but the partitions are all messed up, and Onekey Recovery doesn't work. I know is something about the partitions, I had also a problem with something called "Intel Rapid Technology" giving me an error, i fixed it creating a partition and setting the id of it (i saw that on this forum somewhere). My list of partitions is this:    Number    Type           Size            Offset------------- ---------------- ------- ---------------Partition 1 OEM           1000 MB      1024 KBPartition 2 System       260 MB        1001 MBPartition 3 OEM           1000 MB      1261 MBPartition 4 Reserved   128 MB         2261 MBPartition 5 Primary       92 GB          2389 MBPartition 6 Primary       4096 MB      95 GBPartition 7 Unknown     8191 MB      99 GBPartition 8 OEM            12 GB          107 GB The partition 7 is the one that I created. I think that partition 1 and partition 8 should appear as "Recovery" type partitions, but I don't know how to set them so. The data in the "D" partition is all there, but i'm not sure about the others, but... Read more

Answer:Lenovo Yoga 13 disk partitions for onekey recovery... or delete onekey?

hi iperich,
In some cases, if the partition structure of the hard drive is changed, OneKey Recovery may cease to work.
If you're leaning towards freeing up space on the Yoga 13, check this Yoga 13 Hotfix.
Alternatively, you can also try the following.
1. Create a recovery drive (if it's still applicable - this is to backup your recovery partition into a flashdrive)
2. Follow this guide by Yikes2000. on how to manually repartition the Yoga 13.
In regards to manually deleting partitions 6,7, and 8, this would be fine if the OS is located in partition 5 (ensure that you back-up important files first).

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I am having a problem with a programme on my PC and was wondering where I can obtain a recovery disc (as i don't have one) so that I can re-install the programme. Any kind of help would be great

Answer:Sony Vaio PCV-V1 Recovery Disc

Whats the problem?

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Hi, when I recover my system, i use three recovery cds. When I tried to recover my system this afternoon, the first cd gave me a message that it couldn't find a file; halaacpi.dll. I downloaded the file and put it in the place it is supposed to be, but it still says the same message when I try to recover again. Does anyone know what may be wrong and how I might fix the problem? Thanks.

Answer:Sony Vaio System Recovery

You may want to try running sfc /scannow. Here is a link on how to run it

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I recently restored my vaio to factory settings using vaio recovery settings but I still had some issues with the computer so I decided to restore again.The first stage including restoring vista and starting it for the first time went fine.However this time the second stage involving installation of factory softwares hung at 96%.I waited for over 4 hrs but in vain.
So I used task manager to exit this stage and windows started normally but few factory softwares were missing mainly vaio recovery center.
I again restored the system using F10 key but to same result.It hung at 96% once again.
Vista works fine all drivers are installed but the only problem is that I dont have some of the original softwares.
is there any way to access the hidden recovery partition so that I can have those softwares back.
Can I restore it again?


Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery Problem

what were the issues that caused you to do the restore in the first place? maybe related

what original software? you may be able to go to sonys website and do a search for your specific computer and find what you need.

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I have a Sony Vaio PCV 7732. I think I removed something I shouldn't have when removing some programs. I want to do a C Drive Recovery to return the C drive to its original, factory-installed state. I have read there is a partition on the drive to do this. I do not have the Recovery CDs., and can't use the VAIO Recovery Wizard. I will have to use the DOS prompt to do this. Can someone help me? I need to know what directory the program is in, and how to launch it. I will need correct syntax including where spaces are needed in the command line.

Answer:Sony Vaio/ need to do C drive recovery

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My sony vaio desktop has a faulty hard disk which cannot be read. I have bought a new hard drive and while attempting recovering the system via it's CD recovery,I get a message "No Emulation" and windows will freeze.I have read on several sites that all vaio depends on certain files on the hard drive to complete the recovery. Sony is not being helpful! I have loaded XP on the new hard drive using another pc but when transferred to the Vaio; it will not work. Any suggestion will be gracefully received.

Answer:Sony Vaio recovery CD problem

click here I don't know if anything here will help?

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How do I use the Sony Vaio Recovery Partition?

Answer:sony vaio recovery partition

Hi there,Normally recovery partition can be invoked by pressing F10 or F11 key when you turn on your system . Try these if didnt work then post your laptop brand and model number so we can tell you the exact key to start the recovery process.Best of luckImran Khan

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Hi, my Sony VAIO SVF15A16CXB 15.5-Inch Touchscreen Laptop has stopped working. I cannot get it past recovery options - none which help.

As I reboot it goes to recovery screens saying 'system recovery is required to restore a corrupted operating system'

The machine doesn't have CD port. I did not create a recovery USB (yeah I know bad boy, but lecture me later once I have my files and Im in a much better mood.) Tried all options, tired F9 on restart (even F10, F11, F12, ESC, windows button.... all fail to respond. Reset Bios - does nothing. VAIO Rescue Mode does nothing.

Im thinking my only hope is to download a 'recovery file' onto a USB and then restart the machine with it. Make sense ? Anyone know where to find these ??

Im about to drop it into my pond but thought I d have one last go asking around .

Thanks Mike74747

Answer:Recovery File onto USB for Sony VAIO

what windows version ?

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trying to make recovery cd's for my sony vaio pcv-rs410 it will get to 90% then come up with an error on the disc im using dvd+r disc whats wrong?

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I'm just about ready to lose my temper with my current problem so any help anyone might be able to offer would be appreciated.

I'm running a Sony Vaio laptop, model VGN-FW21L ( Full Specs) running Vista Home Premium; regularly updated.

I was quickly annoyed to find that all but boot device and password options were disabled in the bios, the reason I found out to be to save on tech support costs from people accidently breaking their machines, so what I'm having trouble with is really pushing my patience.

I ran the machine without much issue for a good five or so months with Ubuntu on a separate partition. One day last week it started to act up, slowing to a crawl and not loading task manager. I put this down general use (installing/uninstalling a lot of software) and maybe something malicious that might have gotten through AVG. No biggie I think, I'll just back up my stuff and restore it back to factory settings.

I had a copy of Vista Ultimate that I was no longer using (the machine I had bought it for is now running Windows 7) so I thought I'd install that instead.

Installation went find, except that when I got into Windows I found that very few of the drivers were installed. Luckily it had found something for the ethernet connection so I plugged a good ol' fashioned cable in and let Windows look for some drivers... but it couldn't find any. So then I dug into my computer draw and pulled out the documentation that came with the laptop and ripped open the... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery Partition

hi and welcome to TSF i cant promise this will work for you since you admit you got things wrong that being said you can try this just remember its recovery not reinstall

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Hi There

Just A quick question.

In the Recovery Centre in Windows 7 on my laptop there is 2 options to recover:

1 - Restore C: Dive

2 - Restore Complete System

What is the main differenace and does both delete the hidden partition or not?



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How can I reinstall the operating system on sony vaio without having the disk?

Answer:Restore XP on Sony Vaio without recovery CD

Check wit Sony for the availability of a Restore Partition on the HDD. OWNERS Manual is a good start point.There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW125J laptop that has been giving me a bit of a headache. I was told by Sony Support that purchasing the ($65.00!) recovery disks would solve the issue, but to no avail. Everytime I start up the computer, it boots up, the Vaio & Windows logos come up. Then it heads straight to a blue-y green screen and just stops. I'm unable to get into Safe Mode either...

I don't know what to do.


Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery CD's Not Working

I have never paid over $25.00 plus shipping for any recover disks from Sony or HP.

Did you do a clean recover using this CD?
You need to have the CD in the drive when you power up.

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i cant do recovery in my sony VGN-NR220E,

Answer:how to do recovery vista in sony vaio .........., .......... more.Demonstrative exspelling... there is logic to this madness! .im

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Hello my sister has a....

Sony Vaio Model: PCG-71312L sub model: VPCEB11FM

after getting a virus she took it to a repair shop to have fixed. The morons called her and said they formatted the HD (by wipeing it clean) asked for the recovery disk (they don't come with disc) so she brings it to me..

I was able to use Partition Magic to boot and view the HD. Yes, they completely wiped out the "RECOVERY" partition So I have no Recovery partition, no recovery disc, and no media disc for this unit.. I called "Sony" and there "Out Of Stock" for the recovery/media disk.

At this point I burned a Win 7 Home Premium 64bit.iso and attempted to install it..

It opens and begins to run for a min then says......

A required CD/DVD device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now.
Note. If the windows installation media is in the drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

Since there is no operating system how can I get the "drivers" to the HD that there asking for? I am stuck at this point.. Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Sony VAIO Recovery wipeing from HD HELP

Your best shot now, is calling the toll free number and purchasing recovery disks from Sony.,66/p/48903,49902,55560,55565/

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My sons passing his Sony Vaio laptop onto a friend but having lost the back up discs,followed a tutorial to recover from the partition,all seemed ok but the laptop is running dreadfully slow,we have installed latest drivers to no effect
Any ideas? Suggestions

Answer:sony vaio failed recovery

Operating system is w8

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I don't know if this recovery shit for this laptop is any good or if windows update cators to everything I would need for a laptop I always hated the hp restore cd but this could be good it's directly on the HD already what do you guys think?

Answer:should I use sony vaio recovery or use winxp cd?

Use the recovery CD and parse out the BS programs from their load, getting the drivers alone from Sony is a PIA for the Viaos (1/2 sized laptop right?). Windows update probably won't have the drivers (didn't for the ones we have), probably because they never got the drivers WHQL certified for such a small line. Also, you would have to burn the NIC drivers to a CD, just to load them, if it's like the models we have, the NIC will not get detected.

BTW, this is one of the few cases I would recommend to use a OEM recovery disk, to someone in the know.

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I have recently attempted to recover this laptop whice is running windows vista using the recovery tool on the desktop.

It went through the whole process of formatting and copying files but when it tried to load into the OS it failed and said to reinstall. Itried this a few times but it failed so I had to load a windows vista cd onto it bypassing the register key but have it working fine with just the recycle bin on the desktop.

I would like to know if I can access the recovery image through this and maybe fix or install a driver that may have been corupted by a virus.

Many thanks for your help

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Does anyone know why this PC would create 5 recovery discs when I use its option to create recovery media?

5 discs?

I thought that to restore the PC to factory condition would just take a single I'm just wondering exactly what is being put on 5 blank dvds?


Answer:Sony VAIO All in one PC recovery discs

I have a Sony Vaio VPCEB47GM. It used 4 DVDs. When I bought my Vaio it already had almost 17GB of installed "stuff". The operating system, trial products of anti-virus suites, Microsoft Office, Vaio Care Diagnostic tools, etc. I suspect that your computer had even more "stuff" factory installed.

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OK trying to get my sony to boot from recovery partition. Im not so good with command prompt, but thats all i got since my C drive is corrupt and only the recovery partition is in working order. When i do dir/a:h of my recovery partion (E:)it just says

0 files
1 dir.

then i type attrib and i get 4 files

am I even on the right track, i dont think these are the files im looking for Sorry for being slow but this is the closest topic i can find related to my problem and i think this would work if i could only GET THERE


Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery Partition

Shut the system down.

Boot-up, press the F10 key

F10 is used on most systems to invoke the recovery partition.

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Hi there. Can anyone help me with Vaio Recovery Partition? I had few problems with partition table and MFT, but now everything is ok. Except one thing. My Vaio Recovery Partition must by unhidden to F10 key work. And then I can see this partition in Windows Explorer. When I change it to hidden, F10 key isn't working. Can anyone tell me why is it so? And what to do next...
Noteboo: Vaio CW1S1E

Answer:Sony Vaio Recovery Partition?

The recovery partition is meant to be hidden, that's how it's made at the factory so you don't interfere with it and accidentally delete the data on it. You aren't supposed to see it in Windows Explorer.

If the F10 key is reserved for starting the factory recovery when required, it only works when you press it at the Sony splash screen at boot time.

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Hi, I am hoping someone can help me please.

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FW48E laptop which I have managed to bust.

I used the recovery centre to wipe the drive and now the machine won't reinstall the operating system using the recovery disc, it says 'unable to locate recovery drive letter' I have tried all options available in the recovery centre on the disc but keep coming back to the same problem.

The HDD seems fine and is recognised as C by the BIOS.

Please help.



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Having a problem with my desktop LM2E. Sony advised me to restore system to factory conditions. As suggested I made backup discs for data. Now having restored the system I find that the backup discs with all my file and folders does not install. Any ideas?

Answer:Sony vaio recovery center

how were they backup?

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I've got a z580 which came with pre-installed Windows 8.0
Following a Windows corruption I have successfully re-installed Windows 8.0 using OneKey to the original factory status and the z580 is functioning OK, having applied all Windows updates.
However I cannot create a recover disk becauase as soon as I click 'System Backup' in OneKey I get the message 'Current system can not support backup'.
What do I need to do to get OneKey to create a recover disk?
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

Answer:z580 - Creating recovery disk using OneKey Recovery System Backup is failing

Page 23 of the hardware maintenance manual discussess the use of Recovery Disc Sets to make a recovery. There are no instruction on how to make these discs. Why not give Lenovo a call and inquire on how to obtain this disc set from them?

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Hi there people. First post so sorry if it's in the wrong place or anything. I've had as much of a search as I can and haven't found anyone with quite the same situation as me. The questions come at the end of the rambling background to my problem!!! Hope you can make it through to the end! My E520 recently just went beyond it's warranty and surprise surprise fairly soon after that I got a warning through ThinkVantage that there was a problem with my internal hard drive. When I googled the problem it said that the hard drive was going to fail and to replace it immediately.  As I (like an idiot) hadn't got round to backing up my computer properly (I'd saved all music, photos and videos to a seperate hard drive but hadn't done a Rescue and Recovery or Windows back up) I went out and bought a seperate hard drive to back up the computer and some disks to create the recovery boot disks.  When I went to the Q drive to do this I misunderstood the question about do I want to create a data back up disk. I thought this meant all my media so I said no and created just the boot recovery disks.  So my question (told you I'd get there) is this. When I replace the internal hard drive and use the boot disks to install windows will I then be able to use the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery to restore my computer to it's former glory? Or will the fact that I'm not restoring the Lenovo skin (sorry if my terminology is wrong here. Not sure what to call it) ... Read more

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There are discussions on creating recovery disks with OneKey Recovery 7.0. But my G500 is  with win8.1 and Onekey 8.0. I didn't see it support creating CDs. And when I tried to create such a recovery image, OneKey 8.0 said it needs 90G space. It looks like OneKey will backup all files from my C disk. I just want to create factory recovery disks, in case the HDD failed. Can anyone tell me how to create such disks? (It doesn't make sense to spend 60$ to order such disks from Lenovo)

Answer:how to create factory default recovery disk with OneKey Recovery 8.0? (G500, win8.1)

hi lenovo-user-kw,
Thanks for Posting!
Yes that option is not available on Windows 8 and 8.1.
This is tha way i think possible to extract a recovery media
Solid Cruver

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i'm working on someones computer and they dont have the disk that the computer came with and i looked on sonys drivers page for PCV-220 thats the model of the sony vaio computer he has. But they dont have anything. I need the sound drivers and the ethernet drivers. But the web site doesn't have anything. anyone know where i can get the drivers i need?

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i'm working on someones computer and they dont have the disk that the computer came with and i looked on sonys drivers page for PCV-220 thats the model of the sony vaio computer he has. But they dont have anything. I need the sound drivers and the ethernet drivers. But the web site doesn't have anything. anyone know where i can get the drivers i need?

Answer:sony vaio PCV-220 (need disk)

if you are using windows xp u will not need the drivers

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I was trying to create the factory recovery on my usb drive when my computer went to sleep unexpectdly. Worried this would corrupt the install I canceled the install. Now every time I try to do it again I get the message... "Unable to Find Files for Recovery Media" What can I do?

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When I try to use the Factory Recovery Disk creation program in the ThinkVantage Tools on my W701 with Win 7 x64, I get this message "Unable to Find Files for Recovery Media" and the program won't go forward.  Any ideas out there? Thanks, Jim


Go to Solution.

Answer:Factory Recovery Disk says "Unable to Find Files for Recovery Media"

did you delete the recovery partition on your hdd?

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Hi All, Okay, I have been spinning my head, I have an OEM version of the Rescue and Recovery and Product Recovery disk from IBM, since the T43 that I got from someone, was wiped with a messed up XP loaded onto it.  Thus, I figure that I was restore the T43 back to factory condition. However when I have run thru disk 1-7, I get this dreaded message 'IBM Product Recovery Failure During the Convertion Phase'. Any one have any suggestions as I have run it three times and all loaded up until after the 7th disk, I get this error message when the system reboots after loading the final disk. I rather try to keep it Factory OEM, but I'm thinking, myabe I should just re-install XP on a reformated HDD, but more of a hassle to try to reload all the drivers and maybe some missing DLL files too... Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.


Now my message says " IBM Product Recovery Failed to restore your system" what next??? I am at a lost and I really don't want to re-load Win XP directly.

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I have ORK 6.0 preinstalled and I created a backup as soon as I bought the machine. The backup worked fine but I can not create recovery disks since the combo box where you are supposed to chose the drive where the backup will be copied is empty. Any ideas? Thanks in advance   

Answer:S10 - One Key Recovery - Select Drive combo box is empty when I try to create a recovery disk

To create recovery disks, you need an optical drive capable of writing to either CD or DVD media [depending on which method you are using]. I don't  think the S10 has an optical drive so you are left with two options. 1) Connect an USB CD or DVD writer and create the recovery disks. 2) Use VirtualCD to create a virtual CD/DVD writer to which you can write your recovery disks and then transfer to another computer I would actually recommend that after you have created recovery disks, that you look into creating a recovery USB instead of having to carry an USB optical drive with you all the time. Since the recovery disk is based off of Windows PE 2.0, you can do step 3 in this article to make your USB flash drive bootable. Then copy all the files on the recovery disk to the USB. If you use max compression when creating the backup, you can get away with using a 4GB flash drive.

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Hi Folks,

I finally got round to buying a USB DVD drive in order to create recovery discs for my NB200-10Z. I got the following:

* Samsung SE-S084C, External USB 2.0 Slimline 8X DVD Writer, Black

I have twice tried to create a recovery disc and am now left with two trashed DVDs. The error codes in the error window are:

Error Code: 0E01B5-26-2A040803
Error code: 02016F-3C-00000000

The first time the burning was stopped, the second time the verify failed.

Can anyone shed light on this?

Answer:NB200-10Z: Can't make recovery disk using TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator

Hey mate,

Which disks you are using for creating a recovery disk?
I had a similar issue that it wasn?t possible to create the recovery medium so I bought blank DVD?s from another manufacture (Verbatim DVD-R) and this worked!!!

It seems that DVD-R mediums working good instead DVD+R?
It?s worth a try!!

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Hello, I've lost access to my Thinkpad because of lost password to Hard disk.Then purchased another HDD and installed OS and drivers. Getting few problems, one is that I cannot use ThinkVantage key to restore my system. But I have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks, so can I recover my old HDD?If not possible to use the old, can I get back my system working[as factory default] with those disks? Thanks.

Answer:Thinkpad z60m: HDD password [But have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks]

For second option, what will be the passwords of the recovered system: BIOS, HDD, Windows?

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Hello, I never created recovery disks when I purchased my T60 over three years ago.  I regret that. Now I am wondering if it is possible to do so.  When I launch Create Recover Media (rrmedia.exe), it crashes immediately:AppName: rrmedia.exeAppVer: unknownModVer: 0018089aEventID: 1000 I cannot request recovery disks from Lenovo, because my system is out of warranty now. So I think it is either it is impossible to use rrmedia.exe at this point (since in the meantime, I've upgraded to XP SP3, etc) or I need to upgrade or reinstall Rescue and Recovery.  However, trying the latter opens up a can of worms: 1) Rescue and Recovery shows version 3.01.0037.  Running system update to patch to 3.01.0042 fails: "A later version of 'Rescue and Recovery - Client Security Solution' is already installed on this machine.  The setup cannot continue." 2) When I try to uninstall RR from Add/Remove programs, it fails: "Another version of this product is already installed.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel" 3) When I try to upgrade to the latest 4.xx, it says I must first uninstall the current version, which from the above, I cannot do. So the machine is confused as to which version it has, and it won't let me upgrade, uninstall, or reinstall. In summary:&... Read more

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I want to konw the way to create the system recovery disk using one key recovery? 

Answer:One Key Recovery 8: How to create a Recovery disk(Ideapad Y580 (Windows 8))

hi patriot925th,

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

To create a recovery disc using the One Key Recovery 8.0, you need to:

1. Type "Recovery" on the start screen and click One Key Recovery
2. On the One Key Recovery application, select System Backup
3. Follow the screen instructions (you might need a flashdrive or external drive to save the backup)

Image here:

You may also like to check:
1. How to create a Windows 8 Recovery Image -
2. How to refresh your PC
Hope this helps.

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When I push the Q: recovery drive> Create recovery media, I get a message saying "Windows cannot find 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo\factory recovery\recovburncd.exe'. Make sure you types the name correctly, and then try again."How do I go about fixing this and creating a recovery disk?

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After I did a clean install of Win10 about a year ago, I created a USB Recovery Drive. I also have a Norton Security Recovery Drive and I?ve created USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi. I also use Acronis to create regular full disk images and I have a USB Bootable Acronis Rescue Drive.

With the USB Recovery Drive and the USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi, do I still need to keep the Recovery Partition that Win10 created when I did the original install? Are the files in that partition used by the system to create the USB Recovery Drive?

Also out of curiosity I executed the ?reagentc/info? command and I see that the Windows RE status is disabled. Did creating the USB Recovery Drive do that or is something else going on? If I keep the recovery partition then do I need to re-enable it and if so how do I do that?

Answer:Recovery Drive vs Recovery Partition vs PE Rescue Disk, confused.

Hi, you don't need the manufacturer's recovery partition unless you planned to restore the PC to as bought e.g. to sell it on.
You could create a disk image of it and save it on an external disk, then delete it from your PC.

Windows RE: Suggests you have a corrupt or missing partition - System Reserved. Note that Disk Management does not show this 16Mb partition. You need a 3rd party partition manager to see it.

See this (lots of technical detail):
Just a moment...

And do a couple of checks to see if it really is missing.

Thread where this problem was resolved:
Can't enable Windows Recovery Environment

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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Hello all,  This is my son's computer.  Hard drive crashed.  I bought a new hard drive and now I need recovery discs.  HP doesn't have them available.   Ordered them from an website and they are in the wind....PayPal investigating.  Help!  

Answer:Recovery disc for HP 2000-369WM Notebook PC Recovery Disk Se...

Hi: According to your notebook's support and driver page, you should have been able to order a recovery disk set online directly from HP...

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I just buy a new Satellite L50-A-161 with 6 Gb Ram.
When i try to create the recovery disks (3 of 4.7Gb DVD) with Recovery Media, during the verify, after writing the first disk, I receive this error message:

Cannot read file:
D: \EFI \ microsoft \boot \bcd
(error code: 02014F - 20-00000000)

and the process stops.

Is there anyone thath can help me?

These are the spec of my notobook:
Satelliete L50-A-161, 6 GB Ram, Intel Core I7 3630QM-2,40GHz,NVIDIA GEFORCE GT740M 2GB RAM, S.O. W8 64bit.
Ask for more, if nedds.


Answer:Satellite L50-A-161 - Recovery Media fails in creat recovery disk

Hmmmm.... there must be some problem with recovery image.
When you open recover disc creator and if there is option for USB media creation please test it.

Maybe you will be able to create recovery USB stick.

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I accidentally formatted the recovery partition and now I can't make a recovery disc. Can someone please help me? I also have an original windows 7 disc and how could i get back the lenovo stuff back on it?
Edited subject to match post.

Answer:Accidentally formatted the recovery partition and I can't make recovery disk

That sucks, and you have tons of options including heroic tasks such as undelete tools that may or not work reliably.You may also feed your machine type and model number into the website and navigate to a list of the latest and even oldest stable drivers and software for your system.Regaining the exact functionality of booting to the recovery partition isn't regained from downloading those drivers.If you're insistent on restoring the same reboot/recovery functionality then you should consider contacting Lenovo support to determine your options, I'm not qualified nor presumptuous enough to mention whether or not a fee is involved for materials.

Signature:Let us know what happened,and share your solutions so others may benefit from our experiences. "It doesn't really matter what kind of computers I own since right now the conversation is about the problems on the computers that YOU OWN!" -Mark Twain

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Hello!I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad with a windows 7 32 bit version. There was no system disk added. I learned that the windows 7 version is hidden in a recovery partition. I now want to create a system disk to save the windows 7 32 bit version just in case and install a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version on the computer. Can you tell me what I have to do? Thank you!

Answer:How to create a recovery system disk from the hidden recovery partition?

Hi and welcome,
One way is to save a recover set ... with OKR ... or better do this Backup before  ...but no way to get a  pure Windows 7 Install Disc if you mention this  ...  
And Windows 7 64 Bit will not run on Atom based machine.. i.e. S10/S10e/S10-2 ,S12 Intel/Nvidia ...
(and even when, it lacks of memory 2GB (due the intel chipset restrictions) is good for 32 Bit based systems, but not really enough for 64 Bit based systems, so there is no benefit for use a 64bit on a netbook)  
S10-3t W7 64 ?
sincerely KalvinKlein 
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I get ssd hard disk i need to buy recovery dvd for y500 to install new windows with recovery    how much does it cost i need to do recovery for ssd only i need direct link for that


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Answer:I get ssd hard disk i need to buy recovery dvd for y500 to install new windows with recovery

can i download it from web site and pay by mastercard

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Talk about confusing. Does anyone know how to get a Toshiba C660 working after the HDD has failed and the owner has stupidly NOT followed the instructions to make a recovery disk. Will the recovery disk ( if you purchase one from Toshiba ) rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition and install windows 7 (original OS ) and accept the product key printed on the Windows License attached to the base of the laptop. I have read a number of suggestions but these have been deemed incorrect by others.

Surely Toshiba must have a way of sorting this problem.

Do they read these posts ?

Answer:Satellite L660-12Q - Would recovery disk rebuild the new HDD along with a new recovery partition

Hi buddy?

I don?t think that this is really complicated? I could find all info regarding the recovery procedure in the user manual?

The recovery disk has to be created at the first day of purchase? its recommended to create one in cases something would be wrong with the HDD.

The recovery disk contain an image?. Image is a package containing Win system, drivers, tools and all the stuff preinstalled on the notebook.
You purchased the notebook and the system was already activated so you don?t need the key placed at the bottom of the unit.
Furthermore the usage of recovery disk formats the whole HDD (partitions too) and set the notebook back to the same state like at the first day of purchase.

There is also another option to recover the notebook called HDD recovery. This HDD recovery does not need recovery disk. Usage of HDD recovery would format ONLY the C (system) partition.

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Will Vista Recovery Disk Work if there is No Recovery Partition?
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Answer:Solved: Will Vista Recovery Disk Work w/ No Recovery Partition?

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Hi, I am new member here and i don't know if this is the right place to post this question. I am currently having problems doing a Restore Complete System with my Sony Vaio and i believe it is a PCG - 61112L (Model number on the bottom I don't know if that's what model it is) running Windows 7. I had originally ran the alt + f10 method to restore the system. I had kept on running into errors such as Error : 320 and Error : 332. The suggested action Sony's website gave me was that I should run a Hardware Diagnostics. I did so, nothing came up. I then came into the Recovery Discs themselves and began to use them. I did a Restore Complete System, another error popped up. I am not sure but the error code was something like Error : 306 ; 69 something along those lines. The Sony website then suggested to use the alt f10 option, which already had failed me. But even so i tried to do so, and for some reason now, that won't start. I continually pressed and held the buttons but nothing showed just the black screen saying something was missing (My screen is somewhat damage there is a barrage of lines with dead pixels going down the left side of the screen, they're all clumped up together and is all together about taking up 2-3 inches horizontally) and to hold ctrl alt dlt to restart. So my guess is that recovery partition may have been erased when using the Recovery Disks? I don't know. This is really frustrating and I really need help badly. I don't know what to do and such besides res... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio PCG -61112L Recovery Problems

Note : The Vaio is about 1-2 year5 old, maybe more. I don't know exactly. Was handed down to me by my mother. And I've been using it for a year or so. And the reason i had done a Restore Complete System is because it had suddenly gone from running incredibly well running games like Starcraft 2 with no lag to barely being able to open Google Chrome.

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Answer:download sony vaio fz21m recovery cd

any one got where i cud download sony vaio fz21m recovery cd wit vista premium OS? my recovery disc 2 of 3 gives errors and all sites r offering payment mode n i ain got no credit cards, i loaded vista business but ma recovery pation is gone n funtions are greatly reduced...any free site...pls mail to removed. 10x

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Hello people today I bought sony vaio VPCF113FX windows 7 home premium,my friend delete recovery so how can I download it?

Answer:Sony vaio Windows 7 recovery DVD download

Nice friend.......Start by looking here: have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.If all else fails, read instructions.

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Apparently there is really no such thing as a sony vaio recovery wizard on XP. It certainly does not exist on my sony vaio, and the F10 "rumor" is also unsubstantiated. I have searched thousands of posts like this. In every case, not one person has been able to answer the question. Where the heck did this mystery "wizard" go and why is it impossible to get it back???Since sony has perpetuated this falsehood, does anyone know a LEGITIMATE way to restore a vaio to factory settings?Control Panel: Performance and Maintenance... OOPS no such thing as a wizardHelp center: How to restore my computer... it lies and says to use the nonexistant wizard in the control panel hahahahahahaHelp center; how to restore my comptuer... lies again and says to hold down the F10 key when the vaio splash screen shows. This just gives you some annoying beeps and then just loads windows normally.How does anyone at sony live with themselves? If there ever was such a thing as this wizard on my computer, it was clearly set to delete itself the minute the computer warranty expired.I have two choices: pay sony a kazillion dollars or throw the thing out the window. Personally I'd just like to beat some sony executive over the head with is, but trying to be a peaceful person I'd rather find a way to reset it.If anyone has any actual, real, honest, true answers, I'd love to hear. I've read other responses to questions just like this and the only two answers I've found are: oops you're screwed and Here click t... Read more

Answer:sony vaio recovery wizard... MYTH?

Are you now done ranting? You have not supplied a single helpful fact. Post your complete model number to start and then explain why you need to perform a factory restore.

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I am about to sell my old Sony Vaio notebook and have run the recovery disc to return the notebook to its factory state. Can I be confident that this has removed all personal files etc or is there something else I should do to ensure all my personal details files etc are removed.

Answer:Running recovery disc on Sony Vaio

You can check the My Documents folder and any additional partitions like D:\ to see if there's anything left over but if you ran the full recovery then it should have removed everything and overwritten the drive with the recovery image.

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The HDD on my 2009 sony vaio vgn-ns205n failed and I had a new HDD installed by the chain where I initially acquired the laptop, (not by Sony). The repair service re-installed Vista Business as the OS. I have the VAIO system recovery discs I made (as instructed) when the laptop was new, but when i insert the first recovery CD in the DVD/CD drive and restart the laptop it re-boots just the same as if I had not put a recovery disk in the drive. (I checked, the recovery discs do have files stored on them so I assume they burned correctly)
In researching the problem:
1) I have seen references to changing the BIOS to make the CD/DVD drive boot first; I cannot find anything called BIOS on my laptop.
2) I have read comments to the effect that the recovery discs will only work on HDDs installed by Sony, but I do not find this info documented anywhere
3) I went to Sony support; the tech first advised that I was not following the instructions exactly - like "turn on laptop, insert disc, restart laptop" is somehow tricky. Then he said my hardware was bad and i should send the laptop to Sony for $200 bucks. (The HDD & CD/DVD worked just fine when I reloaded my anti-virus

Is BIOS called something else on older laptops? Is it true the recovery discs won't work because Sony didi not install the new HDD? Any suggestions how I can restore my HDD? (yes, I do have all my personal files backed up elsewhere, but that's a different topic)
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Answer:sony vaio recovery discs not booting

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