Vaio VGN Laptop Recovery

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biggmik

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My Vaio VGN FW11 laptop which has been my faithful friend would not boot this morning - 'a disk read error has occurred' message appeared. I downloaded a recovery iso and ran that but it won't load through to the recovery screen which makes me think I'm in the deep and my HDD is dead.

So question 1 - is this an accurate assumption?

Question 2 - I have backed up most things including the official windows 7 download file (I upgraded from Vista 2 yrs ago) on my external HD, however if I replace the internal HD, how will I boot up the OS from the file I have saved externally? Can I use a restore disk on a fresh HD?

Question 3 - If not, how... and how much is this going to cost me?

Hope you can help

Mik
 

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Question 4 - if I replace the SATA hard drive, will a SATA II be compatible?
 
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My Vaio VGN FW11 laptop which has been my faithful friend would not boot this morning - 'a disk read error has occurred' message appeared. I downloaded a recovery iso and ran that but it won't load through to the recovery screen which makes me think I'm in the deep and my HDD is dead.

So question 1 - is this an accurate assumption?

Question 2 - I have backed up most things including the official windows 7 download file (I upgraded from Vista 2 yrs ago) on my external HD, however if I replace the internal HD, how will I boot up the OS from the file I have saved externally? Can I use a restore disk on a fresh HD?

Question 3 - If not, how... and how much is this going to cost me?

Hope you can help

Mik
Were did you download the ISO from? Digital River, A Torrent site? The windows 7 downloaded upgraded file has to run within Windows. So you'll have to do a clean install of Vista using the key on you system case and then do the Win 7 upgrade.

As for the disk read error I would download the manufacturers diagnostic app and do a full certification scan on the drive.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities


Question 4 - if I replace the SATA hard drive, will a SATA II be compatible?
SATA is backwards compatible, so you can install a SATA 2 or 3 SSD in the laptop that has a SATA 1 connector. It simply won't work to its full speed potential. You'll see an improvement in speed though.
 
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