I bought this new in my Sony laptop and it got very slow and wouldn't work. It was replaced with a better 80 GB HD and now the crappy DVD drive doesn't work either... Sony says it has to be original equipment to reload my computer. I don't want to buy the same crappy equipment that died on me. I paid extremely good money for this stupid laptop and my only requirement is that it works... which it doesn't. I'm trying to get this 40 GB hard drive to work and it won't initialize it so it won't partition it or format it. I'm very pissed off I have a $3,200 laptop for an oversized paperweigh. I have spent enough money trying to get this piece of **** to work and I don't think I should have to keep paying more when I already paid so much. Is there any way to get this trash to work? I swear at this rate I will NEVER buy another piece of **** SONY.
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1. Decide which hard drive will be the startup (master) drive. If this drive was the startup drive previously, or if it's a new hard drive, then the master drive designation will already be set. 2. To change the designation of a new drive to be a slave drive, skip to step 4. 3. To change the designation of an existing drive to be a slave drive: Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord, remove the drive from its drive bay, and disconnect the drive from its power cord and ribbon cable. 4. Check the hard drive documentation or the label on the drive itself for master/slave jumper settings. 5. Find the jumpers on the circuit board of the drive. Jumpers are plastic plugs with metal sleeves that form a circuit between a pair of pins. Jumper locations are labeled on the board with a J followed by a number (such as J20). 6. Use tweezers or very small pliers to remove or reposition the jumpers to the configuration shown in the documentation or on the disk label.
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if the hdd is not being recognize by your Sony laptop, may be because the device is not responding any more, anyway this is still new you can have that Hitachi replace via the warranty, but your not suppose to tell them what happen cause that would fall for intentional damage. Just tell them it stop working.
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here is a link about removing a hard drive... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg_EhfPcZX4 and then you will need a usb to ide cable... here is a link to that http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&CatId=3770 then once you remove your hard drive and connect it to a usb to ide cable... connect it to a pc with a windows os and remove to your hearts content... enjoy
Vista has been known to have multiple USB issues. You can try: 1. remove/uninstall USB instances/drivers in your Device Manager and reinstall but use the USB drivers at the Compaq website for your PC; 2. Update/Patch your Vista US
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