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Well, the recovery disks won't allow you to go to your present system. The recovery disks are designed to put everything back the way it was when you bought the computer, minus all your applications and data. If it's your data that you need then a reputable repair service like mine can slave your hard drive to another system and recover all your data (not applications), provided the hard drive has not electronically or mechanically malfunctioned. Again, a reputable repair person can tell you the status of the hard drive.
This is the link to the disassemble manual for your laptop. When you bring the link up, make sure to make a copy for yourself, it is free and in PDF format, do you need either adobe acrobat or foxit reader to open the file. scroll down the header on the left to HDD, that is the hard drive area. Good luck, ParrotHead PC Repair
turn the laptop upside down ...remove a partial plastic cover attached by a screw on its edge ( there is a small sign showing the hard drive usually) after taking the cover of plastic away the hard disk is visible . pull it gently aside (sideway)
and replace it with the new one.
Possible hard disk failure or hard disk controller failure.
if you feel confident remove the hard disk and replace - obviosuly make sure that there is not power running and remove the battery - replace hard disk then battery then power and try again.
Do you get any beeps? is the hard disk clicking? listen carefully to it and post your findings.
There are panel/covers on the base or near the bottom edge of most laptops these enclose the RAM and hard drive. Remove these screws and covers to reveal the hard drive and possibly the hard drive carrier.
Before you attempt this I suggest to login to the Sony WEB site and download the drivers for the graphics and sound device including modem and LAN if you don't already have them and back up your data. You will need these drivers when you install a new and larger hard disk and the operating system.