Question about Sony VGN-A270: VGN-A270 Pentium M Centrino 745 1.8GHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW Double Layer,... (VGNA270VGNA270PENTIUMM) PC Notebook
Hi, my 60gb Hitachi hard drive went bad so I purchased a new identical one, but I don't know where the hard drive is located in this notebook and I don't know how to properly get to it. Sony's website states it doesn't support hard drive replacement by end users.
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This is for the VGN-A270 Laptop
but i'm sure it will work for your's
You will need a philips head screwdriver and a regular head screwdriver.
Put the laptop on top of a table or any other working area without anything that can caus static electricity which is not a computers friend.
Make sure the laptop is off and unplugged and remove the battery.
Turn the laptop over so the top is on a surface
Now you are looking at the bottom of the laptop and you will see a cover with vents.
There will be 2 silver philip head screws.
Remove those screws turn counter clockwise to remove those screws.
Now remove the plate.
You will see memmory and another card do not remove those.
On the top right hand corner where the plate coverd you will see another philips head screw.
Remove that by again turning counter clockwise.
Ok now there is 9 screws 4 on the left side and 4 on the right side.
You will see along the edges of the case 3 screws.
And in the middle right below the plate you will see 1,
on the bottom right, center right, and top right hand corner and right beside the battery compartment you will see 1 screw that's inside a square opening.
Now on the left side beside where the battery goes you will see 1 screw in a square again Remove that screw then again one in the top left side then 1 in the center across from the plate and one in the bottom left hand corner.
Now put the computer over the center of the working area you will be turning it rightside up and having the screws fall that you just removed.
Remember do not lose any screws that you don't want to do so you don't have to hold it to high so screws won't bounce everywhere.
Now you should have 10 screws on the working area if not turn it back over and see if any screws did not come out and loosin those screws and turn it over again.
Now set the laptop down right side up so you can open the lid.
Open the lid and the keyboard we have to remove now.
Take the regular head screwdriver or the flat screw driver and
There are 2 places where it snaps Above the F12 key and over the F4 key you will see that there is 2 tabs like and what you do is put the regular head screwdriver in there and push down towards the touch pad lightly and you will see the keyboard move down now lift up a little so the tabs are no longer in the slots that the tabs were in and the keyboard should lift up and out of the laptop.
Be careful with the keyboard and not drop it or pull on it just be easy with it.
Now the Keyboard is still plugged in which we need to unplug.
Now the ribbon is plugged into the keyboard and the other end into a latch which you take your nail and move it to your right and unlatch it.
And pull the cable up it will unsnap do not yank it.
Take the keyboard and set it down.
Now you will need to unplug the speaker cables which there is 1 opening to your right and you will see a red and white wire plugged into a white plastic box like just take your screw driver and pull to the right easy and it should unplug and then there is another opening to your right that is also red and white same thing unplug it do not rip it out gently unplug it.
Now there is a blue ribbon that is in the center you need to unplug that by putting the blue plastic tab and pull towards the lcd straight it should unplug easily enough.
There is 5 more philip head screws you need to remove in the center where the keyboard was you will see a opening and right to the left of it there is a thing a screw remove that and if you were looking at a clock at 10 o'clock there is another screw and right above that to the right at 1 o'clock
and another at 5 o'clock and the last one is right below the fan which you will see a little bit to your right and you will see that last screw remove that and put the screws with that one piece so you know where the screws are and what they goto.
Now below the lcd you will see the hinges you need to loosin this piece.
You just push a little on the center of the hinge on both sides and it should unsnap and lift up.
now pull up on the top and you will see at the top a white cable that's still connected so you pull up on the cable lightly to unplug it then put that top off to the side.
Now you will see the harddrive down at the bottom right and you will see the cable plugged into it on the motherboard grab each side of that cable on the edges and pull up it will unplug
Now there is 2 screws holding the cover for the harddrive.
The philiphead screws are closest to you one at the bottom left edge of the cover and one at the bottom right edge of the cover remove those set the cover off to the side and put the screws with the cover,
The cover now you will left up and your harddrive in in that cover.
Turn the cover sideways and there is 2 philiphead screws on both sides you need to remove those and the harddrive is in your hand and ready for you to insert the New HardDrive.
Once you put the new harddrive in reverse everything that you had to remove to put it back together again.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
Easy, and simple, if your laptop not too old like 3-5 year ago. in the back of your laptop, there is a hardrive icon looks like, and around these, it will have 4 screws, it is regular screw, just take them off, and you will able to open the cover and you will see the HDD, and check which model is your hdd, i means IDE (will have many pins in your hdd), STAT (the new one with no pins, only 2 ports)........... go buy one , just simple plug in and replace the old.
next step will be reinstall the window operation system......
that's it, the most difficult part for your . non-computer man is reinstall the window system
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
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I would say the hard drive is failing. But need to run a diagnostic on it to be sure.
If you would like to know where to get the ibm / hitachi hard drive diagostic let me know. It's free for download and you can get a bootable ISO image to burn onto cd. Allowing you to boot from cd in order to test the drive.
As far as replacing, you should be good with a 60gb or 80gb. Did it orginally have a 20gb in it? I would say for most people, 60-80 is way more than enough. Unless you have a ton of music or pictures.
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