Question about Sony VAIO VGN-NS190D/W Notebook
How to replace Hard Drive
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most hard drives are easy to get at, not on this model tho. If you follow this link. At the top of the screen click on next for each of the stages or use the drop down menu. Site was a bit sluggish when I went on to check so be patient with it.
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Posted on Sep 15, 2008
I suggest you read this before you start so that way you know if it's somthing that you want to do.
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
SOURCE: VGN-FJ290 sony vaio
One of my clients' old Maxtor drives finally went South on her this weekend, just as I was in the middle of migrating her data over to her brand new computer. The drive just suddenly died- whir!, click!, spin down, vanished, kaput. I couldn't get it to spin up again on a few subsequent power-cyclings of the machine, and not wanting to damage either of her computers, I took it back to my shop to try to revive it. I put it in three different computers (running Windows and Linux), but it refused to engage in any of them at all; all I got from the drive were a few sick-sounding whines, and one of the controller chips began to get really hot.
I was just about to call her and give her the bad news when I remembered a really off-the-wall fix that I read about ages ago: wrap the drive in an anti-static bag, wrap that in couple of zip-lock baggies, and stick the beast in the freezer overnight. I Googled around a bit and found that this was considered to be a huge "Urban Legend" by many folks, but others said that the fix had indeed worked for them.
WTF I thought- the drive can't be much more dead than it is now, right? Soooo... into the freezer she went (the drive, that is, not the client). Well, this morning I pulled the drive out of the fridge and stuck it back into one of my test boxes, and the damn thing spun right up, and stayed alive long enough to let me pull all of the data off to another drive!
As weird as it sounded at first- it worked, so I just thought I'd pass my experience on in case it can pull anyone else out of a similar jam
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
SOURCE: Where is HD on VGN-N250E
It's in the bottom left hand corner, as you view the laptop in it's normal position.
Sony Vaio's are not like other laptops in -> this respect.
With MOST other newer laptop's, you burn to disk your personal documents.
(Anything in your My Documents folder. My Pictures, My Music, My Videos, and personal documents you have created)
Then you buy an inexpensive external enclosure, (2.5" for laptops. And Sata for a laptop like yours), insert the new harddrive, and attach the external enclosure to your laptop, via a USB cable.
Then there is a certain key, or keys, you press on the keypad, and a menu comes up for transferring your Operating System, and programs you have installed, onto the new harddrive.
You remove the AC adapter, (Charger) and the battery.
The new harddrive is then inserted in place of the old one. Access to the harddrive, is usually removing a screw or two, then pulling the harddrive out, with part of the laptop body. Reinstall the battery, and plug the AC adapter back in. Away you go.
With the Sony Vaio series, this is not happening.
You have to use an external enclosure, and a 'mirror' imaging program, like Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or DriveImage XML, (Free), and mirror image the operating system, and programs to the new harddrive. (Via the external enclosure)
Then the fun(?) begins.
All electrical sources are removed. The laptop is turned over on it's top cover. Six screws are removed around the outside case edge.
One screw is removed towards the Front, and right next to the Memory Compartment Cover.
The laptop is turned back over, and a small flat tip screwdriver is inserted into slots, in front of the keypad. (Jewelers screwdriver)
The keypad is released and tilted back.
A flat ribbon cable is disconnected, from the motherboard that leads to the keypad. The keypad is removed.
Then, a small White flat ribbon cable is disconnected, in front of the keypad area. This ribbon cable connects the Front panel buttons, to the motherboard.
Now, the Top Cover is popped loose from the Bottom Cover. There is a thin parting line where the two halves meet, and a jewelers flat tip screwdriver, is inserted in this parting line towards the back. (Near the LCD screen) The Top Cover is eased up a bit, on one side, then the other side is eased up a bit. Work towards the front.
When getting to the end, (Front), the Top Cover comes off.
Now the harddrive can be seen. There are Two screws towards the Left side, in the corners. These are removed. There is One
screw towards the Right/Front corner. This is removed. The harddrive has a fabric pull 'tab' on the end of it. This is pulled on and the back end of the hardrive is gently lifted up, as it's pulled back. (Left side of harddrive is the back end)
-> Extreme caution is taken here, as there are tiny metal pins on the front off the harddrive, that can easily be bent!
There is a metal thin frame that goes around the harddrive. This is removed, by removing Two screws on each side. The metal frame goes on the new harddrive.
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
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