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Laptop won't boot up

I have a Sony VAIO PCG FR130 that won't boot up. All I'm able to do is get into the setup menu using F2. When there I have no Primary Master and the Secondary Master is the Optical Drive. I want run my restore discs that came with the laptop but it tells me there is no Hard Drive. I've checked to make sure the connections are secure but no joy there. I know the drive isn't faulty because I've gotten it to boot up just prior to this error message and backed up all of my data. For reasons I couldn't figure out it went from not recoginizing the hard drive to recognizing it and allowing me to get my data and then back again. I want to run my restore discs. Any ideas?

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  • pamela_lude Feb 23, 2009

    Thank you Mike. I tried this too, I can't even get that far. The only available boot drive at the moment is the floppy. Any other suggestions?

  • pamela_lude Feb 23, 2009

    Hi again Mike,

    here is the list as it reads in setup:

    Primary Master (names the hard drive)

    Secondary Master - Optical drive

    then the Floppy drive is listed

    then the option to boot with a network

    To the left of the floppy drive is an asterisk. But none of the other drives have that. I tried selecting them using the instructions in setup which are to use the shift + 1 but all that does is put an exclaimation mark to the left, it doesn't 'select' it. But here's another interesting thing, when I try to select the boot order on the first screen in setup I cannot select either the hard drive or the optical drive - period.

    No, I can't boot up in safe mode - I can only get into the setup menu and now it doesn't recognize the hard drive at all. In Primary Master it only says 'none'. I did a bit of research on the hard drive and have learnt that this particular one has been problematic. I don't know if I have to simply replace the hard drive now or what.

    It's an Hitachi HTS541040G9AT00 - 40GB 5400rpm 2.5" IDE Notebook Hard Drive.

    I have found a larger drive made by Western Digital and am considering doing that. But I still welcome any suggestions you may have to 'rescue' the original one that came with my notebook. It's been a REALLY good and reliable notebook up to now.

    Thanks for your help Mike!




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In set up, set your your optical drive to be the first boot option and put your restore disk in the drive then reboot.

This should then read from your disk before trying to access any hare drives.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • My reply is Feb 23, 2009


    In your set up display, which drives, if any, other than the "floppy" are displayed?

    Also, are you able to boot in safe Mode?



  • My reply is Feb 23, 2009

    Hi Pamela,

    I really don't think the drive is kaput but it maybe?
    I'm still trying to figure out why the set up menu will not allow you to set the CD drive as the first boot option !

    If you do opt for a new drive, I suggest you buy a usb "Caddy" for your old drive (they're not expensive) and maybe you can access it from there to rescue any files you have on it or use it as another back up drive.

    Oh, last question ..... what operating system are you using. XP or Vista?
    There may be a slight chance of making a "Floppy" boot disk and fully reformat your drive or even rescue it. It's a slim hope but better than no hope!

    Sorry I haven't been much help.

    Let me know how you get on.

    My best wishes,



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