I need a new hard drive for my Sony VGN-FS742 and need help...
My hard drive was fried by the vundo gen.y virus and is stuck on reboot. I need to find a case for my hard drive (or the appropriate cords) so a friend can get my old media files from this one. I'm also trying to upgrade to a new hard drive for more space...Techie said that the hard drive was unusual, but I don't know what specs I need for the cases and new drive?
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Re: I need a new hard drive for my Sony VGN-FS742 and...
Well, according to http://www.clearanceclub.com/depot/quelle_showroom.cgi?sku=4768 your laptop has a 80GB Enhanced IDE drive, so you'd be looking for any 2.5' IDE laptop drive. Any computer store will be able to sell you one.
That said, you mention your hard drive is fried, but you also say you want to take the old media files off it? Well, if the hard drive is fried, there is nothing coming off it because..well.. its fried. But if the drive works you dont need a new one. But sounds like you do need to format and reinstall the Operating System.
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The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Try to remove the battery, remove AC adapter, and press and hold power button for 45 sec. reinsert battery, and Plug and try again, if that doesn't solve it, you may need to try to change memory first, (cheapest) or the motherboard or CPU.
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