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Restoring operating system for Vaio VGN-S460

I need to get reinstall the operating system when I get my computer tuned up. How can I tell whether there is a partition on my disk that has the necessary files? (I want to avoid buying the replacement CDs).

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  • francine282 Mar 04, 2009

    I do know that IF there are restore files, it will still be there. My concern is whether or or not there is a restore partition and how to access it (so the comment on pressing F10 is useful).


    Thank you!


  • francine282 Mar 05, 2009

    Responding to DJExtreme 979:
    I think I may have to reformat the drive. I seem to have lots of "bugs"- subroutines that don't work and very slow performance.,
    I have XP Home edition
    I do know it will wipe out my data- I've been backing up on Carbonite
    I'm not good with DOS.

    Now- I'm at a point where I'm pretty sure there is recovery info in a hidden partition of the disk. I think I am supposed to create a set of recovery CDs using a recovery wizard- but can't find the wizard and don't know how to create the software. It is no available as a download from Sony; I can buy the OS for $18 plus shipping I'm told.

    Thanks.


  • francine282 Mar 05, 2009

    Responding to DJExtreme 979:
    I think I may have to reformat the drive. I seem to have lots of "bugs"- subroutines that don't work and very slow performance.,
    I have XP Home edition
    I do know it will wipe out my data- I've been backing up on Carbonite
    I'm not good with DOS.

    Now- I'm at a point where I'm pretty sure there is recovery info in a hidden partition of the disk. I think I am supposed to create a set of recovery CDs using a recovery wizard- but can't find the wizard and don't know how to create the software. It is no available as a download from Sony; I can buy the OS for $18 plus shipping I'm told.

    Thanks.


  • francine282 Mar 05, 2009

    I did not know there was a way to do a reinstall without wiping out all my applications.

    Thank you!


  • djxtreme979
    djxtreme979 May 11, 2010

    Are you formatting hard drive? You are aware all data on drive will be lost? What type of OS are you removing? Installing?Are you comfy with MS-DOS?

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Not necessarily. Formatting the hard drive will only wipe the data on the partition being formatted. The restore partition, if it exists, will still be there.

I have read that the restore partition can be accessed by pressing F10 at startup. As I don't own this sony machine, I can't verify that.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

  • Damon Gray
    Damon Gray Mar 05, 2009

    Francine, you can reinstall Windows from a CD without formatting the drive and without losing your data. It's commonly called an "in-place install." When you boot off the CD (assuming you buy one for $18 as you mentioned), it will ask you if you want to repair a previous install. Say "NO" and let the install continue. Eventually, the install will find Windows already on the drive and will ask you a 2nd time if you want to repair that install. This time you say "YES" and windows will install over the top of itself, thus retaining all your currently installed applications.




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