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Can the sony vaio laptop hardrive be replaced by an outside harddrive

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Yes, but it depends on the model of the laptop.

In most cases you can change the boot order in the bios setup to boot to a USB device first.

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When I turn on my laptop all it says is "operating system not found. How can I fix it?


it means it cannot find your harddrive.

this could be a faulty hardrive or a corrupt master boot record.

depending on operating system you may be able to recover with the cd or google fixmbr.

or you have not loaded an operating system

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Of The 4 Connections On The Motherboard Is A Specific Pin Connection Critical Regarding Which One The Internal Main Hardrive Connects To?


According to specifications listed on Sony Vaio Support, the Vaio VGC-RA840G desktop computer uses a SATA harddrive.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=VGCRA840G

[Left-click on Marketing Specifications]

If you have four SATA headers on your motherboard, you can plug your SATA harddrive into any one of them.

The beauty of SATA is that once you plug into any SATA header, BIOS will find the harddrive. Doesn't matter which SATA connector. (Connector on a motherboard is referred to as a Header)

Photo of an average SATA header on a motherboard,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

[Photo at top right of page. SATA header for this example is Red. Can be any color]

If you have any further questions concerning this, please post in a Comment.
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VGN-FS640W - Three green LED's come on but no boot up.


your hardrive is going bad cannot read the disk.take hardrive out and tap it slightly? then replace see if it makes a difference..

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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.

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It may be that your machine can not handle a drive of that size. When I replace hard drives I always try to replace them with the size they came with just in case they do not support a larger size.

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Audio not working


The speakers or hardrive may have been damaged go to the sony website and downoad and install the audio or media driver!

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