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What type of hard drive goes in a VGC-RB42G.....SATA or PATA

I need to replaced the hard drive in my Sony VGC-RB42G and I was wondering what type to buy SATA or PATA? The original Hard drive has Bad sectors......Can anyone help/

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  • JG78 Jun 23, 2008

    Thanks alot Ive called several computer repair shops and they all just want me to bring it in for repair but with your help I will have it back up in no time thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi JG78 - If you bought the stock model of your PC it originally came with a SATA 250GB drive. SATA drives have a faster transfer rate so if your PC can handle it ( and it can ) then you definitely want to get a SATA drive. Make sure you back up any info,documents,pictures,etc on cd's or dvd's. Or when you install the new drive you can just make your old drive a secondary drive and transfer the info you need to save before you remove it. Also be sure you have all software and drivers you need before you install the new drive so you won't have the hassle of having to locate them later. If you need to download them you can put them on a cd so they'll be ready to go. If this answered your question PLEASE rate this as fixed. If you need more help or assistance with this just add a comment and I'll be glad to give you a hand. Thanks.

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My Sony vaio vgc-rb42g when I turn on it says boot manger is compressed it says hit crl alt del to continu but goes back to same screen. Kids messed with it don't know wat happend


You will need a windows recovery disc, you can make one on any Windows Vista/7 computer

Windows Button > Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a system repair disc.

Boot to the recovery disc and type the following commands
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How to connect your hard drive to your motherboard The first thing you have to...


How to connect your hard drive to your motherboard

The first thing you have to figure out is what type of hard drive you have, a PATA or a SATA drive.

PATA = Parallel ATA
This type of drive uses the older IDE connections. Most of your current motherboards still have aleast one IDE connection to support the ROM drives on the market that have not moved over to SATA connections but you can still connect a hard drive to this connection if needed. The thing to keep in mind is that you can only connect 2 IDE devices to one IDE connection on the motherboard.

Here is an example of an IDE cable. If you can see there are tabs on the cable to make sure you line up the pins properly.

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SATA = Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
This type is now the standard that most hard drives are. Also note that alot of your ROM drives are switching over to this format as well.

Here is an example of a SATA cable.

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In regards to power connectors If you are using a PATA drive then you will use the Molex power connector. Note some of the early SATA drives use this power connector as well.

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For the SATA drives you would use the SATA power connector. Note if your power supply does not have this connection you can get an adapter that goes from a Molex connection to the SATA connector.


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Next you will need to find the connectors for the hard drive on your motherboard. Below if pictures of the 2 connection types.

IDE/PATA motherboard connectors

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SATA motherboard connectors

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How do i upgrade my system to windows 7


Sony has yet to support Windows 7 on the VAIO VGC-RB42G. I would strongly suggest not to try to install W7 on that machine. Sony is a _very_ proprietary equipment. There is a very good chance that you won't be able to obtain the neccessary drivers nor W7 having the correct drivers available. Generic drivers don't usually work on Sony equipment and vice versa. If you are determined to try it, it would be best to contact Sony first: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/select-system.pl?DIRECTOR=CONTACT

That said, the first step to upgrading any computer to W7 is to run the upgrade advisor:
http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor

The next step, especially for a Sony is to visit the website and check for software upgrades and possible BIOS upgrades that are needed _before_ installing W7. In your case I would contact them directly.

Be sure to back up all your data. Copy it to CD's, DVD's, an external hard drive, or a flash drive, or another internal hard drive.

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Any SATA disk will work - pick one
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=139&name=Serial-ATA-Hard-Drive&

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A standard configuration comes with 250 GB SATA hard drive.

You can install a higher capacity hard drive such as the one in the following link

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=301

The cost will be around $65


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