Operating system not found

May 1, 2011 at 15:16:10
Specs: Windows Vista
sony vgn-ns240e "os not found"

With a downloaded Repair Disk I got to "System Recovery Options" but there was nothing listed under "OS" (so nothing to choose.)

I have no recovery discs (a friend gave me this laptop) and I can't access the partition. I assume I need a (Vista) Recovery Disc, but Sony charges $46 for a new disc with ssh. Is there a cheap way to purchase this. Or is there a download?

My concern is that I'll purchase the recovery disc and it still won't work!

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May 1, 2011 at 15:36:12
p.s. I have an HP desktop with Vista - if I made a recovery disk from the desktop would it work on my Sony laptop?

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May 7, 2011 at 11:56:51
Your downloaded repair disk may have done just as much as the HP recovery disk will. They are not designed to be interchangable. Lots of differences. The fact you can see a partition is a fair indicator.

Not sure about Sony BIOS - if it has the hardware test option, and all hardware passes, then the problem is that the drive lost the master boot record. You may or may not get your data back at this point.

You can try booting with the HP disk. If the partition is accessible, then, get the Sony disk to do the repairs with. A plain vanilla Vista boot disk would be 2nd best to the Sony disk, which you have tried. HP and other manufacturers change things that may not be compatible with other units.

After checking out the laptop specs, I'd spend the $ on it ($100 or so).

I would opt for Windows 7 (upgrade) if that is a choice. Especially if there is nothing of value on the laptop.
The drivers are available.

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May 7, 2011 at 12:09:28
... post back as suggested from this thread

... it may only be a case of typing in the correct commands!

... also check here for existing recovery option.
Angel Decoy
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May 7, 2011 at 22:24:59
Thank you so much!


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May 7, 2011 at 22:26:44
Thank you for such a detailed reply. I think upgrading to 7 is a great idea! There's nothing of value on the computer, nothing I need to save. I appreciate your input!

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