|My friend has a Sony Vaio VGN-CR520D with 3GB of memory, 320 GB hard drive, and Windows Vista. He started having problems where the computer would not start. I looked at it and was able |
to at least get it to start windows, but whenever you tried to do anything, the computer would not respond. A look at the hard
drive light looked like something was causing the drive to spin constantly. I tooked the drive out of the laptop and connected
it with a USB adapter to my own laptop and run MSE against it. It found one problem (trojan) which it fixed. I then ran another
scan and this time is ran clean.
I tried putting it back into my friends laptop, but ended up with the same result. Took it out and and conencted to my laptop
again and ran malware bytes against it. Found something called Hijacker. Cleaned this and then reran malware bytes. Put the
drive back into my friends computer but still cannot get it to do anything once windows starts up. HD whirls constantly and
cursor circle goes around and around and around.
He wanted to upgrade to a larger hard drive and Windows 7 anyway but I was concerned that the problem might be something other than the hard drive, so I suggested we upgrade the existing HSD to Win 7 first before spending money on a new HD. The upgrade to Win 7 worked great and the system is completely fast again, so I am guessing something was buried in windows that the virus scan/malware scan was not finding.
Bought the new drive and tried to install Win 7 on it. It kept failing on license key being invalid. I found out that the CD he bought was an upgrade, not a complete install. I told him we would have to recover the hard drive using his Vista recovery disks first, so the machine had a OS to upgrade. Here is as far as I got. When I try to do a compete restore of the C drive using VAIO Recovery Center, it fails on a 325:35 6% in. It starts by saying formatting, almost instantly changes to restoring, and then almost instantly fails. Hitting ok to this gives an Error: 319, followed by an Error: 320, followed by an Error: 330
Does anyone have any suggestions?