How to restore Sony VAIO to factory settings

December 27, 2015 at 03:14:59
Specs: Windows 7
Sony Vaio pcg 7185m
Because of the slowdown and the glutter tried reset. Did not work get message not such a drive. Have tried with Western drive check says no drives detected. Have tried all kind of thing same message Not such a drive. Anyone or is this a Sont way to force to buy new harddrives?

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December 27, 2015 at 03:52:01
mmm - Before resolving the problems you mention..., is there anything on the drive you'd like to save; personal files and so on?

A factory reset/restore will erase "all" your personal stuff in the process; so unless you have it all duplicated elsewhere might be useful to do that first?

Download a free ISO for ubuntu - Burn to a dvd; boot with that dvd. The OS - a Linux variant - will load itself into RAM only. Once its's booted to a GUI desktop see if you can locate the hard drive in your Vaio. Then copy all your files to dvd. Check the copies are OK on at least one other working system of possible.

The standard Sony recovery routine is invoked by pressing F10 as it boots up; and then follow the on-screen prompts. Does that not work here?

And there is also this approach:

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December 27, 2015 at 06:45:07
"Have tried all kind of thing same message Not such a drive"

My guess is the problems you were experiencing were because the hard drive was starting to go bad. Now it has completely failed. You can't do a recovery if the hard drive is bad. If you have to change the hard drive & don't have a disc, you'll likely have to buy a copy of Windows.

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December 27, 2015 at 08:21:42
The ubuntu boot routine may confirm that the hard drive hath died a death... As if ubuntu can't find it then likely the drive is no more?

Based on info thus far things does seem to point in that direction...

However... if the drive has apparently failed... there is a slim chance it may be recovered sufficiently long enuff to recover data? I'm thinking of the olde freezer routine...

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December 27, 2015 at 09:58:36
"is this a Sony way to force to buy new hard drives"

Definitely not. They wouldn't get away with a trick like that, even if they wanted to, without the world finding out. It would soon put them out of business. Computers do go wrong without any suspicious cause.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 28, 2015 at 01:18:39
What I have done is when the drive was so slow that it practically was not working, removed all private files onto an external drive and pressed F10. This did not work so I went to the option to reset or totally reset, choose total reset was asked of I was sure and after yes the screen went blank came back after a restart with; not such a drive. Did a reset on a Toshiba some weeks ago and that went smooth done one in August with an Samsung also without any problems. Our laptops are go with owners all over the world and cluttering does occur by heavy use.

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December 28, 2015 at 01:37:59
Well done for the data safeguarding; sadyl many don't really think about it bother (until it's too late).

Does the drive show in the bios?

If you try the ubuntu boot does it show up there?

A suggestion for the future... arather than a factory reset routine with the assorted "globe trotting laptops" consider re-imaging them when required?

Set each one up as you wish it to be - OS settings and apps. Possibly they all use the same OS and apps etc. so likely one or two mages may be all you need?

Then having safeguarded data when situation arirses, simply re-apply image afresh?

Also regularly run (install on each latop) a few safe cleaners... There are are several well recommended here. They may help reduce much of the clutter to which you refer..

Also keep a note of assorted OS and apps keys for each laptop; may be useful to have at time in the future...

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