Laptop hdd replacement Vgn-ns11j

May 4, 2012 at 07:59:28
Specs: Vista, C2d
Vgn-ns11j laptop has a dead hdd. I know my way around a laptop pretty well but has anyone replaced the disk on this model please? I see some demos where the bottom cover just comes off and on others the keyboard. Just wondered if anyone has experience on this particular model. Thinking about upgrading it to an ssd seeing as prices have come down recently.

Any advice on getting to the disk would be welcome. Thanks for reading.

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May 4, 2012 at 10:41:05
On many laptops (eg Packard Bell) it's just a case of turning it over and removing the appropriate plastic cover-plate, but trust Sony to do things a bit differently. There's no need to remove the entire keyboard, but you do have to remove the speaker panel which runs along the top edge of the keyboard.

Illustrated guide here for Sony Vaio models:

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May 4, 2012 at 10:44:11
Ar you SURE the hard drive is dead or is failing ?

The bios not finding a bootable hard drive doesn't necessarily indicate that.

That problem can be caused by....
- you don't have the network boot option in the correct place in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup

- you DO have that set correctly but
- the bios is not detecting your hard drive at all
- or - the bios is detecting the hard drive but it's not finding that it's bootable (has an operating system installed on it)

Also - reasons why your hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios.

See Response 1:

Your bios / main chipset doesn't have any hard drive size restriction. You can replace the hard drive with any size (capacity) of new SATA hard drive.

If the Vista DVD or the Recovery disk(s) don't detect the new hard drive, Vista has some SATA drive controller drivers built into it, but not all possible drivers. If it doesn't have the right drivers built in, the SATA drive may not be detected by the soiftware.
In that case see this - it's a similar situation for Vista except that you can provide the drivers on other media such as a USB flash drive

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:

In most cases the hard drive is easily accessible under a plastic panel on the bottom of the laptop's case. It's usually a rectangle just a bit bigger than the size of the drive

Search the web for: Vgn-ns11j "Service Manual"
or VGN-NS series "Service Manual"


Service manual here:
File name: VGNU8G_SM_SONY.pdf

Scroll down to...

Download >> To download the file, please, click here !

(click on the underlined To download the file, please, click here )

If that's the wrong one, three possible sources here - Free but you have to sign up to download it

Troubleshooting Guide:

Includes how to re-install the original software installation.

If you need Recovery disks....

There are a small number of web sites where you can buy Recovery or Restore disk sets for your specific brand name model .

Try here:

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