beefy3s August 14, 2009 at 00:04:03 Specs: Windows XP
Hello. I need to replace my hard drive due to a smart error on my sony vaio laptop. Once I purchase the hard drive and swap it with the damaged one, I plan to restore the computer to factory settings. If I use the recovery discs, will I be able to set my computer to factory settings??? Or is there any files on my messed up hard drive that I need in order to reset my computer???
That is exactly what the restore disks are for. What you may not have any longer is the hidden partition that could also be used to restore to factory conditions. So, you may want to make a second copy of your restore set.
BTW, a smart error in itself is not a reason to scrap a hard drive. You should run a diagnostic from the drive manufacturer on it to verify the drive is failing.
How do you run a diagnostics tests on a sony vaio??? I think it is failing because I had to restore the whole computer due to an unmountable_boot_volume error. I also had trouble extracting all my information from it. When I set the computer to factory settings, the hard drive was unable to load most of the drivers and programs that are suppose to load during recovery.
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