My sony vaio desktop has a faulty hard disk which cannot be read. I have bought a new hard drive and while attempting recovering the system via it's CD recovery,I get a message "No Emulation" and windows will freeze.I have read on several sites that all vaio depends on certain files on the hard drive to complete the recovery. Sony is not being helpful! I have loaded XP on the new hard drive using another pc but when transferred to the Vaio; it will not work. Any suggestion will be gracefully received.
Thank you both Strawballs and Rawprawn. After trying various suggestions, I still can't get the PC going. I called Sony premium line support and after cashing in on my calls the Engineer finally told me that I need to buy a hard drive from them inorder to perform the recovery process. I WILL NOT BE BUYING A SONY PC EVER AGAIN.
I have just had another look and I don't think you can do it from another machine, you could Clone it but it would only Clone the whole hard drive so you would end up with his hard drive including his Recovery which might not work on a different machine. You could just try backing up the Recovery Partition to your HD but again when you try to implement it there could be a problem. I suspect that Sony protect their Recovery partitions and that they are unique to a machine. I'm sorry I don't know the answer, maybe someone else in this Forum can point you in the right direction, but my own feeling is you will have to go along with Sony. You could always load your new HD as a slave onto your computer, which would make an excellent Backup platform. Good Luck
Thank you Fruit Bat. I will try what you have suggested. The link you have provided is a good one. If the system don't boot up then I will change the MB. It's a socket 462, I should be able to pick one at a reasonable price. But I will not buy that HD that Sony is trying to sell me. I am saying it again, I will NEVER touch a Sony ever again. Even their support line is not very supportive.