I`m trying to sort a friends sony laptop.various problems due to old software, tried restoring from sony disc's, It failed t 60% now tells me no operating system,and will not let me run restore disc telling me it`s an invalid system disk.also have tried to run my copy of winME but get the same results.All help gratefully received.
Try and find the drives maker and see if they have testing software you can download.
no idea as to hdd manufacturer, is it possible to remove the HDD and temp fit to a PC to use disc sanitizer to wipe the drive,
I think not, without special leads etc. Try Aida32 or belarc advisor to find out the maker. Either of these will give you the relevan info.
Have you tried looking for the spec of the laptop on the sony site?
i have but they have stopped supprting it.any ideas as to wiping the drive clean so i can fdisk and format to start again..
Use a startup disk and fdick from the dos prompt, The Me startup disk will do the job, but I can't remember how as its been a while but i'm sure that someone here will be able to tell you.
Maplin do an adapter for connecting a laptop hard drive into a standard IDE computer so you could then do the recovery work there.click here or 0870 264 6000 or their shops.
Here's the details of that connector:-code ZV01B IDE to 2.5 HDD Adaptor, last year's price was £4.99 including VAT.
You could also try Drive Fitness test available for download from click hereThis software will check the hard drive for problems from a floppy disk so you will be able to use it even if the laptop won`t boot into windows.Although its mainly intended for IBM and Hitachi hard drives it does work on other makes.John
Thanks flecc, maplins here i come.m73john, nice but this laptop has no floppy drive,shame as i have some brutal software to complete the job.Mark
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