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Q: Sony Vaio Faulty Hard Drive

Hi all,

I have exactly the same problem with my sons Sony Vaio laptop as the member in thread:

The Hard drive is a Seagate ST9160821AS but having looked on the net it would appear this model is not made anymore.

Does anyone know of a different model HDD that I could purchase that would be compatible with this laptop.

Any help would be appreciated.



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"I heard of the freezer trick, will it work?"...

This "trick" was first indended to be used on the older desktop hard drives. I haven't tried it on laptop drives at all... If you really needed your files, they should have been backed up. Today, with the use of a USB backup device like an external CD/DVD burner or a thumb drive, there is no excuse to have to loose valuable data at all
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When it starts back up it is like there was no problemClick to expand...

I have had this issue on a Sony and solved by going through all the startups and processes and removing anything not required
its possible its Norton, updating

so is windows 7 a genuine copy ?

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any particular time ?

is not a trail version or have you paid up for a full subscription
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for nearly every Sony Vaio model use the ASIAN Site -- they've even got hard to find stuff like the drivers for the Dual Sony MMC SDHC card reader.

Original Drivers and Applications for VPCEH/EJ Series (Windows 7 64-Bit) : Download : Sony Asia Pacific

(Other models too -- I was just chasing down stuff for a model I've been using).

Forget about those VILE sites that sucker you in to "Free Driver Search" -- and when they find something you have to PAY to access the relevant area (We call this stuff "Sneakerware" and it's becoming more and more prevalent - they say FREE DOWNLOAD-- but that's all that's free is the Download !!!!!)

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A:Hard to find Sony VAIO drivers try HERE

Good find jimbo +1
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Full details here: Cannot start the VAIO Recovery Wizard because the computer will not start to the operating system.
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A:Sony Vaio laptop not starting; hard disk not responding

Hello ffrustrated and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry to hear you're having all these issues. Couple of questions for you. ( Well, actually, several questions. )

1. When you got your Vaio did you buy it new?
2. Did you create the Vaio recovery disks when you first got the computer?
3. How long ago was it that you went to Sony to get it fixed?
4. Did the repair facility give any warranty on the repairs?
5. What was wrong with it?
6. With the machine turned off, can you access the Vaio Care software by clicking the ASSIST button at the top of your keyboard?

Sorry for all the questions but it might help us figure out the best course of action to get your machine up and running again.
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A:Solved: Sony VAIO Notebook-removing hard drve
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looking forward.


A:Windows 7 on my sony vaio without CD DRIVE!!

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A:Problem with sony Vaio optiarc 7700h dvd/cd drive

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A:Sony Vaio Model VGN-FW351J Cd/DVD drive problems

Quote: Originally Posted by kentuckynet


I did a complete new install of widows 7 ultimate on my daughters laptop.
She was running vista, she had lots of music on there, she burned it to cd's and we checked them on my xp machine and they were fine.

Now she has windows 7 and i put the disc in and it doesnt recognize the inserted CD.

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Any other cd's that i put in work fine.

Any ideas would be appreciated


Hi! Kentucky, welcome to 7F

This is the same drive that burned the CD in question?

You may need to upgrade that driver even though it shows that it is working.
If it is a generic driver from Microsoft, do not go through Device Manager to update this driver, after the download just open the file, and follow the install instructions.
Remember to re-boot!

You can find it here, best source:
Sony eSupport - VGN-NS290J/S - Software Updates & Drivers
You will have to click on CD/DVD drives.
Or here:
Download Sony VGN-CS290Y Matshita Bd-cmb Uj130as Firmware Update for Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit | Ultimate Laptop Drivers, Laptop Reviews & Laptop Specs Resource –
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A:Problem with my Windows 7 Sony Vaio DVD Drive (Code 19)

Hi El Guapo,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Can you pleae tell us what all you have tried so that we can look beyond it instead of repeating the same procedures.

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A:My Sony VAIO Blu-Ray drive has stopped reading DVDs and CDs

Quote: Originally Posted by SamuelGE

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From the hard drive's manufacturer's web site, download and run the diagnostic tool.
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Put the drive in a freezer bag and chill it right down for an hour , then try again.

Sometimes works, and if it does then extract everything you can. It may be your only access chance.

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Sounds like a bad drive.

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:

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I will ask a Moderator to escalate your issue. A failed hard disk is covered under warranty. You may be asked to provide the hardawre fail code that the test gave you. I hope you have your recovery media available. You will need the recovery media  to recover the notebook to its factory delivered state.
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