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sony vaio hard drive

By fishman891 ·
I have a sony vaio pcg-z505rx, I want to reformat the hard drive to reinstal my windows os but I have no internal or external hard drive. How do I go about doing this?

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Not quite sure what you mean ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to sony vaio hard drive

If you mean you have nowhere to save existing data to then I suggest you burn important data to some optical discs, prior to the re-install.

If you mean you don't have ANY hard drive - then what are you going to reformat ?

If you only have the internal hard drive, put your OS install disc into the optical drive and reboot. The laptop will boot from the install disc, reformat your hard drive, then do a clean install of your OS.

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Do you need to reformat?

by nepenthe0 In reply to sony vaio hard drive

Obviously you need an optical drive to reinstall Windows. You do not need to reformat the HD.

To perform a clean install of Windows, insert the installation CD into the optical drive, and restart. You will see a prompt to boot from the CD - hit any key to do so.

You have the option to repair the Windows installation, or to perform a complete reinstallation. The complete reinstallation overwrites code already on the HD and is the preferred means of restoring the operating system.

Yes, you can format the HD, which will totally wipe out the operating system and all your data. If your HD has only 1 partition, this is probably the C drive. To accomplish this totally destructive operation, open Explorer, right click the C drive, select Properties, then click Format.

I strongly recommend that you have a complete image of your operating system archived to an external hard drive before you attempt a formatting operation. Back up all your data files, and use imaging software such as Norton Ghost to write a complete image to an external hard drive:


If you really wish to repartition the HD, you don't need to reformat it. Repartitioning can be done with an intact operating system installed. I recommend Partition Magic:


If you have queestions, please post back in this thread.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Oops - Apparently this laptop has no CD or Floppy drives ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to sony vaio hard drive

And I'm having a difficult job trying to track down a cure for the problem of installing.

Bear with me...

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PErhaps if you could tell us why you want to re-format ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to sony vaio hard drive

We could perhaps come up with an alternative solution to your existing problem.

If I am reading the correct details your laptop is powered by an Intel Mobile Pentium II running at 400 MHz, 128MB RAM, 8.1GB Hard Drive, 2.5MB NeoMagic video chipset, 12.1" LCD.

Can you confirm that this is the same as your laptop model, so that I know I am on the right track?

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