Your issue would come with the operating system. You most likely have a restore partition, but did you ever create recovery disks? You can also use the key with an oem Win 7 disk of the appropriate version to reinstall.
If it's still under warranty they should replace the hdd for you provided diagnostics can prove it's defective, and their replacement should be loaded with Win 7.
Replacing a hdd is the easy part, you just need to make sure you can use the same Win 7 key, or can restore their recovery partition with recovery disks. -- I distrust those people who know so well what god wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires- Susan B. Anthony Yesterday we obeyed kings, and bent out necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to the truth- Kahlil G.
Physically replacing the drive takes about 3 minutes.
On an ASUS most likely true as it is on most.
While they may have wised up and changed things, but I will NEVER buy another SONY Viao laptop ever again, only laptop I'd ever seen, where the HDD was not user serviceable, you had to send it back to them to get it replaced or upgraded.
To the OP any thin 2.5" HDD should work.A standard might fit, but most have gone to the thin ones. A thin one will fit a standard carrier/bay, but not the other way around. --
Door to hard drive is on the bottom of the laptop (see first minute of video) to see where the hard drive and memory is! Take the old hard drive out of metal case as shown and put new drive in the case, plug it in and put door back on!
Except still relatively small capacity and at high cost.
So unless speed really means all that much to you.....
I guess you're one of the few with enormous patience, and enjoys waiting for your computer to process a task.
The mechanical hard drive has always been the slowest part of a computer, with some of the oldest tech. I like to compare them to a record player accessing spinning wheels of rust. heh..
SSDs can be 2x-5x as fast, or better, and will make an old laptop feel like brand new. Especially coming from an 'energy-efficient' 4200rpm drive. And SSDs use wayyyy less energy than their predecessors, extending battery life. They have an infinite shock tolerance as well.
I run a samsung 120gb ssd in my desktop, which utilizes a 3 core processor, and its actually faster than my old setup of 2x 60gb WD ssd's in raid0. Technology is really accelerating
edit-- and if you needed more space, an external hdd or dvd burner are easy to add
-j -- if it aint broke, tweak it!! currently on FiOS (kick aZZ!)
The TZ is only a hair bigger than most netbooks, so it makes sense to me that it'd be as tough as a netbook to disassemble. My first two netbooks required a similar amount of work to get to the HDD - I doubt this is done intentionally to make the process a pain in the ass. -- irc.removed.us - #dslr
I will NEVER buy another SONY Viao laptop ever again, only laptop I'd ever seen, where the HDD was not user serviceable
Elaborate. How is the drive not serviceable by the user?
It wasn't a usually simple hatch cover. You had to disassemble the entire laptop to get at it, and send it back to them to get it done. You also had to get their drive of course plus labor and shipping. --
Why would you need to use their drive? I've been working on all sorts of laptops for years and have yet to run into one that has anything even close to resembling a proprietary hard disk. -- irc.removed.us - #dslr
Why would you need to use their drive? I've been working on all sorts of laptops for years and have yet to run into one that has anything even close to resembling a proprietary hard disk.
Because is PROPRIETY SONY (Like CRAPPLE we must control everything) BS.
Have to admit never asked them if I could ship a drive with the laptop to be installed.
Still by DESIGN it was to have the HDD not user serviceable...again total SONY proprietary control everything BS.
Hopefully they aren't still doing this, but it so PO'd me I have never even looked at another Vaio laptop since... and pretty much avoid SONY at all cost if possible, for any number of other reasons to... like their damn chewing gum memory stick they held on to exclusively for so long, the rest of the industry would not license, and was pissing off customers that had tons of SD cards that SONY equipment could not use.
Finally PO'd enough customers that they gave in and either went SD or dual slots. --
The TZ is only a hair bigger than most netbooks, so it makes sense to me that it'd be as tough as a netbook to disassemble. My first two netbooks required a similar amount of work to get to the HDD - I doubt this is done intentionally to make the process a pain in the ass.
Well Sony believe me it WAS, and this was a full size laptop, where again 95%+ have the normal bottom hatch, a pop out drawer for the HDD, or under an easily popped out keyboard.
Early netbooks had no HDD, they were all solid state flash drives. And again don't think I would buy a HDD Netbook it was not accessible. There is really no reason for that.
Its nice someone finally did a tutorial, but judging by the earliest comments on that thread... too late for mine, and I know it wasn't a TZ.
Sad though to see Sony evidentally is still needlessly doing this idiotic design, again it would appear INTENTIONLY even after 1000's of complaints. They are SONY they don't care, they don't have too, there are enough suckers in the world, even with loosing future after first purchase.--