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January 1, 2006, 3:45 pm
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I replaced the hard drive of a 4 yr old PCV-RX590G Sony Vaio with a
Western Digital 200 GB
drive. The Vaio originally came with a 100 GB drive running XP. After
installing the drive, I used the system recovery disks and thought
everything went nicely, but when I checked the amount of HD space I
saw it had partioned it into 8 GB for the C drive and 58 mb for
D...the rest was not accessible.
I used the utilities disk that came
with the new hard drive to try to correct the partitions with no luck.
I removed the partitions that system recovery had made and made new
partitions formatted in NTFS using the Western Digital tools.
If I used the system restore disks it immediately went to the 8 GB
scenario and then as a new twist said that the D partition was
inaccessible. So it became a neverending loop of it formatting and
partitioning and then not being able access part of it. At this point
I got a copy of XP and tried to install it. It acted like it was going
to. It let me make partitions and select which one to install to and
copied all the files then it said it had to reboot. Upon reboot it
gave me a disk-read error. I used a tool to do a complete low level
format and reset all the 1's to 0's. Then I immediately went to the XP
disk and it did the same thing...gave me a disk-read error. This is
the point I am at now.
All advice appreciated. Thanks in advance.