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Factory restore without recovery disks


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#1 jdj0202

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:20 AM

Hello,

I bought a new Sony Vaio VGN-AR870 laptop in June of 2008 and I've enjoyed it quite a bit. I seem to have managed to bog it down recently and it's operating slower and slower and has been for a while. I've remembered how it used to perform when I first bought it so I'd like to restore it to factory settings and give it another go, so to speak. I did not receive recovery disks nor did I make any when I received the laptop. How best should I go about this? My system restores are all set to points within the past few months so that's a no go. Could I utilize a windows vista recovery disk of a friends and just manually install the drivers from the Vaio esupport website?

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Jordan

p.s. If there's any way I can make this problem clearer please don't hesitate to let me know.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:39 AM

See here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4558680_create-restore-disc-sony-vaio.html

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:15 AM

I tried that before I posted here; I'm unsure how to recreate the recovery drive. See error posting below.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:56 PM

Update; I managed to unhide and add a drive letter to the recovery drive but the built in "create recovery disks" option still does not find the drive. I'm assuming it's set to look at a particular number where I labeled mine as the "G" drive. Is there another program I could use to convert this drive to a set of recovery disks? I have easyBCD but if there's something better to use, please inform. Thanks.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:14 PM

I think, your best option would be to call Sony and order recovery disks. They won't be expensive.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:17 AM

Was is second-hand?

Because if there is a program to create recovery disks, there should be a recovery partition on the drive. Did you have it wiped out? If you can get hold of a Windows DVD, install it and manually download the drivers from Sony. There's no problem with that.
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:10 PM

Thanks Antriksh Y; what I did was unhide and reassign a number to the recovery partition and set that to my boot drive instead of the normal C drive - it was treated as if my laptop was starting up for the first time and it promptly wiped the C drive clean and to factory state.




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