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Sony VAIO running Vista doesn't start-up, system restore doesn't work


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#1 swami_r

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:38 AM

I have a 4y old Sony VAIO (VGN-NS11J) that stopped working today morning after making a whirring noise

Repeated attempts to restart failed and after many attempts, I managed to get to the Startup Repair mode - after a long time, startup repair says it failed to automatically repair the problem

I managed to run system restore but after a while I got the following message: "System restore failed due to an unspecified error. The disk strucgture is corrupted and unreadable (0X80070571)

My laptop did not come with a Windows Vista CD/Recovery disk

My first priority is to recover a few files in the laptop - if I am able to do this, then I dont mind junking the laptop

Since this is an old laptop, I would prefer not to use an expensive professional to recover the data

Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:12 AM

You may be able to retrieve your data by using Ubuntu.

Post #3 in this topic provides instructions.

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