It is a Sony Vaio vpccw21fx. The hd did not crash more like it refused to reformat. So I swapped the hd and started fresh (after numerous attempts). After loading the recovery disks I got from Sony it would overheat then shut down. So I took the advice of BKSeoul and used an external optical drive. It worked and I was able to load the recovery disk completely. But then I ran into a error asking me to restart the installation So I burned an ISO image of Win 7 (64) and used that to correct the error.
I am up and running so far... I am still installing drivers and such from the Sony website.
Now my computer does not see my battery (battery charging light does not even light up when ac adapter is plugged in). The battery was working up until the recovery disk initial installation which failed due to overheating. So now I am not sure if I need to buy a battery, a software issue, or if there is something wrong w/ the physical contact (where the battery connect to the laptop itself). I can see no chipped or burned parts so I am a bit annoyed.
Any insight into what I should do next?