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Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:15 AM
In order to protect yourself, you need to back up all your important data. This includes pictures, emails, favorites, document files, any files you've saved that you don't want to lose.
Your computer came with the operating system on a hidden partition on the disk. As long as the system is under warranty, if the hard drive fails, you've still got the option of going back to the manufacturer and getting the hard drive replaced. Then you can re-install programs and copy your data back into the computer.
Once the warranty is up, you're on your own.
If your operating system fails, you can restore it from the partition the operating system and restore files are on. Some computers have the ability to burn a set of CD's of the operating system, check your users manuals and look in the Programs menu to see if you can find it. It will only burn a single set of disks, then be disabled.
I don't know about Sony, but other computers do have it.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:21 AM
First, Sony should provide you a Windows disk for minimal cost or for free if you push them about it.
Second, Windows has System Restore; make sure it is enabled (it usually is by default). Your HELP file will give you information on its operation. You can find System Restore in Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.
BC has a Tutorial on creating a floppy boot disk:
Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:39 AM
To create an MS-DOS startup disk
The MS-DOS startup disk you create will allow you to boot into MS-DOS.
Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive.
Open My Computer, and then click the floppy disk drive to select it.
On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.
Under Format options, click Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
Creating an MS-DOS startup disk erases all information on the floppy disk.
To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
The MS-DOS startup disk only allows the system to boot into an MS-DOS prompt. The disk contains no additional tools.
or you can download the set of 6 setup boot disks from here:
How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks
While Sony does have a restore partition on some of its models, that does nothing for you if/when the hard drive fails, so Sony should provide either a Windows operating system disk or a manufacturer's restore disk at no charge with a new machine.
You may have to go up the food chain in support, but especially since the computer is still under warranty and capable of being returned, they will provide the disk with enough perseverance on your part.
By the way, an external USB hard drive does a far better job at backups and in fact can be made to do backups incrementally and automatically with the right software (which comes with some drives made for this purpose). Format it in NTFS so you do not have a 4gig limitation.
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