I have a Sony Vaio Ultra book SVT131A11L and it had been a great machine for me until the HDD failed in December. Fortunately I bought the extended warranty and after a phone call to the warranty company they shipped me a box to return the unit for repair. Lets just say that the first repair attempt didn't take and I had to call the warranty company again. I was told by them that since they were going to in fact replace the HDD this time that I needed to include the recovery discs. Of course the computer was not sold with the discs so I needed to buy them.
When I called the number given to order my recovery media I explained to them that my unit does not have an optical drive and asked if I could get the recovery media on a thumb drive. After a half hour of being bounced from operator to operator the answer was no, they only have discs. OK fine I paid the $49.99 for the discs, received them and sent them to the warranty company with the computer for a second time.
My current situation
I got the computer back yesterday. I plugged it in and turned it on and it is stuck on "setup is preparing your computer for first use". After checking the Microsoft forum it appears that the solution is to "load the recovery media". Great, I guess my friends at the warranty repair center bypassed that step.
In an effort to avoid sending my computer by to these guys for a third time is there a way to simply transfer the recovery discs onto a thumb drive and load them onto the unit? I do have a working desktop Lenovo unit to use.
How big of a thumb drive should I get?
Anything I should look out for in the way of pitfalls?
Any help you guys can offer would be appreciated.