the sony support tech told me if I got a legacy hdd (rather than the advanced hdd) then I could install the OS from the recovery disks.
he said the legacy hdd will say: 500012KB,
My hdd is a toshiba.
the stores are carrying WD as well as Toshiba HDD's.
But those toshiba 500 gb I found at the computer stores have "5000..." but not the following numbers and letters stated by the Sony tech.
The ones I found at the store have the number MQ01ABF050 and are selling for about $50 USD.
I am wondering if I should just go ahead and install what is available or do more research.
Edited by Achaemenid, 31 May 2015 - 07:53 AM.