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need to replace HDD 500 GB in Sony Vaio, Win 7 pro 64-bit


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#1 Achaemenid

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 07:49 AM

the HDD on the above named model is getting diagnostic results that it is in need of replacement

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.

suggestions appreciated.

Edited by Achaemenid, 31 May 2015 - 07:53 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:19 PM

See if you can do the following.

 

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
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Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 
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The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 
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In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
This will give me the make and model of the hdd installed.  I can then find an exact replacement for it and provide you with a link to it.

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 04:10 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/L8dxJCE1pqf8QlgE2mTvubM

 

if the exact model is not available where I am right now, traveling overseas, I might have to run with the one I referenced above, as long as no damage would be done to my machine. 


Edited by Achaemenid, 31 May 2015 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:47 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149176


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 03:14 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149176


Thanks for locating this.

Would I be doing damage to my computer if I use another model Toshiba or WD HDD?

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:51 AM

Using a different model will not damage your computer.  Most manufacturers put a variety of drives in any specific model.  It all depends on what deal their buyers were able to get at the time the machine was being built.

 

As long as the interface type is the same, or better, you shouldn't have any issues.



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

Using a different model will not damage your computer.  Most manufacturers put a variety of drives in any specific model.  It all depends on what deal their buyers were able to get at the time the machine was being built.
 
As long as the interface type is the same, or better, you shouldn't have any issues.


Thanks for this contribution.

Can you tell me what I should know about the "interface type" of HDD's?

Is the model number that is available to me, referenced above, ok on that score?

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:22 AM

What he is referring to is this hdd needs to be a SATA.

 

You can use any other hdd manufacturer you wish as long as it is not a hybrid and is a SATA interface.  The drive I suggested is exactly the same as the one that came with your computer.  I suggested it simply to keep things simple.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:46 AM

Hello Achaemenid, 
 
Others have already given quite detailed answers, but I just want to add a thing or two, and summarise. 
 
Feel free to choose any HDD with SATA interface with  2.5" and up to the height of your original HDD. If you select another higher drive, it's best to test it first, just in case. This is unlikely to be a problem, because newer drives are usually slimmer. Also I tried to find what are the size limitations (storage space) but failed to do so. I guess that anything up to 1 and even 2TB will be fine. If you decide to switch to a WD drive I can give you specific advice on drive choice. 
 
Feel free to ask any questions! Best regards, Citizen_WD 


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:43 PM

You can use any other hdd manufacturer you wish as long as it is not a hybrid and is a SATA interface. 

 

Why not hybrid?


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

@Achaemenid:

 

Most if not all the new HDD's available on the market are now Advanced Format Drives (AFD) those drives will work just fine in your computer the problem could be when you reinstall the machine using the Recovery Disks because it could include outdated components in Windows, Drivers and also some adjustments at the disk partitions.

 

I found this Dell page that explain it all http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN146650/en


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 02:04 PM

Hello Achaemenid, 
 
If you decide to switch to a WD drive I can give you specific advice on drive choice.


thank you for the offer about WD. There are WD drives available where I am (not the most well-stocked stores).

I would like to know something about WD. I have a sense they might be better quality than the Toshibas.

Regarding Advanced format, the Sony tech person told me that if I bought the Advanced format drive I could not use the recovery disks I had created, but that if I bought a "legacy" drive (not advanced) I could. That is why I am avoiding advanced format. They have both in the stores I am going to.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 12:22 PM

If there is no further info on the WD, I will go ahead with the Toshiba. 



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Posted 04 June 2015 - 02:15 PM

Toshiba drives are actually great quality, in my opinion much better even than WD.  Easy way to tell if the drive is advanced format is to look at the LBA size.  If it's roughly double the number of Kb (around 976,000,000 for 500Gb) then it's a standard 512b sector size.  If the LBA number is much smaller (like 1/4 the number of Kb), then it is the advanced format 4Kb sector size.

 

Most 500Gb drives are not advanced format, and even if they are most are able to simulate legacy on older hardware.  Now if you start looking at 3Tb+ drives, you'll be in trouble.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:20 AM

Does it matter if the drive is 7mm or 9.5mm?  as long as it is 2.5" laptop size


Edited by Achaemenid, 05 June 2015 - 06:24 AM.





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