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Old 06-26-2005, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi to all!

A year ago I bought a Sony VAIO Desktop Computer. Now my Harddrive WDC-WD2500BB ist damaged and needs to be replaced. I found the same Harddrive is still for Sale but when I takled to Western-Digiatl adn Sony, they told me that since to Harddrive that was shipped with the Computer has a special signature from Sony, the Recovery CD will not work with a replacement Harddrive. I taled to sony to get a original Sony sihgnated Harddrive and all they told be so far is to send the Computer in for Repair. Since the Unit is out of warranty, there is a minimum charge of $314 just to open 4 screws and tell me that the Harddrive is defective - a fact that I already know. $314 ist just too much for me. So my question here is: What is a signature on a harddrive? And can I somehow duplicate this signature on a new Harddrive, so I can use my Recovery CD ?

Thank you for your answers in advance
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok #1 you do not need your recovery CD, you can find any XP CD and stick it in and put XP on their, and use your legal CD key
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the Help, but this will just save Windows XP. The problem is where do i get a Windows XP cd? By thw Way i'm using Windows XP Media Center edition. I don't know where to find such a CD. And there is way mor Software that came with the Computer than just XP. Does anyone know how to get the Recovery-CD working, or how to copy the signnature ?
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you could try and do a complete backup using something like symantec ghost. it'll copy bit for bit the entire drive
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think there are any way to get the sony signature, so forget about it.

just get the exact same hard drive, do a backup image, then recover on your new hard drive.
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay I'll try to backup my Drive

Thanks to all for the Help !!!
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