I'm having a little trouble here trying to help a friend install Windows Vista on his Sony Vaio, screen shots will tell you the whole story.
When I try to install windows it gets to a stage where it says can't be detacted.
Any ideas guys.
The machine came with Windows Vista so it is compatible, the hard drive is a used one but barely used, screen shots are there in my second message, if you can see the screen shots you will see that the hard drive can be detected in the laptop setting but when the installation is under way it stops and the message say that the hard drive is not connected.
Are you booting from a Vista DVD, or trying to use one of the Recovery procedures offered by the PC/Laptop companies...?
If the latter, and it's not the original HDD, then the recovery (installation) files for Vista may be on the old HDD... Which "might" explain the error message, in that it's looking for the data but can't find it...
If you have the original Serial Number, you could download the *trial of Vista, and use the legit key to activate it. (Just done this myself, so know that works!)
*You must use the trial version, not the dodgy (cracked) versions, as you will need the flavour that matches your SN... (The cracked versions tend to be Ultimate editions only)
PM me if you want the trial edition I've just used.
Having said that, Sony tend to have good support, so they may be able/willing to help...
The image posted is unreadable on my box, abbs. Daz's comments though are appropriate, if you are attempting a product recovery to a new (to this system) HDD, then there is a good chance that your hidden recovery partition is not accessible, because it was never on that "new" drive in the first place.
I’m sorry about the photos a clearer photo was too big to upload, this is not a new hard drive it the original that came with the laptop, I’m trying to re-install Vista back on it coz the original one that was installed got corrupted, yes I have the original activation key, I have downloaded the trial version onto a disk but when I tried to run it all I get “read disk error” or something similar.
Sorry Daz I’m not sure how to PM you.
No I have not formatted the hard drive coz I don't how, my friend brought to me as it is, if you can tell me how to format the drive will give it a go.
Sorry for the confusion, I have taken the advice to format the hard drive and it worked, right now windows is installing.
Thank you for your help and marry xmas...