How do I replace HDD and windows 10 install [Sony VAIO SVE series]


  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #1

    How do I replace HDD and windows 10 install [Sony VAIO SVE series]


    Hello,

    Lately I have been getting BSODs due to a faulty HDD and I have been advised to replace it (in another thread). I've been advised to replace it with a SSD but I am unable to purchase a high capacity SSD right now (not willing to downgrade too much in storage space). Done some research and found that this SSHD would be a good option for my laptop ( https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Firec...words=sshd+1tb ) . I purchased it and it will be here in about a week or so.

    I am planning on installing the drive myself knowing I have all the tools but I am not sure about the brains. I have no experience in this. I want to install windows 10 (upgraded from 8.1 in the past).

    How do I do this?
    Does the installation differ for a Sony VAIO than normally?
    I read that some BIOS settings need to be changed etc.

    Or should I go to a repair shop and let them do it for me? (it will cost me)

    Thank you in advance.
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  2. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #2

    I suggest buying a 2.5" SATA to USB adapter or enclosure. I've had good luck with this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    (It's an enclosure, but it's tool-less.)

    I presume that you could use Seagate's DiskWizard software (free download) to clone the Sony's exiting drive to new new one, and then do the hardware swap.

    I did something like that with a cheap Lenovo laptop recently. For that one, I had to dismantle the thing to access the drive. It wasn't neurosurgery, but I breathed a sigh of relief when the laptop booted up after the swap. The Sony may be designed so that the physical disk swap is easier, but a quick online search didn't find anything specific to your model.
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I am fairly certain that some system and personal files are corrupted, so wouldn't 'cloning' my existing drive transfer the faulty files too?
    I am able to boot the laptop and use it. (DISM, chkdsk and SFC fail to complete or fully restore)
    Sometimes I just get random BSODs and almost always when I copy files or defrag.

    I don't mind a clean windows 10 install.
    I was planning on mounting the windows 10 install from the microsoft website on a USB (and DVD too to be safe) and use that.

    prepare new windows 10 install on bootable drive > replace HDD > boot from disk > install windows 10 > done?

    I just heard that Sony VAIOs can be a nuisance. And I don't want to mess it up.

    Thanks for the help.
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  4. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #4

    Icewolf208 said:
    prepare new windows 10 install on bootable drive > replace HDD > boot from disk > install windows 10 > done?
    Sounds about right.

    I'd suggest exporting your existing drivers before you start and save them on a USB key or similar. Something like this if E is your USB key:

    Dism /Online /Export-Driver /Destination:E:\Sony_Drivers

    Then if you are missing some after installation (or Windows update doesn't find them) you can get them from there. To do that you would use Device Manager > select the unknown device > point to your Sony_Drivers folder and Windows will do the rest..
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  5. Posts : 13,685
    Windows10
       #5

    Actually I would not buy an SSHD - they are not all the hype cracks them up to be. They really give little benefit over an hdd.

    I had a Sony SVE and I did this:

    1) remove dvd drive and put it in an external usb caddy so I could use it.

    2) Put an ssd in main drive slot

    3) Get a large capacity hdd and put it in a special drive caddy that fits in the dvd slot

    The two caddies are very cheap and plenty on ebay or amazon e.g.

    Opticaddy© USB 2.0 External Enclosure for 9.5mm SATA CD/DVD/Bluray Optical Drives with universal bezel (contains NO optical drive) - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    eBoot 9.5mm SATA to SATA 2nd hdd Hard Drive Caddy for: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Of course, this is only worth doing if you do not use the optical drive much.
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  6. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #6

    Icewolf208 said:
    I am fairly certain that some system and personal files are corrupted, so wouldn't 'cloning' my existing drive transfer the faulty files too?
    I am able to boot the laptop and use it. (DISM, chkdsk and SFC fail to complete or fully restore)
    Sometimes I just get random BSODs and almost always when I copy files or defrag.

    I don't mind a clean windows 10 install.
    I was planning on mounting the windows 10 install from the microsoft website on a USB (and DVD too to be safe) and use that.

    prepare new windows 10 install on bootable drive > replace HDD > boot from disk > install windows 10 > done?

    I just heard that Sony VAIOs can be a nuisance. And I don't want to mess it up.

    Thanks for the help.
    If your existing Windows installation is corrupt, the clone would be also.

    If you wish to do a clean install, it would have been good to mention that.

    All that you have to do for that is to physically install the new drive. Have a bootable Windows 10 installation device (USB - preferred - or DVD.) Install Windows 10 on the new drive. (Skip inputting a license key.) Make sure that you install the same type of Windows 10 as was present before (home or pro). The clean install should activate automatically online.

    I hope that you don't have to eviscerate the Vaio to swap HDs, but it's not insanely difficult if necessary.

    I can't speak to the utility of a hybrid SSHD. My choice was to replace a 1TB spinner with a 500GB SSD. (The laptop isn't my primary system, so 500GB is plenty.) Dramatically sped up the laptop.
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  7. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks for the help guys.

    A 500gb+ SSD would be ideal yeah but it is above my price range atm, I could only get a 240 gb SSD. But in a few months or so I still plan on getting a SSD (500gb+) and use the sshd for storage.

    I'll prepare the boot disk right now and check back in a week if I was successful or need some more help.
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  8. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I switched out the Hard drives and successfully installed windows 10. yay!

    Switching out the HDs was way easier than I thought, at first I thought I needed to remove the whole cover, then I saw a tutorial that only 2 screws were needed to remove the HD. Only 1 of the screws of the bracket gave me some trouble (that one is a little sideways in the new hd).

    Though I have some driver problems:
    ACPI\SNYA008\4&47DBAD4&0 Unknown device (I am unable to find this one online or via windows update)
    Intel(R) Management Engine Interface Code 10 STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE (what is this?)

    And some VAIO issues (cannot control keyboard back-light anymore for example).

    What do I do with the hold HDD?
    I thought about getting an enclosure for it and get some info out of it, then format it, Partition it in 3~4 parts and use it as a unreliable storage drive. Maybe by partitioning it I can find the bad part?
    Can corruption spread? Let's say a file 'A' is corrupted and is transferred to a "clean" area, can it corrupt more files?
    Or only if it uses other files? file A, B, C, and D is needed to run program 'Alpha', because A is corrupted and Alpha is run, it can corrupt everything?

    Sorry I am asking too much. Thank you for all the help. I'm glad I can work without BSODs now
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  9. Posts : 17,364
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    If you put the old hard drive in an enclosure, or connect it with a USB cable, before you erase the old Windows partition, you can point the "update driver" function for your unknown device in device manager to \Windows\System32\DriverStore on the old hard drive and it will pick up the driver for the device from there.

    Before doing a clean install of Windows for whatever reason, I recommend that people open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:

    dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers

    The path in red is to a folder created on an external drive such as USB flash drive or USB hard drive. This exports all the third party hardware drivers installed on the computer so after the clean install you can point to that folder and re-install drivers for any troubled devices in device manager.
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  10. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    NavyLCDR said:
    If you put the old hard drive in an enclosure, or connect it with a USB cable, before you erase the old Windows partition, you can point the "update driver" function for your unknown device in device manager to \Windows\System32\DriverStore on the old hard drive and it will pick up the driver for the device from there.
    Before doing a clean install of Windows for whatever reason, I recommend that people open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:

    dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers

    The path in red is to a folder created on an external drive such as USB flash drive or USB hard drive. This exports all the third party hardware drivers installed on the computer so after the clean install you can point to that folder and re-install drivers for any troubled devices in device manager.
    I did that, user: lx07 suggested me to do that and I did. When installing the drivers earlier I already tried updating it via the USB but I was unsuccessful then, but now it worked somehow.

    Intel(R) Management Engine Interface Code 10 STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE
    Is still the same though, it says I already have the latest.


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