July 14, 2008

Make My Monday - Computer hard drive successfully replaced

Yep, I got it done. I only had to take back the first hard drive and get a smaller one. And then I only had to reformat 3 times to get it right. It's the arrogance of Microsoft combined with the arrogance of Sony that led to this horrible need to replace my other corrupted hard drive. I made the old one an external hard drive and put it in a hard drive enclosure so that I could access my old files without having to move them to another hard drive or back onto the new one. I have NO idea why I didn't think of this option sooner. My hunch is, I was too broke last summer to think beyond cheap solutions.

Anyway, I now have a 120 gig hard drive and it's loaded with most of my applications. I have a few more to go. My problem with the first few times formatting and restoring my original settings was going to Sony's website to get updates. Unlike Microsoft that has the ability to check your hard drive to determine needed updates, Sony just has a a huge list of updates that apply to all configurations of the laptop model. It's up to the owner of said laptop to figure out which ones are appropriate. They give some clues in small print...of course you have to know to where to look and then to read them. So, finally I did and after a whole weekend I got the 5 hour job done. Now I'm having fun with application updates!

6 comments:

Trop said...

I've been rebuilding the directories and applications on my Dell. It's such a pain.

My big gamble is running an older (but better) version of SPSS on Vista. I hope it works.

Vista sucks.

The Gentleman said...

Vista sucks at first... than you upload some applications and it sucks even worse... not lol..Good work Bill!!

TheWeyrd1 said...

trop and gentleman...I am happy to say that I am still running XP pro with SP3 on my new hard drive. I totally do not want to upgrade to Vista until I absolutely have to do so. My issues were more with Sony's software package that interfaces with XP to run said laptop. That stuff is running fine now and it's just little things like importing my browser bookmarks that's a pain...lol

citizen of the world said...

I replacded a hard drive once, spending hours on the phone with tech support. Glad you got it taken care of.

LostInCO said...

I've replaced my laptops harddrive 2 times before. It is so fun. NOT. Getting all the apps installed back is what is a pain.

Jdancer8 said...

i love that i have mysteriously ended up on you newly loaded computer stuff :o)