Sony Vaio PCG-F430 hard drive failure - can I replace?
Posted on 2004-11-09
This Sony Vaio laptio, PCG-F430, gave an error message that the hard drive was failing and/or going to completely fail. I found an old program that says it will do a low level format and possibly fix disk any problem. Well, that program ran okay, but promplty told me the disk failed the tests.
I then decided to just replace the hard drive. Sony's site says the hard drive is not upgradeable or removable. They say it needs to be taken in to an authorized Sony repair facility. Well, I've already found someone who says they can do the job, but they're not "Sony Authorized."
I tried searching this site, too, but haven't been able to find anything about it.
I figured that if that repair shop knows a way to do it without Sony's help, it must be possible. Before I spend a lot at this repair shop, or find an authorized Sony shop, could I get some of you guys' thoughts?
Also, this isn't my laptop. I was trying to do a friend a favor. But I'm afraid it's in worse shape now than it was before. Please offer some encouragement. This might be an easy question, I'm really not sure.