Hard drive removal - Sony Vaio VGN-NS110E (model PCG-7142L)

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  1. jadeabc

    jadeabc Newbie

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    I have been trying to locate a service manual to safely remove a faulty hard drive from my Sony Vaio VGN-NS110E. I was able to remove the keyboard, touchpad connector, power connector, and speaker plug, but I am not sure how the palmrest comes off to get to the hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Adam
     
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    Should there just be a panel on the bottom that screws off? I'm not familiar with this model of laptop, but I know that most would have what I have just described.
     
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    The panel on the bottom of the laptop is for the memory modules. It would have been nice if their was a panel on the bottom to access the hard drive, but that would be too easy. Any other suggestions?

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    Yes, don't buy another Sony. What kind of monkey business is that? You have to open the laptop to get at it? I've got the magazine articles (and view the youtube videos) that says HD and memory are the easier things to change on a laptop. If Sony made that complicated for some reason, there certainly no reason for them too.

    In any event, maybe you could post a pic or two. That might someone a point of reference so they could give you a hand? If it;s any consultation, I have to upgrade my HD as well. I've already ordered the Hitachi 320 gb because it was recommended by the members here. I certainly hope there are no surprises with the panels.

    I did manage to replace my keyboard with a lighted one, but I was totally unprepared for the complexity HP made me go through just to make this so simple an upgrade. It took me 3 hours because the made the bezel virtually impossible to remove without damaging the it or the laptop. A few strategically placed screws or clamps could have made it a 15 minute affair. Laptop manufactures need to be ashamed of themselves.
     
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    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    And don't forget to report back if you don't mind. I for one would like to see how all this turns out. After all, Sony is still in the laptop business!!
     
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    Since you have to remove the motherboard to get to the hard drive, then it's going to void the warranty.

    Geez, how stupid is that? You have to remove the motherboard to get to hard drive. BOTH the hard drives in my laptop are removable by two panels on the bottom.
     
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    Sony isn't alone in this, and you can't really blame them. They figure that 95% of consumers probably aren't going to upgrade the laptop after they buy it (correct assumption - users on NBR are more technically adept than the bulk of the computing population), and so optimize the layout of the parts to make their laptops as slim as possible.

    My old Averatec also had an exceedingly difficult hard drive replacement procedure, and even opening the case to add RAM would void the warranty :rolleyes:
     
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    darklich Notebook Consultant

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    I have replaced the hard drives in my Sony AW a couple of times with no problems. This must be an older model notebook.

    Just didn't want folks to get the impression all Sony's were like this.:)
     
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    The laptop is approximately 3 years old and no longer has warranty.

    Do you think Sony would provide details as to the hard drive removal process if I emailed them via eSupport? I really don't have much more options at this time, and don't want to pay a service company to replace something I can tackle myself.

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    Adam
     
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