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I have searched the forum and haven't found this topic.  

I have a Sony Vaio laptop model PCG-61A11L, manufactured in 5/2011, pre-loaded with Win 7.  I upgraded to Win 10 in 2017, and everything was peachy-keen until a few months ago, when, after an apparent automatic 'upgrade', the laptop appears tp be trying to load from the X drive, not the C drive.  After Winblows runs its so-called automatic 'repair' diagnostics, I can't recover shit from any of the options.  Thankfully I have a backup flipbook so I could research this phenom, but the 50% effective 'fixes' are beyond my technical capabilities.  

So my question is, have any of you experienced this before, and if so, how did you fix it?  I have done everything short of cracking open the case and removing that all important watch battery, and if that doesn't work, taking it to a professional and spending $$$.  I would really like to save this excellent laptop, as it has never failed me in the past 8 years (except for the wifi capability going tits up about 6 months prior to this debacle) and I really don't want to do a FORMAT: C:\ or a DEL *.* on it because there are valuable files I'd like to keep.  And yes, I have learned my lesson to back up every damn thing to ext HDs.  Any helpful hints would be appreciated!   

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44 minutes ago, sturmchaser said:

I have searched the forum and haven't found this topic.  

I have a Sony Vaio laptop model PCG-61A11L, manufactured in 5/2011, pre-loaded with Win 7.  I upgraded to Win 10 in 2017, and everything was peachy-keen until a few months ago, when, after an apparent automatic 'upgrade', the laptop appears tp be trying to load from the X drive, not the C drive.  After Winblows runs its so-called automatic 'repair' diagnostics, I can't recover shit from any of the options.  Thankfully I have a backup flipbook so I could research this phenom, but the 50% effective 'fixes' are beyond my technical capabilities.  

So my question is, have any of you experienced this before, and if so, how did you fix it?  I have done everything short of cracking open the case and removing that all important watch battery, and if that doesn't work, taking it to a professional and spending $$$.  I would really like to save this excellent laptop, as it has never failed me in the past 8 years (except for the wifi capability going tits up about 6 months prior to this debacle) and I really don't want to do a FORMAT: C:\ or a DEL *.* on it because there are valuable files I'd like to keep.  And yes, I have learned my lesson to back up every damn thing to ext HDs.  Any helpful hints would be appreciated!   

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Shut the Laptop off.  Restart using a Cold Boot and enter the BIOS Settings by selecting the proper key. Every make of Laptop has different setting for entering the BIOS.  Some use F10 and some use F2.

Make sure your Boot Order is the Hard Drive with the O/S installed is the First Boot Device then followed secondary with the CD/DVD. If the BIOS first Boot Device is FDD (Floppy Disk Drive) this is likely where the error is caused from.  Since Laptops are not designed for FDD usage it cannot Boot. The FDD action should be set to Disabled.  Save the changes and Reboot your Laptop.

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Thanks for the response, Stone, but unfortunately it didn't work.  The boot order was set for optical drive then internal hdd, so I switched it to internal hdd, saved and exit, but it started back in diagnostic repair mode (and none of the repair options succeed).  

So, I'm back to square one.  😑 

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1 hour ago, sturmchaser said:

Thanks for the response, Stone, but unfortunately it didn't work.  The boot order was set for optical drive then internal hdd, so I switched it to internal hdd, saved and exit, but it started back in diagnostic repair mode (and none of the repair options succeed).  

So, I'm back to square one.  😑 

On your image you have entered  "C:\"  That is not recognizable to Windows.  The proper one is  "C:"   do not include the and see what happens.

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Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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43 minutes ago, sturmchaser said:

Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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When you reboot your Laptop press the F8 key and go to the Boot Menu and select boot from Hard Drive if it shows.  If the Hard Drive is there it should show in that menu.

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1 hour ago, sturmchaser said:

Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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Get your command Prompt out of Administrator mode.  Show as normal without Administrator.  Then when the command shows just type  dir  if there is a hard drive present it will show the directory of it's contents.

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Ehhh... unfortunately, nothing worked, so I decided to try one of the "fixes" I Googled (big mistake), and ended up fucking things up even further!  I now get "BOOTMGR is missing" and it goes no further.  I can still access the BIOS, and change the boot order, so I am now downloading a Win 10 recovery program onto a USB drive, so hopefully I can boot the brick up via the external drive option in BIOS.  But I have a feeling this isn't going to work either, I'll probably fuck it up even further.  It looks like I'll be making a trip to a PC doctor soon 😒 

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3 hours ago, sturmchaser said:

Ehhh... unfortunately, nothing worked, so I decided to try one of the "fixes" I Googled (big mistake), and ended up fucking things up even further!  I now get "BOOTMGR is missing" and it goes no further.  I can still access the BIOS, and change the boot order, so I am now downloading a Win 10 recovery program onto a USB drive, so hopefully I can boot the brick up via the external drive option in BIOS.  But I have a feeling this isn't going to work either, I'll probably fuck it up even further.  It looks like I'll be making a trip to a PC doctor soon 😒 

If there are files you need to get from the hard drive that's easy to do. Just remove the Hard Drive and insert it into an External Hard Drive enclosure and plug into a USB Port.  The Hard Drive will act as a slave on another machine and then just get the files you need from the Hard Drive. Be as when the Laptop was made you may need an Adapter for the enclosure depending on whether the Hard Drive is EIDE or SATA.

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UPDATE: Well!  After creating the Win10 USB drive from this laptop (took forever) and plugging it in to the facked laptop and starting it up, it read the USB and I started the install on the only partition it allowed (out of 5 available), and after a couple hours, a fresh install of Win 10 was loaded!  I was afraid that it had overwritten everything, and I had lost all of my files, BUT I remembered the re-install would store all my old data in a folder called windows.old, so after I went through the whole battery of fresh install questions and crap, I navigated to the windows.old folder, and BAZINGA!  There were all my old documents and pictures, all accessible!  😃  I was apprehensive as hell about restarting the unit, afraid that it would default back to the X drive, but, after holding my breath during the restart, it came up smooth as glass.  

SHEW!  😌  What an ordeal, futzing with this thing for over a month, finally success! 

Lesson learned: make a recovery disc, and backup, backup, BACKUP!  

Thanks for your assistance, Stone!  👍 

 

20 hours ago, SPYING 1 said:

Since your laptop 💻 is 9.5 years old, I would say don't spend any money on it & buy a new one

Ehhh, you have a point, except there's nothing wrong with it (now) for what I use it for, essentially as a spare or backup to my primary unit, this Vaio flipbook.  I also have a Toshiba Satellite running Win XP lol, God knows how old that thing is.  But I do need to purchase something updated sooner or later, I guess.  

 

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52 minutes ago, sturmchaser said:

UPDATE: Well!  After creating the Win10 USB drive from this laptop (took forever) and plugging it in to the facked laptop and starting it up, it read the USB and I started the install on the only partition it allowed (out of 5 available), and after a couple hours, a fresh install of Win 10 was loaded!  I was afraid that it had overwritten everything, and I had lost all of my files, BUT I remembered the re-install would store all my old data in a folder called windows.old, so after I went through the whole battery of fresh install questions and crap, I navigated to the windows.old folder, and BAZINGA!  There were all my old documents and pictures, all accessible!  😃  I was apprehensive as hell about restarting the unit, afraid that it would default back to the X drive, but, after holding my breath during the restart, it came up smooth as glass.  

SHEW!  😌  What an ordeal, futzing with this thing for over a month, finally success! 

Lesson learned: make a recovery disc, and backup, backup, BACKUP!  

Thanks for your assistance, Stone!  👍 

Glad to hear you got it going.   Now that you got your files from Windows.old   you can safely delete that folder and free up valuable disk space.

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I wish I understood all that was said in this thread. I just don't have the time to sit and 'play' with a computer. This laptop here is almost 8 years old and it works great. I have a Win7 laptop that I would love to dig into and get it going again. TIME! It's something I'm still a few years away from getting plenty of. 

I wish that I even knew how to do a back-up of this one. Lots of files and pictures are on it. If someone told me to back it up. I'd give them a blank stare. I'd back them all up and then wipe this one clean. If I needed anything, they would be on the external drive. Or at least a copy of them would be. There has to be well over 20,000 pictures of all sorts of car rebuilds that need to be saved and categorized. NO TIME!

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1 hour ago, TBG 150 said:

I wish I understood all that was said in this thread. I just don't have the time to sit and 'play' with a computer. This laptop here is almost 8 years old and it works great. I have a Win7 laptop that I would love to dig into and get it going again. TIME! It's something I'm still a few years away from getting plenty of. 

I wish that I even knew how to do a back-up of this one. Lots of files and pictures are on it. If someone told me to back it up. I'd give them a blank stare. I'd back them all up and then wipe this one clean. If I needed anything, they would be on the external drive. Or at least a copy of them would be. There has to be well over 20,000 pictures of all sorts of car rebuilds that need to be saved and categorized. NO TIME!

Get your self an External Hard Drive in an enclosure that plugs into a USB Port and just cut and paste them from where you have them stored onto the External Drive. A lot quicker than trying to back them up.

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On 11/12/2020 at 11:43 PM, TBG 150 said:

I wish I understood all that was said in this thread. I just don't have the time to sit and 'play' with a computer.

I understand and commiserate with you, TBG, I'm kind of in the same boat as you, tech-wise.  Back in the day, when DOS was King, I could handle my own.  But when things went Winblows, I lost my edge.  That's why I reached out for help here on this forum, because I knew the resident geeks (and I say that with love and respect) would try to assist, and Stone helped me out.  I ended up fixing the laptop on my own, but he gave me the courage to try different things.  

Honestly, ask me anything about diesel engines, I can enthrall you for hours.  Ask me to break down "MACBETH" line by line and I can do it.  But ask me to explain this computer world - fugghedaboutit.  

In your situation, I would follow Stone's advice - get an external HD (the latest and greatest) and just drag/drop.  Almost all peripherals these days are "plug-n-play" with minimal installation, which is perfect for greenhorns like me.  Good luck!  

 

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