I don't think RAID is the problem. It certainly wasn't with mine as my tech net version of Windows installs on the laptop with no problem and that wouldn't have any more RAID or AHCI drivers than the recovery disc would have. It looks like it is Sony being tards with the OEM hardware check (this is a check to ensure that the OEM software you are installing isn't being installed on a different laptop or PC... it's a form of DRM). The change of a HDD does not make any difference to the drivers needed for RAID or AHCI and the fact a vanilla version of windows goes on there fine proves that it isn't a driver problem.I installed Ubuntu successfully and I checked error logs and found them to indicate the error involving the RAID configuration during installation of Windows 7 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2466753) even thought I have one HDD.
I am currently running Ubuntu fine except an incompatibility with 12.04 and my wireless card, but Ubuntu supports advanced format drives where Windows 7 does not always.
Too bad my laptop is out of warranty, at least there is a Sony store 30 miles away from me where I can bitch at them until they fix it and not have to pay extra for a useless phone call.I don't think RAID is the problem. It certainly wasn't with mine as my tech net version of Windows installs on the laptop with no problem and that wouldn't have any more RAID or AHCI drivers than the recovery disc would have. It looks like it is Sony being tards with the OEM hardware check (this is a check to ensure that the OEM software you are installing isn't being installed on a different laptop or PC... it's a form of DRM). The change of a HDD does not make any difference to the drivers needed for RAID or AHCI and the fact a vanilla version of windows goes on there fine proves that it isn't a driver problem.
This is just Sony trying to treat a laptop like a PS3/TV/Stereo. Earth to Sony, people sometimes change the hard drive on laptops and normally don't need any special help from you to do it.
BTW RAID can be enabled with only one HDD. It won't be of any benefit, but you still need RAID drivers to access the drive.
hello did you ever found out the solution to your problem??? I am having the same issue with my viao i have spent 300$ and im really hopping i dont have to spend any more...???...my Viao came with a seagate 500gb spinning at 7200 RPM i believe and i replaced it with a 1tb spinning at 5400 rpm...i tried using recovery discs that i had, but they didnt work, sony tech recommended i buy new one, i did, 75$, received in the mail..and from there...exact error as yours, this is my first time on a forum so i dont know if you will get this or any1 will be able to read it, but if you do or some1 else please reply thanku...mean while i will be trying to become a better user on this site n navigate correctly...Sony Vaio -- Model No. VPCF115FM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
The laptop came loaded with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007.
Recently, the computer started indicating an error:
"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk" and it prompted me to boot using F1 and then backup my data.
Step 1: I used Sony Vaio Care to create 2 sets of Recovery Disks and then used Drive Cloner RX to backup all of my data manually and a system image onto a new Seagate external hard drive.
Step 2: I purchased a new Hitachi 750 GB (7200 rpm) 2.5 SATA hard drive from Comp USA. The computer's original hard drive is a Hitachi HTS545050B9SA00 500 GB 5200 rpm.
Step 3: I removed the original hard drive and installed the new one. Then, inserted Recovery Disk 1 and then Disk 2. After the prompt to restart the computer to finalize Windows setup I received this error message:
"Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware."
I then click okay and subsequently receive this message:
"Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation."
Is anyone familiar with this?
If so, is there a work around to properly load windows 7 in this instance?
1. Is there a way to boot using the system image from my external drive and re-install that way? If so, what are the best steps?
2. Or, can I use my recovery disks and some type of work around to re-install the OS and factory software?
Note: There are no outstanding issues with the laptop. The computer came preloaded with Windows 7; I have the product key on the computer base. It also came loaded with Microsoft Office, but I don't have the key for that? Sony Vaio laptops don't come with physical CD's -- the data is on a partition within the hard drive -- and you have to create the mfg disks yourself.
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