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I have a 2nd hand hard drive taken from a Sony Vaio laptop

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I have a 2nd hand hard drive taken from a Sony Vaio laptop and want to use it as a back up disc for my non Sony laptop. Can I convert the format from Sony ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Jerry Hannell replied 2 years ago.

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

hello sir/madam

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

I would like to help you, please let me know when you are ready

Customer:

Ready now

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

are you using the computer in question now?

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

so we can step by step and fix it together

Customer:

No. If you could just take me through the steps I will do it later.

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

ok, you will need to do this:
1) connect your harddrive via USB first
2) click your start button, right click on COMPUTER and select MANAGE
3) it will open your computer management section. when you are in computer management, you will see this screen:

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Full Size Image

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as you see in the picture, you will need to go to : storage >> disk management

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

here, you will be able to see your harddrive in the list

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

you can first open your disk management, and then check the list

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and then later, connect the harddrive, and check the list again

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

if you see a NEW item in the list, it is the harddrive you connected.

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

(in other words, first don't connect the harddrive. open disk management and check the list, and then close computer management and connect the harddrive and check the new item in the list, it is your harddrive that came to the list)

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

right click on the harddrive icon there, and from there you will be able to activate it

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

when you are on that computer, if you want we can go step by step and fix it

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

from that screen, you will also be able to assign your desired drive letter for your new harddrive (for example, F:\ G:\ etc , and you will see your harddrive from your COMPUTER (my computer) section)

Customer:

Many thanks I will try this later. Could you e-mail me these instructions please.

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

unfortunately as a tech person other than this chatbox, I am not able to contact you via email or phone

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

if you have a printer, you can print this out (I can switch to one page q-a mode so you can print it)

Customer:

Yes please. I have had difficulty printing in current format

XXXXX XXXXXnell :

ok, I am switching to question-answer mode (one page) so you will be able to print it. can you press your F5 key to refresh this page

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Experience: Experience in Windows environment. ASP, Visual Basic, Ajax
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