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Scott Boss Sep 13, 2001, 10:44am EDT Report Abuse
I have been looking for information on upgrading the 12gig HD in my Vaio z505js (PCG-Z505JS) laptop to something in the 20+ range. Everywhere I look says no upgrades are possible. Does anyone have any information on if this is true or not. With Win2k on a 5.5g partition and linux on a 6g partition I am out of space in both worlds. It would be nice to have another 8-10g.

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Joseph Kim Sep 13, 2001, 06:37pm EDT Report Abuse
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I have Sony Vaio PCG-F430 and even though it said HD is fixed.
I upgraded with bigger unit.
This notebook does not have HD bay so I had to take apart keyboard, etc..

All I did was make sure to get the same size format HD and same spec on ATA. Sony uses OEM HD. Mine had Hitachi.
I successfully upgraded without any problem.

Rhort Sep 14, 2001, 04:11am EDT Report Abuse
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I've often found that laptop manufacturers seem to go out of their way to try and persuade you that you can't upgrade their kit, but in many instances, you can. I find that REALLY annoying :-(

~ The manual said "Requires Windows '95 or better" I installed Linux!
Joseph Allocco Nov 17, 2001, 05:23pm EST Report Abuse
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I have a Sony PCG-F650. I am looking to replace the hard drive in it for a larger one. I am also looking to replace the processor, it currently has a mobile Intel p3 650. I was hoping to swap it out for one of the faster 900 MHz ones.

Ok so here are the questions...
Are there any websites detailing this?

Is there a maintenance guide floating around for Sony laptops?

Can anyone give recommendations on the best way to approach this?

Thanks in advance,


Karl Burrows Nov 20, 2001, 02:34am EST Report Abuse
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Forget it when it comes to Sony computers! They offer nothing in the way of future upgrades and have very poor technical support. They are masters at changing the BIOS and mobo and leave nothing to allow you to change. Any upgrades are a nightmare! I have had to reformat I don't know how many time and when I tried to upgrade the hard drive, it wouldn't boot.

To date, Sony has repalced the mobo, the CD-ROM, the keyboard and various other little nit picky items.


~~Schultz - "I know nothing!"~~
NickName Nov 20, 2001, 12:40pm EST Report Abuse
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I agree with Rhort there, the laptops are far more upgradable than the company's what you to believe.

That really does annoy me since the laptop industry cannot really start to explode in growth unless they give them as much expansion as desktop PC's... We are getting to the point now in the development of computer technology to where it does not have to be the size of a PC Tower.

This brings me to a question. :-)

What do you guy's think about the Sony Vaio series of laptops?

Will reghetti Dec 12, 2001, 04:12am EST Report Abuse
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I have a Sony F-350. It ran flawlessly for 18 months 10-14hrs a day...very reliable...until.
I decided to upgrade the OS. The Sony support web-site is very detailed, but full of disclaimers. The new OS was set up successfully then the HD crashed -- I think. Boots from CD/DVD or floppy fail to find the harddrive. I can get to the bios which looks fine but it says 'none' on the primary IDE.
Can someone verify it was the HD and not the mobo?
Could the stress from reformating partions and such been the last straw?

Bunny Bunny Apr 13, 2002, 12:13am EDT Report Abuse
I'm trying to replace the Vaio PCG-F270 motherboard but have no idea what the possible compatible replacement motherboard would be. Sony won't sell me one even thought I have the part number A8045605A, so I'm looking for a working one. The PCG-F270 supports PII 333MHz ...anybody got any working one to sell or any suggestions?
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Tassos Michail Apr 16, 2002, 06:10pm EDT Report Abuse
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I want to upgrade the HD of my sony Vaio F430 and I was considering
the IBM Travelstart (either 20 or 30 GB). Has anyone tried it before?
Are there any problems with the BIOS?


Dark-Paladin Apr 26, 2002, 08:43am EDT Report Abuse
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I have a Sony Vaio Pcg-F520 with full RAM (256mb crucial/micron). I've upgraded the hard drive with an IBM Travelstar 40 gig hard drive (4200 rpm). It went smoothly, all except for the hard drive caddy. The screws were insanely tight. It took me several hours before I got them all out (there were only four of them), and when I was finished they were stripped to all hell. But the upgrade worked, there were no problems with it being recognized in the BIOS (Phoenix Notebios 4.something-or-other), and I didn't have to do anything special (i.e. change any settings)in the BIOS to get it recognized.

I've tried to get Sony to send me a service manual/hardware documentation via emailing product support several times but it seems they have a policy against giving those out to customers (that's what they say anyhow). I haven't been able to locate anyone who has successfully upgraded the cpu, and I desperately want to get the fastest p3 mobile in this thing, but again Sony doesn't support such things (they really are a pain in the ass, they should be grateful for their customers even buying their junk). I've had the thing disassembled several times to get at the processor, but it doesn't seem that the processor will budge (the screws holding it to the motherboard). So if anyone knows where I can find info on that process for the f series line of notebooks, let me know.

And if anybody cares, I'm going to configure a dual-boot startup on this thing running Win98 and Redhat 7.2 pretty soon, so I'll let you know how that goes (once I finish exhausting all avenues of inquiry with regards to this processor issue).


Phil Lu May 27, 2002, 09:17pm EDT Report Abuse
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I want to replace my SONY F430 hard drive since it is dead. Sony Notebook is really bad. First my display is broken. I was lucky that time, since it was still on the warranty. Few months later, some key on my keyboard weren't work, and a few days, SMART DRIER warned me my hard drive is going to die, and indeed, it died. I called SONY for service, but they now charge me over $100 for my keyboard. For hard drive, I don't want to buy the original Hitachi drive. I don't trust it anymore. I want to IBM. Doesn't anyone have luck with any type IBM?


Will reghetti May 28, 2002, 10:34am EDT Report Abuse
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I replaced my 6GB HD in a Sony F350 with an IBM 20GB HD. I also set up a dual boot; W98SE and W2K. I am extremely pleased at how it has worked. The dual boot was to be able to use the DVD movie software that came with the machine. I found Sony to be helpful only when I asked for Tech to "give me their best guess" so I wasn't atrying to pin them down. The Sony help site walked me through the W2K upgrade.

Jeff Lagasca Jun 08, 2002, 06:34pm EDT Report Abuse
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This may seem elementary to most of you that have upgraded:

I'm looking to upgrade my F-560 to a 30-40gb hard drive (Travelstar or Toshiba) and need advice locating where the hard drive is physically in the laptop casing. I'm currently running a P-III 600 with Windows XP (upgraded last week from win98, with updated sony bios). The computer's been running great (7 days/wk, 20-24 hrs/day), believe it or not, best one I've had to date.

Those of you that have upgraded your hard drives personally, what process did you undergo to complete the upgrading process (disconnecting the battery, taking off the keyboard, what tools to use, etc.)?

I plan to transfer system files through cardbus to the new hdd and then slip it in hoping for the best. Would this be wise, or should I upgrade and then re-install everything?

Thanks in advance!

Redbeard Jul 11, 2002, 05:20pm EDT Report Abuse
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Redbeard Jul 11, 2002, 06:00pm EDT Report Abuse
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Here are two sites i found that are Similar... See if they help anyone ese out.


bruno pisani Aug 29, 2002, 01:20am EDT Report Abuse
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I have Sony Vaio PCG-F430 and when I try to replace HD I found the second System Recovery CD #2 version G29.0 damage. Can anybody help me with one copy of this CD?

Thanks in advance!

myles holt Jan 05, 2003, 09:34pm EST Report Abuse
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I have a f430 and i have upgraded the ram to 256Mb and the hard drive to 30Gb, both were quite easy, I believe that the HD was an IBM, I also run a tripple boot, win98, win2000 and Linux, all the function keys don't work in win2000 and I can't be bothered to mess with drivers so I kept my 98 partition. Linux for development.

To replace the hard drive I had to unscrew the speaker cover and remove keyboard, the harddrive is essentially right under the keyboard and was a snap to replace, fairly straight forward, I am now considering replacing the cpu, I have just begun to do some research on this and hence I have come across this form.

I have a question to any one intrestred in replacing their cpu, where can you purchase one on these mobile pentium III's ? as I figured there is no documentation on the motherboard so I don't know if there are jumpers to set for the clock speed.. etc, can anyone confirm this?

one last thing, I would like to upgrade the ram to 512Mb, but this unit is only rated to 256Mb. has any one gone above 256?

just looking for some feed back and direction,



PS. I never buy what those sales reps try to tell me about what I can and can't do with my hardware.

bruno pisani Jan 06, 2003, 03:20am EST Report Abuse
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David Risko Jan 31, 2003, 12:25am EST Report Abuse
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I have been able to successfully upgrade the RAM on my F430 to 320mb and I would assume that it can handle up to 512 safely given my results.

For those who also own a F430 and have upgraded your harddrive. Did you have to use drive partitions or would it recognize the full drive without partitions?

Ethan Mallove Feb 03, 2003, 07:29pm EST Report Abuse
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Hi folks,

Has anyone been successful (or know about) in operating a Sony Vaio notebook (pcg-f430) with an external hard drive only. I tried booting off a CD and installing Windows XP on the external drive but was unable to.

Also, how long did your hard drives last? Mine lasted about 3.5 years :(


Will reghetti Feb 03, 2003, 08:32pm EST Report Abuse
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I have an f350 with a couple of HD's I could sell. The HD controller on the MB went bad (I think) but the monitor is good and the HD's appear to be good as well as the floopy drive and dvd/cd drive. It has 196MB RAM. I had the 20GB HD loaded w/Win2000 pro by a computer specialist in case the problem was with the DVD/CD drive. I sold my F450k after in stalling WinXP clean (I did not use the sony restore disks and encountered no problems). I sold it to a friend so I'd hear about it. I have never seen a pictorial about breaking down a machine. Be careful go slow and don't drop any screws. Good luck

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