How to Reformat a Sony VAIO

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How to Reformat a Sony VAIO
Reformat your Sony VAIO and reinstall Windows 7 to get your computer working again. (laptop 3 image by patrimonio designs from

The Sony VAIO computer uses the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system to perform tasks. Reformatting your hard drive will erase everything on the drive, so you can start over without any problems you might be experiencing. You don't have to be a computer expert to reformat your Windows 7 Sony VAIO. The Windows 7 installation disc will guide you through the process.

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Things you need

  • USB flash drive/external hard drive
  • Windows 7 installation disc

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  1. 1

    Back up your files to an external hard drive or a flash drive before you reformat the hard drive. Reformatting your hard drive will erase all of your data.

  2. 2

    Disconnect your Sony VAIO from any networks that it is currently attached to. Unplug the Ethernet cable and any USB cables going into the computer. Turn off the wireless adaptor to your computer.

  3. 3

    Put your Windows 7 installation disc into the Sony VAIO. Restart the computer and use the arrow keys to scroll down to the installation disc when the boot menu comes on the screen. Press the "Enter" key.

  4. 4

    Wait for the Windows set-up to begin. Hit the "Enter" key to choose "Set Up" when you are asked if you want to set up the system or repair it. You will then enter the set-up section.

  5. 5

    Press "F8" to accept the user agreement when prompted. Scroll down to the "C:" partition in the partition screen and press the "D" key to delete it from the computer. Press "Enter" to install Windows 7 onto an "Unpartitioned Space."

  6. 6

    Choose the "NTFS" format in the next window. Allow the computer to start the set-up process.

  7. 7

    Set your administrator password when prompted on the screen. Enter your password into the fields and press "OK." Allow the set-up process to finish your installation. Copy the data saved on your external drive back onto the Sony VAIO.

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