02-15-2011 10:18 AM
Original hard drive in Satellite A205-S5800 loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic crashed and I tried installing a new Western Digital 250GB Black Scorpio SATA drive (compatible per Toshiba) unsuccessfully so I returned it. Now I'm running into the same dead end with a 2nd new hard drive--the same model as came with the laptop originally, a Toshiba MK1246GSX 120 GB SATA drive.
02-15-2011 12:35 PM
try putting the old memory back in and see if it makes a difference. Laptops are notorious for being very picky about what memory they will work with, and since you have changed yours, that may be an issue.
I had an old desktop PC once that ran fine with the memory I had put in it, but I could not have that memory in it when I reinstalled windows, it would error every time.
02-15-2011 03:55 PM
I dropped the original sticks of RAM back in. Same error with TOSHIBA Recovery Wizard. Same apparent dead end with System Recovery Wizard. I get to System Recovery Options where I do not see the Vista operating system and am instructed to load drivers for the hard disk--but do not know what I am supposed to load from where.
I also do not know what I should expect to encounter in the context of a new SATA drive + Toshiba recovery disks. I sort of expected a plug and play scenario, plug in the new hard drive, boot to recovery disks, format new hard disk and install OS. How do I determine the drivers I should load at the System Recovery Option screen, and/or what should the "normal" sequence of events be with new SATA?
02-16-2011 10:44 AM
When you say the old hard drive crashed, what do you mean? Did windows crash or did the drive die?
If the drive died, it may be that there is a problem with the motherboard, and not the drive.
02-16-2011 07:01 PM
Good question. The old drive was starting to behave erratically--sometimes Vista booted up, sometimes it didn't. Eventually it became "stuck" in a cyclical loop where it says Vista update 1 of 3 is being installed but never proceeded beyond ... rebooting didn't change anything.
What's interesting is that when I drop the old drive back in and attempt Toshiba Recovery with it I receive the same error as I am getting with the new drive. "Bad" recovery disks?
02-18-2011 04:43 PM
It may well be the recovery discs
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