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Laptop failure
#1
Ok guys some help please regarding my Sony Vaio VGN-FS285E laptop. It has failed to boot up 3 times over the last couple of months and i have had to format the hard drive and reload windows. It has happened again tonight >Sad Do you think this is a hard drive failure?

The message diplayed tonight is "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\c_437.nls" This is similar to what it has displayed on the other times.

Also if this a drive failure what drive should I get to replace it? Currently 80Gb but would like a bit more really.
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#2
Probably the drive dying but it could be the hard drive controller on the motherboard. Do a base reinstall again and run a Smart program which will show you if there are any errors http://sourceforge.net/projects/smartmontools/. I think the base version of Ubuntu has this built in so if you have another PC you could download the live install image and burn it to a cd as that will self boot then check the drive out.

As for new drives, need to know if its serial ata or parallel then faster the better ie 5400rpm or 7200 rpm (older ones 4200), more cache is better etc but puts price up, slightly less battery life with higher spinning ones but only a percent or two
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#3
We had a Vaio go down with hard drive failure. - within a week of the warranty expiring of course >Sad

Was fitted with a new drive and then sold.
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#4
Most hard drives only come with a years warranty, ive known them to be DOA.
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