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Introduction
About recovery
What is recovery?
Recovery,
Backup and
Troubleshooting
Guide
Recovery is the process of restoring your
computer back to its original factory
condition.
There are two ways to recover your
computer:
From Recovery Media
From the recovery area
When do I have to perform recovery?
If your computer has been unstable
If your computer has been infected with
a computer virus
If your computer is experiencing
problems which cannot be solved
through troubleshooting
If you have formatted the C: drive by
mistake
Which software should I use to
maintain and recover my computer?
Creating Recovery Media
What is a recovery area?
The recovery area on the built-in hard disk
drive or SSD contains data for system and
application recovery. Typically, you cannot
modify or delete data in this area, however,
there is commercially available software
designed for this purpose.
Why do I have to create Recovery
Media?
Recovery Media are used to restore your
computer back to its original factory
condition.
If Windows does not start and you have
deleted the recovery area, you will need the
Recovery Media to perform recovery. Create
the Recovery Media immediately after the
computer is ready for use.
About backup
What is a backup process?
The backup process creates a backup copy
of your data stored on the built-in hard disk
drive or SSD and saves it to another
location.
Use the following software.
See the help file included with VAIO Care
and VAIO Care Rescue for more
information.
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You can use optical discs or a USB flash
drive as Recovery Media.
 On the model without a built-in optical
disc drive:
Use a USB flash drive.
 On the model with a built-in optical disc
drive:
It is recommended that you use DVD-R
media, because data can be accidently
deleted from a USB flash drive.
The number of necessary discs, the types of
media you can use, and the capacity of the
USB flash drive you need will be displayed
during the Recovery Media creation process.
USB ports that are compliant with the USB
3.0 standard do not support recovery with a
USB flash drive that is compliant with the
USB 3.0 standard. On models without the
USB ports that are compliant with only the
USB 2.0 standard, be sure to create
Recovery Media using the USB flash drive
that is not compliant with the USB 3.0
standard.
1
VAIO Care
Creating Recovery Media
Checking your computer hardware
VAIO Care Rescue
Rescuing (backing up) your data
Recovering your computer
Erasing the data on the built-in hard disk
drive or SSD
You cannot use DVD-RAM, CD-R, and
CD-RW discs as Recovery Media.
Why do I have to back up my data?
Due to unexpected events or computer
viruses, you might lose various data stored
on the built-in hard disk drive or SSD. To
restore the lost data, its backup copy is
needed.
It is strongly recommended that you back
up your data regularly.
Connect your computer to the Internet,
download and install the latest updates
using VAIO Update.
2 If you create Recovery Media (optical
discs) on the model without a built-in
optical disc drive, connect an external
optical disc drive (not supplied) or the
docking station with a built-in optical disc
drive (supplied with selected models) to
the computer and to an AC power source.
3Click Start
, All Programs, and VAIO
Care.
If the User Account Control window
appears, click Yes.
If you are currently logged onto your
computer as a standard user, you may be
prompted to enter an administrator
name and a password.
4Click Advanced Tools, Restore and
recovery, and Create Recovery Media.
5 Read the on-screen instructions carefully,
and then click Next.
6 Follow the on-screen instructions.
It may take some time to display the current
status of the procedure.
Do not eject or disconnect the media while
creating Recovery Media, as doing so may
result in a failure of the process.
Keep the Recovery Media in a secure place.
You may not be able to create Recovery
Media with a USB flash drive depending on
the drive you use. See the help file included
with VAIO Care for more information.
Recovering your computer
To restore your computer back to its original factory condition, follow one of the recovery
methods below.
Recovering your computer will delete all the data on the built-in hard disk drive or SSD.
To recover from the
recovery area
1
Press the ASSIST button while your
computer is off.
The VAIO Care (Rescue Mode) screen
appears.
2Click Start VAIO recovery solutions.
Follow the on-screen instructions until
the VAIO Care Rescue screen appears.
If the language selection window
appears, select your desired language
and click OK.
3Click Start recovery wizard.
To perform the custom recovery, select
Tools and click Start advanced recovery
wizard.
4 Follow the on-screen instructions.
To recover from Recovery
Media
1
If you use Recovery Media (optical discs)
on the model without a built-in optical
disc drive, connect an external optical
disc drive (not supplied) or the docking
station with a built-in optical disc drive
(supplied with selected models) to the
computer and to an AC power source.
If your computer is equipped with the
USB port that is compliant with the USB
2.0 standard, connect a USB device to the
port.
2 Insert the disc into the optical disc drive
or connect the USB flash drive to the USB
port on the computer while the computer
is in Normal mode.
If your computer is equipped with the
USB port that is compliant with the USB
2.0 standard, connect a USB device to the
port.
3 Turn off your computer.
4 Press the ASSIST button to display the
VAIO Care (Rescue Mode) screen and
click Start from media (USB device/
optical disc).
The Windows Boot Manager screen is
displayed.
5 Press the  or  key to select Start VAIO
Care Rescue and press the Enter key.
If the language selection window
appears, select your desired language
and click OK.
6Select Start recovery wizard.
To perform the custom recovery, select
Tools and click Start advanced recovery
wizard.
7 Follow the on-screen instructions.
See the back side.
Backing up and restoring your data
Troubleshooting
To back up and restore
your data when you can
start Windows
To restore system files using the
restore point when you cannot start
Windows
If you have any problem
operating your computer
I cannot complete the recovery
process
1
Try these suggestions before contacting an
authorized Sony service/support center or
your local Sony dealer directly.
devices from your computer.
Try the suggestions below:
Check the condition of Recovery
Media. If you are using optical discs,
check the discs for dirt or damage. If
the discs are not clean, clean them
and try recovering your computer
again.
If you cannot recover your computer
from the recovery area, restart the
computer and recover the computer
from the recovery area again, or use
Recovery Media.
If you cannot recover your computer
using a USB optical drive or USB flash
drive, connect the drive to another USB
port on the computer, then turn off the
computer and try recovering it again.
Press
the ASSIST button while your

computer is off, click Start BIOS setup in
the VAIO Care (Rescue Mode) screen,
and make sure Boot Mode is set to
Legacy.
If the problem persists, visit the VAIO
online support web site for further
assistance.
If you can start Windows, back up and
restore your data with the Windows feature.
To use the features, click Start, Control
Panel, System and Security, and Backup
and Restore.
To back up and restore
your data when you
cannot start Windows
When you cannot start Windows, back up
your data with VAIO Care Rescue.
To restore files which have been backed up
by VAIO Care Rescue, use VAIO Data
Restore Tool.
If your computer is equipped with the USB
port that is compliant with the USB 2.0
standard when you use a USB device to
back up your data, connect the USB device
to the port.
Follow steps 1 to 4 in “To recover from
Recovery Media” of Recovering your
computer on the front side.
2 Press the  or  key to select Repair
Windows 7 and press the Enter key.
3 Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
If the appropriate keyboard layout is not
selected, you may not be able to enter
the password correctly.
4 Select your operating system and click
 Read the troubleshooting information in
this section or the on-screen User Guide.
 Press the ASSIST button while your
computer is on to launch VAIO Care and
perform necessary operations.
 Visit the VAIO online support web site.
Recovery problems
Next.
I cannot recover from the recovery
area
Back up your files with Rescue Data if
you have changed the files after you
backed up them using the Windows
backup feature.
Recover your computer from Recovery
Media if you have used software to modify
the recovery area, installed a different
operating system from the preinstalled one,
or formatted the built-in hard disk drive or
SSD without using VAIO Care Rescue.
5Click System Restore.
The System Restore window appears.
6 In the Recovery window, click Open
System Restore.
Restoring your data using
a restore point
7 If the Choose a different restore point
A restore point enables you to restore your
computer system files to the previous state
when the restore point was created.
Typically, a restore point is created
automatically, for example when you install
a software driver. However, we recommend
that you create the restore point manually
on the Control Panel window before
installing any software or software drivers
on your computer.
8 Select a restore point and click Next.
9Click Finish to confirm the restore point.
option is displayed in the System
Restore window, select it and click Next.
If not, click Next.
Restart your computer if the window
prompts you to restart the computer.
I cannot create Recovery Media
Try the suggestions below:
1
Restart your computer. And then, try to
create Recovery Media again.
2 Download and install the latest
updates using VAIO Update.
Try other reliable media.
Disconnect all unnecessary external
Common problems
My computer does not start
When using your computer for the first
time, make sure the computer is plugged
into an AC power source. At the time of
delivery, the power button or the power
switch is disabled until the computer is
plugged into an AC power source.
Make sure your computer is securely
plugged into a power source and turned
on and the power indicator light is lit.
Make sure the battery pack is installed
properly and charged.
Disconnect all connected USB devices (if
any), and then restart your computer.
Remove all extra memory modules you
may have installed since purchase, and
then restart your computer.
If your computer is plugged into a power
strip or an uninterruptible power supply
(UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS
is plugged into a power source and
turned on.
Unplug the power cord or the AC adapter,
and remove the battery pack. Wait three
to five minutes. Reinstall the battery
pack, plug the power cord or the AC
adapter, and then turn on your computer.
Condensation may cause your computer
to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use
the computer for at least one hour.
Check that you are using the supplied
Sony power cord or AC adapter.
If you are using an external display, make
sure it is plugged into a power source
and turned on.
The green power indicator light turns
on but my screen remains blank
Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to
close the application window. An
application error may have occurred.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click
the arrow next to the Shut down
button and Restart.
Press and hold the power button or slide
and hold the power switch for more than
four seconds to shut down your
computer.
Unplug the power cord or the AC adapter,
and leave the computer for about five
minutes. Then plug the power cord or the
AC adapter, and turn on the computer
again.
Turning off your computer with the
Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, the power switch,
or the power button may cause loss of
unsaved data.
The charge indicator light is blinking
fast and my computer does not start
This problem could be due to the battery
pack not being installed properly. To
solve this problem, turn off your
computer and remove the battery pack.
Then reinstall the battery pack to the
computer. For details, see the on-screen
User Guide.
If the problem persists, it means the
installed battery pack is not compatible.
Remove the battery pack and contact an
authorized Sony service/support center.
To find the nearest center or agent, see
the on-screen User Guide.
A message appears notifying of either
incompatibility or improper
installation of the battery pack and
my computer then enters Hibernate
mode
See the answers for “The charge indicator
light is blinking fast and my computer does
not start.”
Windows does not accept my
password and returns the message:
Enter Onetime Password
If you enter a wrong power-on password
three times consecutively, the Enter
Onetime Password message appears and
Windows will not start. Press and hold the
power button or slide and hold the power
switch for more than four seconds to check
that the power indicator light turns off. Wait
for 10 to 15 seconds, then restart your
computer and enter the correct password.
The password is case sensitive, so be sure to
check letters for the current case before you
enter the password.
I cannot remember the power-on
password
If you have forgotten the power-on
password, contact an authorized Sony
service/support center.
A reset fee will be charged.
How can I create a hard disk partition?
1Click Start, Control Panel, System and
Security, and Create and format hard
disk partitions under Administrative
Tools.
If the User Account Control window
appears, click Yes.
If you are currently logged onto your
computer as a standard user, you may be
prompted to enter an administrator name
and password.
2 Right-click the C: drive and select Shrink
Volume.
3 Enter the size of the partition to be
created in Enter the amount of space to
shrink in MB and click Shrink.
4Right-click Unallocated and select New
Simple Volume.
5 Follow the on-screen instructions.
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