Recovery Partition Sony™ VAIO® Y Series Laptop
Recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y series is designed to provide the necessary backup during the unfortunate event of computer crash. Many customers feel that this is a redundant hard-drive and the computers can do without these as well. But, such customers fail to realize the importance of backing up their important data when everything is fine. Users sometimes realize the utility of recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series Laptop only in the event of a crash and when they are able to recover their data from this partition.
- What is recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series?
- How does recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series work?
- How to recover data from recovery partitions?
What is recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series?
The presence of an additional drive in the computer, which is designed to store and back up data, is for the purpose of recovery and known as recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series. The reason behind the recovery partition is simple - backup and retrieval of data in the event of software crash. Usually, it is expected that the users would backup their computer data in DVDs or pen drives. But, these all are external storage devices, which may get lost and users may also forget to backup data on these devices. In such scenarios, the recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series comes handy. It is inside the computer and the auto-backup ensures that this partition remains current.
How does recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series work?
Until, mid-2005 all models of VAIO laptops was shipped along with a recovery CD. Recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series replaced the recovery CDs. This is a hidden partition available on the hard drive. This can be accessed by the BIOS or within the Windows shell by the utility designed by Sony. Continuous pressing of ‘F10’ key during the boot-up of the computer would boot it from the recovery partition.
Recovering data from the recovery partition in Sony VAIO Y Series is easy. As discussed above, when the computer boots from the recovery partition, the user is given two choices – run the hardware diagnostics or restore the hard drive to the factory conditions. The user needs to keep in mind that while diagnostics would not affect the installed system, restoring to factory settings would erase all the applications installed by the user.