By Delia / Last update April 7, 2022

Reasons to perform Sony laptop hard drive upgrade

Upgrading or replacing hard drive with SSD or new HDD is the most common way to improve system performance on PCs, so as to Sony laptops. Sony VAIO comes with HDDs in different storage capacities, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB. Whichever the capacity is, hard drive is doomed to fail after several years of use as well as ubiquitous and countless potential network threads. When the system crashes caused by virus, for instance, it is inevitable to replace Sony VAIO hard drive with new hard disk.


Also, you may want to do Sony VAIO hard drive upgrade because of its awful performance, for example, 15 minutes for startup. There are many factors that will result in long-time boot, such as too many boot startups or hard drive failure. However, replace Sony VAIO hard drive with SSD definitely will make this condition better. What’s more, low disk space cause hard drive upgrading as well. In general, new hard disk brings better performance in computer experience. Now learn how to replace Sony VAIO laptop hard drive in detail in following parts.

How to upgrade Sony laptop hard drive

In the first place, to upgrade Sony laptop hard drive you need to find:

  • The appropriate replacement (I mean the Sony VAIO compatible hard drives). It should be a 9.5mm thick 2.5” hard drive or SSD in order to fit in the HDD OEM caddy & drive bay.

  • One #0 Phillips screwdriver to uninstall Sony internal hard drive.

  • A backup and restore tool is quite necessary if you don’t want to do clean install and lose all personal files and settings. AOMEI Backupper Professional will assist you to accomplish this upgrading task with its Backup, Restore and Create bootable device features. It is better to use Backup & Restore method on laptop that has only one hard drive bay. Last but not least, patience. Free download it to have a try.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista supported) on VAIO E or S series. Click Backup and select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Select the Sony internal hard drive as the source disk.

Add Disk

Step 3. Select a location to store the disk backup image. You may backup it to NAS, network shared folder, external hard drive or USB flash drive. If you backup to USB drive, it should be large enough.

Select Backup Destination

Options: It allows you to write comments, compress, split the backup and you can set email notifications.
Schedule Backup: You can set fixed intervals to backup your disk regularly, such as Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event trigger and USB plug in.
Backup Scheme: You can choose different backup methods to perform the scheduled backup. Since incremental backups are more demanding to restore, it is recommended that you choose differential backup method. You can also enable automatic backup cleanup feature to save disk space.

Step 4. Click Start Backup. Wait for the process to be completed.

Start Backup

Step 5. Create a bootable media (USB or CD/DVD) to boot off VAIO later.

Create Bootable Media

Step 6. Shut down Sony VAIO and remove the battery. Remove 2 screws on each side and slide out HDD cover carefully. Then remove 2 more screws of HDD case and slide the case to the left. Finally, lift the HDD with its caddy out and free up the HDD.

Important: Do not touch any other cables or circuit on the laptop. Take a picture of the caddy before lifting it out will help you place the new disk in right location later.

Step 7. Install the new hard drive or SSD to Sony VAIO laptop with the contrary method of removing. Plug the battery and lid the cover back. Insert the bootable device and start the laptop. Once boot up, you will see the same AOMEI Backupper Professional automatically running.

Step 8. Connect the device that contains disk backup image to Sony laptop. Then restore the backup image to new disk with AOMEI Backupper. One or two restarts are required.

In addition to creating bootable media, if you don't want to burn it to an ISO file and you don't have a USB or CD/DVD, you can also choose to create Recovery Environment in Windows system. This allows you to access the software and perform any operation directly in the recovery environment without the device at the next system boot.

Recovery Environment


Sony laptop hard drive upgrade to new hard drive or SSD is not that difficult as you think. However, more attention and careful will do great help because this is sort of long-run operation and you cannot be more careful with your data and system. This method also applies to ASUS Q501LA SSD upgrade, HP, Lenovo laptops etc. You can keep AOMEI Backupper on the laptop as regular backup solution since it is the best alternative to File History as well as Windows 7 Backup and Restore utility.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network. You can download this software to discover more useful features.