Hi, I hope someone can help. My VAIO has been out of use for 9 months as I can't solve this problem. I replaced a failed Hard Drive with a Western Digital 500GB SATA drive but now the Recovery Center fails at 2% with Error 333.
The web is littered with people who have the same problem after replacing a hard drive. It seems that Error 333 means that the Recovery software doesn't recognise the hard drive, maybe due to there being no partitions on the new drive from what I understand.
Apparently Error 333 is not described on the Sony support website and people say that Sony Support are no help and just say to send in the laptop to them. But I've already spent up to €200 getting a faulty hinge fixed and another €150 on the new hard drive so can't afford to spend anymore especially when the hard drive failed after just over a year's use!! I don't have a copy of Windows to do a clean install.
Any help on how to get the recovery disks working would be greatly appreciated!! (They are not faulty - I have a set of my own and a new set from Sony)