Sony Vaio computers come equipped with the ability to create a set of recovery disks that will restore the computer back to the original factory conditions. At one time, new computers were shipped with pre-made recovery disks. It is now the responsibility of the user to burn a working set of recovery disks, which often takes a couple of hours. These disks are important if the computer becomes unstable, suffers crashes or malicious attacks by viruses. The recovery disk creation can fail, which creates unusable disks.
Vaio computers have specialized software to create recovery disks. To use it, open up “Vaio Care” in the Start menu. Select “Recovery and restore,” choose “Recovery,” click “Create Recovery Media” and follow the program directions.
Sometimes, when the creation process is running, an error stops the progression. An error message states: “An error occurred while preparing to write to recovery disk 1. No data was written to the disk, so it is still blank and can safely be used again.” This error stops the recovery disk creation until solved and may be due to dirt on the disk or disk drive. Try cleaning the disk drive by blowing compressed air into the drive. Clean smudges and dirt off the disks by polishing them with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Using the wrong disk type will also cause an error to appear. Check the directions for the specific disk type. Some recovery programs call for DVDs, not CDs. According to Sony, do not use dual layer disks or RW disks. If the disks are still failing to write properly, shut down all unnecessary programs and processes, including wireless adapters and internet. Unplug all external devices and try burning the disks again.
Each Vaio computer has a built-in recovery partition, which is locked so data cannot be changed or added on the partition. This partition can be used to restore the Vaio to the original factory settings if the disks have failed. When the Vaio Recovery Wizard starts choose the C: drive recovery option and follow the steps.
Most commonly, the Vaio recovery disks are created without an error appearing. The disks fail when the computer needs to be restored and leaves the computer without an operating system. By the time it is known that the disks have failed, it is too late to back out of the commitment to full system restoration. The main solution is to order a new set of disks from Sony.