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Trying to create a USB bootable key to run VISTA recovery disks

Question: Trying to create a USB bootable key to run VISTA recovery disks

Good afternoon!

I have been working diligently on trying to 'blow out' my partner's laptop (A Gateway that has VISTA on it), and have prepped my USB drive until I hit the proverbial wall.

On my recovery disks (there is a set of two rewritable CDs that we purchased from the Gateway manufacturer), there is NO bootsect.exe. After researching and reading a bit, I realized that the dilemma was that only the manufacturer DVD installation disks had this particular file on it. However, after spending the money on recovery disks, I just cannot see spending any more on an older laptop that will be replaced within the year (or less).

So, what I am looking for is a solution for downloading the bootsect.exe on my USB, in addition to how to finish the process using recovery disks versus using the installation CD. Any help would be much appreciated! (CANNOT use the CD drive on the laptop as it seems to have malfunctioned...the laptop is used predominantly for email and gaming.)

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Preferred Solution: Trying to create a USB bootable key to run VISTA recovery disks

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Answer: Trying to create a USB bootable key to run VISTA recovery disks

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I'm looking at a software like ghost or acronis true image that would not only create a hd image directly on a DVD but would also make that DVD bootable, so you can boot with the recovery disk and directly restore your PC, without having to boot with a ghost boot cd then swap media and restore the image.

the goal here is to leave a simple, easy to use recovery system DVD's to friends and family members so i don't have to spend hours resintalling their OS every now and then. The recovery media you can create with HP/COMPAQ/ACER computers you buy at best buy comes to mind, but not as crappy.
 

Answer:software to create bootable recovery disks?

I just checked that a possible website is terabyteunlimited.com, but
no time today to even check if versions more recent than mine
will do what you want.. No dvd here yet so i'm even more clueless.
 

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Hi

Has anyone ever created a USB Bootable Flash Drive of their Vista HDD Recovery? If so can you help me create mine? I know you can do it for newer OS and that Toshiba provides a tool to do this.

Thanks

Answer:Satellite L300D-13S - how to create USB Bootable Flash Drive for Vista Recovery?

Something like this is not possible. I have older machine tool and I can confirm that USB recovery media cannot be created DVD only.

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Hi, I have a just purchased the ThinkPad E550. I want to create recovery disks for the system. I have already upgraded the laptop to Windows 10 (system came with Windows 7). There is no OneKey Recovery icon that I can find, and I understand that this may not be available for anythign above Windows 7. How do I create the recovery disks? Thanks

Answer:How to create recovery disks for ThinkPad E550 with Windows 10 and no OneKey Recovery option

Hi srm17,
Welcome to Lenovo Community.
Does this help?  http://www.techradar.com/us/how-to/software/operating-systems/how-to-create-a-windows-10-recovery-di...

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i followed instructions on how to make a back-up disk and now it will not even recognize the cd/dvd nor the dvd rw drives or recognize the disks!! i have put the first or last disk in; i have rebooted my system with disk in drive d or e and still nothing! why is it more difficult to have programs run with microsoft and ibm these days; windows xp was a brilliant o/s! some one please help as the help section under lenovo is useless or i'm just sick of looking for something that isn't there!

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I have a M92p SFF that I am trying to create the recovery set for. I have created the boot disk using a cd-r. I inserted a dvd-r for the first of the recovery disks and I get this message: "This disk cannot be DVDRAM, please select another recordable media type supported by the selected drive and try again." I click OK and it returns to the menu where the process begins.

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My Laptop came preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and I would like to create system recovery disks. I have a drive labeled RECOVERY (D. How do I create recovery disks from this drive?

Answer:Need to create system recovery disks from RECOVERY (D:) drive

We know nothing about your laptop, so it's hard to say. Who made it?? What model?

You probably have to access some program, either from a choice in your list of programs or through a particular keystroke during the boot process. Look in your list of available programs for something related to recovery or consult your manual.

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When I purchased my Ideapad 450p notebook, I prepared the bootable system recovery DVD. As I changed my HDD partitioning, the novo key does not work. Now I consider system recovery from the bootable DVDs, the windows 7 still works. The recovery disk boots, in step 1 shows the there is a infor on the current HDD and its partition. When I want to proceed get the message that there is no enough space on the HDD, hence the question, should the disk be wiped out, left unformated? Perhaps it is enough to remove the system partition only? Or should be a reformated?I also heard that one can recover the system from onekey bootable recovery disks using them from the windows environment.

Answer:System recovery from bootable onekey disks

Hi W121,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that the Recovery Process is not working as expected after making changes in the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) partition, I suggest you to perform OKR (One Key Recovery) within windows and check if the issue persists. Please let me know the findings.
 
Hope to hear back soon
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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The recovery partition on my laptop was deleted so I obtained the Recovery Media Disks from HP for my laptop.  The laptop does not have a CD/DVD drive.  How do I go about creating the Recovery Media on a USB flash drive? -Does it have to be done on the laptop that I want to recover, or can I create the USB Recovery drive on a different PC Thanks,Mark

Answer:Create USB Recovery Media from Recovery disks

Hi, My suggestion: try an external Optical drive or send it back and ask for USB key/flash drive because DVD and USB do not have same structure. I don't know ripping DVD to ISO file work or not but you may want to try. Regards.

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Hello- I bought my Compaq Presario SR1910NX WIN-XP from Staples Sept. 2006 & have been using it just fine ever since for standard stuff, except, I haven't created the recovery disks yet & know I need to before I have a problem. Previously it seemed like I never had the time because it seemed like it's a long process? I have both blank DVD-R's & CD-R's but can't seem to find info on (1) which is better to use (2) how many total needed for either type of disk ( I saw 6 & 15 somewhere) & how long it takes to do the recovery, & (3) if there will be any problems because I didn't do the recovery when it was brand new? (4) If I do this now, should I do a full system restore first? (5) will I lose all my doc's & photos or how can I save them? (6) If I don't do a restore first, could I have hidden problems that will be copied when I burn the disks? (7) Also this came with a Trial MS Office Student/Teacher edition for 60 days that I haven't used yet, because I wanted to make sure I could afford to buy the upgrade to keep it. (8) Should I start this Free Trial before or after I make recovery disks? Sorry for so many ??? but thanks for any help!

Answer:Need Help 2 Create Recovery Disks- CD or DVD?

Hi delta_b_me

You can still create your Recovery Set. Just run some antivirus and antispyware scans on 'thorough' settings beforehand. You want a clean system before you create the Recovery Set.

Answers to your questions:
1) Use DVDs [faster both to save to and to restore from]
2) The total depends on the total amount of data you wish to save to the restore disks. The recovery-disk-creator program might be flexible & offer options for complete recovery sets, or partial. For that, you'll have to consult your Compaq documentation (or give them a call).
3) So long as the system is free of malware, there's no problem making the Recovery Disks at any time.
4) No.
5) Since you are not going to run a full recovery at this point, you won't lose any data. It's always a good idea, though, to have backups on removable media of your important data & documents.
6) You shouldn't have any hidden problems if you scan for malware thoroughly first. Very thoroughly.
7,8) Most trial software starts from the date you first install it. If you haven't installed the Office trial yet, why not wait until after making your Recovery Disk? Or if you decide to pay for the full version, make your Recovery Disk set after that, so that your new license key and activation are already done.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

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got what may be a difficult one. I have an emachine that has an intact recovery partition but failed C: and of course recovery disks were never created when it was easy.

Is there a way to create Recovery disks from that partition, when I have the HDD out of the system it came in and running as an external USB drive on another system??.

Thanks D.
 

Answer:create Recovery disks

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Greetings, I'm trying to create recovery disks by clicking Start > HP Help and Support > HP Recovery Media Creation. In the Create Recovery Media dialog box, there are three options: USB Flash DriveDVDDVDLDHowever, when I click the middle option (DVD), it selects all three options:  I've highlighted the selection  marquee that appears when I try to select "DVD". How can I select the "DVD" option? Thanks,Shane.HP Recovery Manager version 1.1630.3.0

Answer:Can't Create Recovery Disks

Shanester My suggestion is you consider using a third-party solution known as Macrium Reflect (MR).I prefer to use third-party recovery solutions for the following reasons:1) More flexibility and reliabilty -- can make recovery media as often as you like, not restricted to one attempt, which if it fails, then you are stuck.2) More media options -- can create media in DVD, USB stick, or external drive format3) Mounting option -- can "mount" the save images as virtual "drives" and extract individual files and folders4) WinPE boot option -- can install a special boot option that allows you to boot to recovery information and do a repair or restore from there -- when Windows will not bootWhat I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CDMy experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Rec... Read more

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...and following these instructions.

Create a Recovery Disc

But I am stuck on part 8 and 9

The file in 8 appears as C:\Windows\System32\recdisc as opposed to C:\Windows\System32\recdisc.exe. Not sure if that matters..

In the link explaining how to take ownership it says this-

WARNING: Do not do this to the hard drive partition that Vista is installed on. It can mess up the boot files.

The file I want to take ownership of is on my C drive where Vista is installed, Should I move it to the D drive? I'm not sure how to progress further with this at the moment in case I screw something up.

ps. I am on SP2 32 bit.

Answer:Just trying to create new recovery disks...

Hello Stu,

Yes, recdisc and recdisc.exe is the same file. It's just that you do not have known file extensions set to show for why you do not see .exe at the end.


The take ownership warning is only referring to not taking ownership of the C drive itself. It's fine to take ownership of any single item on the C drive as needed though. That's all.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5602 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7640G, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 569 GB (520 GB Free); D: 25 GB (3 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 184B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

This laptop came with Windows 8.0 but I upgraded it to 8.1. This computer is about five years old and working fine. I would like to create a recovery disc set so I could use it to install the OS again if I had to replace my hard drive. This computer does have a D: Recovery drive so I could restore to factory settings if the computer started having other issues but I'm thinking I should have recovery disks in case I needed to replace a hard drive.

I just created a recovery drive on one of my Windows 10 computers and it now requires the a USB Flash drive be used instead of DVD disks - and that worked fine and was easy to do and only have one small Flash drive instead of several DVD's.

Now getting back to this laptop using Windows 8.1 - will I be creating the recovery using DVD's or a USB Flash drive?
 

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Hello, How to create X61t Recovery Disks to restore system back to factory defaults?The system did not come with any Recovery Disks. Thank you.

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Hi everyone, Just got my new W520 a month ago, now im trying to make the recovery disks from the dedicated partition. First i only have 2 .wim files: cdrivebackup.wim sdrivebackup.wim i think qdrivebackup.wim is missing. Now when i try to burn the cds it wont let me choose the "boot media" - a missing file. And when i select only the "data media" it let me burn. So what's missing? why it won't let me burn the boot media? BTW there's a support mail for lenovo, or just by phone? Thanks!





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Answer:Fail to create Recovery Disks

You need to call up the support and tell them that the OS won't let you create the recovery media.

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Hello, my daughters received new HP laptops for Christmas (windows 10). How do I create recovery disks for them? Thanks.

Answer:Create recovery disks windows 10

Hi, Please use the following instructions:         http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04641788 Regards.

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i've used my x220 laptop for about a year now and am trying to port my OS over to a new mSATA drive I recently installed, but am having trouble creating the recovery disks to do so. I am using rescue and recovery 4.5 for windows 7, but I see no option to create recovery disks/usb. I only see options to create a backup of my regular HDD and "create recovery media", which only seems to copy the thinkvantage rescue and recovery utility program over to the USB drive. I know that the data that's installed on the USB drive isn't correct because it only takes up ~500mb, whereas I've read online that the full recovery disk should take up about 8.4gb. I am also sure that I have never created the recovery disks before. Is there something I'm missing that's not letting me create these disks?  













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Answer:No option to create recovery disks/usb

Is there Lenovo_Recovery (Q: ) partition on your laptop? If the answer is YES, launch Lenovo Factory Recovery Disks application from control panel and make recovery media on USB stick or external hdd. You can create boot and data media.

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I need to create a set of recovery/rescue disks for my laptop. Its a Windows 8 T530 laptop. I can't find any software provided by Lenovo for doing this. What do I do? Thanks.

Answer:how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

Not sure about Windows 8... but in 7 if you type in 'recovery disk' you should get some options provided by the OS. Also in 7... if you open the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tool, it should have an option for making recovery disks.  I would presume that would remain largely the same under 8. HTH, Monte

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I'm using Windows Vista and I'm trying to achieve this...

1) Copy my C: Drive partition to a DVD
2) Have that DVD be bootable and be able to recover the entire partition back into the partition.

I've got my Hard Drive partitioned into 4 parts
C: - OS
D: - Documents, Program Files, AppData (and other windows folders)
the other two are not relevant.

So basically if anything goes wrong with my OS I want to be able to throw the DVD in and boot to it, have it restore the C: partition.

So what software would I use to do this?
 

Answer:Create a bootable Partition recovery DVD

Acronis True Image will let you "image" your entire drive or partition to CD/DVD media and restore it at a later time. The backup set itself will not be bootable, but True Image will create a bootable CD version of itself that you can use to run True Image natively (meaning you boot from that CD, load the application, remove that CD and then put in the backup CDs/DVDs and do the restoration, or use True Image to create new backup sets).

There's nothing on the market today that will automagically create a bootable backup recovery set; the only one product that ever did that automagically was Powerquest Drive Image. It would put the actual application on the first CD (it didn't burn DVDs when it came out and disappeared before DVD burners/media even became popular) and you could use that backup set to restore.

The only difference with True Image is you need the TI recovery CD + your backup set, hardly a big problem. You can burn off multiple copies of the recovery CD as required, one for each set if necessary.

Good luck...

ps
It's possible to create a recovery set using Norton Ghost and then you can create a new CD and put the ghost.exe executable on the CD, but you'd still be required to do other steps to make that CD bootable in the first place so you could then access the ghost.exe file to run it. A bit more hassle than most people care to bother with, I believe. But it's possible... and you can use other imaging tools to do similar tas... Read more

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As with most new home computers these days, the manufacturer will include a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive instead of sending you a recovery CD.
I?m currently building a new system with windows 7, and after installing some of the most common applications I want to create a bootable recovery partition on the hard drive, as well as a bootable image on a CD.
The question is I?m not really sure how to do this?
I know of programs such as Norton ghost and Acronis, but I was looking for an easier solution, perhaps a free program?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Nick

Answer:How do I create a bootable recovery partition?

Hi -

The recovery partitions are found on pre-manufactured OEM systems. You can create a system inage on a partition, external drive, DVD, etc...

See "system image" - from Microsoft, Windows 7 Support -

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...a-system-image

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ings-and-files

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hi Guys,

So, I have a Toshiba Satelite L505-141 (from Greece) and my hard drive broke. Unfortunately, I have lost my recovery discs. I have changed my hard drive, I have installed the OS but I would like to have my computers as it was (with all crapwares ... Wink )

I found a guy with the same laptop and he can send the recovery disc. Actually, he already sent me the 2 disc (he sent me two copies of his CD online) that he created when he bought the laptop (through the Recovery media creator). Those discs though are not bootable and (I read) that you just use them and when you restart the system goes through the recovery wizard. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me (at least with the CD my friend sent me).

Do you know any way that I can do it? I mean to get from my friend a recovery disc? Can he create an ISO from his recovery partition?

Any suggestion is welcome!

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Answer:How to create bootable DVD/USB from Recovery Partition?

Hi

To be honest I don?t have experience with this stuff but i found very interesting document in Toshiba knowledge base - http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

Check it out.

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HW: Thinkpad X60 (6363) Tablet with Ultrabase dock with DVD. OS: XP Tablet 2005R&R: Version: 3.1  I start Create Rescue and Recovery Media.  I have never created Product Recover Disks before.  I am allowed by the program to check the box indicating I wish to create Product Recovery Disks.  It says extracting files and please wait.It runs for 20-25 seconds with the red dot going back and forth across the screen.  A box comes up and says "An internal error has caused this process to fail".  No other info provided.  The only option is OK which closes the box and program.Same error occurs if I try to create the rescue media without the restore disks. Thanks for any help. FYI - totally up to date with MS updates and Lenovo updates 

Answer:Cannot create system recovery or restore disks...

hey arcangelny,is your R&R version 4.31? If not do, download it here : http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS012810however if it is 4.31, i would like you to uninstall and reinstall the software





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Hi, I have a Lenovo T431s (20AA) laptop with updated 64-bit Windows 8 -> 8.1 and I need to have Windows 8.1 recovery disks. I ordered a set through lenovorecovery.com, but it appeared that those are for Windows 8, NOT for Windows 8.1. So the questions is: how I can get Lenovo Windows 8.1 recovery disks for my T431s? I can not use (I guess) the Microsoft web-service here because this is OEM Windows Product ID. Thx!  

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Have an Satellite Pro A300-28V laptop with Vista 32 Business. After a recovery from HDD Recovery partition I decided to use the function Complete PC system backup to make an image for future recovery with all my present settings. Too annoying to reset to factory default (Thunderbird 3.0 Mail, Open Office, and some other small applications previously running with no problems for years on another desktop computer).

The system needs 5 to 9 DVD's and it writes the first DVD. Takes roughly 30 minutes. Then, during verification of that disc it hangs. Verification bar stops at about 30% complete.
Anyone with that experience? Does not the Business "Complete PC image" work well on a OEM installation of Vista?
Or is it maybe the DVD driver who needs an update? I do not use a 3rd party burning software.

/Sweden

Answer:Satellite Pro A300-28V - Can't create own recovery disks

Hi

Which program you are using to create your own recovery disks? For example I mean Acronis, Norton Ghost, etc.

In your case I would try it with another burning program like CD Burner XP or Nero.
Furthermore you could try to remove the upper and lower filters in Windows registry, maybe it will work.

Last but not least on the Toshiba website you can check if there is a firmware update for your CD/DVD drive.

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How do i recreate recovery disks for Sony Vaio vpccw21fx, mine was broken by accident. Please i need help, i'm worried cos if it crashes it will be difficult for me to repair, i do need help please???

Answer:How to create recovery disks for Sony Vaio

Turn on the computer.
When the VAIO screen is displayed, press the F8 key.
At the Advanced Boot Options screen, ensure Repair Your Computer is selected and
press the ENTER key.
In the System Recovery Options window, "under" Select a keyboard layout:, click the
Next button. "under" To access recovery options..., next to User name:,
click the down arrow, and click to select an account with Administrator rights.
Next to Password:, type the appropriate password for this account.
Click the OK button.
"under" Choose a recovery tool, click to select the desired option:

Startup Repair
System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Command Prompt
VAIO Recovery Center .Demonstrative exspelling... there is logic to this madness!http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/...the element of surprise Grrrrrrrr

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I am just setting up a new 3000 H210 desktop, and wanted to create a set of recovery CDs/DVDs so I can at least get back to the factory install image if I need to replace the hard drive after the warranty ends.  After digging around for a while and not finding a way to create the recovery disks, I tried calling Lenovo support.  They said that this model does not have a way to create the recovery disks!  Is this true?  Hopefully the person I spoke to was mistaken.  If anyone knows how to create recovery disks for this model, please let me know. If not, any other suggestions for creating a bootable image to get back to my current PC state (still close to factory settings) if needed later? 

Answer:How to create recovery disks for 3000 H210 ?

Nevermind, I found the answer to my question.  Buried inside the Windows Vista Quick Start Guide that came with the computer was a "Lenovo Product Recovery DVD".  So I guess that explains why there is no option to create your own - they already give it to you.  So credit to Lenovo for including the recovery DVD (like in the old days).  Now they just need to make sure their tech support folks know where to point people to find it.

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I have an X301 with Windows XP Pro (purchased 10/2008) as it's base from factory. I would like to create the factory recovery disks but I would like to create it on a USB flash drive as my CD/DVD drive is not working. I do have the Factory recovery CD/DVDs for Windows Vista that came with the unit but I do not want to install Windows Vista. I still want Windows XP Pro. I have gone through the Create Recovery Media, the program never gives me the option to save it to a USB flash. I have searched the forums and have seen the option for the X301 with Windows 7 installed. Is this not possible for Windows XP Pro? All of the Lenovo System Updates are updated. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks Mark

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I have a Compaq Presario 6410nx desktop. It is several years old and I've lost the system recovery disks. I am currently unable to boot and would like to perform a destructive recovery/HD format. My alternate comp is a Gateway laptop running Vista. Is it possible to use my laptop to download and create recovery disks for the Compaq?

Answer:Create recovery disks with alternate computer

No, your Gateway computer had different drivers and chipset that will not be compatible with your Compaq. If you want to do a clean Format and reinstall you can use any Windows Disc to do that, you may need to go to the HP/Compaq support site to download drivers.

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I want to create a system recovery disk set in case I need to restore my computer some day. When searching for cd's I came across so many I'm not sure which one I need, ie.  DVD-R, DVD Plus R, DVD+R DL? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:what type of cd do i need to create system recovery disks? D...

Hi: This is the latest support document I can find regarding the type of media needed to create recovery DVD's. It appears you can use the following types...(DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, or DVD+R DL) HP recommends you use blank DVD+R discs. Use a name-brand label from a manufacturer you trust, as these recovery DVDs are very important. http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03520709#N10037

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I used ACER Recovery from my Aspire E5-511-C7X7 to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive. The USB I used was a 1 terabyte external hard drive.When the process finished, the drive shows up as 32 gigabyte, with 18 gigs used.What's happened to the rest of the storage?













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Answer:ACER Recovery to create a Windows 10 bootable USB ...

It's a WD (Western Digital) Eleemnts 1 Terabyte drive

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Ok, just got done with a complete recovery of a dell 1501 laptop.
Went through a ton of updates and actually had to restart due to a failure in the update process along the way.
It is now in top shape, with all updates spyware, antivirus addes, crapware removed etc.

NOW i am curious, is there a way to make a bootable recovery disk ( DVD) from the current disk image?

So that when this this goes to heck again they can just pop the disk in a bring it back to where it is now?

I have acronis true image 2009, but haven used it much to know if it is capable of this.

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How do I create a bootable XP Recovery Console CD when no XP media is available
 

Answer:create bootable XP Recovery Console CD when no XP media available

ARCDC - Artellos.com recovery console

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Hi,I am swapping the hardisk on my Lenovo with a differnet one and I was wondering if creating a recovery disk will create a copy on windows 7 on my machine. if not can some plese suggest the steps I need to take before I swap hardisks. I tried downloading iso from windows website but it says to contact lenovo for windows installation













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Answer:Will Lenovo Recovery Create a Bootable Windows 7

Hello,
 
The recovery media should allow you to reload the operating system as it was originally installed onto a blank drive installed into your ThinkPad.  I normally purchase the factory recovery media direct from Lenovo to do this, but there's no reason the recovery media you create won't work.
 
If it doesn't work for some reason, you can always reinstall the old hard disk and troubleshoot the recovery media issue further from there.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I have been fixing PCs for friends and family for years, some of them are really good at screwing up an OS a only couple months after i install a fresh copy of xp or 7. i would like to be able to create a restore method simple for them to use to reset there machine back to my initial installed state. was thinking something similar to newer PCs F11 restore method or something i could add to a bootloader in 7 or xp making it a "dualboot" with just the OS and the recovery.

Answer:create a bootable recovery partition to restore a pc. like oem's F11

Since you'd be loading a backup image into a Primary partition created for this purpose, it can be reimaged using F8 System Recovery Options.

However this is not optimal because if you're making your own backup image then it can more easily be saved externally so it's also available in case of HD failure - or you can do both.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

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can not upload the the pavillion a1520n to it's original state from the original disks, tried to overwrite the hard drive with wiping out the old window operating system with a new windows installation, the data is still in the hard drive, but I can not access it. can not see to get the system to boot to the C: drive

Answer:create bootable recovery disk for hp pavillio

"tried to overwrite the hard drive with wiping out the old window operating system with a new windows installation, the data is still in the hard drive, but I can not access it"If the old data is still there, you obviously didn't wipe anything. Explain how you went about reinstalling Windows.

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Hi,when trying to make Recovery Disks the program starts to extract files but after a few minutes i get this error:"An Internal error has caused this process to fail" when running lenovo system update i got an error:"An error occurred while gathering user information." i tried to update the "lenovo system update" but i'm getting errors while uninstall the previous version and also when installing the new one. After i tried to update, the "system update" is no longer loading, i'm getting a windows error and it's closing. btw, i have vista with SP1. does anyone have an idea ? Thanks, Erez.  

Answer:Error while trying to Create Recovery Disks - Lenovo 300 N200

Someone ?!

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whenever i try create the recovery disks it starts to burn then i get the error -

failed to read the following file.
F:\07007XSP.swm

(error code: 020150-20-00000000)

how can i fix it?!

Answer:Can't create recovery disks, burn fails - F:\07007XSP.swm

The problem is that you have used not compatible DVD disk.
Test different DVDs. I use the TDK DVD-R and in my opinion this is very good brand.

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Brand New W510 with 128GB SSD - trying to create factory recovery disks and crashes every time, just freezes after the dialogue box that asks you to select the recovery medium you want to create.

Answer:Trying to create factory recovery disks and laptop locks up

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Give support a call, in situation like this they usually ship free recovery discs. 

Keep us updated.





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My Thinkpad T420 hard drive crashed in a really bad way. I can't load windows (7) and windows repair says it can't help me. I removed my hard drive and put it in a usb enclosure and connected it to a different pc. I can see the recovery folder/drive and my data drive as two different drives in "my computer". What I'm trying to figure out is if there's a way I can create the Win7 recovery discs this way, through what is now an external hard drive. The backup PC I'm using is XP, but I can get another Win7 PC if that makes a difference. TIA!

Answer:Can I create recovery disks using my laptop HD as external drive?

No





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I attempted to create system recovery media using dvd disks.  the 1st attempt failed to verify disk.  I requested help from support and the technician ran the same program using my dvd disks.  On the second attempt to create the media, disk#1 and disk#2 were burned and verified. Disk#3 failed just a short time in the process and the process aborted.  The technician suggested that HP programming didn't work well with dvd disks, and that I use a usb flash drive rather than dvd disks.  It seems that I wasted money as I bought the disks earlier today, and used 3 disks without accomplishing creating the system recovery media. Right now it seems to be a "roll of the dice" to continue further attempts with dvd disks. If dvd disks aren't a satisfactorily viable form of media, why is it given an an option?

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My IBM Thinkpad T43p (2668-CE6) is a refurbished PC which I purchased directly from IBM (IBM Certified Pre-Owned PCs webpage). It came with the IBM Recovery Partition, but the blue "Access IBM" button didn't access anything and there was no ?Access IBM? program on the computer.  I downloaded the "Access IBM" online user?s guide for T43p and the driver needed for the blue "Access IBM" button to connect to the "Access IBM" that I had downloaded.  I want to create a set of recovery CDs of the pre-installed software (Windows XP Prof.), so that I can restore the computer to its factory state when I need to replace the existing hard drive.  The ?Access IBM? online user?s guide gives the following instructions for creating these recovery disks:  Start / Programs / Access IBM / Create Recovery Disks.?  But, the problem is, the ?Create Recovery Disks? option does not appear on my T43p.  All I can get is the online user?s guide that I had downloaded.  Is there some way that I can still create a set of recovery CDs for the pre-installed software?  Thank you for your help.













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Answer:Create Recovery Disks for IBM Thinkpad T43p (2668-CE6)

The laptop has no IBM/Lenovo preinstallation.
You can clone the drive onto an external drive and restore it from there in the case of emergency. Otherwise if the directory C:\i386 exists you my be able to create a clean insallation-CD from it.
 
Annother way is to buy the recovery disks in ebay.

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Hi
I've just bought a Lenovo Z50. It had no recovery disks with it - should I still create one, or is this a thing of the past? If I should, shall I put it onto DVD or a stick? And if there is a choice of manufacturer (lenovo) or Windows 8, which would be better? There is also something called onekey recovery already on it.
This has also made me think about my OH and kids' laptops (fairly old - they get our old ones!) as I cannot recall offhand whether they have recovery disks. If I can't find any, should I also create them for these, or is it too late now that they have a lot more information on?
Thanks for any opinions and advice!

Answer:Should I still create recovery disks for new laptops? Windows/Manufacturer?

Yes, yes, yes make the recovery disks. Label them correctly and store them safely. Under W8 there is an option to create a system recovery, I recomend this as it is a basic tool for repairing W8. CD or usb, up to you just have a practice at booting from whichever media you decide to use, and make a note of the steps you took.

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Hello there, I just purchased a Lenovo Hf30s type 10131 with Windows 8.1, mini tower: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/desktops-and-all-in-ones/lenovo-h-series-desktops/lenovo-h5... I like to create recovery disks, but  the already installed program OneKey Recovery does not have the option of recovery disks, it allows only larger media such as USB stick and hard disks.Here to I have 2 questions: 1. Is there a way to create a recovery disks that will create the original factory settings with 5 partitions?2. Does any one knows if the recovery siskd sold by Lenovo (for Netherlands they cost between 23 and 38 Euro) would do the job by creating the factory settings with 5 partitions? My goal is to reformat the hard disk and aprtitionig it the way I need it, but in case of anything, I would like to be able to go back to the original facttory state of the unit, especially if I have a harddisk failure and neer to replace the hard didks. Thank you in advance and I wish you a very pleasant and successful day.

Answer:How to create recovery disks for Lenovo H530s with WIndows 8.1

Hi Mlenovo,     
                                                                                                                                                         
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Hi, I just received a brand new U410 with Windows 8, and having used a Lenovo Laptop before I thought I'd create a set of Factory Defaults Recovery disks for it, however, when I eventually figured out how to get into OneKey Recovery I found that this feature no longer exists! Is there really no way to create a Factory Defaults Recovery disk set on a U410 running Windows 8? If so, what other options do I have?





Scott

Answer:How to create Factory Defaults Recovery disks on U410?

I dont think you can make recovery dvd`s on Win8 , the manual says recovery to external storage device, page 34(38) http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_u310u410_ug_v3.0_aug_2012_english.pdf John.





Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD

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I have a Samsung S183L SATA DVD-Writer. I used it to install vista and to boot CD's like Image for DOS, as well as read/write all formats.

Recently, Vista had bootup problems and I tried to use the Vista DVD to get at a startup repair. I tried everything:

- Obtained a replacement Vista DVD from MS.
- Tried every known bootable cd in my collection.
- Set boot priority to CD, then HD.
- Used BIOS boot menu for direct booting to the Samsung.
- Disabled HD and floppy in BIOS so that Samsung was the only bootable device.

No go. The bootup would show the DVD light winking and I could hear the spinup, but it would then cycle to Vista. If using direct boot or the disabled HD setup, it would show not a system disk, etc.

Device continues to autoplay, read and write in all other respects.

Any ideas other than hardware failure - before I replace it?

Answer:DVD Writer will not boot Vista DVD or other bootable disks

when you say it is working in other respects does this include dvd and cd

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Dear all,
 
I have searched the KB for a solution but can't find one for One Key V8 - how can I create recovery CDs/DVD's?
 
Many thanks,
Ian
 
Moderator Note; subject edited

Answer:G50-70 One Key Recovery 8 - How to create Recovery Disks?

No-one has ever had this problem before? Makes me special then :-)Any Lenovo support read these threads?

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I was attempting to create the recovery disks for the HP Window 8.0 laptop. HP Recovery Manager needed 5 disks. After 2 disks made done, I returned to my laptop and saw Window ask me to update Window 8.1. I updated it to Window 8.1.After Window 8.1 update done, when returning HP Recovery manager, it asked me to continue the third recovery disks. I selected "Continue". However, Disk 3 verified failed at 2%, the pop up window asked me to use another disk and try again. I attempted twice but both are failed.How do I fix this to create the entire recovery disks? Thank you for your suggestions.Best Regards,Truc C. Nguyen

Answer:Error Verify when Create backup Disks in HP Recovery Manager

Below are the answer from HP forum:12-09-2014 09:22 PMYou can order Recovery Media from your support page. Scroll down the list of drivers/software to see the option to order. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/... There is a slight chance you may get a free set if you call HP Support & tell them your laptop fails in the creation process. 800-474-6836======================I called HP Tech Support at 800-474-6836And they asked me S/N number and Product number. I did not have them on hand while travellingI will post following up after I return and call HP in the week of Christmas.Truc C. Nguyen

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I'm working on an Inspiron 1545 where the Windows 7 Home Premium install was utterly hosed.
I used the factory restore but what it's restored will NOT boot. It starts and I get a BSOD with a STOP error stop: 0x0000007b (0xfffff880009a98e8, 0xffffffffc000000d, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)
I've tried it restoring over the screwed up install (keeping *nothing*) and I connected the drive to another computer to delete the OS partition. Factory restore again got me exactly the same STOP error.
Right now I have it on a command prompt in the recovery partition, showing as drive X: I know the stuff to do BCD repair is in that partition, Ease US showed me all the hidden stuff. But what I'm looking at now, anything like that which *might* work is *hidden*.
What good does it do to hide the tools required to do the repair?! I've followed several how-to's on fixing this but in every case where it's at the point of having a command prompt to the recovery partition, the folders and files needed to do the fix are kept hidden.

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My aim is to have a Windows 7 bootable cd as Microsoft is going to kill Windows XP on April 2014.

I have Vaio laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit with 4 recovery discs that I created but I haven't used it so far as Vaio never gave any trouble.

Is it illegal or possible to create Windows 7 cd from my Vaio laptop Recovery Discs so that I can use on my another desktop that has Windows XP SP3 as Windows XP era ends on April 2014 ?
 

Answer:Is it illegal or possible to create a bootable Windows7 cd from Vaio Recovery Discs ?

The recovery disk is only for that one Vaio laptop only. It won't work on any other machine as contains the operating system, drivers for that machine and activation key. It not only wouldn't work but would also be illegal. Why are you so concerned about XP coming to an end? It doesn't mean XP is going stoping working. It's just the end to support. Get a backup program and do I regular backup so you can get it back up and running should something should happen.
 

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Hi guys,

I need to create bootable flash disk from original recovery media to Satellite A200-1M4, because my DVD-RW is not able to read the DVD anymore and I have to reinstall OS. Actually, I made bootable Flash drive and I copied content of DVD. PC boots from it, but it stops since it is looking for E: drive (DVD-RW). Is it possible to fix it somehow?

Answer:How to create bootable flash disk from original recovery media?

Hi Pedi

As far as I know you cannot create bootable flash disc using Toshiba recovery image files.
This can be done on new NB series using original Toshiba recovery creator tool.

Satellite A200 is old notebook model and you can find new optical disc drive on eBay and it is not expensive. Exchange the ODD and everything will be OK again.

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HelloFor my new X220, i tried to create a bootable Recovery USB stick like this :Bootable Recovery USB stickIt is ok but when i choose boot & data in Lenovo thinkvantage tools, i have an error like "impossible to find files needed by this program" (the message can be a little different as i have a french version...). Any idea ? It is working when i select only "system", but i have only 500MB stored on my USB stick, with a big file "WinRe.wim" and a boot directory. I'm able to restore my system, for example on a blank disk with only this USB key ? I missed to tell that the original drive was changed to an SSD, but the sortware of the SSD copied all the original drive on the SSD, with the Recovery partition of course. Thanks for your help !

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Hello,

My pc start acting up after i made a system restore.For exemple i cant use the fn key function.

Last week i decided to format my pc. But when i opened the TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator i got an unespected error 0D00F6-49-00000001.

I mananged to create 2 of the 4 dvd's. Im using Dvd-r from memorex.
Can someone help.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:Satellite L500 - cannot create recovery disks - 0D00F6-49-00000001 error

Is this the first time you try to create recovery discs?

How you have created 2 discs if the Toshiba recovery disc creator starts with error?

Anyway, in this forum you can find similar threads. Probably is some recovery file corrupted and disc cannot be created.
I don?t think there is something you can do about it. Either it works or not. Maybe you should contact nearest Toshiba service and explain the situation. I hope they can help you with this and order original Toshiba DVD disc for you.

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I do not own an optical cd/dvd disk, and was wondering if I could swap my internal OEM harddrive with a new internal western digital 320gb 7200rpm using my western digital external harddrive only.  I have never made recovery disks, and have used the rescue and recovery to set up rescue media and a complete backup onto my external harddrive.  When I try to make recovery discs with my external harddrive plugged in it doesn't give me any options for "Select Recordable Drive."   Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Create set of Product Recovery Disks now - onto External HDD and boot off that to swap harddrives

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ use this to do an image of the old drive and transfer the image onto the new hdd. 

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My OneKey recovery software is v3.0, but I have read elsewhere that there is a version 7.0, and the Lenovo support video refers to this version too and shows options that are not present in my K330 OneKey program. I tried to download new version, but there is no OneKey update for K330. Could someone please explain please? Regards,Martin 

Answer:Why OneKey recovery for K330 does not include "Create Factory defaults disks"?

Same question.. Can someone from Lenovo respond????????

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Hi Guys,I just got my new S205.  I am wondering how to backup the Windows OS including all factory settings to a bootable USB drive using One Key Recovery (OKR) 7.0. Basically I am afriad one day, my harddrive is failed or if I want to replace harddrive, I can reimage the harddrive back to factory setting and its OS (win 7).  Would you share with me on the steps to do so?I opened the OKR software and click on "Create Recovery Disk" -> "Factory Default Setting Disk" and Next,  I couldn't see my USB drive? any one knows why? thanks in advance.New S205 owner.

Answer:S205 - Steps to create a bootable USB drive using One Key Recovery (OKR) for backup image.

hi hippodog.
it's because usb drivers are not compatible with okr 7. but you can use external hdd to create backups.
 
hope this helps. 
 

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I know there are approximately 52 ways to create a bootable USB key in all sorts of obscure ways.

What I would like to know if any one of you has found a working solution in Vista 64-bit to create a bootable USB key that will boot into DrDOS or Caldera so that regular DOS apps can run on it (i.e. apps to flash various firmware etc).
 

Answer:how to create bootable USB key in Vista 64?

This is what I used at work
http://www.netbootdisk.com/usb_netbootdisk_berrytencaat.doc
 

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I have the Windows Vista home premium DVD , shipped with DELL Studio laptop.i want to have Vista in my desktop too.But the DELL vista DVD installs the OS for a period of 90 days only on my desktop.So is there a way to create a fresh bootable VISTA DVD from the Dell Vista DVD.?? i don't want to install it on my desktop by emulating the DELL BIOS in my desktop ( coz it doesn't recognise my creative soundcard).I have an Intel motherboard.
Plz help me out....!!!!!!!!
Thanx in Advance............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Answer:Create bootable Win Vista

You will have to "bite the bullet" and get a retail copy of Vista for your desktop PC
 

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i want to know about vista ultimate bootable cd

Answer:how to create vista ultimate bootable cd

I don't understand your question but if you want to make a copy of Vista that you don't legally own than this site cannot help you with illegal activity.

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Okay, so I just brought an external hard drive and am currently formatting two partitions, a 20GB one (for XP) and a 50GB one (for Vista). I'm planning to backup files and then reinstall Vista on my desktop along with all the usual programs and music I have and then do it again for with XP for my laptop. What I wish to do is create a bootable ghost image of both hard disks and save them to the external one. The only problem is, I do not know how to create a bootable ghost image. I'm also wondering if it is even possible to create a bootable ghost image especially when the it is a USB hard drive.

Answer:How Do You Create A Bootable Vista And Xp Partition?

If the purpose for making a bootable ghost image is to save the partition for later restoration, then this is easy to do with several 3rd party apps. If it's for the purpose of booting the image off of the USB drive, then it's not so easy to do.Acronis True Image (approx $50 US) will allow you to make an image of your hard drive, and will also have you make bootable media (a CD/DVD) so that you can boot from it and restore the image off of the USB drive. I haven't tried any of the freeware applications that do this, so I'm afraid I can't recommend any (check this topic for some suggestions: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.htmlIf you want to boot off the USB drive to reinstall the image, then that'll be more difficult. You'll have to make the USB drive bootable with an OS that will recognize USB devices and will match with the image software restore program.If you're just trying to boot to the OS on the USB drive, then that'll be even more difficult (and I don't know about doing it with Vista). I considered trying this with XP at one point (and found this article: http://www.ngine.de/article/id/8 ) but found it to be too much trouble for me.

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Hello people. I'm in a little situation here. I downloaded Windows XP Pro SP3 and I want to install it. Question is: How do I make a bootable CD in Windows Vista? I want to install this OS on my older PC. But if I simply burn all of the files to a CD, it's not booting off of it. I'm working on Windows Vista now, but I want to clean install XP on my old laptop. Can somebody help me please with this??
(If something is not clear to you, just ask, and I'll explain.)
Thank You folks for your help.

Answer:[SOLVED] Create a Bootable OS CD in Vista

What was the source of your XP SP3 download? Microsoft itself provides download sites for XP (orig, SP1, SP2) - but only onto 6 floppy discs, per kb310994.

Other than that, purchase a full retail copy of Windows XP.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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HI All,  Is it enough to simply copy the content from the cdsto a boot enabled USB? I did so and machine detected USB, booted from it, started recovery/installation process and then promptly asked for CD 2! What did I do wrong? Thank you

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Back to school for 4 children with laptops is a pain, I seem to be constantly wiping them and setting them up again.

Any ideas why the recovery disks of Vista don't display the TOSHIBA HDD Recovery option?

I made a USB drive and copied all the files from a backup of the Recvery Drive to it. The USB shows the TOSHIBA HDD Recovery option but asks for the disks and will not run the recovery from the USB itself. This is annoying but at least I can still use it to recover the machine.

I would like to either

solve the issue with the disks

or

get the USB to recover using it's own files instead of asking for the disks. Vista wasn't created with the option to recover from USB so this might be impossible.

Answer:Vista Recovery disks don't display TOSHIBA HDD Recovery option

The HDD recovery option will not appear in the Advanced boot menu if something has been changed or modified on the HDD and the ?flag? has been removed.
For example this may be the case if the partition has been changed, modified or if the HDD recovery files or folder has been modified, moved or deleted.

In case you want to recover the notebook back to factory settings, you have to use the recovery disk

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The toshiba laptop never prompted us for creating disks. Is there an option to create media disks?

Thanks
I got this error on a search

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 262115 bytes) in /home/tsf/public_html/search.php on line 1177

Answer:Tried search but got error - how do I create vista media disks?

I am not so sure about Toshiba but try this Toshiba link anyway...

http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSu...200%2076902089

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I have a fault with a drive (or software) on a Dell Studio 1735 running Vista

It won't boot into the operating system, but goes straight into the Repair Section

I created an Acronis image of it (twice) and installed it on 2 different drives. Inserted each in the laptop and tried to boot - all I get is a blinking curser

Never had any trouble before with other laptops - is there something in the BIOS that is wrong or is it RAID

Browsing the files with another computer reveal all the folders - however, at the dos prompt after I put in a Vista boot disk, it does not list the boot folder ???

Clueless

Answer:Acronis wont create bootable drive - Vista

I am a little unclear of what you are doing here with the Acronis image files. I hope you have used a rescue disk to restore the image files to a hard drive as that is what you need to do and oc course you need to restore the mbr and the drive as well.

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Hey, i have a Trojan on my computer and i have only one way out that i "Know" about other then bring to some other tech at a staples and pay $250! This Trojan is messing up my whole system. anyways, i dont need any help on that part. what i need help on is on " How To Create A Bootable Vista Restore Disk"! i need this disk so i can re-boot my system, re-format my hard drive, then re-install Vista! The only problem is , i can't figure out how to do that! This is what i think i have to do, i just don't understand how!?!?! ( Thats Me ) Also i can't do it on my computer as if i do the Trojan will just copy itself onto the disk! the Trojan has done allot of damage in 2 days! I need this ASAP!!

This is what i have tried so far:

Creating The Bootable Disk:

I went to this link. i tried to Follow the Step By Step Instruction on how to create the bootable disk.

Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

DOWNLOAD ImgBurn form here; Only Download from Mirror 7!!

The Official ImgBurn Website


Then i Download the Vista ISO File at:

Microsoft Windows Vista (DVD-ISO) Free Download and Reviews - Fileforum


The only problem is, when i restarted the my pc with the disk in it with all the files on it, it just booted up as normal!?!

( THATS ALL ME!! )

Please if any one has any information on how to Create Bootable Vista Restore Disk so i can re-format my hard drive then re-install vista, it would be greatly appreci... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Help...Create Bootable Vista Restore Disk...HELP

So many possibilities within your post.
Without trying to give security advice.

If possible, do a full backup, inspite of any issues within your system.

First, have you tried to use the system restore, set to a point prior to the introduction of your problems? In many cases this will allow for a reversion to a point before the situation existed.

Do you happen to have a full Vista install disk, or must you use an OEM such as Dell?

Finally, after you created the disk from the ISO, did you set the cd drive so that it is scheduled to boot first, within the BIOS?

With this information, it may be possible to get you going in the right direction.

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Not sure if it's Lenovos only, but trying to migrate Windows 8 OEM to an SSD has been a huge pain in the ass. This process should not be as difficult as Lenovo/Microsoft has made it.

I purchased a Y400 along with a 256G SSD. I'd like to clean install Windows onto the SSD, I did not want to copy image. I went through forums for hours trying to put a recovery system on a usb with no luck (even with the instructions given by a Lenovo moderator on their website), I kept getting "missing partition drive". I broke down and paid Lenovo the ridiculous "shipping charge" of $59 for the recovery disks.

These are my steps so far:
My SSD is installed and I removed the HDD (until WIN8 was installed, I'd then format it)
Put Disk 1 into the optical drive (Disk 1 states it's the format sequence and starting point for restore, Win8 actually on disk 2, I believe)

Pressed the "Novo" button on the left side of the machine (gives options of Normal Startup, BIOS Setup, Boot Manager and System Recovery)

*FYI - Boot Manager lists: Windows Boot Manager and 2 EFI volumes (when HDD is plugged in, just the EFI's when uninstalled)
System Recovery only works with the HDD installed and it's Lenovo's One Key Recovery which just restores to a restoration point.*

Went into BIOS setup
Tabbed over to "Security"
Disabled the "Secure Boot"
Tabbed over to "Boot"
Changed the Boot Mode to "Legacy Support"
Changed Boot Priority to "Leg... Read more

Answer:HDD to SSD with System Recovery Disks, "No bootable media"

Went into BIOS setup
Tabbed over to "Security"
Disabled the "Secure Boot"
Tabbed over to "Boot"
Changed the Boot Mode to "Legacy Support"
Changed Boot Priority to "Legacy First"
Saved then exited.



Doing the above would make Lenovo Pre-installed Windows 8 unbootable.

How to clone your HDD drive to a SSD drive.
How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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"Many times when we decide to take a backup of our Windows setup CD/DVD on our hard disk, we just copy all the files and folders present in the disk to our hard disk partition. In future if we don't have the disk with us, we try to create a new setup disk by burning the backup files and folders on the new disk. But the new disk doesn't work and you can't boot using it to run the setup.
The reason is when you burn a new setup disk, its not bootable and if you don't know how to make it bootable, you are lost.
Many times readers ask us how to create a bootable Windows setup disk? So today we are going to share a small and portable tool which allows you to create bootable ISO image of Windows XP, Vista and 7 which can be burned using any disk burning software or using Windows 7 built-in Disk image burner tool.
"WBICreator" (Windows Bootable Image Creator) is a free and portable utility created by AskVG reader "Shashi Kumar Sinha" which allows you to create bootable ISO image file of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 setup." WBI Creator: Free Portable Utility to Create Bootable ISO for Windows XP, Vista and 7 Setup - Tweaking with Vishal

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Exactly as the title says. I want to know if it's possible to buy the 64 bit disks for my n200. 0769a8u

Answer:Any way to get 64 bit vista recovery disks

BUMP: Anyone. I already have an x64 key for business so I don't need a licence. Just the disks.

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I have an IBM ThinkPad R51-1828DRG and am attempting to create a set of recovery disks using Access IBM > Create Recovery Discs the program fails with the error message "An internal error has caused the process to fail". The Create Rescue Media program CD option also fails with the same message. Can anyone offer any assistance. Thank you in anticipation. RobC

Answer:R51-1829DRG Create Recovery Disks error "An internal error has caused the process to fail"

I also have this same problem trying to create recoverey disks for a ThinkCentre S50 8086-21u. Used RnR to return disk to factory state and the error message still shows up. No listing of this particular error on Lenovos site. This machine is totally back to factory state now, would upgrading RnR do anything?

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hi every one ..and thanx for all who help others in this site ..

i ask if someone may know of a way to create a bootable USB flash drive with a OEM Vista recovery CD.
coz as you know now adays laptops have a recovery cd which is liable to be lost or scratched and the worse senario is when you had deleted the recovery partition .. in that case your only hope is to order a new set of recovery cd from manufacturer which in my case didnt restore the recovery partition thats why i need to recover the system from an usb flash drive...

any help is appreciated

Answer:Bootable OEM Vista recovery cd

Once the recovery partition is deleted it can't be restored. I have no idea how to make a bootable usb with a OEM recovery disc cause its just a clone of the factory hard drive when you first got the pc.

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Hi

I have a new Asus CM6730 W7 PC (x64) it did not come with Install disk but it does have a recovery partition.

How do I make install disk for this W7 install, I want to format the recovery partition to use it for other things.

Thanks

Daniel

Answer:How to create install disks from an install of Windows 7/Recovery Part

  
Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens


Hi

I have a new Asus CM6730 W7 PC (x64) it did not come with Install disk but it does have a recovery partition.

How do I make install disk for this W7 install, I want to format the recovery partition to use it for other things.


Thanks

Daniel


Using the Recovery Partition:

1. Press <F9> during bootup.
2. Press <Enter> to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled].
3. Select the following recovery option.

System Image Backup:
This feature allows you to burn the system image backup in DVD disks, which you can use later to restore the system to its default settings.

4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process.

For other information regarding you computer visit the following site;

http://www.manualowl.com/m/Asus/CM6730/Manual/264988

HTH

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Is it overkill to create both a USB Recovery drive and a bootable flash drive to install Win10?

HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 320 GB HDD. 4/8 GB RAM
I recently revitalized my friends HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 4 GB RAM and it's running very well. I 'm wondering about creating both a USB recovery drive and a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 per
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials .
Is that overkill?

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Another issue.  The computer came with XP Pro installed, but the recovery dvd's are for Vista SP1.  Will the recovery partition still contain XP Pro if I installed Vista from these CD's?













Solved!

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Answer:XP installed but Recovery disks are Vista SP1

your xp recovery partition will be wiped. 

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I have replaced a failed SATA hard drive in an HP a6142n desktop PC running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit. Checked BIOS: New Hard Drive is recognized. Obtained HP Recovery Disks from HP. I try to use the HP recovery disks to restore factory image. It gets to disk 2 where it says, "reinstalling factory image." and freezes. Any suggestions?

Answer:HP Recovery Disks and Windows Vista

Call HP or send email to their support.

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I have recovery disks for vista for my old hp pavilion entertainment PC but they WILL NOT work no matter how many times I have tried . Now what can I do? Is there anyway I cld by -pass them and recover windows with DOS. I am sick and tired of trying with the disks which take me through hours of waiting only to tell me at the end that the installation failed
 

Answer:I have 2 recovery disks for vista 32bit

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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I have an HP laptop that wouldn't boot. After trying numerous remedies I eventually sent it back to HP for repairs and just received it back with a new install of Vista running. Meanwhile I needed a working computer so bought a new HP running Windows 7. Unfortunately the hard drive on the new HP failed after a month and I was sent a new one from HP with what looks like is a generic set of W7 recovery disks which I successfully installed on new computer. My question is: what, if even possible, is the best way of installing W7 via these recovery disks on the older HP. It's been suggested that I switch drives from old to new, run the recovery disks, then switch back the drives. Will this work, or is there a better way?

Answer:Vista to Windows 7 via recovery disks

You would not be able to do this legally. The disks you received can only be used on the system they were designed for. The OS cannot be legally moved to a different computer, even if it would work. Also, you only have one Windows 7 product key and that is valid for the new computer only. Your Vista product key would not work with a Windows 7 installation.

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Where can I make these from a brand new vista system? I have done a few google searches but come up with nothing more then Data back up. Is there a way to do this in case of a terminal hdd failure or am I missing something? Please lend a hand if you can.
Thank you,
Josh
 

Answer:Solved: Vista recovery disks

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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What sort of options do I have to recover data from a corrupted DVD+RW originally formatted in UDF 2.0 under Vista?

The system refuses to open the disk, asking if I want to format it instead. By my estimation the disk is about 85% or so full.

Freeware or open-source preferred.
 

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I have been given the task of fixing my mum's computer, and this is probably going to involve reinstalling everything (again) only she has gone and lost the recovery disks I made up for her when she got it

Is there an easy way to do this? Is there something i can download to cater for this?

It will be great to get rid of all the acer crapware, and I am planning on replacing norton with MSE, even though there is still 6 months left on the subscription. (I told her not to renew it)

Any advice on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Reinstalling Vista w/o using recovery disks?

You can download a completely legal Vist .iso from this site, install that and activate it with the product key from your COA sticker that is on the bottom of the laptop or the rear of the box. [Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal

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I have a Lenovo 3000 N Laptop, Model 0768 A52. The hard drive is failing -  corruption errors, failed check disk results, etc. I plan to install a new hard drive but before I do are there any instructions or guidance on using the Recovery Disks I already made from the machine?  What about drivers? I would prefer a step by step process for reinstalling VISTA on the new hard drive. Thanks!

Answer:Reloading VISTA Using Recovery Disks

enhayden, welcome to the forum, the recovery discs will install the hard drive to the original factory state including all drivers.You need to boot from the first cd you created and follow the instructions. I hope you were able to get your important files copied from the failing drive. Hope this helps

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my M1202 org. had the win.7 upgrade, recently I bought/used the 4 set recovery disks,it installed vista.  so now not only has M.S. stoped support but missed the free upgrade to 10, nowere was it stated the disks were going to be vista, I got the 7 upgrade because I didn't want vista, acer said the recovery disks are to bring back the computer to when new, they should keep there promise. 

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I am currently working in Afghanistan and bought a Toshiba satellite A205 laptop. God only knows what i've done... i needed to rebuild the hard drive, but after starting the process discovered i only have the first of the two recovery disks. an Afghan engineer installed Vista ultimate instead of home premium. now nothing is working as it should and it keeps crashing. i just desparately want it back to normal as its my lifeline back to the family in uk. i also think the dvd drive needs the drivers reinstalled. Oh by the way i have the recovery stuff backed up onto an external hard drive but when i burnt a disk on another laptop i don't think it is bootable. Sorry for being so thick...

Answer:need advice on Vista Recovery without disks

If you have the Vista Ultimate disc, then boot off of that and format the partition and start over, installing a fresh version of Vista. You will loose any data that is not backed up.

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Because of a not relevant reason I need to restore my computer to vista from 7. I have a dual boot setup of linux and windows 7. If i restore via restore discs will my linux partition be wiped?

Thanks

Answer:Question on restoring vista using recovery disks

My thoughts are yes it would be.

In my experiences with Recovery/Restore discs, especially if supplied by the PC manufacturer, the first thing they do is format the drive. Some have the option to let you keep your User files but usually thats the most they allow.

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Brand new Samsung bare HDD. Ordered Recovery Disks from HP for that specific model, etc.

Installed HDD (Physically), put the recovery cd in and let it 'do it's thing'... Never did load right - would shut down/restart over and over.
Thought maybe the recovery disk was bad, so HP sent us a new one...

Started the process all over again.. seemed to start the process ok. Got to where it kicked out the cd, restarted and said it was loading software. Let it go and it ended up going to a blank screen with just a cursor on it.
Tried re-starting it, seemed to TRY to load Windows all the way, but never did.

I have no idea what I could be doing wrong. It's my understanding that this recovery disk should work for a bare hdd.. am I wrong? If so, what can I do?
HP dv6245us w/ Vista home premium...

Thx
 

Answer:Bare HDD.. HP Recovery Disks... Vista, other s/w won't load

I see that you have a thread for this already?
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=220084

did you try what plodr suggested here? http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showpost.php?p=1516286&postcount=3
 

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Hi, I have the original vista recovery installation disks that were created when you purchase the computer. They always worked fine. Windows 7 was installed on it and worked fine. I had to replace the motherboard in this and the wireless doesn't work on the replaced board. I do recall previously to installing windows 7 that when I installed xp I had to install a utility to get the wireless to work. When I installed vista again I had to do the same thing. After installing the motherboard and trying everything possible out there to work the wireless still doesn't work and the utilities that are available don't work with windows 7, I tried to put it the recovery disks to just start the computer all over again from vista, because the utility for the wireless is in that installation, however now when I put the recovery disks in it's telling me that they aren't for this computer. Is there something I have to do in windows 7 to get it to install these disks? Thanks
 

Answer:vista recovery disks won't work after windows 7

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I have an X200 running XP. The X200 was delivered with XP installed and Vista recovery disks. I wanted to see how Vista performed so I decided to load the Vista from the factory recovery disks. There are 3 disks...Disk1 Start Recovery Disk, Disk2 OS System Recovery Disk, and DIisk3 Applications and Drivers Recovery Disk. I have an external Lenovo DVD drive and the BIOS is set to boot from this first. I placed Disk 1 into the drive and rebooted. The system loaded and the Rescue and Recovery program came up, did it's thing, and asked for Disk 1 to be inseryed. Well, Disk 1 was already inserted but I ejected and re-inserted it - it said this was not the correct disk. So, I figured Disk 2 might be "disk 1" in this context but it didn't like that one either coughing up the same incorrect disk message. So, only disk 3 is left so I tried that too, same results. OK, what am I doing wrong or might Lenovo have include incorrect disks. Any help is much appreciated. thanks





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Answer:Can't load Vista from factory recovery disks?

There is a chance that the discs included is not suitable for your model type or the discs itself are bad, call Lenovo and ask for another set. Message Edited by lead_org on 03-11-2009 12:50 AM

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Hello all,
My HD went bye bye so I purchased a new one. After installing the new drive I tried the recovery disks from HP but received an error--something to the effect that this PC cannot use recovery disks. HP wants to much money to tell me how to get around this problem. I would appreciate your help in getting my PC running again.

HP Pavilion, Vista Home Premium, 500GB HD

Thanks
 

Answer:Recovery disks for Vista returns error

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I'm about to give a Toshiba laptop back to it's owner after getting it all back up and running. I would like to provide the owner with Recovery disks. I am aware of the repair disks at http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/
Which I actually used to get into this laptop to begin with, but like 99% of the computers sold today, it did not come with Vista Home Premium disks nor did it have a recovery partition included.
I have done much reading and I am coming to the conclusion that Vista home premium does not have an option for creating restore disks in case at some point the computer is completely un-recoverable and would need a fresh install. Not that I am saying this IS going to happen but "Failure is NOT an option....It comes bundled with Windows" :-D
Any one have any suggestions. I plan on telling the owner to contact the manufacturer for a set.

Thanks,

Ian
 

Answer:Vista Home Premium Recovery Disks

Toshiba charges about $25 for restore disks, which is cheap enough I would consider it money well spent.

Alternatively, you can look here and click on the link in the second paragraph.
 

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