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Recover Windows 8 from just the Lenovo recovery partition

Question: Recover Windows 8 from just the Lenovo recovery partition

Hello all,I have a T530, which came with Windows 8. I tried it for a day or so, then installed Linux and went on my way. I now want to reinstall Win8 on the original hard drive. The only partition that has survived on the drive is the Lenovo recovery partition, which I believe can be used to completely recover Windows 8, but I am completely unable to access it in any way that I have tried. I have even installed an evaluation copy of 8.1 on the computer to see if I could use it to access the recovery partition, but no dice. Is there any way I can use just the Lenovo recovery partition to get back to Windows 8? Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Recover Windows 8 from just the Lenovo recovery partition

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Answer: Recover Windows 8 from just the Lenovo recovery partition

Try downloading and installing the ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery program - it may allow you to access the recovery partition if it is, indeed, still on the drive.





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I happened to convert the basic disk to a dynamic disk and format the lenovo recovery partition such that I could no longer use this partition during booting in. Is there any way that I can recover this partition? I tried to use the recovery disk from lenovo, but encountered a runtime error during the recovery process:Runtime Error!Program: X:/preboot/recovery/RECOVERY.EXEThis application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.Please contact the application's support team for more information. Thanks a lot!

Answer:recover the lenovo recovery partition

the only way I know is with a set of product recovery disc if the disc you made don't work you might have to call lenovo to see if you can buy a set ($55) or search the internet for "thinkpad recovery CDs" ($24.99)





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I have my netbook dual-boot WinXP and Windows 7. (I used EasyBCD for the dual-boot setup.)

In booting into Win7, I used to have the option of the "repair your computer", which brought one several useful tools, if there is problem booting.

Of course, the exact same tools are on the Win7 setup DVD, which I have. However, with a netbook, I don't always have the USB DVD drive with me, or the DVD, and that recovery stuff boots up much faster from the HDD partition, than from the DVD. So I think it is good to have. (Not at all like the notebook manufacturers recovery partitions. I wouldn't want to use those at all, wiping out all my data.)

Recently I upgraded to a larger HDD. I used Acronis to clone my old HDD (at that time in the notebook) to the new HDD (attached via USB enclosure). (It was an older Acronis version, long predating Win7. I don't know if I would have had better results with a new version.)

Well, at first I could not boot at all, with the new HDD installed. I was able to fix that though. (I forget the details of it at the moment.)

Also, my drive letters (I have four partitions-drives) were messed up, so somehow the Acronis cloning did not keep that information, and I had to fix that in both XP and 7, with Disk Management.

For the most part though, my partitions were all intact in the new drive. Being a larger HDD, I increased the size of a couple, in the Acronis interface.

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Answer:Recover Windows 7 Recovery Partition?

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots

If you cloned the HD over then the Recovery Partition should be intact, although whether it will still run from the hotkey at boot is questionable. What is your make and model so we can advise you on trying to boot Recovery?

If Repair console is on the HD it is the 100mb System Reserved partition placing it on the F8 Advanced Boot tools menu. What options do you have on that menu now? Does Repair load if there?

Since you have the DVD to use the preferred method of reinstall, you probably don't really need the Recovery Partition anyway, so may want to recover its space if it doesn't cue up to run from boot. You can always order Recovery Disks from your tech support if you didn't make them when Recovery was still working from All Programs.

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Hey guys, I've tried searching a lot about this topic but couldn't find an answer or maybe it was too complicated for me. So basically i 'm trying to restore my windows 7 home premium to factory settings. I don't have a backup CD and I can't find my product key which is supposed to be in an sticker at the back of my laptop. Well there is a sticker but its been two years and the sticker has been washed out(sort of) and I can't properly see the product key now.

My HP G62 notebook PC has 3 partitions. Drive C is where all of my data is stored, Drive D is named recovery, which I guess is a manufacturer's recovery partition. It occupies about 11 GB of memory. The third partition has nothing. I was thinking I could restore my laptop to factory settings using this manufacturer's recovery partition but a Microsoft support guy told me I'll need the product key and a windows 7 disc for this to work.

So what do I do now? How do I get my product key? I tried contacting HP to see if they could help me with the product key thing but since I don't live in the US, they keep transferring the line from one department to another. I'm so disappointed with their so called support.

So could you guys please tell me what shall I do now?

Answer:Need to recover my windows 7 using manufacturer's recovery partition

Offhand, I think the MS support guy is wrong.

I've never had a PC with a recovery partition, but my understanding is that they will restore without any Windows 7 disc or Product Key.

Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.

You'd need the Product Key from the sticker if you were going to do a clean install, but you aren't.

I think the recovery partition will self-activate.

I don't think recovery partitions are foolproof, so you may have issues of some kind. But generally they work OK.

You must back up any personal data or it will be lost.

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Lenvo Community So I moved over to the dartk side and have installed Windows 10 on my Lenovo T430.  So far so good but what happens to the Lenovo Recovery partition which remains on the computer.  DO I still have access to it in the event something happens to WIndows 10 or should I remove the partition.  I have OEM recovery disks so I can always return to WIndows 7 (or so I think) Jeff

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I found many entries while searching in the forum, but no one seems to be similar to my problem: I want to recover my windows vista system partition using the recovery partition on my T61p. This was working fine for me last time. But meanwhile i installed Ubuntu which was installing grub loader, i think this causes the problem while rewrite the mbr. Pressing the Thinvantage-Button while booting doesnt show me usable entries. If i boot from the Thinkpad-Recovery Boot disk iexpect that after pressing "next" the linux and data partitions will be deleted also. But especially that i could do at last recovery... "select partition you want to use as system partition" or another message like that. I remember, i was thrilled when i saw this message. Because at the time i was doing this i expected something like this. But today it would be really great i dont have to reinstall Linux. Can you please tell me how i shall continue?  Thanks













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Answer:recover from recovery partition

It sounds like you installed Linux and it edited the boot record. Because of this the ThinkVantage button no longer works and you're afraid that using the recovery discs will wipe everything (including your Linux install). Is that right? In that case, you are indeed right and using the recovery discs will wipe everything including your Linux installation. You might be able to correct the boot record such that the ThinkVantage button works again, but I don't think you can use Lenovo's software to recover the Vista install without wiping your Linux install. You might be able to do a standalone Vista install and use the License that came with your machine, but you'll need the standalone Vista disc to do so.





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Could not boot. So - attempted to re-install OS. Ended up with a "recovery partition" which is c:\. My old c:\ is now d:\. I see all my data on d:\. How do I restore d:\ to be my main boot on c:\?

Answer:Using Recovery Partition to Recover Partition

First of all, welcome to BC !
 
Make and model of computer please, or main specs if it is a home built.
 
In Windows, the boot drive, where Windows lives, is always C:\ , your data can be anywhere on the system and it doesn't really matter. I've got three hard drives on this computer with data on all of them. Your applications are usually on the C:\ drive, but don't have to be and so long as they are working it doesn't really matter.
 
What may be more important, as far as your data goes, is how big is the D:\ partition ?  If the restore created a partition for Windows that was sufficient for Windows plus a little bit and left most of your space for applications and data on D:\ , then that is fine. If however your D:\ partition is just big enough to contain your data and applications then something will have to be re-arranged !  Data tends to grow with time.
 
You can easily find out how big C:\ and D:\ are. Click 'Start - Computer' and you will get a screen that lists all your drives, tells you how big they are, and shows how much free space there is in each. If you do have a problem, post back.
 
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I just purchased my Lenovo G580 notebook. As usual and as I make to my any computer, I added 5 partitions because 2 partitions are not sufficient for me. Later on, I had to use the recovery option for some reason and to test, but when I was booting by recovery button, it said the recovery partition is damaged  (not the exact wording) not the exact wording but similar words) and it did not recover. I started the notebook again and launched one button recovery on Windows. I selected "backup" , it said it can not backup on this laptop. I thought I deleted the recovery partition but after some research I found there is a hidden partition named pbr.dr as the last partition, starting with symbol "*" , and it is a GPT unused partition. So it was there and I thought may be the contents were deleted - but explored inside and it is not deleted? How can I reactivate and make reuseful this partition?

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Hi All, I recently bought a Lenovo G460 Notebook and installed linux on it to dual boot with WIndows 7. There was a problem with sound which I got fixed and everything is working fine now. My question is: Will me linux partition be there as it is If I recover the windows 7 partition using one key recovery?How to create a rescue disk from One key recovery? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Lenovo G460 Windows 7 One Key Recovery with a Linux Partition

Hi nilankaraja,To create a rescue disk :: http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/onekey_recovery_46_user_guide.pdfOn part of the Linux partition, are you asking if the partition will be saved ? Or is it something else?





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Hello,

I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

‪Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD‬‏ - YouTube

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Steps followed in this video are listed below.

Assume that the flash drive is F and disk 1 in diskpart.

Create 2 folders on the flash drive - boot and sources

cd c:\recovery
dir /a:sh
cd YOUR_GUID_DIRECTORY (only subdirectory in c:\recovery)
dir /a:sh
xcopy /h boot.sdi F:\boot
echo F|xcopy /h Winre.wim F:\sources\boot.wim
cd c:\windows\boot\
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\bcd F:\boot
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\en-US\bootfix.bin F:\boot
xcopy /h pcat\bootmgr F:
attrib -r -s -h /s F:\*
diskpart
list disk
select disk 1
list partition
select partition 1
active
list partition
exit

Eject the flash drive and boot from it.

Create a USB flash drive which has the same functionality as a system repair disc - startup repair, system restore, image recovery, and command prompt. Some computers may take more time to boot from USB, although newer machines should boot faster. This method should also work with a USB hard drive.




There are a lot of things with a USB workaround, provided you have a USB flash drive to spare. That should help cover the use of a System Repair Disk, however you will need to access a feature during the BIOS stage that will allow you to activate the recovery partition.

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Hello,

I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!
 

Answer:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

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I have an HP PAvillion DV2000 that had a disk failure. The primary partition is dead (get's IO errors), but the "HP_Recovery" partition seems to be OK. I copied the recivery partition (using Partition Copy" function of Partition Commander) to a backup drive and replaced the disk drive. The new drive checked out fine from end-to-end, so I did a partition copy of the recovery partition back to the new drive from the backup drive. I can see the recovery partition as well as the "C Drive" partition, but I cannot get the recovery partition to be recognized as a bootable partition either by the BIOS (either as the primary partition or as the partition pointed to by pressing "F11" t startup) or by Partition Commander. I have tried everything i can think of, but it feels like I am missing something. Anyone have any ideas?.
 

Answer:Solved: Can't recover the recovery partition

The MBR of systems with a recovery partition senses keystrokes to enable boot from the recovery partition. That is now gone and it is not normally bootable.

If you create an SGD Boot Disk and boot from it, you may be able to bypass the MBR and boot directly into the partition. It has worked for others, but that really depends if the partition was altered in the imaging process.
 

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My friend was trying to delete the bloatware off this Yoga 2 Pro, but deleted the partition that uses the Onekey Recovery software.  He did manage to backup the factory OS, but since it's missing that recovery boot partition he is unable to do a factory reset.  Is there anyway to fix this?

Answer:Recover the Recovery Boot partition

How does deleting partition =  to deleting bloatware? Unless your friend gets the OKR engineer edition 8.0 or buys recovery disks (and buys an external CD reader), he is out of luck.

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Lenovo 3000 N200 with XP.I've been trying to do a system recovery back to factory settings using the the boot recovery option at startup. It took 3 attempts (2 crashes) just to get XP back up and running, but it was completely blank with no software or drivers and no internet connection to download drivers etc.Just the lonely recycle bin icon in the corner. Well this is uesless I thought and decided to have a go with the recovery CD's instead. When the first CD has done it's thing it asks for CD number 1, which I put in, and it tells me it's the wrong CD. I have tried all the CD's I have and they are all the wrong CD apparantely! So I was going nowhere with that method and decided to revert back to the initial boot method. Only that is completely messed up and now asks me for disk 1 which doesn't work. So now my laptop is knackered with no way of reinstalling XP from either the boot menu or the recovery disks. I've even tried installing XP from an official Windows XP disk and it's not having that either! What can I do? Ask Lenovo for a set of recovery CD's? How much would that cost? And would they even work?Thanks for any advice Message Edited by bobtheblob on 10-03-2008 04:50 PM

Answer:Can't recover XP from partition OR recovery disks

your best bet is to call lenovo, those discs should have more probability of working.

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I got x121e and I upgraded HDD to SSD. How could I recover my recovery partition and re-install MSWin7? The original HDD is wiped, empty partition table. I created recovery media - USB stick but it is not bootable (at least the laptop cannot boot from it). The files on the stick are as follows: AUTORUN.INF  bootmgr          LenovoQDrive.exe  System Volume Information  winRE.wimBoot         factoryrecovery  qdrive.ico        usb.tagAny hints would be appreciated.

Answer:Recover recovery partition on x121e

Hello and welcome,
 
You can try making that USB stick bootable by one of two (or more) methods:  set the partition active or create a new stick and copy the contents of the old one to it.
 
This presumes that the reason it isn't bootable is that the partition isn't active.  That's just a guess, but maybe worth exploring.
 
New or used USB memory keys or USB flash drives require an active partition created from within Wind...
 
That link explains how to prep the flash drive.  If you run through the whole process you'll erase the drive.  Do that if you're preparing a 2nd drive.  If you want to try to just set the existing drive active only use the appropriate commands.   Don't clean, create, or format.  (and double-check what I"m suggesting...)
 
As I said, this is just a WAG based on not much info.  Might get you going.
 
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Ok so I apologize in advance if this story is a bit long, and horrifying (actually it's probably entertaining xD). I purchased the Lenovo y510p gaming laptop on back on July 14th 2014. I got the laptop, and it just didn't work for me. It didn't play the games I wanted it to, it had overheating issues, the keyboard had a really sharp edge making typing uncomfortable as well. After installing Sony Vegas and Avast, and just shifting some of my personal photos/music over, I made a backup of the laptop using the OneKey Recovery software. This backup was made to one of my 500GB external hard drives. So I then decided that I just didn't like the laptop, and it was time to return it. I called Newegg, and got my RMA all ready to go. Because I had lot of my personal files and programs, I decided the fastest way to delete everything would be to use the OneKey Recovery by Lenovo, and do a factory reset. At the time, I didn't think anything of this then simply putting the laptop back to exactly how I got it. I even booted it up after the factory reset, and it looked just like the first day I got it. Fast forward 2 weeks, and my RMA is denied from Newegg:   Your RMA (RMA Number: 60470880) return was received and sent to our Inspections Department for closer examination. 34-313-740 NB LENOVO IDEAPAD Y510P 59406636 RTSystem has been modified/altered original manufacturers operating system has been removed cannot access restore partition, this voids Newegg w... Read more

Answer:How to recover deleted "Recovery Partition"

If you only used One Key Recovery by Lenovo, it should not delete the partition. (I hope you did not format the whole system) Once you receive the laptop, you can check if this partition still exists in Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Disk Management.It should show some drives, other than the C: , D: and the SSD (if you have). Those drives are the recovery partitions. I can post a sample screenshot in the evening. Sadly, I do not know any way to recover that partition. As I have seen on this forum several people who lost that partition could not roll back their laptop to original settings without a recovery drive (which is different from a recovery backup).

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To help some people out... I read some of you formatted your drive and now are stuck without the ability to restore Win 8 if you went to Win 7 before you knew there was an issue, or lost your recovery partition for any other reason. FYI, if you can get your hands on ANY Win 8 disk (doesn't matter if its Professional or the Regular version) and install it, your serial key for Win 8 is hardcoded into your motherboard BIOS. Therefore, if you have access to a disk, you can simply install and it will auto activate and install your pre installed key. No need to spend $90 or more if you don't have to. If you don't have an external DVD Drive, simply download the Win7 to USB tool from Microsoft (it will work for Win 8) and transfer the disk image to a USB thumb drive (from another PC of course). Then boot from the thumb drive to install. Note: You will have to go into the BIOS to turn OFF UEFI and allow it to boot and install from a thumb drive. In my experience, I had to turn off UEFI in the BIOS (Get to BIOS by pressing F2 at boot). By turn off, I mean place in "Legacy" mode. Then save and exit and allow to restart. Upon restart, enter the BIOS once again and you should now see your thumb drive appear on the list of bootable devices (the thumb drive has to be connected BEFORE booting into BIOS). Move the thumb drive up the list to be the first boot device, save and exit and you are in business. Also, if you have access to the MSDN, you can actually download the R... Read more

Answer:Lenovo S405 How To: Re-Install Windows 8 if you have lost your recovery partition

This is very helpful and informative, thank you for posting!

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I need to recover my desktop Vista back to factory settings. There is a recovery partition which says it is healthy.
When I start the recovery process, it searches for a recovery location but doesn't find one.
Any ideas, please?

Answer:Recover Vista doesn't see recovery partition

Usually brand-named PCs will have a recovery manager and you may find some help files there. If you have, or are able to do, then burn the recovery DVDs and restore to factory settings using them.

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My Satellite L300 cannot boot anymore. All recover attempts have failed ("STOP 0x8086" blue screen).
The chkdsk from another PC also partially failed. The hard disk definitely needs to be replaced.
However the recovery partition of the hard disk can be browsed from another PC or from a DVD linux boot.

I plan to buy a new hard disk but don't have the recovery DVD to set it up.
Should I buy the recovery DVD from the support site or can I burn the recovery partition from another PC after mounting on it the sick disk?

Can I download the recovery disk creator software on any kind of PC to then burn the recovery partition on a dvd, and eventually use the burned recovery disk to install a brand new hard disk?

Thanks.

Answer:Re: No boot, no recover, can I burn the recovery partition from other pc?

> Should I buy the recovery DVD from the support site or can I burn the recovery partition from another PC after mounting on it the sick disk?
Something like this is not possible.
You must buy original recovery DVD and you can order it on https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx
> Can I download the recovery disk creator software on any kind of PC to then burn the recovery partition on a dvd, and eventually use the burned recovery disk to install a brand new hard disk?
Forget it. The whole thing doesn?t work on this way.

Buy recovery from Toshiba and install original recovery image on new HDD. It costs a bit but it is easiest und fastest way to have well working notebook with ?factory settings?.

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Good Evening to all, I have a Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBD that got corrupted during a disk check. I can't boot, as it gets stuck on a loop trying to make disk check.I know there is a partition with lenovo data for a factory recovery.I managed to get all the data from that partition to an usb.The only other laptop i have is not a lenovo and has windows 7. How can I make a bootable usb drive with the data from the partition, to recover the lenovo laptop? I Checked that lenovo one key recovery 7.0 is the tool -https://support.lenovo.com/ec/en/videos/ht050884 but i can't install it on my other laptop that is not a lenovo.Any other suggestion?Thank you,Best Regards,Pedro

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 Bonjour tous,
 
Je souhaiterais savoir si quelqu'un s'est dj pench sur ce problme. Je possde un T440S et la partition de rcupration me permet la rinstallation de Windows 7 Pro, mais aprs le passage Windows 10, je souhaiterais que la partion me rinstalle Windows 10 Pro
 
Merci, 
 
 
English translation ............
 
Update the Lenovo recovery partition after Windows 10 migration
 
 Hello everyone,I would like to know if someone has already addressed this issue . I have a T440S and the recovery partition allows me to reinstall Windows 7 Pro, but after switching to Windows 10 , I would like the partion me reinstalls Windows 10 Prothank you ,
 
 
Mod's Edit: Provided English translation for the benefit of our English readers.
                     Translation provided by Google, please forgive any grammar errors.

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Having some troubles with an upgrade to Windows 8 and just wondering about my options to revert back to Windows 7.Computer is almost brand new with no "personal" information on it.

Answer:Z580 - Does Windows 8 complete reset erase Lenovo recovery partition

What do you mean by "complete reset"? BTW





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Hello Everybody, Just bought a Lenovo G580 notebook with pre installed Windows 8 (500gb harddisk, 4 gb RAM, Intel B960).I have been using Easeus partition manager with Windows 7 & its been working very well.So I wanted to partition my new HDD with it.Upon creating the a new 100gb partition (most importantly from OS partition that was about 428 gb) a very strange thing happened.The Refresh/Reset functions of WIndows 8 stopped working saying required recovery files are missing, also Lenovo One Key recovery program does not work with the message that required service partition is currently unavailable.At the same time, apparently  partition called Windows recovery  (1000 mb, hidden) still exists.One more peculiar thing I noticed & that is there is a new 1mb unallocated partition before the Windows recovery partition.While partitioning I did not receive any message about deleting of any data.One last piece of information (not sure if relevant) is before doing partition I had created a system image that I am unable to restore, Windows 8 repair function recognises the image bit is unable to restore it. Any ideas how to restore the System Recovery functions or how to restore the system image. ThanksPetr

Answer:Lenovo G580 - WIndows 8 - Resizing OS partition & problems with system recovery

Hi petrmichal,
 
Thanks for Posting and welcome to the Lenovo Community,
 
I?d like to apologize to you for facing this issue but am sorry to tell you that the HDD partitioning caused that the recovery image won?t be working anymore and in the case that you want to create back system image recovery will be at the service center,
 
I?d like to provide you with the contact support number to able to contact them:
 


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Hope the information helps. Let us know.
 
Regards
 

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I'm having an issue in recovering a disk copy (partition) to a new drive.
my sons machine (w7 same as mine) started to get msgs saying his drive was failing. So I bought a new 2tb drive to replace his 1tb drive (both WD). I removed his drive and attached it to my PC as an external drive. I then used Acronis to take a back up to my D Drive. I disconnected the old disk and connected the new disk. I tried to run a recovery to the new disk, which I'd formatted and created as a simple disk. I get the message 'cannot recover the selected disk' I've tried both partition and disk recovery modes. If it try to recover to my own 'C' drive it accepts this. I assume from this I do not have rights to the new drive. I've done this operation many times for other people and only once before have I had this issue, unfortunately I can't remember how I fixed it. Any help appreciated as usual. Al

Answer:Acronis 2014 recovery problem - cannot recover this partition

I think it because you are trying to recover an active partition to an external drive
Acronis is expecting to go the other way external to internal.
try putting your "d drive" in the case and connecting the new drive in place of your D drive.
Run acronis and recover to the new drive.

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I have a U410 that is only a couple months old. A few days ago I decided to take the plunge and accept the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. Big mistake. SInce the upgrade, I've had a slew of problems ranging from programs not running to hard disk integrity checks every time I restart the computer. I've already refreshed the computer (wiping all programs), with no luck. Now I'd like to restore from the recovery partition. However, when I press the onekey button I get the same behavior described here, and can't boot to system recovery mode.   Based on some of the posts in this thread, I gather that any change in the partition sizes pretty much breaks the onekey software, but that sometimes restoring the factory partition sizes can cause it to work again. I haven't knowingly made any changes to the partition sizes, yet looking at disk management I am seeing more partitions than I would have expected (not sure if they were there before the upgrade since I've never looked before). I would like to know if there's any way I can regain access to the recovery partition--and if not, what my best bet is for undoing the damage the 8.1 upgrade did to my OS. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Dear friends and experts. I bought my Lenovo C3000-C100 a couple of years ago. I did make the recovery DVD, then I copy all files from the recovery partition (the whole ibm_service directory). And I deleted that partition to make more room.  Recently my laptop was infected with virus and I could not find the recovery DVD, but I still have the USB disk with all the files from ibm_service directory and I can boot my laptop with the Hiren boot CD and access them from the external USB disk. By the way, I started Hiden as mini Windows XP environment Do you think I can somehow run the recovery program from those files? If it is possible, how I can proceed? Thank you very much.   

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Hi,My T61p has suddenly stopped booting up properly, the ThinkVantage button doesn't work (I cannot access Rescue and Recovery) and I am traveling and do not have my backup CD with me. Is there a way I can get access to the hidden partition with Vista on it and rebuild from there? I found this website that seems to describe what I want to do:http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4UFUYKHowever, my Thinkpad neither came with a floppy disk drive (which computer nowadays does?) and I also don't have a folder c:/IBMTOOLS that is mentioned in there.My details are:- I am running Vista Ultimate (english version)- T61p- I only have access to a French version of Vista Business to start a recovery console (with which I backed up my files)The symptoms are:- Cannot access Rescue and Recovery (when I press the button I only get a screen asking me to access the BIOS, boot normally or boot from a different device)- Several system drivers seem to be missing (e.g. intelide.sys or acpi.sys)- My MBR may have been destroyed previously (a Vista tool recreated it)- Both my HD and main memory passed diagnostic tests, so the problem isn't thereMy questions are:- Is there a way I can access the hidden partition and initiate a reinstall from there from the command-line (my French recovery console)- Is there a way I can recover access to Rescue and Recovery without requiring a floppy disk?Any help is appreciated,Petra
 
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I've managed to make a set of recovery disks and a  backup of the system. Do I still need the Lenovo D: drive now I've done this? I'd quite like to reclaim the space if possible. How would I get rid of it and get the space into the C drive. Bit puzzled by Lenovo documentation - it says the recovery drive is hidden but I can see it , 12 gb or so D:













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Answer:Recovery partition - delete after making recover dsks

bodsham wrote:I've managed to make a set of recovery disks and a  backup of the system. Do I still need the Lenovo D: drive now I've done this? I'd quite like to reclaim the space if possible. How would I get rid of it and get the space into the C drive. Bit puzzled by Lenovo documentation - it says the recovery drive is hidden but I can see it , 12 gb or so D:I suggest that you first verify that your recovery discs actually work.  Right now, I have reason to believe that mine don't, so I'm keeping my Q drive until I'm confident. Also, it would be wise to save the folder SWTOOLS to another location. That folder has all of the Windows 7 drivers for the X220t so if you are forced to re-install windows you can get up and going with minimun hassle, as far as getting all the functions of you laptop back.

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Hi there,

I have a Satellite C660D-17E laptop and want to format my hard drive, delete the recovery partition and recover the preinstalled Windows 7 and other software. I don't want to keep any of my own data, that's all backed up already, I just want to be sure I can safely restore the preinstalled stuff. I have a few questions I need help to clear up before I go ahead.

Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would? If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?

I found [this post|http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/support/items/faq/71] which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that? Will it restore the OS and software from the dvd backup disk? Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?


Added sidenote:
I actually would prefer to be able to choose which preinstalled programs get installed after I format, but I'm guessing that's probably not possible and will have to settle for installing everything and removing what I don't want after. Or is there a way?


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Answer:Format HDD, delete recovery partition then recover with disk

Hi

I will try to offer some help. ;)
> Am I right in thinking the dvd recovery disks I made when I first got my laptop will have all the software and drivers I need on it, the same as the recovery partition would?
Yes. Recovery image saved on recovery discs contains operating system, all necessary drivers, Toshiba specific tools and utilities and some additional software.
> If I make another spare set now just to be safe will they only have the out of the box default stuff: OS, software and drivers on and none of my data?
Preinstalled ?Toshiba recovery creator? make recovery disc that includes recovery image only. It has nothing to do with your personal data.
> I found this post which explains the recovery process. If I select "Erase the hard disk" (so I can erase my hdd and remove the recovery partition too) what happens after that?
After that you must use created recovery discs for recovery image installation.
> Will the process after this recreate a recovery partition (which I don't want)?
When you use recovery discs for recovery image installation your notebook will have ?factory settings? that include recovery image saved on HDD. To be honest I don't understand why you don't want to have this recovery image on HDD. This allows you to make recovery installation using HDD recovery option. But of course you can delete it later to get more free space on your HDD. For recovery image installation you can always use created recovery DVD discs. ... Read more

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Hello all, I'm new here so I need help with my laptop. I just bought this laptop last year and this few days, I can't seem to boot it. The windows boot manager is not booting giving me two errors, one is error code 0xc0000034 and another error code is 0xc0000185. I tried using the OneKey Recovery to do system restore but it says the partition has been damaged and cannot be restored. I did not do any partitioning to the hard drive besides the default C: and D: drives. I also tried using windows 8.1 USB drive (since the laptop doess not have ROM installed) to repair the window, but it doesn't work. I can't reset it nor refresh it nor system recovery. I don't understand what is wrong with my laptop. Can someone please help me and guide me on what should I do? 

Answer:Lenovo Y500 OneKey Recovery partition damage + Windows 8.1 doesn't boot

feiyer wrote:Hello all, I'm new here so I need help with my laptop. I just bought this laptop last year and this few days, I can't seem to boot it. The windows boot manager is not booting giving me two errors, one is error code 0xc0000034 and another error code is 0xc0000185. I tried using the OneKey Recovery to do system restore but it says the partition has been damaged and cannot be restored. I did not do any partitioning to the hard drive besides the default C: and D: drives. I also tried using windows 8.1 USB drive (since the laptop doess not have ROM installed) to repair the window, but it doesn't work. I can't reset it nor refresh it nor system recovery. I don't understand what is wrong with my laptop. Can someone please help me and guide me on what should I do? Can you please elaborate how you initiate the OneKey Recovery?

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Hi there,
I have a PC i am trying to format and reinstall windows vista. Unfortunately my mate has lost his original recovery dvd I made him and has now got a corrupted/damaged recovery partition.
After all the searching I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do this. I want to format the hard drive and start from fresh as he has major Virus problems.
I tried searching old threads but couldnt find anything like what I needed, I hope I am not repaeting a thread already. If so please point me in right direction.
If it helps its a Acer 6252 travelmate.

All help greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance...

Answer:How to recover Vista Basic - no Partition or original recovery discs

Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc — The NeoSmart Files

the 32 bit version is a bit further down

how to use............

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One :: the How-To Geek

let us know how you get on

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My System was without a SSD Drive, but I upgraded it by my own and everything was allright after I cloned the System to the SSD-drive. I keep the "LENOVO_PART" (20gb) on my HDD, and the rest of it was just for Data-storage. 2 Month later Iwanted to change my Partitions on the SSD so I did an imagebackup with the OneKey Recovery Software and at this time my OneKey Recovery Partition was still bootable. But after cleaning C: I couldn't boot the OKR-Parttion anymore due to the fact I couldn't load my imagebackup!!! After installing Windows 7 new I realized the "LENOVE_PART" Partition is still there hidden and with the id 12, everything is as it should be, but i can't boot the recovery system to restore my old image. What can I change to be able booting the recovery system again? 

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i tried to burn a Factory Recovery DVD using Onekey Recovery tool. i chose Create Recovery disk, selected Factory Default recovery disk and got to the burning options. The disks were successfully burnt. I tried to burn one more set for safety but I get the following error message. The program cannot find the service partition. This function is currently unavailable. Is there any solution for the problem?













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Answer:Y550 Lenovo recovery hidden partition visible and One Key recovery doesnt work

restart your computer and try again or copying the disks using nero may help.there are ways to activate hidden partition but not suggested.

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Hi!  First of all - sorry for my english. I have problem with my Lenovo G570. I make a backup DVD with system by OKR (4DVD). Then by accident i DELETED my recovery partition. When i try to boot from these DVD i get error: "The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect ,you may have to recreate the partition to continue". My partitions looks like this: C: New installation of Windows 7 enterprise trialD: Lenovo (default partition with drivers and backup)Hidden empty partition where recovery was. What should i do now?

Answer:Lenovo G570 - I delete my recovery partition, recovery DVD doesn't work.

@meliegree,Did you make a Factory Restore disc in OKR or did you just do the backup only?If its backup only, you might need to contact Lenovo support to get a factory restore disc instead in order to get the partition fixed.

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I installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux in my 3000 N100 0768GZQ laptop and deleted the partition in which i had installed Vista using fdisk. However, fdisk also deleted the Lenovo rescue and recovery partition. Not realizing this i created 2 new partitions in the free space. Now I want to install Vista in one of these partitions and I don't have a Lenovo Rescue and Recovery drive or the recovery CDs. Please help me.

Answer:Lost Lenovo Rescue and recovery partition in 3000 N100 0768GZQ have no recovery disks, please help

You can either get a hold of Vista installation disks and install it manually, or call Lenovo support and ask for recovery disks. They may charge you for the disks as you are supposed to create your own recovery disks.





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This doesn't seem right.. I used Thinkvantage tools to make recovery discs.  Also in this tool was the option to recover the space of the recovery partition and add it to the overall C-drive space.  Unfortunately, now that I've made (and boot-tested) the recovery discs, I can't get back into the recovery disc tool to make use of the partition.  Is there any other way to run the recovery partition removal tool, or will I have to do it manually?  













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Answer:Option to delete recovery partition is lost after recover discs are made.

what os are you using in win. 7 you can do it with disk management





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Just set up my new M83 ThinkCentre. The Lenovo Solution Center is flagging the Storage device as needing attention. The Lenovo Recovery partition (Q - set up in factory, I presume) was set up with 11.9GB and is 87% full. I presume I should ignore the alert because I'm not going to use it unless i had to recover the system back to the factory installation. I don't want to set the reminder to "never" because then i won't be alerted when the main partition in my C-drive approaches capacity.  Should I increase the size of the Q partition? If yes, how would I do that without affecting the content? Or should I just ignore the alerts and live with the annoyance. Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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Hello all, I'm new here. I bought a Lenovo G50-70 at the end of 2014. I want to create a recovery media of my RECOVERY PARTITION. Ok I have Lenovo OneKey Recovery App v8 but with that application I can't create a recovery media of my recovery partition, I can ONLY create a recovery of my current partition (in this case: C: ). I don't want that my current partition has 119 GB. My recovery partition has 15GB, my question is: How can I access there to record it in a USB, DVD or my PC? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Lenovo G50-70 create a recovery media (of recovery partition)

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Hi, I have a lenovo 3000 J Series and it is preloaded with windows xp home in the recovery partition. I am wondering if there is anyway to upgrade the recovery partition to vista so I can rebuild straight from the partition or do I have to install from the Vista cd everytime. And if so is there anyway to get all the factory stuff on my clean install of vista like win dvd, rescue and recovery, PC doctor etc.?? Cheers Sebastian 

Answer:Lenovo Recovery Partition

If your system came with a Vista COA on the side of it then yes.  You can call the helpcenter and order a Vista recovery cd set for a fee.  But if your system did not come with Vista (the certificate of authernticy sticker on the side should say Vista) then you don't have a license for Vista and will need to purchase an upgrade CD from any local computer store. To get your Thinkvantage applications and other preloaded apps installed you can install the Thinkvantage System Update application on your system.  It will scan your system and download all of the applications for your system.Message Edited by shumpert on 07-23-2008 09:35 PM





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Hi, i have a new lenovo thinkcentre e73 and just put the recovery files on to disk and then deleted the recovery Partition and now im worried .  If the computer ever breaks and i need to use the recovery disks i just made will it restore it to factory settings even restore the Q drive? Thanks and sorry im a pain, Im a worrier.













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Answer:Lenovo Recovery Partition

My advice (and it's just mine, of course) is to forget about the recovery partition from Lenovo, and how to use it along with the recovery media you might have built or been provided with by Lenovo, and what to do about the Q partition, etc., etc.
 
Why would you ever really want to go back to "factory" state?  Then you'd have to re-customize, re-install of of your 3rd-party software products, etc., etc..
 
Why not just instead implement an ongoing regular automatically scheduled (maybe weekly, or twice a week, or whatever makes you comfortable) "system image" backup regimen using a product like Macrium Reflect Free (or modestl priced non-free Standard version with additional useful functionality).  Buy yourself a 2TB external USB 3.0 drive like this Verbatim drive, and use it to store your multiple generations of "system image" backups.
 
Now you actually have an automatic system backup of your complete and up-to-date operational C-partition, as well as of any other partitions you care to backup in this "complete partition" way. If you ever do need to "restore" because of Windows corruption, or virus, or who knows what reason, you can at least revert to a very very recent version that already includes everything you've ever customized or installed.  Isn't that a better reversion platform level than Lenovo "factory"??
 
Also, if you want to supplement your "entire partition" backups (i.e. "system image") with a more everyday-usable... Read more

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After going to Windows 10, I still have a Lenovo Recovery Partition (about 10 Gb).  I do not think this is usable anymore.  What can I do with it.  Is it safe to delete it or format it?  I have a SL510 laptop.

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Hi All,
Just started a new job where I am required to do quite a lot of IT related work. I have been wondering if there is a quick way of installing Win 7 with all necessary updates onto Lenovo work-station (which has recovery partition), should a situation occur where the PC need to be re-set to factory settings. I have a feeling that an image after clean install and downloading all updates would be handy, however there are few technicalities that I have problems with:

1. Where should I save the image of the OS? (should I create a separate partition where the image would be placed, since the recovery partition isn't probably big enough to save into, and I could have problems accessing it)

2 Would there be another, simpler/quicker way of installing fresh OS with all necessary updates (+SP1) onto the machine without deleting/accessing/modifying recovery partition?

I spent quite a lot of time re-setting few machines, since the broadband is pretty bad in my work-place, and downloading all updates, and SP! took a lot of time.

Please note that I do not want to use USB sticks, or disks. The hard drive would be the optimal choice for me here.

Any help with the above would be much appreciated.
Thanks.

PS. Let me know if more info is needed.

Answer:WIn 7/recovery partition Lenovo

Will you only be managing one PC for this issue or do you have a network of computers that could possibly need to be reimaged?

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Dear All,

My colleague mistakenly deleted all the file from the Windows 7 recovery drive, drive is still there and nothing have been copied in that drive after deleting the recovery files. Machine is HP Probook 4530s. Is there any way to restore the windows 7 recovery reset the system to its factory settings?

Thanks in advance


Regards

Answer:Recover Deleted Windows 7 Recovery Files from Recovery Drive

You might be able to use a free recovery tool like Recuva or MiniTool Partition Wizard. But there are no guarantees that all deleted files will be recovered or that they will be in a usable condition.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

MiniTool Partition Recovery

It may be safer to contact HP support and buy a set of recovery disks for your particular machine. I'm taking a guess that you are in India?

Contact HP - Office locations | HP? India

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Hey guys,when i got my laptop there was a Q partition on my computer named as Lenovo_Recovery and when i clicked on it, it asked me to create recovery DVD, so I did. not it gives me an option to Recover drive space, so as i have guessed it will delete the partition and merge the space to drive C, but my question is that, will it remove all the recovery data on my laptop?will the Thinkvantage button work when I press it during boot and take me to recovery options?or it won't work and i have to use the recovery DVDs?   

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After going to Windows 10, I still have a Lenovo Recovery Partition (about 10 Gb).  I do not think this is usable anymore.  What can I do with it.  Is it safe to delete it or format it?  I have a SL510 laptop.
 
 
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Hi all, need a bit of advice. First of all, just a bit of background information: I was working away one night doing some word processing and shut my laptop down for the night, turned it back on the next morning to be greeted by a start-up repair loop, I tried various things to repair this i.e. restoring system, software, security etc., running chkdsk, bootrec, etc. and nothing - OneKey Recovery would also not work. It told me something along the lines of a partition had been changed, when I have never modified the partitions on my laptop. Long story short, nothing would work and so I have had to do a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium and this removed all of the partitions in the process - I have reinstalled all of my drivers so the sound, ports etc. are all working but of course now everything is going to be on the C: drive. Is there a way I can set it up how it used to be with a separate drive for the system and to get the recovery drive back? I am cautious about having everything on C:, even though I make backups of all my important files. A step-by-step tutorial would be great, I managed to recover my important documents through xcopy however I am no computer expert. Thank you for your time.

Answer:Lenovo G770 Recovery Partition

Hi Joolker,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that your G770 Laptop was not booting to windows and working as expected after re-installing the OS (Operating System) in the computer. Below are the steps to create Recovery Discs and also to create the backup of the data using OKR (One Key Recovery):
 

Lenovo OneKey Rescue System 7.0 functional description
Lenovo OneKey Recovery 7.0 ? Creating Recovery Disks
Lenovo OneKey Recovery 7.0 ? System Backup

Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards

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Hello All!I'd like to customize the Lenovo recovery partition if possible.  We apply a custom, corporate Windows 10 image to our laptops, but we've been overwriting the recovery tools - I believe.  Is there a way to customize the recovery data to allow our field employees to utilize the tools to re-apply our customized image? Thanks! JBP

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If this has been covered already then I apologize in advance, but it would be appreciated if someone would  respond to the following:  I recently upgraded my T61 to Windows 7 Pro using the two-disc set from Lenovo.  To preserve my original XP pro setup, I used a new Seagate 250 GB hard drive for the Windows 7 upgrade.  One of the first steps of the installation was an automatic setup of two partitions (one of 232 GB and another of about 18 GB).  Then the process loaded the Windows 7 operating system on the larger one.  The final step was to use the campanion disc to upload Lenovo specific software (ThinkVantage Toolbox).  Using Toolbox, I installed the appropriate drivers from Lenovo's website and Windows 7 pro works just fine.  However, it's not clear if restoration files were loaded to the drive's smaller partition as one gets when he/she gets installs the Lenovo version of Windows XP pro.  Moreover, the Windows 7 upgrade does not seemed to provide Lenovo-specific wallpaper, etc. as with Windows XP.  In short, can one restore Windows 7 from a recovery partition as is possible with the Lenovo's version of XP Pro? 

Answer:Lenovo Win 7 Pro Upgrade - Recovery Partition?

Hi TEF,Welcome to the forum!The answer to your question is yes, recovery partition does get created during the upgrade process/clean installation. If you decide on installing Win 7 on old drive then make sure to create recovery discs for XP in advance because during the upgrade Win 7 set from lenovo deletes old recovery partition.As to which OS the thinkvatage button will restore to, take a look at this thread:- http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-7-Discussion/Windows-7-upgrade-discs-will-include-the-option-for-... [especially last post from milliken]Hope it helps. 





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Why do I get "this folder is empty" when I try to view the files in the Lenovo Recovery Q partition? This is a Windows 7 operating system, and I have the window view Folder Options enabled to show hidden files, folders, and drives.  But there must be plenty there, since only 2.96GB of 9.76 GB of the Q partition is free.  I need to edit a file in the Q partition so I can create a back-up.  Any help in making the contents visible is appreciated.  Thanks













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Answer:Lenovo Recovery Q partition - empty?

I have answered my own question.  The answer is that you must also ensure to uncheck "Hide protected operating systems files (Recommended)".  By default, this is checked.  All then becomes visible. Hope this helps someone else.

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Hello, I just bought a lenovo g50-45 with windows 8 included. Yesterday I installed some drivers for my webcam which did not work well. Afterwards the explorer.exe was not running and could not be executed via taskmanager. so i had to restart the computer. afterwards the laptop tried to update the windows 8. After sometime it said updates could not be successfully installed and updates were undone. Afterwards the computer did not boot anymore and just redirected me to the uefi settings. So I turned it off again and tried the little button beside the power plug to start the lenovo system restore. The system restore and one key recovery could not be loaded. afterwards  the system just restarted and tried to boot. through windows 8 recovery i finally got the system back to work now, but i cannot create a recovery usb stick because the recovery partition is not recognised. When I start one key recovery 8.1 within windows 8 i get the error "this program cannot find the service partition" Actually I like the laptop and would like to keep it. How can I restore the recovery partition or make a bootable usb stick for recovery ? I could rescue my data through my linux os on an external hd and now the computer is working again but i will not keep if i cannot get the recovery partition back to work or an usb stick to have some backup in case the system crashes again. Furthermore I just checked the warranty on the lenovo website and i... Read more

Answer:lenovo g-50-45 issues with recovery partition

That is a strange issue indeed. Can you copy the error message and any codes or information it provides for us to see? This may prove helpful in getting to the bottom of the issue.Also - I would suggest using DropBox or similar cloud storage service until this is resolved.

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Hi there I am wondering how do I get get the system recovery back? I have accidently deleted the partition and now I dont know how to get it back or re-install it again? Any way of doing this? There wasnt any recovery disks came with my Lenovo only the drivers disk which I still got. Please can any one help me please? Thanks in advance for any advice....

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I'm trying to use one key recovery to re-install windows 8.1 that came with it but I keep getting this message "one key recovery partition has damaged so do not launch the main application" and I can't get anywhere, I realized that this has happened because I resized the partitions when i first got my laptop but I'm trying to fix it now i'm including a screenshot of my partitions and disk management , so if anyone could tell me what to modify on the partitions types because I don't know what the original ones were and also is it normal that the recovery partition is 100% free because I read on some threads that's normal, so is it?if anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it.  Partitions Screenshot Disk Management Screenshot   

Answer:Lenovo Y50-70 recovery partition has been damaged!!

Peter_Emad wrote:I'm trying to use one key recovery to re-install windows 8.1 that came with it but I keep getting this message "one key recovery partition has damaged so do not launch the main application" and I can't get anywhere, I realized that this has happened because I resized the partitions when i first got my laptop but I'm trying to fix it now i'm including a screenshot of my partitions and disk management , so if anyone could tell me what to modify on the partitions types because I don't know what the original ones were and also is it normal that the recovery partition is 100% free because I read on some threads that's normal, so is it?if anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it.  Partitions Screenshot Disk Management Screenshot   There are several threads in the forum that discusses some procedures on how to make OKR work after resizing the partitions. Why not search for them?  

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Sorry you can not adjust / modify the recovery partition? That is, instead of having to have Windows 8.1 as a base WINDOWS 10 if you format the recovery partition and creating an iso or do not know what kind of image you can create to use for an eventual recovery of the know attributable not to any possible problem is that possible? if some problem happens and you no longer have the ability to download free W.10 (because the deadline) remains one of the the old version (es.windows 8.1)? Very thanksSabo135

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Hi I'm new to the forum and after a bit of help... I have a Lenovo G580 Laptop which I purchased from eBay. I would like to run a full restore back to factory settings, but came across error messages when using the OneKey Rescue System, it turns out that the previous owner had created a new partition and I think he has deleted some or all of the recovery media. Strangely, the laptop did not come with a recovery disk! Does anyone know of a way I can run the restore (Without paying Lenovo for a recovery disk)? Any help appreciated! Thanks

Answer:Lenovo G580 - Recovery Partition

Hi Lewis,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I?m sorry to hear that the OKR (One Key Recovery) is not working as expected and displaying error message. Please let me know the exact error message displayed while performing OKR and also the OS (Operating System) installed in the computer.
 
Hope to hear back soon
 
Best Regards

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I am getting message that Lenovo Recovery Partition is over 85% full and I need to do something about it, but there is nothing to clean up on Disc Cleanup.  Main partition has plenty of space.Also, getting message to run a Back Up. What am I backing up, and to where? I have offsite backup and would never back up my laptop onto my laptop, so I prefer to skip this, if it is ok. If I do skip it, can I free up the space reserved for the backup and put back in general use? Thank you

Answer:Get more space on Lenovo Recovery Partition

One of the first things I did when getting my W530 last year was to install Macrium Reflect Standard (there is also a "free" version with slightly less functionality) and take a "system image" backup to my external USB 3.0 hard drive.  I continue to take regular "system image" backups to this drive, as well as performing normal periodic "data" backups to the same external drive using NovaBACKUP. I do NOT use either Windows backup nor its own "system image" functionality.  Nor do I use any Lenovo-provided tools for backup.  I only use these two 3rd-party vendor products, and have been doing so on ALL of my machines for many years. So once my own "recovery" backup was created, I used Partition Wizard to delete the Lenovo provided "recovery partition".  I would NEVER have a need to ever go back to "factory", and besides could always do that anyway if I wanted by using Macrium Reflect to restore that very first "system image" (named "FACTORY") I'd taken on day 1. I then used Partiton Wizard to also shrink the original large C partition on the hard drive, and create several other smaller partitions on the one internal spinner hard drive for "data".  Again, the original Lenovo "recovery partition" was by now long gone.  With sufficiently large partitions that have sufficient free space, you'll never be bothered by Lenovo ThinkVantage tools about running out of disk space (which is obviously untrue anyway, when the entire drive is conside... Read more

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Alright, Ive searched a lot on this topic but still remains unclear for me: I have a 120GB SSD and cloned the Win7 64bit software from my 320GB HDD to the SSD. Now, I have a 53,5GB OS-partition, Lenovo_Recovery D: (23.7GB used of the 34GB),a SYSTME_DRV E: (1.12GB used of 1,46GB), Lenovo_Recovery (2.87GB used of the 13.6GB) My questions: Whats the function of the 2 Lenovo Recovery Partions? And why is it so much GB''s?Whats the function of the SYSTME_DRV partition?Can I remove these partitions? - If not, can they be replaced to another (external) HDD (or the 320GB HDD) Thx

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Hello. I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I read everything I could find on partitions and onekey recovery but I still do not understand the concept. I have a few questions for you.I purchased Lenovo Yoga 720 15inch version from best buy. The hard drive size is 256gb SSD. However, when I finished setting up the laptop, I noticed that my Local Drive (C) has only 192 space left. Right next to the Drive C, there is Drive D, which has 25gb space allocated by uses 1.7gb for Driver and YMC software only. There is nothing else in the drive, only drivers. As of now, after I installed all the programs necessary for me work, I have just 158gb space left in my Drive C. I would like to increase that space. I spoke to Lenovo on the phone and the guy told me that there is hidden partition in the drive for Lenovo Onekey recovery, which I do not think I need because I have done Windows reset before and successfully set up the clean format. Here are my questions for you. 1. Can I delete Drive D partition and merge it with Drive C without messing up my operating system? I have already backed up drivers from Drive D onto my external hard drive, and I would like to delete Drive D and merge it with Drive C. Please let me know if this is possible. 2. I looked for disk partition in the disk management, and it shows following:260mb Healthy (EFI System); 212.3gb (Windows C Healthy Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition); Lenovo (D Healthy Primary Parti... Read more

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i have purchased lenovo y510p with win8.1 EM two weeks ago but when i tried to resize partition C i deleted the hidden recovery partition by mistake >> and also i didn't make a recovery CD  and it showed me blue scren wiht error 0XC0000225 but when i tried to setup win 8 trial it refused to activate it so my question is :1- i know that the activation windows key product is automatically in the bios >> is that key also deleted with the recovery partition ?!!  and if lose it How to retrieve it ? 2- what i have to do to get back my laptop in it's intial case or how to get a recovery disk ?thanks in advance

Answer:How to restore my lenovo y510p recovery partition ?

help plzzzzzz !

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Hi there..I've a lenovo Y50-70 laptop. Accidently I deleted my recovery drive while partitioning my hdd. Now that I don't have recovery partition, one key recovery app is not working. when I try to make a backup it says "current system can not support backup". How can I get back the recovery function?P.S How can I make a recovery partition for Lenovo OKR?

Answer:Accidently deleted recovery partition of Lenovo Y50

Arjunj7 wrote:Hi there..I've a lenovo Y50-70 laptop. Accidently I deleted my recovery drive while partitioning my hdd. Now that I don't have recovery partition, one key recovery app is not working. when I try to make a backup it says "current system can not support backup". How can I get back the recovery function?P.S How can I make a recovery partition for Lenovo OKR?There are several options available:1. Contact Lenovo and inquire about their OKR disc sets for your unit OR2. Search for OKR engineering program. This will require further research on how to go about using it. You might encounter a thread suggesting to create a USB recovery drive if you have Win 10. This will not include the OKR feature as claimed but will only restore or install Win 10. So be aware of this.

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After trying to boot up my Lenovo G530 with the recover disc set, the message said it cannot find the service partition. What is the service partition and what do you do?Vis

Answer:Lenovo recovery CD cant find serv partition

The service partition will be a separate partition on the hard drive, which contains a backup of the factory Windows installation as it was when the laptop was new.If it cannot be found, it may have been removed or overwritten, in which case you won't be able to do the Recovery. You will have to contact Lenovo support, such as it is. From what I've learned, Lenovo support leaves much to be desired:http://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/

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I just did the Lenovo Recovery Disc procedure where it makes a total of 4 DVD discsfor Windows 7 recovery. The first disc it burns is not considered disc 1 for some reason.I don't understand it; but, whatever. Is it now safe for me to Delete the Q: partition and recover this space? thanks.





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Answer:Lenovo Recovery Discs and the Q partition for W520

The first disc is the "boot" disc. Use it first when reimaging. After creating the recovery discs there is no reason to keep the extra partition. You won't be able to create another copy of the recovery media so do not lose the copy you have created.





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I had to change my ssd, and my okr partition is gone, is there a way to recover it?, i can't get the m-gpu drivers to work, Lenovo Ideapad U400 Windows 7 HomePremium 64 bit SP1

Answer:Lenovo u400 missing one recovery partition

KlyLoh,Welcome to Lenovo Forums !Thank you for posting your inquiry.If you have changed the normal hdd to an ssd. You need to have the recovery disk and try to do a clean install using it to re-create the recovery partition on the new ssd.You can call Lenovo Premium Support - 18552713878 option 2





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The Lenovo recovery partition on the W520 is roughly 16GB in size, with 9.1GB used and 6.7GB free.  Is it SAFE to resize this partition and reclaim that 6.7GB of free space?  Would it break the rescue and restore process?

Answer:safe to resize Lenovo recovery partition?

You can shrink it if you want, even better would be to burn the recovery discs and just remove the recovery partition. You can have Rescue & Recovery make an incremental image of the system once a week or so and just use that if you need to restore. Be sure to keep the recovery media that you create in a safe place should you need to restore the system to factory default.

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I upgraded my Lenovo Twist (3347-4HU) from Win 8 to Win 8 Pro with Windows Media Center (WMC).  How do I copy the newly purchased operating system and WMC to my HDD recovery partition so that if I ever have to do a restore, it will restore Win 8 Pro with WMC and not the original copy of Win 8 that came on the computer?  My concern is if a recovery is done from the factory recovery partition, I will lose my upgrade that I purchased.

Answer:Lenovo Twist - How do you copy Win 8 Pro onto recovery partition?

Hey there poqman,
 
I am uncertain if you can "package" all of that unto the recovery partition; however, I did speak with a colleague that had upgraded to windows 8, and then opted for Pro. This is the process that he followed.
 
Have you by chance already downloaded and installed Win 8 Pro? If able, you could try downloading the upgrade files as an ISO or to a bootable USB Drive. Then make sure you store activation key that you should have received via email in a secure location that you can get to at any time that you would need too. By doing this, you recovery process would like this:
 
1) You will first recover from your Windows 8 OEM Recovery Media (If you have not already, it may be prudent to go ahead and make your recovery media if you have not done so yet.)
2) Once you have finished recovering back into Windows 8 OEM, you then install your upgrade of Pro to from your USB Drive/ISO, you will need your activation key.
 
Additionally, it may be prudent to follow up with Microsoft support to see what advice that they can give towards recovery options to ensure that you will always have Windows 8 Pro in the event of a recovery incident.
 
I hope this helps.





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Hi, I have used EaseUs Partition Master to resize your Windows 8 partitions, and I have problem to create Windows recover drive and also use one key recovery. Partition master cant handle partition type properly. I found this topic: http://amigotechnotes.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/recover-lenovo-one-key-rescue-after-resizing-partitio...but he has different partitions and laptop then i do.   I have G780, i7, 1TB drive. my partitions are: Partition ### Type Size------------- ---------------- -------Partition 1 Reserved 128 MBPartition 2 OEM 1000 MBPartition 3 Primary 260 MBPartition 4 OEM 1000 MBPartition 5 Primary 883.4 GBPartition 6 OEM 450 MBPartition 7 OEM 350 GBPartition 8 OEM 25 GBPartition 9 OEM 20 GB So if i want to fix this problem I need to know the correct partition types and change them. Does any know them and can send the to me, please?Or tell me other way how to fix my problem?Or can I maby just download Windows 8 and delete all partition and install clean W8, will it work? Thank you very much.     

Answer:Lenovo G780 partition recovery problem

Hi Ariesko,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I?m sorry to hear that the recovery issue has occurred in your G780 Laptop, as third party software is used to make the changes in the partition it cannot reset its functionality by re-creating the partition. The only way to backup the pre-installed OS (Operating System) in the computer by creating Recovery Drive using the below link:
 

How to Create a USB Recovery Drive and Use it to Recover Windows 8/8.1?

Hope to hear back soon
 
Best Regards
Shiva Kumar





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Hello, I have the issue with Recovery partition on Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. I accidentally deleted this partition when I'm tryed to install custom Windows 7 on this tablet PC. Thus, I have a question, how can I get this recovery image for Lenovo Helix? Thank you in advance. 

Answer:Recovery partition on Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Hi Murdoqq,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
If you deleted the recovery partition, you have deleted the files needed to create the recovery media without which you cannot create a recovery media.
 
If you get the OEM ISO and re install it, the key should register automatically because it?s flashed into BIOS.
 
Otherwise, you have to call Lenovo Technical Support and order for a new set of recovery discs. Refer here for further information regarding the same.
 
Hope this helps!
 
Best regards,
Mithun.





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I just recently installed a solid state drive in my X120e but I had a few problems along the way. When I first attempted it I used macrium to clone the hdd to the ssd. After that I switched drives and when I first try to boot up I got the BSOD. So, I switched back drives and went to disk format to delete and unpartition the drives. And while I was doing this, I accidentally formatted the hdd lenovo recovery partition instead of the ssd partition. When I tried to load the recovery partition from the ssd it couldn't recognize it. So after about an hour trying get it to work I gave up and formatted the whole ssd. Then the second time I cloned the drive I found and used EZ gig 4 (The one that comes with the transfer kit version of the ssd drive that I use) to transfer the files. Now it is working and I am using the ssd as I speak. I don't have a recovery partition on either drive so I am wondering, Is there a way to get the partition back? Thanks.

Answer:X120e Accidentally Formatted Lenovo Recovery Partition

Hi Stockbox and welcome to the community,
 
I'm afraid the only way to get it back now is with a set of restore discs.
 
If you don't want to go that route, you could go into Control Panel, Backup and Restore and save a system image and burn yourself a system repair disc.  That would at least give you a backup. 
 
I've had an EZ gig 2 for a couple of years now and it always worked well for cloning.  I'll have to take a look at that EZ gig 4.
 
Dave
 
 

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Hi, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 and my C drive (windows drive) corrupted yesterday. I cannot get to Lenovo Recovery to restore my C drive because the C drive was totally corrupted. I use linux bootable usb to try to access my hard drive, the C drive was corrupted, no data can be read, but the Recovery Partition (Q:\) was fine. I try to re-install my Thinkpad using the same OS (Windows 7 Pro-64 Bit) using the product key inside the battery slot to see if my hard drive fails or not, but the Windows that I reinstalled was fine until now. The Recovery Partition was still there, with different Letter path (changed to D:\) and whatever inside the recovery partition was hidden but the partition was 10GB used, so I think what inside the partition was hidden. My question is:1. Can I use my Recovery Partition again to factory reset my Thinkpad?2. Can I use the Recovery Partition with the Lenovo Rescue & Recovery apps that I download from Lenovo Website? Thank you, I still need My Thinkpad X220 eventhough I already have newer Lenovo laptop. Your help is much appreciate.

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 I bought a used Lenovo (Thinkpad edge) E520 (product ID:1143H8G). and I cannot see the recovery partition despite the partition C: shows 465 GB , whilst the harddisk is 500 gb.how Can I Run and enter the recovery when I start the computer (which Key should I press)?  /Arno

Answer:Lenovo (Thinkpad edge) E520 recovery partition ?

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't think you have a recovery partition.  Your C: partition is using the whole drive:
 
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271049-32-500gb-hard-drive-shows-space-comp
 
Z.

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Hi guys. I have a Lenovo G550 laptop.I am looking to change out the existing stock HDD with a new SSD drive (from what I understand from other Lenovo support services, it is SATA II compatible (see http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-3000-and-Essential/Lenovo-G550-HDD-SATA-I-or-SATA-II/ta-p/692351)... Firstly. Is it possible to change the stock HDD with an SSD drive? I have a budget of about $100 AUD so it would only be a 60-120gb HDD. Would 60gb be enough (I really only need about 30gb of space on the c: drive), or would I need to look at the 120gb option. Secondly, is there any way of migrating the entire contents of the existing HDD to the SSD HDD?I have the ability to connect them both externally, and a spare blank 1TB HDD that I can use in the interim if needs be. Ultimately I would like the SSD drive to have the one key boot partition and the original Windows on it. I don't mind loosing all my programs and files - I can back them up and install them in my leisure.To complicate matters, my DVD drive isn't working (but I do have an external DVD drive I may be able to use, even possibly booting from. But not 100% sure if I can boot from it!)And to further complicate matters, the laptop has recieved quite a bit of use, so the sticker with the product key number has been worm off. Argh! Thank-you in advance for the assistance.  Cheers,Dale.

Answer:Lenovo G550 move partition to new HDD (including one key recovery)

Spoiler (Highlight to read)  Firstly. Is it possible to change the stock HDD with an SSD drive? I have a budget of about $100 AUD so it would only be a 60-120gb HDD. Would 60gb be enough (I really only need about 30gb of space on the c: drive), or would I need to look at the 120gb option. Yes 60GB would be enough. Secondly, is there any way of migrating the entire contents of the existing HDD to the SSD HDD?I have the ability to connect them both externally, and a spare blank 1TB HDD that I can use in the interim if needs be.  Just done this with a G770. Simply back up all the HD with Acronis or something to your 1TB disk. Not sure how you would connect this. USB would be best. Exchange the laptop HD for the SSD Boot Acronis with the CD and Restore your backup. Works fine. You'll have to check the bios to see if you can boot from Ext DVD.  

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Hi
I have bought a Lenovo G580 Notebook model name (20157)
and i made a new partition of Hard disk
and after that i can't install all drivers
so how can i recovery the default partition and Original Win7
Iam looking to download A recovery DVD
plz Help urgent becouse i am upset for 2 weeks for this action
bye bye
 
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Answer:Lenovo G580 delete partition and need full recovery

Hi mdiab and welcome to the Community,
 
When you modify the partitions, recovery doesn't work anymore.  The only way to get back the original Windows is with a set of recovery discs which have to come from Lenovo.  There's no way to download them.
 
You have to make a call to service and get a set of discs.  That's the only way to get back the original Windows.
 
Sorry about the bad news,
 
Dave

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hi friends i have used a disk partitioning software to install linux onto my system and had made a terrible mistake ....i completely mistook the recovery partition and deleted the partition .......to my horror i lost my novo key recovery process.......please guys tell me how to recover the partition and get my novo key working ....i ll be greatly indebted to u for this....

Answer:re:lost recovery partition ,novo key ,lenovo 3000 y 410

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I recently formatted my Lenovo Ideapad Z510 laptop & installed clean Windows 10 via Bootable Pen DriveWhile doing so I deleted all partitions from my hard disk including recovery partition & created a single new partition of C Drive & installed Windows 10 on it.The problem now I am facing is sometimes my laptop restarts automatically & then a blue screen appears saying Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.Then the recovery process appears& when I click recover It recover some days old version of my current operating system & uninstalls recently installed programmes.This is happening frequentlySo I want to know how can I recreate all those default Recovery Partitions&Do I need to format my laptop again for that?

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Hello i need a recovery disk/partition for my lenovo ideapad y500the os language is multi S weeden, norway, denmmark, finlandthe 57/58 extra code: 59371575  i want to buy it from a person who has this becuase if i buy a cd from lenovo which costs 37? then i wont be able to use it because i got 2 gpu and no disk drive so i wont be able to do it either if you want more infomation or maybe want to sell/give me then please post .   

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Hello, I have lenovo thinkpad edge e530 with windows 7 Home Premium 64. I partitioned my HD with EeaseUS. It worked but it also caused a serious problem. I can't use anymore  my Lenovo One Key Recovery. It simply won't start. The good thinkg is that Lenofo_Rexovery parition is still present. I didn't delete it.  How to repair it? If you need any details please ask me.

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Hi all,I've recently purchased a Lenovo Legion Y520 which had Windows 10 pre-installed on it.I wanted to install Linux on SDD as the main OS. I wanted to move windows installation from the SDD to HDD.So i backed up the windows partition with a third-party tool then formated the SDD completely including the recovery partition.I talked to merchant technical support and they told me that the license for windows is obtained with the motherboard serial but the recovery tool would guarantee restoring everything including driver updates & Lenovo useful softwares.I want to know where can i get an official image for the recovery partition in case i wanted to install windows again on the SDD without the previously created image.Thanks in advance.

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I would like to make use of the "Lenovo Recovery" partition on my hard disk for storage; it is about 10gb and now not needed. However the Win7 OS does not seem to want to allow me to delete the contents or reformat it.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can do this? BackgroundI  have two drives, one for boot and apps (solid state) and the second regular HDD just for data. I took a hard disk from my old Thinkpad T520 (which died) and put it into a drive bay adaptor in a new T520 system.  All works fine.  As the second hard disk is now just there for data and the main (solid state drive) has a new Lenovo recover partition, I do not need to keep the old Lenovo recovery partition on the second drive and would like to make use of the storage capacity.

Answer:Make use of the "Lenovo Recovery" partition on my hard disk for storage?

Double-click on the partition in My Computer, and you should get the option to Recover Drive Space... but before you zap the recovery partition, make sure you have a backup image of the disk, or have made or obtained a recovery disk set.
 
Hope this helps!

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I got a Lenovo G500s laptop from lenovo outlet. After resize the C, D partition, the One key recovery function was not working. Finally, got fixed , this is the summary.System:Lenovo G500s, windows8/64bit preinstall, 8GB RAM, 1T HD(only one HD), one key recovery 8.0 Problem:1. Lenovo preset  C: 900GB, D: 25GB (why???????)2. Resize partition to C:350GB, D:600GB(use freeware--- EASEUS Partition manager)3. after then, One key recovery not working SolutionTRY AT YOUR OWN RISK)1. Start a Command Prompt as an Administrator2. >_  diskpart3. >_   select disk 04. >_   list partitionsome partitions show OEM partition type(most likely is patition 1, 3 and 7, these partitions were damaged)select those partitions to check the type ID with the following commands >_ select partition 7>_ detail partitionthe type ID should be de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac. if not, >_ set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac >_ select partition 3>_ detail partitionthe type ID should be BFBFAFE7-A34F-448A-9A5B-6213EB736C22. if not, >_ set id=BFBFAFE7-A34F-448A-9A5B-6213EB736C22 >_ select partition 1>_ detail partitionthe type ID should be de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac. if not, >_ set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6acNow, try the One key recoverygood luck Reference:I got the ID number from this link. Download the OKR8.0 ISO file , ID number is in file "create.ini". http://plu... Read more

Answer:lenovo G500s, one key recovery problem,fixed with reset partition ID

Thanks IT WORKED WONDERFULLY on my G400s with windows 8. I RISKED it would work since you post it for LENOVO G 500s . But it DOES WORK ON G400s too. Thanks pal

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System: Lenovo Yoga 700-14ISK 80QDThe nearly 4GB free space from the Lenovo partition were very tempting, so after researching if it's safe and such, I decided to give it a go using a 3rd party free software that saved me for many times in the past (MiniTool Partition Wizard). Interesting that most tutorials were about creating a recovery drive and removing the partition, but I decided for the moment to just get the free space until more is needed and I didn't found out that resizing with 3rd party software will mess up with your WinRe settings only after it was done. Here is the agent info:C:\Windows\system32>reagentc /info
Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
Information:

Windows RE status: Disabled
Windows RE location:
Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 47251840-c09c-11e5-af06-00808a8e1ce5
Recovery image location:
Recovery image index: 0
Custom image location:
Custom image index: 0

REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.After resizing and checking the recovery agent I realised that I lost details such as partition location, offset and id. After changing the ReAgent.Xml from the System32/Recovery with offset and id it wasn't enough to enable as I am missing the PATH for winre location etc.This is how my file looks now:<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>

<WindowsRE version="2.0">
<WinreBCD id="{47251840-c09c-11e5-af06-00808a8e1ce5}"/>
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Answer:WinRE disabled after resize Lenovo Recovery partition, but OneKey Re works

Use a backup to external drive. There is little advantage backing up to a in drive partition if the drive fail all is lost.Various much better solutions exist.Its well know that resizing/adding partitions mess up Lenovo's partitions that are built. They don't provide a utility as best I know to correct this afterwards.





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Hello, I recently purchased a Lenovo G505s at Best Buy. I would like to take advantage of the OneKey Recovery System Backup however, the partition is too small. What would be the proper way to perform this backup or partition resize? Thanks, Mathieu

Answer:Lenovo G505s - OneKey Recovery System Backup - Partition Size

Hi Mathieu,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
Below is the link to view the detailed video to create the Recovery Discs using ?One Key Recovery? option.
 

OneKey Recovery - Creating Recovery Disks

Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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I am trying to restore my Lenovo G770 to its original state (factory settings). I tried to use the System Recovery option from the OneKey Recovery menu (which is the same as reaching it whilst booting the computer), but what that does is it restarts the computer a few times and keeps it exactly how it was before trying to do so. I also tried making the CDs by choosing Create Recovery Disc from the OneKey Recovery menu but I am given a message which says: This program cannot find the initial backup image. This function is currently unavailable. After looking at different threads, I realized it was because I resized the C: partition of the hard disk. Initially, when I first bought my laptop, the hard drive had 4 partitions by default which are of the following (My hard drive size came as 750GB): 1. The System Reserved 100MB partition (which is hidden and obviously in every computer by default). 2. The C: Drive partition (I don't know how big it was)3. The D: Drive partition (Again, I don't know how big this was)4. Finally, the OEM Reserved (Lenovo) 14.5GB partition (which is where all the recovery files are kept)  Now, I didn't mess with the OEM Reserved partition at all, but what I did was I deleted the D: drive and made the C: Drive bigger, so that I can use my space more efficiently. Again, the problem is probably caused because of resizing the C: partition.  My question is: How can I make it so that ... Read more

Answer:Lenovo G770: OneKey Recovery doesn't work because of resizing the C: partition?

Hi za1407 and welcome to the community,
 
When you deleted D: you deleted the drivers and applications that OneKey needs to restore to factory specs.  There were also hidden files on there it also needed.
 
At this point, just resizing the partitions isn't going to make OneKey work.
 
The only way to get it back to factory is to get yourself a set of restore discs.  This will resize the partitions and put everything back the way it was.
 
Here's a thread where we were experimenting with the partitions.
 
Dave 

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Hi,
       I have Lenovo 3000 Y 500 came preinstalled with Windows VISTA Basic. It contains single physical Disk drive of size 120 GB. C:\ with 20 GB. D:\ with 80 GB and remaining hidden partition. I was having problem with C:\ running out of space to install the new programs. So I have incresed the size of C:\ with the space claimed by resizing D:\ using Windows VISTA Disk Management. The One key recovery,which was working until now, stopped working.
    When I press One key recovery, it goes through all the usual windows stopping at the last window and throwing
"The hard disk partition is different from the factory preconfigured backup. System Recovery can not be done" before requesting to exit.
     What should I do now to make the One key recovery work and bring back my laptop to factory configured settings.
 
Thanks and regards,
vijay anand natesan.
 
edit : personal information removed for your own safety.
 

Answer:lenovo 3000 y500 vista basic one key recovery partition problem

You need to resize to original sizes.





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 ~ Summary: My GOAL is to remove EVERYTHING that is presently on my IBM-refurbished T61 (i.e. all the visible Drives, any hidden partition including the Recovery Partition, malware and rootkits) and to re-install EVERYTHING that was on the computer when I bought it (including all the Drivers/Utilities, and the Recovery Partition).  ~ My Questions are itemized at the end of the post. ~ I have written this post according to the principle "Too much information can be ignored, and is better than too little".  Thank-you. I bought my T61 from the "IBM Refurbished PC" program in February of 2011. I suspect that its software differed from that of a brand new Lenovo T61 in a couple of minor ways. I recently bought the set of XP Pro operating system installation discs for my IBM-refurbished T61. Lenovo Tech Support supplied the Case# and FRU#. IBM Parts Dept sold me the item. I planned to do a "Clean Installation", which I believe means that one completely wipes EVERYTHING from the hard disk before using the installation discs.I planned to wipe with DBAN (a Sourceforge Project software: {http://www.dban.org}) until I read in its FAQ that it does NOT wipe the "Host Protected Area".Further readings seem to indicate that this is the same as Lenovo's Recovery Partition (or is where the Recovery Partition is placed).I understand that the Recovery Partition is the part of the hard disk where Lenovo has put a replacement O.S., so to speak, and that one ... Read more

Answer:T61: Fate of original Recovery Partition when reinstall with Lenovo(IBM) installation disc set ?

Hello,
 
I do not have my T61p with me right now to check this, but there may be an option in the T61's BIOS to reserve space for what's called the Predesktop Area.  If so, try setting it "Disabled" and any space that was reserved will now be reclaimable, and you will be able to wipe it using DBAN.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Please help with getting acces to the Recovery Service Parition. On a Lenovo E431, I have tried more then a dozen times rapidly pressing F11 on boot up. Other procedures tried:1) Hold down F11 on powerup.2) Hold down Fn+F11 on powerup3) Remove battery + pressing power button 10+ times then repeat above. Also, neither F1 to enter BIOS or F12 for boot menu seem to work. On bootup the bios post screen flashes for less then 1/2 second.All I can make out is, on the bottom it says PRESS F1 to enter BIOS setup.Then it boots into Windows 10. I was considering that maybe the Service Partition was erased but it is NOT.I pulled the drive, and attached to another machine.  The Service Partition IS THERE. Ultimate goal - Wipe the C: drive, overwritting Windows 10 and restore factory Windows 8 Pro. Please help, whats the secret to getting into ANY of the Function Key options?Thanks,Unit1000

Answer:Lenovo E431 - Can't get into Recovery Service Partition or BIOS or Boot Menu

Per Lenovo, their One Key Recovery software is not available in Windows 10, so that may be why you cannot access it since the upgrade, and I do not believe (I could be wrong) that the boot to recovery partition option was ever available on your model....I think you had to use One Key Recovery from within the OS, or have created recovery media. If it has been less than a month since you updated to Windows 10, you can still revert back to the previous version using Windows recovery, but after that time elapses, you cannot, and would have to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 instead. How to revert back using Windows Recovery (if upgrade is less than a month old)Press Windows Key + A  simultaneouslySelect  All Settings option from bottom of slide out window on right.Select Update & SecuritySelect RecoverySelect Get Started under "Go Back to Windows 8.1" (if still available)See link below for more details How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1http://www.windowscentral.com/how-downgrade-windows-10-windows-81 If over one month has passed, then you will have to basically overwrite the HD with a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro (8.0 pro install media is not available) by using Microsoft's MediaCreationTool available here, and burn either a DVD or USB key to use to install Windows 8.1 pro.     Windows 8.1 should find your Windows Product Key stored in the BIOS, and, per Microsoft's Downgrade Rights, and install 8.... Read more

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I accidently tried to save a download file in the Partition drive.it said disk full & it now has 1 folder arc_140309081900046with 5 files in it1) arc_140309081900046.0012) arc_140309081900046.0023) arc_140309081900046.0034) arc_140309081900046.PBF5) arc_140309081900046 Type 1 Font file.Please find a solution to this problem......

Answer:How to Recover HP Windows Vista Partition ?

You shouldn't have that partition as accessable.Go into disk management and don't give the parititon a drive letter.solution is to delete the download and nothing moreAnswers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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Hi everyone,
I was trying to format my laptop and install a new version of Windows 8. I deleted my old Windows 8 partition and tried to install the new version, but I got an error about some GPT stuff.
I've looked for what it is and I found out that I could have just reinstalled Windows 8 using the Update and Recovery of Windows.
The problem is that I don't have the Windows 8 partition anymore. Is there a way to recover it now? Or do I have to install a new version of Windows 8?
In case, could you tell me how to go around the GPT problem?

My Laptop is a Lenovo Z580 and I haven't done anything after deleting the Windows 8 partition.

Thank you!

Answer:Recover deleted Windows 8 partition

Originally Posted by Gnottino90


I deleted my old Windows 8 partition and tried to install the new version, but I got an error about some GPT stuff.



Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link







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Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

- Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
- But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.



Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

- Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use... Read more

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The partition where I install programs, and keep the drivers seems to be gone.


Here are some of the pics I took to help you understand my problem.




I tried Partition Wizard, then it couldn't find my 300 Gb partition.


I know, I should have taken the picture after the full scan recovery partition was done. But it still couldn't find that partition. So I was already too frustrated to do it




I'm very new to Windows 7, so I don't how my 1 Tb HDD has 3 partitions(200 Mb, 300+ Gb, and 600+ Gb).

How this all happen, and what I've been doing?? well..

- last week my PC started failing to boot Win 7
- I could access Safe Mode though
- then on the next day, somehow it could go back to Win 7 like normal

- after using it for several minutes, it just stopped working. I couldn't even move my mouse pointer. so I pressed reset button

- then it started failing to boot my Windows again
- this time I couldn't even access Safe Mode
- it would load some drivers, then it'd reseted itself

- since that day I've been researching(found this pretty awesome site)...and figuring out how to restore my PC to how it was.

- I've gone to several places to get system repair disc
- I've been trying to fix it via system repair disc's automatic repair thingy...for many times
- I've been attempting to fully search my HDD for the lost partition, with Partition Wizard

- I've been trying to find the lost partition with Power Data Recovery (free ver.)....
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Answer:Windows/Programs Partition Gone,Can I recover it?

I can't open the screen print attachments.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Here is another thread you can look at that lists some programs you can try.
Recovering data from a 'RAW' hd

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While trying to reinstall Windows 8 on a home PC we pulled the wrong hard drive and did a clean install on a drive that was being used to store a ton of files (videos, images, documents, etc) rather then a smaller drive that should have had the OS installed on it.

The original partition (on the storage drive) was deleted and then had 8 clean installed on it.

Is there any way to recover that deleted partition to get the files back?

Right now we're running a SuperScan with [email protected] Partition Recovery on the drive in question and it looks like it's going to take about 5 hours to complete. What's worrying us at the moment is the software is showing the deleted partition, and has folders from it in it, but there are no files. For example no videos or images yet.

I'm wondering if that just means the scan needs to complete or what. I don't know if anyone here has used [email protected] or has a better recommendation for partition recovery (if it's possible at this point) but the partition we're hoping to recover is listed as "Good".

Thanks in advance for any and all advice, if you need any more information, just let me know.
 

Answer:Recover Deleted Partition (Windows 8)

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I accidentally deleted my windows XP partition trying to delete Linux off of it and i need it back without formatting the data. I have a windows XP recovery disk and i also have a hard drive with Linux on it if that helps.

Answer:Recover deleted Windows xp partition

Try using a program called testdisk. It should be able to repair the partition. Be sure to read all the tutorials BEFORE using. Get testkisk at the link below.http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

Answer:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .

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My Windows XP installation needs serious cleaning :/ As far as I know there's a way to re-install the WinXP that came with the Notebook, right? I see in PartitionMagic, that there seems to be a serviceV002 Partition which seems to hold these files.... However: HOW EXACTLY do I initiate this :/ ? Thanks for your help...  

Answer:Lenovo 3000 N200: need to reinstall WinXP, but dont know how to access the Recovery Partition

use lenovo care button then select restore & recovery.

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