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Lenovo Twist - Windows 8 Recovery on new Hard Drive will not complete

Question: Lenovo Twist - Windows 8 Recovery on new Hard Drive will not complete

My hard drive failed so I got a new one. I did not have Recovery Disks so I purchased them from Lenovo for Windows 8. I have tried to run the recovery program multiple times. It goes through copying files from all 4 DVD's but then stops. For up to 16 hours. I have rebooted and tried tweaking the BIOS settings but it still can not get past this point in the recovery process. Turning the computer off and restarting sends us through the same process of loading the recovery disks to the same point. Help! Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Lenovo Twist - Windows 8 Recovery on new Hard Drive will not complete

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Answer: Lenovo Twist - Windows 8 Recovery on new Hard Drive will not complete

Hello,

Try wiping the internal hard disk drive or SSD, and then using the recovery media to restore to the now-empty drive. Does that make any difference?

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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I bought this laptop about a year ago from Staples, all of a sudden my hard drive started clickin and has now died.  I just want to replace the hard drive, but how do I get a valid install of Windows 8 for this? 

Answer:Lenovo Twist 230U - Hard Drive replacment, how to get recovery disk

Hello,
You should be able to order factory recovery media by calling Lenovo tech support.  Keep in mind you will also need an external USB DVD drive to install it, as the ThinkPad S320u does not have one bulit into it.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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So I just replaced a faulty hard drive in a lenovo twist. I am attempting to boot from a recovery usb drive. It goes through the thinkpad screen, then the windows logo pops up, then a blue screen and the computer continuously restarts. I am kind of at a loss here.

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Is the internal hard drive the same size for both the Lenovo S230U Twist and the Lenovo Yoga? I'm being prompted to upgrade on warranty to the Yoga from the Twist and don't want to lose my information. Thanks!

Answer:Lenovo Twist S230U vs Lenovo Yoga Hard Drive

Are you talking about the ThinkPad Yoga (machine types 20C0 and 20CD)?If yes, you can use your existing hard drive or solid state disk as both the ThinkPad Twist and the ThinkPad Yoga use 2.5" SATA drives with a height of 7mm.

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After upgrading to Win 8.1 and trying to create the usb recovery drive, I get this error: "We can't create a reccovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing.To trouble shoot problems when your PC starts,use your window installation disk or media" Can some give me a hint as to how to solve this?Thx.  













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Answer:Can't Create USB Recovery Drive after Win 8.1 upgrade on Lenovo Twist

Has anyone found a solution to this??

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Hello, I have a lenovo twist s230u and I need to replace the 500gb Hitachi hard drive due to a failure. I tried the restore in Bios to no avail. Can anyone tell me what size, or maybe link me to an amazon product that will work for this thinkpad? Thanks!Justin













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Answer:Replacement hard drive for lenovo twist

Hello and welcome,
 
According to http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/withdraw/ThinkPad_Twist_S230u.pdf  the Twist takes a 2.5inch x 7mm SATA drive.
 
If you want to replace with a hard drive, most any laptop drive that's 7mm thick should be OK.  Another 500GB Hitachi, for instance.
 
Z.

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The hard drive for my Lenovo twist is in the process of its final few days of life so I was wondering since it only has one hard drive slot how I would get Windows onto to the new  hard drive since it lacks a cd rom.  Also will I have to pay for a new copy of windows at all becuase that would be pretty hilarious.

Answer:Lenovo Twist S230u Hard Drive Replacement

Hello and welcome,
 
Easiest - if your drive stays alive long enough - is to make a recovery flash drive and use that to restore to a new drive.
 
Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload
 
If you have a MS Win 8 install DVD of the matching version you can just copy the contents to a FAT32-formatted flash drive and use that for a clean install.  The license is in BIOS and shoud be picked up.  (CAVEAT: I've done installs from flash, but not verified that the license is picked up.)
 
Note that the copy-to-flash install works for MS media but not for Lenovo recovery DVDs.
 
Worst case: use a USB DVD drive.  Worst, worst case: purchase recovery DVDs from Lenovo support _and_ use an external drive.
 
Z.

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Hi guys, my Lenovo G460 is damaged and no longer launches Windows 7 (64 bit). I recovered all the data, but need to find a recovery DVD if I want to fix the issue and start using the laptop again. Does anyone know where I can find a recovery DVD for this model? Thanks you

Answer:Lenovo G460 - Hard Drive Issue (Hard Drive Recovery DVD)

 
Are you sure it's the OS and not the hard drive?  You might want to run a linux live cd and run a hard drive diagnostic tool on the hard drive.
 
If the hard drive checks out ok, you can make a call to service and get a set of restore discs.
 
Dave

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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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Hi everybody. I've just got my new Lenovo Twist s230u with Win 8 installed. First thing I wanted to do was to install linux on it. Everything seemed working fine, I knew 'bout recovery partition, so I hoped to re-install Windows, if smth. bad occurs. I formatted two partitions (unfortunately I don't remember neither their labels nor sizes). Linux worked properly and everything was fine. But soon I understood that my windows is still unregistered, so my warranty can be spoiled. I entered the recovery menu and pressed reset button. But the recovery tool said, that some useful partition is missing. On linux I can see several partitions: LENOVO_RECOVERYWINRE_DRV SSD partitions and my linux partitions. So I'm sure I didn't format the recovery partition.  Please help me to recover my pc. Please say if there is a way to recover it from usb stick or smth. like that. And say a few words 'bout partitioning on Lenovo twist. Thanks a lot!

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Hi, I built a Lenovo Twist with windows 8 some days ago, at first I create a Recovery Disk following this document, http://support.lenovo.com/en_CH/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT076024 After some test to discover Win8, I decide to restore the PC to Initial states to begin to work with him.To do this I follow the instruction on the bottom of the Document, all work fine until the Computer reboot and he load again from the external hard disk.I tried again and always he go to load the recovery on the External hard disk, when I remove the hard disk, he tried to find some OS on network and after that display me a list with "windows manager"First HDDSecond HDD (24Go)Network CardWhen I select "windows manager" I come back after a few second to the same display. Can you help me to solve this issue and that i can do a correct restore of my Computer. Thanks,     

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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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Hello, I have lenovo twist with windows 8.1, after installing new windows updates the laptop faild to boot, alawys restart at the windows logo screen at the startup i got windows 8 CD from a friend, i boot my laptop from the cd to refresh windows but i got msg that the driver contains windows is locked,also tried to go back to restore point but again i got msg that no restore point found although i have recent restore pont on my laptop but the recovery can't see it i read on the web that i can access the reocovery by pressing f11 at startup, i tried that but nothing happened please help and guide me to fix my laptop thanks  

Answer:Lenovo twist recovery - urgent help needed

Guy, is it that diffiicult case? zero replies? please i need your support guys BR

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Thought I'd make some recovery disks for my new Twist, but I can't find anything installed to help me do it, help! 





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Answer:Where is the option to make recovery disks on the Lenovo Twist?

Press the windows logo to goto the metro screen now press s now click setting to the far right now in the search box use the backspace to empty the box and then type recov. you will see on the screen in the icons an icon which says Recovery a window will now open when you select the icon with options to make the type of recovery you want. Enjoydfw1417

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replaced my dead hard drive on my t60. running windows 10. but no recovery disks. how can i obtain disks or usb to recover? other pc's here running vista, so i cannot download recovery for the original windows 7 that it came with either.

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Hello, I am trying to return my machine to its initial state. For that i used the lenovo recovery, by pressing F11 at startup.After the process completed the system restarted but all my file are still on the machine? All programs installed in program files are still there. I wanted a clean re-install, just as it came out of factory. Am i missing anything? Can you please adice me on how to do that?

Answer:Format hard drive with lenovo recovery

If i attempt to install win XP over the C: partition but leave the lenovo recovery partition intact, would i be able to recover to the initial windows 7 afterwords?

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The main hard drive on my Twist died after only a little more than a year, just a few months after the warranty expired (of course).  i have installed a new drive, but is there any way to recover/re-install windows 8.1 without buying the recovery disks from Lenovo for $45?   is it possible there is a back up on the 24GB SSD?  

Answer:Thinkpad Twist S230U Hard Drive (500GB) completely Dead - How do i recover/Re-install windows 8?

Download [legally] an ISO of Windows 8.1. It should automatically detect the product key embedded in your BIOS to activate itself.Use ThinkVantage System Update to download and install all the drivers you need.

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Hello Everyone, I had to replace my hard drive on my G570, after replacing the hard drive, I used the recovery discs I cretaed on factory default settings of the system. Now, the recovery discs have seem to install the windows and the factory default partitions on my new hard drive, but since then it is stuck on 'Starting WIndows' screen. If I try botting it in safe mode, it boots and but then says that it can't complete the setup in safe mode. Now, is it some problem with the recovery discs or the new hard drive. I'll be most grateful for any help in this regard. Thanks,Haris













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Answer:Using one key recovery disc on new hard drive, Lenovo G570

hi HarisM,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
It's possible that the recovery process didn't completed that's why you're getting the error. Have you tried to use the recovery disc one more time?
 
Alternatively, if the G570 came with Windows 7 Home Premium, you can re-install Windows by:
1. Downloading a Windows 7 Home Premium copy on this website and burn it on a DVD on another PC.
2. If you have successfully installed Windows, Windows 7 will automatically recognize the product key stored in the BIOS via SLIC. and will automatically activate Windows.
3. If you get problems activating Windows, try to activate by phone.(use the product key on the back of the unit if necessary).
 
 
Hope this helps

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I'm trying to create a recovery drive on the Twist I just received but, when I go to do so I receive the following error: "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC Some required files are missing. To troubleshoot problems when your PC can't start, use your Windows installation disc or media" The computer did not come with recovery media but has recovery partitions that aren't assigned drive letters. I called support and told them it wouldn't work and they didn't even try to troubleshoot. Instead they attempted to look up a part number for the recovery discs, which they could not find. Has anyone else run into this or a similar problem? I'm also not able to even create a repair disc, when I attempt to do so I receive the following error:Windows was unable to parse the requested XML data. 

Answer:Twist - Create a recovery drive.

Hey there dann,
 
What version of Windows 8 are you using? It appears you may need to the Window 8 disc to be able to create the recovery drive because it needs files that are not on your system. I found those part numbers for the Windows 8 recovery media for you.
 
04T7196 - Win 8 64 Bit US
04T7223 - Win 8 Pro 64 Bit US
 
Additional part numbers can be found here for all system parts and recovery media for you the Twist (s230u). If you contact service back they should be able to get the media sent to you. Good Luck.





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I have a hard drive that was recently working. Windows XP crashed and I tried, unsuccessfully to reinstall Windows. First, I tried to use a single disc copy I had been given some years ago. I did not have a unique key code, so that install failed to complete. Then tried to utilize the recovery discs for the Compaq desktop computer. These are the original discs. The hard drive is a replacement. I had used the recovery discs successfully on this hard drive already this spring. I decided to try the other XP copy first to avoid the bloatware that comes with the OEM disc set. The setup with the recovery discs failed, so I tried to format the hard drive and start over. I pulled the hard drive from the desktop, and tried to format it as an external drive via a SATA to USB cable. The functioning computer (also running XP) recognizes 6.3G of the 250G total disc space. I am guessing that this was the partition made during the XP install for the recovery section. When I attempt to format (NTFS), the format utility runs through the process and then errors out at the end "can not complete the format". The hard drive spins up and sounds fine. I realize (now) that I should have just used the recovery discs first. How can I repair the hard drive so that I can reinstall Windows XP?
 

Answer:Windows XP can not complete hard drive format

If the below doesn't work you can get the HD manufacturer's diagnostic utility that will let you do a low-level format on the HD to completely erase it. Even thoughit will be a Windows program it may have better luck. Which brand is the drive?

Try Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management> and then select Disk Management from the left hand pane.

Take a look at the graphs and figure which drive is the one you want to format. Right-click on each partition on that drive and select Delete. Then when there are no more partitions right-click on the unallocated space and create a new NTFS partition of the maximum size (this is the default). When that is created right-click it and select Format and see if it completes.

If i completes try the recovery discs again.
 

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Not working here means it seems doing nothing but format. I want to upgrade the 500G HDD with my old 160G SSD. and I am able to create a recovery drive via Recovery step by step, it prompted me to plugin a USB at least 8GB. I was using a 16GB USB and a full recovery media took about 7GB of the USB drive. Then restart computer with USB startup---select Troubleshooting---Reset PC---Fully Clean--- Auto restarted after resetting (took about 10 min, since I had done this couple times, it was about 1 hour at first time).Actual Result:1. if I keep the recovery media plugin, it will start resetting process mentioned above all over again.2. if unplug the USB, it will popup the drive selection (F12), choose SSD, popup drive selection again. (No system installed) Anybody has any ideas why? or similar issues? and How am I going to install preload Win8 on my SSD?Many thanks  P.S. I checked the files in recovery drive. And saw install.swm, install2.swm, install3.swm, install4.swm, these are big files. and I think they are the installation files. so that means the recovery was created correctly. it just won't install it after reboot..

Answer:Recovery Drive not working on Twist while upgrading SSD

Hi, bladechang
 
It's a slightly different method, but I would recommend select Just my files rather than Remove everything when preparing to format and install Windows onto the SSD. The first option sounds different than what it actually is. This option will remove everything from the drive, reformat it and then try to install Windows onto it. It does remove all files. It may be easier to think of Just my files as "Quick format" and the Remove everything as "Full format." Also, removing everything can take a long time (some have reported 72 hrs!) All that being said, the first option may fully work and get your machine going again, even if it is not exactly how you planned. 
 
Hope it helps,
Adam





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I had to replace my hard drive due to bad sectors. Where/how can I download the Recovery/Resue Discs so that I can restore my laptop to factory settings? I have replaced my hard drive due to bad sectors.













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Answer:Recovery/Rescue Discs for Lenovo G770 - Replaced Hard Drive

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
Recovery media has never been available via download. You'll need to call Support (info below) to obtain and there may be an associated cost.
 
Hope this helps.
Regards.
 
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I am Wondering if I did this correctly? I put my old laptops hard drive into my new laptop and want to use this for just more space,. When I put the drive in, my new laptops w/ Windows 7 , I formatted the second drive G: which was Windows vista, and It did get rid of everything in it, though, at the end of the formatting a window came up and said " Windows was unable to complete formatting" or whatever. I am able to move files and folders from my regular C: drive to the G drive and utilize the G: (2nd" drive). But when I go into Disk manager and try to format the G drive again, in order for it to "Fully" format it comes up and says " This drive has primary partition you sure you want to format? And also the G; drive shows as active? Why is that, if it is the 2nd drive? I don't understand. SO basically, I am wondering if someone can let me know whether or not I have properly done what I need in order to use this second hard drive as just extra space, and it is not holding any important things in it for my computer, like, can I take the drive out if I want, and then my laptop still boot up with just the regular drive that came in it, or have I done something wrong? Here is screen shot of my Disk manager C; drive is the main drive, which came with my laptop, and G: drive is the one I popped in and formatted, and it had said "windows was unable to complete format?

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Answer:Installed 2nd Hard Drive, Windows could not complete the format?

Try cleaning the HDD with CLEAN.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
than
Partition or Volume - Create New

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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

Answer:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I bought the Lenovo P400 Touch from USA. I live in India. Lenovo India does not support this product. While Installing Ubuntu, Ubuntu completley erased my entire Hard Drive and install the Ubuntu OS. It lost every partition there. So I dont have One Key Recovery or anything. Would anyone please direct me to get back to factory default. or atleast how to get my licensed Windows 8 version.I need to get my licensed Windows 8. I can install the drivers and such. I only have a Windows 8 label on the back and no serial number or anything.Thank You













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Answer:Getting Factory Recovery Hard Drive Image for Lenovo P400 Touch Online

hi Getenks,
 
If you didn't create a recovery drive (using this method) which restores the preloaded Win8 OS, drivers, and apps then you will need to do one of the following options to restore the licesed Windows 8 OS:
 
Option 1:
Contact lenovo US and order a recovery disc (the item can only be shipped within the US so you will need to have someone take the package and then have the item ship you).
 
Option 2:
Obtain a Windows 8 installation disc and use it to reinstall Windowso n the P400 (if the system is preloaded with Windows 8, the installation will automatically detect the Win8 product key in the UEFI Firmware / BIOS and will automatically activate Windows). From here, you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store (see this guide)
 
Option 3:
A. Follow option 1 of this guide to download a Windows 8.1 ISO then check this guide to make it bootable on a DVD / USB flashdrive.
B. Boot from Windows 8.1 installer that you created in Step A and use a generic Windows 8.1 product key (see this guide) to install it on the P400.
C. Inside Windows,  follow this guide on how to find the OEM Windows 8 product key (or use apps like Belarc Advisor or similar program).
D. After finding the OEM Win8 key, type slui 3 on an elevated command prompt and enter the OEM Win8 key. In an event that Windows doesn't activate, run Windows Update and follow this guide on how to ac... Read more

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I have had the machine for 2 weeks and I just tried to play a DVD in it.  The Slim DVD drive that I purchased from Lenovo on the same order as the twist came with Coral WinDVD 2010 and when I try to run that it never starts.  I called in and they told me I had to buy a service contract for them to talk to me about software.  This is insane, it never worked, it is from them, and it is two weeks old!  I have uninstalled and reinstalled with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas? WHAT CRAPPY SERVICE!

Answer:Poor Service - Lenovo Twist - Slim DVD Drive

Hi, jwpicard
 
Apologies that you were treated as such over the phone. When you attempt to play a DVD, does anything happen? Also, what is the model number of your Twist? You should be able to find this on the bottom of the machine (S230u-XXX). And what is make and model of the DVD drive?
 
Thanks in advance,
Adam





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Hi Folks!  I have an XPS 8500 which was running a fully updated version of Windows 8.1.  Using Dell Backup and Recovery 1.6.1.1 (free edition) I created a Factory Backup of Recovery Media to DVD.  So far so good.
So now the hard drive failed and I've installed its replacement.  I boot off the Recovery Media but there are NO OPTIONS to recover that actually work.  On the initial screen I get: Troubleshoot or Turn off your PC.
So I choose Troubleshoot.  I'm then presented with: Refresh, Reset, Advanced Options, and Command Prompt.  Refresh says the drive is locked and to unlock it first (huh?).  If I choose a "Reset" I'm presented with a seemingly related issue, "Unable to Reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."
Why isn't there a "Press this stupid button and we'll reinstall everything off the Recovery Media you created"?  This seems totally absurd.  Am I losing my mind?
Thanks in advance!!

Answer:How to use Recovery Media for Windows 8.1 Recovery after Hard Drive Replacement

Hi Spamcop01,
I would suggest you to try booting the system with the recovery discs again so that this time it will boot using the disc. If you’re still facing the same issue the recovery disc may be corrupt. Please send me a private message with the computer's service tag, Name registered during the system purchase and email address so that I can check and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.

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Hello all! I have a ThinkPad Twist that is still under warranty. A couple of weeks ago I got a 2100 HDD detection error . I am currently based in a rural part of Mexico for work (for a few months) and called into the US service center and they said I needed a new hard drive. As you can imagine, I was pretty frustrated to have the laptop die like this when it is way less than a year old. Anyway, the support center said that they could not mail the hard drive directly to Mexico but that they could mail it to a colleague in the US who was coming out here this past weekend. I got the hard drive yesterday and, as requested, called up the support center and they said that their systems have been down so they could not walk me through the reinstallation process, as they had said they could. The attendant directed me to a document I'd that would supposedly explain step by step how to change out the hard drive but I looked it up and it is for a different model all together...in the meantime, I went ahead and opened the new hard drive. From what I can tell, it is an SSD and my system has a HDD. They look completely different-Help! Is there a way to install the SSD or do I have no other option but to have them send another one to someone in the US and then get it brought out to me? Thanks in advance for your help. Oh, and the nearest authorized Lenovo service provider (3rd party) is about a 16 hour bus ride from here....

Answer:Thinkpad Twist- Hard Drive issues

do you have picture of the two hdd that you have in your possession?This is the correct hardware maintenance manual for your system. http://support.lenovo.com/en_AU/downloads/detail.page?DocID=UM016481

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I'm going to purchase a Thinkpad twist. I want to upgrade the hard drive's on my Twist. I want to upgrade the SSD drive to something bigger I'm not sure exactly what size yet and I want to change the hard drive to a 1TB drive. Is it possible and what should I look for when researching what I need to do it?













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Answer:Thinkpad Twist Hard Drive Upgrade

The twist uses the 7 mm thick 2.5 inch drive, the largest capacity for which is around 500 gigs.

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Need to replace my hard drive. Has anyone have any experience with hybrid drive? Found one onDrivesolutions.com for $105. Or anyone have suggestion for a replacement drive- don't want to spendmore as it's a backup computer.

Answer:Replacing thinkpad twist hard drive

Hello and welcome,
 
Some Twist models already have  a small cache SSD installed.  If yours is set up that way there isn't much point to a hybrid drive IMHO.  You'd likely save some money.
 
If you're not sure, post your MT-M (like 1234-xyz) - but NOT your serial number.  With that we should be able to tell if you already have an SSD.
 
Z.

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Dear Team I am struggling to get the hard drive 04W4088 which is for the thinkpad twist S230u here in India.  Can any one please help me to  find an alternative hard drive for the same ?  Can I go for any SSD drive?   Currently the laptop is with the service desk, but they said no stock available for the twist hard drive.   So, if I can give a new suitable hard drive they can fix it and give it to me back.   Also, theey said it is not posible to fit the SSD for the twist S230U.  I am really suffering because of the poor customer service and my laptop is with them for past one month.  can anyone help me in getting a new suitable hard drive for the Think pad twist S230u?ThanksRaj

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I've looked at the other posts and it seems that a few people have had issues upgrading the hard drive.So I'm trying to confirm that this drive will work https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W04A06940 

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My two-year-old Thinkpad Twist S230u woke op the other day and decided it was experiencing hard drive failure.  It's warned me several times that it is dying.  I backed everything up to the cloud, and also made a recovery drive on a USB drive.  I know very little about the inner workings of computers, and have no idea what to do next.  Obviously I need to replace the hard drive, but I don't have the first clue how to do that.  Help!

Answer:Thinkpad Twist Hard Drive Failing - No Clue What to Do

Follow up:  just got off of the phone with Lenovo "SUPPORT," in Atlanta, GA, where I received NO support whatsoever.  I was told that since my machine is out-of-warranty, "no one at Lenovo can help you."  I was told to Google "Lenovo Support" and try to find someone who would be willing to help me understand my issue and how to resolve it.  The person I spoke with was unwilling to provide me with any contact informaiton for a Lenovo Support "Partner," just told me that I should look for one myself.  How do I know I've found a true Lenovo partner, and not some clown who is looking to rip off cast-off out-of-warranty Lenovo "customers"?  I'm a person who is generally loyal to the manufacturers of the products I purchase, and avail myself of their customer support services, rather than going to independent service providers, as I am wary of their legitimacy.  Lenovo has informed me that I am unworthy of Lenovo's own support, and must find help out on the street.  Essentially, since my machine is out-of-warranty, Lenovo wants nothng to do with me. Can anyone help me, or is this machine a doorstop?  One thing I know for certain is that I will NEVER buy another Lenovo product, and I will warn others to avoid Lenovo in the future as well.

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Hi,     I purchased a ThinkPad Twist in early December 2012.  After about 3 weeks, I experienced a hard drive crash.  I took the laptop to Staples where I first purchased it who told me the drive crashed.  I then contacted Lenovo and after months of trying to get the problem resolved, I finally did get a working hard drive and a new keyboard as that apparently was also defective.  My computer was working again (finally) in April of 2013.      Now, literally a year later, I have experienced yet another hard drive crash as well as the motherboard going out according to Staples tech team.  They were shocked to hear I had only had the laptop for a year and a half and that it was a Lenovo as apparently Lenovo is a trusted name in laptops.  Apparently, my unit was a "lemon" to have experienced so many severe issues in such a short amount of time according to the Staples tech department.      I have always carried it in a padded laptop case, have never dropped it, and have not abused it in any way, shape, or form.  Yet, I currently have a dead laptop that will take hundreds of dollars to get working again.  Even if I did pay that to get it working, I have so little trust in the thing after 2 hard drive failures in such a short amount of time that I would only use it for internet and use our older Dell laptop (that we've had for 6 years with NO issues mind you) for any import... Read more

Answer:ThinkPad Twist hard drive issues TWICE in 1.5 years!

Did anyone respond to you? I am having a similar problem and have heard there is an issue with the connection to the hard drive, but I'm not inclined to get it fixed since I've had horrible experience with Lenovo customer support so far.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !










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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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I've fixed this problem for other people before and go figure when it happens to me I'm stumped..
just got a new hard drive so before i installed Vista Ultimate x64 i loaded fail safe defaults in BIOS and made sure to boot from CD before HDD...
I put in the Vista OEM installation disk, Boot from CD and after finishing verifying DMI pool data it continues to go right on to windows recovery...instead of giving me the option to press any key to boot from DVD...
I'm guessing it's an option in Bios i'm over looking but i can't for the life of me figure this out. Looking forward to input. Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows error recovery loop..With a twist..

Originally Posted by SkiilisMyWeaopn


I've fixed this problem for other people before and go figure when it happens to me I'm stumped..
just got a new hard drive so before i installed Vista Ultimate x64 i loaded fail safe defaults in BIOS and made sure to boot from CD before HDD...
I put in the Vista OEM installation disk, Boot from CD and after finishing verifying DMI pool data it continues to go right on to windows recovery...instead of giving me the option to press any key to boot from DVD...
I'm guessing it's an option in Bios i'm over looking but i can't for the life of me figure this out. Looking forward to input. Thanks in advance



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I have the same problem ..
I get windows error recovery when boot the computer..
What isthe solution?

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Hi, I have purchased a Twist Core i7 model with a 128GB SSD and I am going to use my 256GB SSD instead of the 128GB SSD. Since the factory recovery partition is in the 128GB SSD and I know there is an option to create a recovery USB media in Windows 8 so that I can have a way to install windows 8 on my new 256GB SSD (Please correct me if I am wrong). Does the windows 8 recovery media will also include the factory partition? ( I assume not but I am not 100% sure). If it doesn't include the partition, how can I move the recovery partition in the old SSD (128GB) to my new SSD (256GB)?Thanks for answering.













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Answer:Think Pad Twist recovery parition and install Windows 8 pro on new SSD

Hello and welcome,
 
A restore from the USB recovery media does not restore the recovery partition.  I don't know of a way to transfer the recovery partition and have it accessible.  Transfer yes, accessible no. Perhaps others have a way to do this.
 
Don't lose that USB recovery drive.  If you're paranoid, copy the contents to somewhere else - your backup archive drive or multiple DVDs.  You can copy the contents back to a FAT32 USB drive and restore from that if the original is lost or corrupted.
 
Z.

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Do I have to purchase the recovery media from Lenovo or is there a download link out here on the Lenovo site?

Answer:Windows 8 Pro Rescue and recovery on a new hard drive(old drive died)

Hopefully, you've already burned a set of DVDs from the recovery partition. Recovery media is not downloadable. If your old HDD died, and you did not burn the DVDs beforehand, you'll have to contact customer support with your model number and serial number to order a set.

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Hi all We are currently looking at purchasing new laptops for our organisation. The new laptop must be able to run with windows 7. We are currently looking at Lenovo?s twist series but I have been unable to find many windows 7 drivers for it. Namely there are no network drivers. I am wondering if anyone had found any other drivers that will work with the Lenovo twist. It is a S230u model.I hope there is a solution because it is a very nice computer and I would love to see implemented into the organisation. Thanks     













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Answer:Windows 7 Drivers for Lenovo Twist

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't have a quick answer to your question.  I've just now put a new HDD in my Twist and installed Win 7 to try to find out.
 
It looks like getting the full driver set is going to be interesting.  Had to go hunting for an ethernet driver, but at least I now have network.  Realtek Driver_Win7_7067_01222013 for an 8168 chip.
 
I'll post back with a more detailed report.  Anything specific that you're concerned about other than the network?
 
Z.

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Hello All, My hard drive has been failing checkdisc so IBM sent me a new HD. I want to make sure I understand everything I need to do before replacing the HD. Replacing the HD seems pretty straight forward, I need to disconnect battery first and I really don't have any more questions about that step. Where I am a little unsure (thet didn't send me any concrete instructions other than the typical recovery CD instructions) is about reinstalling XP. When reinstalling Windows XP from the recovery CDs do I have to go through all 7 CDs? Also, do I have to install all of the bulkware that is included or can I install the barebones XP operating system? Any links to info that would help make this easier? Thanks,Jack

Answer:Lenovo 3000 N200 Installing new hard drive and installing XP from recovery CDs

you have to use all your cd, but you can choose not to install certain bulkware, it will ask you during the installation step.... it is quite easy, the installation step will take you step by step. 

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Is it possible to install windows on a new hard drive and computer by using the old computers recovery drive?

Answer:Installing windows from a HP recovery drive on a new hard drive?

You already asked this in your system build thread. I am not sure.

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Hello, Can anyone direct me for the way I should install windows in my laptop? The Problem -I am unable to boot my Recovery drive from boot. { i think i need to tweak some settings from BIOS}   

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I tried to install Xubuntu and ended up creating a bootloader problem and can't get the PC started now I cant access the partition that lets me restore, this is a shame, if I cant get this working i'm just going to return this garbage. Why not include a recovery stick\cd? why complicate things?

Answer:Lenovo Twist Windows 8 install problem

How do I restore? why do you guys give us headaches?

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At the beginning of January, when I opened Lenovo Settings metro, I received a message that "enhanced features" are available. I was directed to download settingsdependencytp through my browser. I'm running Windows 8.1. I tried to install the file and after initially getting a "this program is not compatible with your version of Windows" error, running as an administrator seemed to work (the installation ran through to the end, and I restarted the computer - with no error messages). However, when I open Lenovo Settings, I get the same message about "enhanced features" and by browser is directed to download the same file again. I tried downloading and running "gmsd11ww" instead from the Lenovo downloads page (this is supposed to be the Settings Dependency file for Windows 8.1 64-bit), and same behavior. The installation ran all the way through (except this time it notified me that the installation folder already existed and asked if it should overwrite existing files - to which I said yes). I restarted, and still, Lenovo Settings acts as if the new update isn't installed. [Aside - dumb question, where/how do I check which version of these things - like Lenovo Settings or Settings Dependency are installed??] I have also noticed that my computer drive nor screen never goes to sleep now, even though power settings are set to "balanced" and both the drive and the screen are set to turn off (or go to sleep) after 5 or 10 minutes both on battery power and when pl... Read more

Answer:Twist and Lenovo Settings "settingsdependencytp" (Windows 8.1)

I am having a very similar problem on my TPY. No matter how many times I update for these "enhanced features", it never seems to take. As a result it will not let me utilize the settings app.

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I have an old hard drive on gateway w98 system that recently crashed and will not boot up. I had a master and slave hard drive, was transferring files between the 2 and something got corrupted, error message on boot up says something something about this file transfer.

I was able to take out the slave, insert it in another computer, all data there. Master is not recognized though. I see that there is free recovery software, but I don't understand how to use it. How do I apply it to a hard drive that will not boot up on one computer or is not recognized on another. And when I say not recognized, when I make it a slave and insert it onto another computer, the computer recognizes that there is new hard ware (with pop up), but there is no E drive. This is an XP computer.

About all I know how to do here is download the recovery software, but to what, to where, and how do I apply it to the hard drive? Especially if the hard drive will not boot up. Thank you for the help.

Answer:Hard drive recovery help (windows 98 hard drive

The simple solution since XP can't read Fat partitions would be to boot up with a live for cd Linux distro in order to copy+paste files from the 98 drive onto another. First you want to make up a temp folder to copy files into from the old drive provided the drive simply didn't quit on you while files were being transferred.

If the drive is still working have a look at how relatively easy it is to copy files over from it while booted with a ubuntu live cd.



Live distros like ubuntu and Knoppix will see right onto Fat as well as NTFS partitions allowing you to pick and choose which files even entire folder will be copied over from the 98 drive. That's provided the read/write heads are still in working order.

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Hi again
I have a HP dv8000 with a 320 GB HDD.
I used to have a windowe partition, a recovery partition and the main data partioion. now I have only 1 single partition with slightly less than 300GB.
The computer was in for repair and thew erer told not to format it. They are swapping between telling me that they didn't format it and that it must have just happened when my motherboard died to telling me that the data is my responsibility.
I have told them that they either formatted it or put the wrong drive in and they are adament that they have done nither.
this isn't helping me though.
I have basically lost a bucket load of data and my factory installed windows. I know it should have been backed up but whenever I tride, it would crash for some reason or tell me that i needed 30 DVD's.
I need to recover my files and would also like to get my windows back as I can't afford to replace it.
does anyone have any ideas on whether this can be done??
thanks alot
Steve
 

Answer:Hard drive recovery, windows and all, help

Hi

tricky this...the shop that fixed it would have told you that any data on the drive would be lost, this is common practice and you are always advised to back up any data to an external source on a regular basis.

However, if they are asked not to format the drive and they have then again the fault lies with yourself, you should have removed the drive before sending it in for repair, any good repair shop will use a test HDD to make sure the unit is working.

Unless you have it on paper that you asked them to do a non destructive repair then you are in a state of loss.

However...you also say that their is now no windows installed on the drive, is this correct, by rights a repair means that the unit comes back to you in a working condition including software that was on the drive, even if the shop have swapped the drive, it would be down to them reinstall windows and ensure it was in a working condition, as this is what you have paid for.

But your first port of call might be to a citizens advice bureau for further help and then trading standards, you might get the cost of the repair back on the basis the unit was returned unworking however on the point of the lost data, you wouldnt be able to claim for that.
 

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Hello, I wanted to install windows 10 from scratch, and I deleted all partitions, and installed Windows 10 on C: But now, the 24GB SSD is not used.What should I do, so the SSD is used for cache? thank you!













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Answer:instaling windows 10 from scratch Lenovo Twist S230u

Hi,
 
Is this what you're looking for?
 
http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-Twist-Series-laptops/ThinkPad...
 
Z.

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Hi there,I have a Lenovo Twist S230u and the upgrade to windows 10 went without any problems, now however I cannot get the Lenovo Twist S230u to install the November update from Microsoft, I have tried several times including installing from a usb stick. seems to say incompatable device so must be some sort of driver issue??? All drivers are up to date as I use the lenovo software to check for drivers! Any help would be much apprecheated. Roy

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Hey, I recently installed Windows 10 on the 24GB SSD on my Lenovo Twist s230u and am using the other 320GB HDD as storage. I've read elsewhere that this is a bad idea as it can mess up your computer and that the SSD should only be used as a cache. However, I have yet to run into any problems with the current setup, and the only problem I can foresee happening is not having enough space to do updates on the OS, though Windows 10 offers a workaround by sticking in a USB flash drive. Are there any other problems that could happen if I continue to use the SSD as a boot drive NOTE: The 24GB SSD is a seperate drive from the 320 HDD and not a hybrid.

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Hey all, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Twist s230u with a 24GB SSD and 320GB HDD. Recently my pc had boot repair problems, and I had to reinstall windows 10. Thinking that this was the original location, I reinstalled windows 10 on the 24GB SSD using diskpart commands to reformat the SSD to ntfs, and removed the original windows 10 from the HDD. I also reformatted both hard drives as part of a clean install.Now I've done some research and found out that the 24GB SSD isn't meant to be used as a boot drive for windows 10 and is instead meant to be used as an SSD cache. After looking up how to perform SSD caching, I found that Lenovo used ExpressCache as the software to cache the SSD; however, it seems that the software doesn't provide support to this laptop in windows 10, only on windows 8.1. So my question therefore is, is there any other way for me to use this 24GB SSD as a cache? or perhaps ExpressCache software still works even though Lenovo Twist isn't included in the windows 10 version?Also, if I ended up just keeping the OS in the 24 GB SSD and using as a boot drive what would happen? Or am I SOL with this 24GB SSD?Thanks,













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Answer:Lenovo Thinkpad Twist s230u SSD Cache Windows 10

Hello,
 
Lenovo does offer a version of ExpressCache for Windows 10 on its support web site, and it does list the ThinkPad S230u as a supported device:
 
Name:  ExpressCache Software for Windows 10 (64bit) - Laptop, ThinkCentre 
URL:  http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds104444
 
This was for the initial release (RTM, Build 10240) of Windows 10 back in 2015, but it may still work with the current version (Build 15063) of Windows 10.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I replaced the 16GB SSD on my Viewsonic Tablet to 64GB, I cannot use the included Windows 7 Recovery CD. The Recovery Error is the the BCD on SYSTEM partition is missing. Does anyone have a solution?

Answer:can recovery windows 7 cd install on new hard drive

Each vendor makes different recover media. It may be that the disk needed some info off the old drive. I don't know why booting to the dvd would cause a bcd issue. Hang up and live.

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please view this screen shothttp://w1funurl.webs.com/whynot-hdd...to make a recovery on DVDs is no problem ,but if I choose to make the image recovery on hard drive ,then ( next ) is grayed out , why ? how can I make it so it creates the image recovery on my hard drive ?why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?

Answer:windows recovery -will not let me create on hard drive

Where is says "On a hard disk" does the drop down arrow on the right reveal any choices?Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Hello All,

Ok, here goes, I went to start the desktop yesterday, and I got a brief glimps of the blue screen of death before it resets and tries to boot up again, and so on and so forth.

Had a similair issue with this before and Windows Recovery sorted it out no problems, this time however the Recovery utility says I have no hard drive!

Bios detects the Hard Drive and states that it is "functional"

Have tried resetting bios to defaults with no luck.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Windows Recovery cannot detect Hard Drive.

Similar issues i think ...here is my story...let me know how your issue worked out...happy hunting and holidays

HP DV6000,Windows XP,2 years old
recent issues b4 current NON BOOT STATUS:
Avast antivirus had been picking up some files that couldnt be deleted
I was getting popups...
comp. would start up on its own from hibernation state after a few minutes...this was happening for about 4-5 days

I started to clean it up
scans, spyware scans, hijack this
defrag

returned home after a couple days.
when it would not boot from its hibernatory state

Black Screen: offered 3 safe modes and normal modes.>all of which resulted in a blue screen that appeared only for a few seconds asking me about potential changes in software and antivirus i think

I put the recovery image on an external drive.

I am having issues burning that to DVD.
(using a friends hp dv9000 laptop)
stops due to Buffer Limit error (i think that is what it said)
CAN I USE CDS OR DVDS FOR RECOVERY DISCS
tried nero,sonic,avs...(one of them said it couldnt fit it on a 4.7 dvd+r....I dont know why it would just make a set of discs as such)

Recovery=10.3 gigs of files

So I tried to see if I could install UNBUNTU (5.1 Linux)...it had a Boot error during the installation.

I do not think the Hard Drive is screwed...

I transferred most of the important data prior to this implosion...but I wanted to obtain a few more things.

If i need to get a new hard drive: can I only upgrade to a ... Read more

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My computer is a complete clutter. I'm a digital artist and i need to clean out everything so that my computer can run faster, and so i can reduce the lag on my tablet. Basically, I need to optimize what I have. So far I've backed up all of my essential data on an external hard drive, so I'm ready to begin the process. I have little to no experience with computers, so please be patient with me. I run windows 7 on my computer, but i lost the disk. I need to find a way to restore my computer completely without removing my operating system, Is this possible? I've been struggling with this problem for a week now, please help me. -Sincerely, S.R.H.

Answer:Hard drive recovery problems, windows 7, PLEASE HELP ME

Hi VoxViolet,If you have been using your computer for a long time, chances are you will not get the optimal desire you once had without reformatting your computer. Recovery would have required you to create a backup when you first got your computer. Seeing that you lost that disk, reformatting would be out of the question.I'd say start uninstalling unnecessary/unused programs from your computer. I'd recommend using Revo Uninstaller. It has a feature which not only uninstall the program and its folders, but registries, icons, shortcuts etc. The process is pretty straight forward, but feel free to reply and PM me for assistance.Give that a try and reply back once completed.

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I've been getting a Windows script error on boot for a couple of weeks now. IIRC, it was just after a Lenovo Solution Center upgrade. I simply close the window, and I get no further errors - but I'd love to know why Windows is looking for this file, and how to either provide the file or turn off the dependent script. Here's the path: C:\ProgramData\Lenovo-16378.vbs and the Code is 80070002.

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HI All, I have new lenovo g580 laptop with DOS operating system. In that i had installed the windowns 7 ultimate. After instalation i had one issue with hard drive partition.  Issue:  I am able to get the drive space around 420 GB, reming space it is showing as unallocated space. I am unable to patition that space. Please suggest me to partition and to use that as general. please let me know if need any more information.  Thanks in advance,Krishna

Answer:Unable to get the complete drive space in lenovo g580

Hi ykrishna,
thanks for posting and welcome to the community. To do this please go to the
 
Start button > Highlight "Computer" and Right click > Select Manage. (Please see illustration below)
 

 
Once done a new window should have opened up. (Please see illustration below)
 

 
From here you should be able to see the unpartitioned block. Select the unpartioned block, right click and select "Make partion active". Be sure to assign a proper drive letter aswell.
 
Hope this helps
 
Regards

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I was just on the computer and i get a pop up from windows asking for permission to allow changes to be made to my computer, the program was under the name Adobe_Media_Player.exe or something but it said its publisher was unknown so I clicked no, within 5 seconds it was popping back up flashing yellow hit no again and popped back up, it was never ending so i just left it there.
Then a program popped up called "Windows 7 Recovery" and automatically started a scan and found 7 critical errors and that i need to buy the program to fix it. I have no idea where this came from my computer has been working fine since the day i got it in september of last year.
I opened up my computer and it says i only have 42.7 gb free of 285 but any of my files are nowhere to be found. *UPDATE - Found the files - the virus or malware turned everything into a hidden file but my computer still isnt running properly PLEASE HELP

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:00:52 PM, on 5/23/2011
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://homepage.emachines.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACEW&l=0409&m=el1333g&r=17360410m106p03c5v105r4... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Recovery Virus - Hard Drive Disappeared

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I'm running dual hard drives and I started my computer this morning to find the usual hard drive select screen. I selected my usual hard drive and continued to the next select screen. I was prompt with a recovery or a start windows normally options. I selected the usual "start windows normally". Then my computer was forced into recovery mode which never loaded. It loads a blank windows recovery screen that never loads. I left the computer to load for over 2 hours and no luck, it never loads. I've tried restarting and selecting the recovery option for the second option.. but the same result. I've never had this kind of issue before and I'm wondering if the main hard drive has failed. I've tried the usual F12, CTRL+ALT+DEL combos but it is completely unresponsive. The second hard drive I have doesn't have windows installed so it leads nowhere if I choose it.

I've attached a few pictures before for each of the screens along with the blank windows recovery screen.

imgur: the simple 404 page

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Hi all,

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad E540 with Windows 7 pre installed by reseller instead of the windows 8 pro and since today i can no longer access windows. I boot and it goes to black screen with flashing cursor in top left hand corner. My first thought was to tap F8 and go to advanced start up and select safe mode, however, it seems this function is no longer available, I assume this is because the system was originally built for windows 8 pro.

So my first question is, is there a way to access ASO via a cold reboot?

I have spoken to customer services and Lenovo and they said it may be hard drive issue. I explained i had ran diagnostic test and that came back passed and clear, he then said it sounds like a major corruption of the OS!! His solution is to send me Windows 8 recovery discs and reload win 8 and then downgrad to WIn 7 again if thats what i prefer. To be fair i just want a working computer!!

My second question is, Can i do a Win 8 recovery on the Win 7 system and keep all the existing data on my Hard drive? Looking at the recovery process it would wipe my hard drive.

Unfortunately this is my bosses computer and he hasnt done a back up of his files (massive school boy error on his part)

Any advice/help you can offer will be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Rich

Answer:How do i do a Windows recovery without losing my hard drive data?

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So my first question is, is there a way to access ASO via a cold reboot?


Not all computers work the same, what is ASO? It's always best to spell out a name at the first mention then use the acronym for it later on so folks know what it means.

No, the process will usually not save any data. Two choices come to mind, one is to boot to a Linux LiveCD or LiveDVD and try to copy the data to a USB device and the other is to pull the HDD, put it in a USB HDD Case and plug into a different computer to save the data.

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I seem to have happened upon a virus that pops up a "Windows Vista Recovery tool" and also produces "Hard Drive Failure" boxes as well. The recovery tool indicates that I have all kinds of errors on the hard drive and I am also unable to find any of my files/programs on the laptop. I am not knowledgeable regarding the programing of computers but I would like some help eliminating this issue if at all possible. I appreciate your help!

Answer:windows vista recovery/hard drive failure

So, I ran Windows Defender and it came up with some Trojan something or other and it removed it...So I don't seem to have the windows recovery issue any more however all my files and programs are still missing. Any suggestions?

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I believe I did something very foolish today, and now it appears my computer may be formatted. The computer is running a LENOVO ideapad y570 with Windows 7 x 64bit (SP1), RapidDrive with 64GB SSD + 760GB HDD.I performed a series of tweaks to improve startup. I restarted the computer after each tweak to measure startup time. I'll begin with the tweak that I believe initiated this problem:1) Disabled Microsoft Office 2010 under MSConfig --> Startup2) Restarted computer3) Arrived at BSOD during windows boota) Error: Bad_System_Config_Info4) Shut down and restarted the computer5) Arrived at BSOD during wondows boota) Error: Bad_Registry_Key6) Booted in SafeMode, boot successful7) Enabled Microsoft Office 2010 under MSConfig --> Startup8) Restarted computer9) Arrived at BSOD during wondows boota) Error: Bad_System_Config_Info10) Booted to Last Known Good Configuration11) Arrived at BSOD during windows boota) Error: Bad_System_Config_Info12) Booted in SafeMood with Networking13) Arrived at BSOD during windows boota) Error: Bad_System_Config_InfoOK, so disabling Microsoft Office 2010 in MSConfig seems to be suicide. We can begin a discussion of whether this is correct, but it's not what I'm immedietly interested in. I proceeded from here, and things went from bad to worse...14) Booted to System Recovery15) Chose the option, "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier"16) Chose the option, "Startup Repair"a) It proceeded to search for and repair errorsb... Read more

Answer:Windows Startup Recovery = Formatted Hard Drive ??

"RapidDrive with 64GB SSD + 760GB HDD."I THINK this is the key.Your laptop was set up with boot files on the SSD,and Win repair messed up the boot.Any files should still be there, you just need to findhow to repair this "rapid drive" setup. Search KB,and the rest of the forum.You could also try OneKey Recovery after rescue of your files.And, you should have been prompted to create recoverydisks.Sorry that this post may not be much help, but I do notuse Rapid Drive or OKR.

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Hi I have an HP that is badly infected. There is nothing in my c drive or so it wants you to believe. It has one of those bogus XP recovery diagnostic pop ups and Hard drive problem pop ups.It stopped my Avira anti virus and right now I have had problems downloading Malwarebytes. No matter what i do it tells me that access is denied or it downloads but when I try to open it I can't. I was able to download and run Superantispyware and it found over 400 detections and I removed them but who knows what is really removed. I know I'm supposed to post first first but I was able to run rkill and here is that log if it helps at all. My OS is Windows XP What else can I try. This log file is located at C:\rkill.log. Please post this only if requested to by the person helping you. Otherwise you can close this log when you wish. Rkill was run on 05/30/2011 at 8:47:26. Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Processes terminated by Rkill or while it was running: C:\PROGRA~1\SBCSEL~1\SMARTB~1\MotiveSB.exeC:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\xXjsKiNbkvU.exeC:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\19586852.exeRkill completed on 05/30/2011 at 8:47:32.I'm probably wrong doing this before anyone posting but I also ran the rootkit unhooked scan. Here is that log. Sorry I'm running these before anyone helping but I am limited getting into the forum and what I can run.RkU Version: 3.8.388.... Read more

Answer:Virus Windows Recovery, hard drive error

Is this the same computer as your other topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic400147.html

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Hi, I have a Sony Vaio laptop - VGN-NW265F/B , and the original hard drive went bad due to a SMART failure.

I've installed a new hard drive, and used the 1st recovery disc to get to the recovery menu. I've tried numerous times to install the OS from the recovery discs provided by Best Buy, which came with no instructions, but I keep getting errors.

There's nothing I can do from the recovery menu to make a new install on the new hard drive. The laptop also can't find the drivers on the recovery discs.

I'm getting frustrated because I've had 2 Dells in the past, which came with all the software necessary, and I was able to do everything myself.

This time I bought this Sony, it didn't come with software, especially a disc containing the drivers, and these 2 recovery discs aren't letting me do anything, except get into the recovery menu.

I can't format the new hard drive, or complete system, can't locate the drivers, etc...what a nightmare!!!

Is anyone familiar with this laptop, and/or knows how I should proceed to get this laptop up and running?

Thanks...

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hey guys. i recently had to re-install windows xp 2000, my computer some how contracted a bloody virus. Even tho i was up2 date with all my anti virus software

any way i am a DJ and i had over 12 Gig of Mp3 & WAV music stored on my computer all of which i purchased over the last 3 years, could any1 advise me on some good free recovery software that i could use to try and retrieve my music back.. Thank you in advance

also since re-installing XP there has been a horrible drag tail when moving minimised windows and scrolling up & down on Internet explorer.. iv try'd altering the settings but nothing seems to be changing.

thankyou in advance again..
 

Answer:Hard drive recovery & minor windows problem

When you did the reinstall, did you format the drive or did you install on a seperate partition?
If you formatted, things aren't looking good for retrieving your music my friend.
 

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Hello,

After experiencing some malfunctions in my hard drive I decided to buy a more reliable one before my existing hard drive completely died. I've used Windows 8.1's backup and recovery tools to create an image of my existing hard drive in the hopes that I can restore this image to my new drive. The image was saved to a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external hard drive.

I've swapped the hard drive out now and put my Windows 8.1 recovery media USB drive in to begin the repair by clicking 'Repair your computer'. I then went to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Image Recovery as I'm supposed to in order to restore this image. I then select my operating system, which is currently Windows 7 (I've installed Windows 7 temporarily on my new hard drive whilst trying to get this sorted). All whilst this is going on my external hard drive is plugged in to my PC, however at this point the recovery settings won't find a system image. I'm getting the following message:

'Windows cannot find a system image on this computer

Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set and click Retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.'

Clicking retry doesn't seem to do anything, so I click Cancel and go through and select the location of the backup. The external hard drive does not appear on the list. I suspect this may be because the recovery environment has not loaded the drivers to use the external hard drive, so I click Advanced to try and find them ... Read more

Answer:Windows 8.1 Recovery Won't Recognise External Hard Drive

From my understanding of this this post - you are using windows 8 system recovery to restore windows 8 on a system that has windows 7, is this not correct

another question - what OS came with the PC?

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While I was working online a windows XP recovery error message adived (all of a sudden) that "The sysytem has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE/SATA hard disks. We recommend that you restart the system". Other pop up messages advised, "CRITICAL ERROR/ HARD DRIVE FAILURE: Ram memory usage high. Ram memory failure."My entire system is enaccessible to any files, folder, programs, or applications. The only thing that opens (automatically) is the Windows XP Recovery window which automatically runs a diagnostic then provides a "fix" option. When I choose fix, it fixes half of the problem but request a purchase of the product to fix the rest.I don't have $80 to buy this (and my computer was running in tip top shape 2 hours before this happened). As a matter of fact, when I restarted my computer it happened all over again and fixed the same errors. Is my computer being hijacked? Seriously, how do I fix this? I've tried unhidding all of the files that are being hidden by this recovery thing but nothing is working.Help! Anybody.

Answer:windows XP recovery reporting hard drive fail

Sounds very much like your pc has been infected and even after spending your dollars there is no guarantee of a fix. This is a well known scamming operation.In order to confirm a problem with your hard drive and ram you can run your drive manufacturers diagnostic program and Memtest (Google for downloads), they both run from live cds so no problems with a system which will not boot, but you must have a working cd/dvd rom.If your ram and hdd pass the tests you can then take action to clear the infection but ensure you backup critical files before starting the cleanup process of your choice.Good luckPlease come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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My hard drive just crashed, diagnostics and laptop tools couldnt recover. I plan to replace it, but dont have recovery Windows 10 disks, as it was downloaded during Windows upgrade last year. I can buy a new hard drive, but not sure what to do afterwords

Answer:hard drive crashed. need recovery disk with windows 10

Hi, You won't need to purchase Recovery Media and then go through the process of upgrading to Windows 10 again. As long as the previous installation of Windows 10 had activated Ok after the upgrade, you can just create Windows 10 installation media on another PC and then perform a clean installation as detailed in the guide on the following link.  Note: At the activation screen, select 'I don't have a Product key' - Windows will activate automatically once the installation has completed as a hardware profile of your notebook will have been recorded by the activation servers from your previous upgrade to 10. http://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/ Regards, DP-K

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Immediately after a Windows update, my computer would not restart. It said disk error.

I could not start it from the recovery media and F8 would not work. I bought and installed a new hard drive. Now when I put in the recovery media to install Windows on the new hard drive, it gives an error message.

What can this be? Should I be able to install Windows from the recovery media?
It is Windows 7 and the laptop is Satellite A500, 64 bit.

Answer:Re: How to install Windows from recovery media on a new hard drive?

Hello

Generally speaking you can install recovery image on every compatible HDD so thee should not be any problem about it.

Please tell us what happen when you start recovery installation. Which error message is shown?

Is new HDD recognized in BIOS. Before you start recovery installation set BIOS to default settings.

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I updated my i5, 4gb, Lenovo Twist yesterday evening to Windows 8.1 thru the Windows Store, and so far everything has gone smooth except for these two issues: 1)   The screen brightness at random notches down a few degrees, then back up to full brightness (where I want it)  in the middle of work and this is with the machine plugged in on  either High Performance/ Balanced/ Or Power saver. It gets kind of annoying.. I never had this problem before the update... 2)  On my desktop, in the right corner, I get the little warning embedded in the wallpaper.... I havent touched the Bios or anything!" Windows 8.1       -- SecureBoot isn't configured correctly.       Build 9600"   Further notes:  I have done all the Lenovo System utility Updates before installing: latest BIOS, etc













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Answer:Windows 8.1 Update Issue with Lenovo Twist, (Brightness + SecureBoot non-enabled)

I have the same issue and I see others have it as well on different forums.  BUT, I have a laptop, one of the Edge models.  This seems to be an issue across many Lenovo products but no solution yet. I have tried to install the Power Management Driver but that does not fix it.  Anyone?

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My Primary hard drive's connectors are breaking. So, I need to copy everything to a second hard drive I have of the same size. It is external and brand new and I will be using eSata to do the copy.What's the best method?

Answer: Need to do a Complete copy of Hard drive

Including the OS?

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I have a hard drive with an older windows 10 version and some other partitions. I want to totally reformat the drive and reinstall windows 10. The Device Manager will list only the partitions and not the complete drive. Do I have to format it from a dvd or another hard drive or can it be reformatted from the Media Creation Tool or ?

Answer:Format complete hard drive

Hello Funkyecat,

If you like, booting from your Windows 10 installation media and doing a normal clean install will completely wipe the disk of all partitions before installing Windows 10 to it.

Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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Three members of my PC club are prepared to donate their old PC's to help older people get started in Computing. They all want me to guarantee that the hard drives will be completely cleaned so that no data can be recovered. They are all savvy enough to know that formatting is not enough! I'm sure I can remember seeing a link to suitable free software that will do the job but for he life of me I can't find it now. I thought I saw it in one of Gregs tuts but can't see it there. I have found via Google this:
http://easyfileshredder.com/landing/...etedFiles.html

Do you think this will do the job?
Any comments appreciated!

Answer:Complete Clean of Hard drive

I think the "Clean All" option using the Diskpart command will do what you want.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Another free tool often recommended is Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN.)

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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I wasn't exactly sure where to create this thread, but seen as I am using windows 7 I thought here was best. So onto the point.

I am currently using a RAID 0 array, but am moving to an i5 rig tomorrow but don't want to have to go through the ordeal of reinstalling and restoring all my programs and files. So my idea is this, I have an empty 500GB hard drive spare in my pc, and wish to create a full image of my current "Logical" C: drive to the spare drive and then rebuild a new RAID array on my new motherboard and then restore the image. The problem I was faced with using Norton ghost was validation issues from windows which forced my pc into a useless hulk (I used another spare drive to simulate restore).

Does any one know of a way to create a 100% exact clone of my drive that will allow me to restore the image to the way my pc currently is.

Just to clarify, windows sees the array as one drive (JBOD)

Answer:Complete (100%) hard drive backup...

Sorry, just bumping to get some more views.

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Hello,
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Over a month ago I suffered a house fire. Fortunately I was able to salvage a few things, one being my computer.

I have noticed strange happenings with the computer (Sometimes the HDD is not recognized in the BIOS)and I get the message "Insert system disk and press any key to boot" ... (Sometime the computer re-boots out of the blue) ( Very Sloooowwwww )and I am afraid the HDD is going to crash soon.
I remember the "OLD" days of XCOPY and GHOST etc. I do not know if these programs would make the HDD bootable or if the would work with XP.

What I would like to do is completely copy the contents of a small 20GB HDD that has been doing what I need it to do for a few years not but is getting smaller by the day and getting ready to crash. As you know a 20GB HDD is just about extinct !!

Seeing where I feel it is going to crash soon, I would like to purchase a much larger HDD format and partition it.
Is there a way or a program one of you "Pro's" are aware of that I can copy everything from the 20GB to another HDD and have the new larger HDD boot ?

With the fire I have lost all of my software CD's, Windows XP CD etc. etc. I am trying to have the NEW HDD bootup and have the software still intact. Is there a way to do this ?

Any information will be appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Rick M.
 

Answer:Complete Hard Drive Transfer

u can go to the manufacturer of the hard drive u are talking about and they will have a test software that will test the hard drive, if it says it is bad u can bet it is and it needs to be replaced, I do not know the name of any of these programs but I do know Maxtor has one that is suppose to work on any brand of hard drive. the better would be to get the one from the manufacture of u're hdd.
 

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Take this senerio.

>I buy a new PC with WinXP and Office XP. (WinXP and Office XP come already installed on the system, but not on a cd with the system.)

>I install Symantec Norton Ghost 2003 and make a complete back-up of my hard drive.

>For some reason the PC crashes and I do a compete format.

>I then install my default Windows that I like to use (Windows ME) onto the formated system.

>Then install Norton Ghost 2003 onto the the formatted system with Windows ME.

>Is it possible to put the back-up on the Windows ME system, restart and then Windows XP and Office XP will be there or not?

If someone has any ideas relating to my problems please help me.

Answer:backing up a complete hard drive of a pc.

i dont know about that, all i know is that windoze ME is very unstable!

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Kind of a long story, but will try to make it concise as possible. We have a Gateway laptop and we replaced the harddrive to increase the amount of storage space....from a 2 gig that came with the system to a 20 gig (one that was recommended by Gateway). When it was first installed, there was a problem with formatting it, it kept hanging up at 46%. We eventually got beyond that and got everything loaded running windows 2000. About a month later the user ran a defrag because he said the system was running very slow. Somehow after the defrag, the system would no longer boot, it ended up going in a cycle where it would go as far as the Windows 2000 splash page appearing, then giving an error message which only appeared for less than a second, and the rebooting. I ran a repair which didn't work, then I reinstalled the OS and kept the existing file system intact. The reinstall of the OS moved VERY slowly. Also, the previously installed programs didn't work. So, I decided to rerun the install, but this time to reformat the hard drive....and wouldn't you know it, again it's freezing up at 46% during format. BTW, I have run a chkdsk on nothing was found wrong with the disk.

Any ideas, suggestions?

Thanx a bunch.
 

Answer:Reformatting of Hard Drive will not complete

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I have three computers and I want to copy the complete content of each one. Can this be done with a external drive or will I have to use something in software? thanks splice
 

Answer:Backing up the complete hard drive

An imaging program such as Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost would be nice. You could image each drive to the external and have the ability to restore them at any time should you need to.
 

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Please can somebody tell me which is the best way to make a complete Copy of my Hard Drive. Somebody mentioned in a magazine that it was easier to use a program called "Drive Image" than to use "Nortons Ghost". Would it be possible to put another Hard Drive into your computer and copy your C drive onto it, so if you had a failure on your C Drive, you could swop drives, make the spare one the master, and carry on as normal?Would appreciate any help on this matter.Regards,Meater

Answer:Copy Complete Hard drive

Using the Drive Copy facility in DriveImage 7, copying your hard drive is easy peasy. It does involve (as all of these things do) opening your computer case and moving drives around. ?d

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Hallo.I've just bought a near new computer (9 months old) and it had Windows XP SP2 installed. It came with an OEM XP SP-2 disk as well. The hard drive is partitioned 2 ways. C=9Gb and D=148Gb. There is a Windows program in both hard drives. I have been updating Windows XP with SP3, but it will only instal it in the smaller C drive. And I get the message that there is insufficient room in C drive. The updates will not instal in the larger D drive, which also has Windows XP on it as well.My plan is to completely reformat the drive and only use a single drive for both the windows and the programs.This computer also has no floppy drive. Can I just put in the OEM disk in the drive and see what happens. I am not confident enough for that.Any help is welcome.Bert

Answer:complete reformatting hard drive

Assuming you have the original OEM the XP was installed with you can easily format the whole drive and reinstal windows the way you like. The easiest way is to do a complete reinstall. So make sure you back up all the stuff you wanna keep because you wont have anything left once you are finished it will be a fresh new setup. All you gotta do is put in your OEM and make your computer boot from the disc. Follow the instructions to where it will come to a screen that you will see all the partions on the Hard Drive. You have to manually select each partition to delete them and after you have them gone you can pick the largest file area on your drive...it will show something like how much space and then a space that has like 8gb or so. Once you select your partion (which will be the whole drive) it will give you the option to format..try not to use the quick option if you can. Once it formats your good to go. Follow the rest of the instructions and you will soon have a fresh start of Windows XP. Hope this helps out and good luck its not as bad as it seems.

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Hi all.

I am currently using a 250Gb hard drive that is almost ful due to me recording large amounts of audio and other music related products(VST's and effects etc).

I need to buy a new 1Tb hard drive and copy all of the 250gb hard drive right across, Win 7 included. Everything even virus' if they are there and I need for it to just run straight away as though nothing has changed except for the extra 750Gb of memory if you can see what I mean. I don't want to have to go re-install of of my stuff.

I have a 1Tb drive that I am using as backup at the moment, a slave drive but it has a lot of valuable data on it so I don't want to wipe it, I would prefer to buy a new 1Tb and go from there. Can this be done? Are there any tutorials that show you how to copy a whole hard drive over like this??

thanks for your time, Ste.

Answer:Complete copy of hard drive???

Have a look here; Best FREE Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 32 bit & 64 bit. EaseUS free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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I have an old IBM hard drive that I got an RMA for as it was within warranty. I had already replaced it with a new Western Digital and moved everything before it went completely bad. Before I sent it back to IBM I wanted to completely format that drive so I wouldn't be sending them personal info/ I've been unable to wipe out the drive using either Windows or Norton. Both get stuck at a certain point and cannot go any further. Any ideas on how I can wipe out the drive completely?

Also ... if I got the RMA # within the warranty period but now I am outside of it ... will I still be ok or do I just have to toss it?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Bad hard drive that will not allow a complete format.

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Answer:Help - New Hard-Drive, Win XP won't complete insta

Hi everyone, I just got me a new 80GB hard disc (Seagate Barracuda V) and decided to install it as my primary HDD. My old setup was: IDE1 Master: 40GB HDD IDE1 Slave: DVD-ROM IDE2 Master : CDRW New setup is : IDE1 Master: 80GB HDD IDE1 Slave: DVD-ROM IDE2 Master : CDRW IDE2 Slave: 40GB HDD PC has an AMD athlon XP 2000+, 256MB DDR, 64MB GeForce4 MX420, creatix modem/firewire combo card, realtek ethernet card. SB PCI64 onboard. I tried to do a fresh install of WinXP home edition. It didn't work. It copied all the necessary files to the HDD, rebooted and did the install routine. Then it rebooted again, and it sat there and eventually the screen turned black. I then removed the power cable from the 40GB drive and tried again. This semed to do a little better, but it still fell over and died. Then I tried installing Linux (Mandrake 9.0). Linux is working fine - and while this may be the incident to push me into using linux full time, the rest of my family isn't quite ready to make that call. Current partition setup is: 80Gb (hda): 9.6GB NTFS (WinXP) 39GB FAT32 (containing backups from the 40GB disk) 5.3Gb ext3 (/) 243MB Swap 19Gb ext3 (/home) 40GB (hdd) 24GB FAT32 (empty) 16GB Blank (future home for linux) Windows will start in safe mode (with both drives connected), not in diagnostic startup, not in safe mode with networking and not in VGA only mode. I cannot get windows to go through the final part of setup (setting up users, activating windows etc) I am well and truly stumped b... Read more

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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I am new to this board but a very long time ThinkPad user. Bought a new T540p and the hard drive failed within five days of receipt; Lenovo sent me a new drive, recovery disks, machine is fully restored.  With a new hard drive, the machine's "finger print" no longer matches the original Microsoft OEM activation.  I have been on the phone with Lenovo six times and they promise to send me a new activation code, they have transferred me to Microsoft twice (they actually tried to help but concluded it was an OEM copy so they couldn't do anything).  Still no activation code and I really can't finish building out this machine.  Short of sending the machine back to Lenovo, is there a way to legimately get this valid OEM license activated? How do you get a new activation code from Lenovo? I was transferred back and forth between hardware and software support three times.  I searched the forum but did not see this problem exactly. Thank you for you help.

Answer:Need new Windows 8.1 activation key after hard drive replacement and system recovery

Is this after you've reinstalled with the OEM disks? When you reinstall from these disks I believe it has Lenovo's bulk license key that SHOULD allow for auto activation once you establish an internet connection. What kind of errors are you getting that indicate that Windows is not activating?

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I have an Acer Iconia W500 that came preinstalled with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium. I made recovery discs from the tablet before installing Windows 8 on it, which runs great. What I would like to do, if possible, is to use those Windows 7 restore discs and restore them to an external hard drive and be able to boot from it and run the original Windows 7 that came preinstalled. The reason I am wanting to do this, as there were some programs, drivers, and other things that I cannot download from Acer or retrieve from the restore discs, and can only access from the OS if it is actually running. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help.

Answer:Help Restoring Windows 7 Recovery Disk to External Hard Drive or USB

This is why many WIn8 previewers keep the old OS in a Dual Boot so it is readily accessible by booting or via Explorer. It would have also been better to back up a Win7 backup image which could be virtually mounted in Disk Mgmt. to access any files. Recovery Disks are not that flexible and will only recover the machine to exact factory condition on the internal HD.

What drivers or other needed software is missing from the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model. These can often be found via Google. I have never seen a problem with Acer in countless Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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My wife's U510 hard drive has recently failed.  I have a smaller 120GB SSD that I'd like to swap into this machine.  Unfortunately, when I try to do this and use the Win 8 recovery USB that I created earlier, it fails.  The system reset fails, saying that the recovery partion cannot be found.  Is there a recovery disk that can be used or something else that I am missing? 













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Answer:Windows 8 - Recovery partition not recognized after hard drive swapping

nebhead, Welcome to Lenovo Forums! Thank you for taking the time to post your inquiry. I can see that the original hdd of the U510 has already crashed. The 120GB SSD would be perfect. The reason why the Windows 8 recovery usb did not work is because there is no recovery partition on the 120GB SSD. The Windows 8 recovery usb should be also bootable.  Solution : You can get in touch with Lenovo's Premium Services Premium Support. You can get a copy of the OEM windows 8 OS and all of its components, once you get the recoverable media you can install it on the 120GB SSD and to your surprise its like having a new U510. Their direct line is 1-855-271-3878 option 2.  Note : Since the Lenovo U510's hdd crashed, you really need to purchase the recovry media from Lenovo. I hope that this solution will work for you.





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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.

Steve

Answer:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

spthomas,
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop without a floppy disk and it has a CD/DVD Rom drive.The hard drive has been wiped clean. It does not have Windows XP on it.When I try to run the recovery DVD that came with it, I get write errors associated with the hard drive. I am assuming the hard drive has issues. After numerous attempts, the recovery DVD will not complete its ghost installation.I want to run a program to check and correct any problems with the hard drive and then format it. Which program should I use, and how do I boot into the program without a floppy and without being able to get into Windows XP?Thanks! Fred

Answer:Windows XP, Hard Drive Problems, Toshiba Laptop, Recovery CD: HELP!

You are in pretty tough situation, because, as you can see here:http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287Toshiba is the only HD maker, which doesn't provide HD diagnostic tools.I did some search, and some people would recommend , either Hitachi tool:http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm (on the above site, you'll also find "CD Image", which will create bootable CD for you.or Seagate:http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools/

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My laptop shut itself down and said there was an imminent hard drive failure. Gave it to my district's IT person who tried to copy the hard drive to put into the new one I bought, but she said her drive copier couldn't read the drive. Of course I can't find the correct version of Windows anywhere. (She has Wondows 7 professional, I found the Vista Update of Windiws 7 professional but we can't find a copy of 7 home.) We checked HP and I can order Windows or Recovery discs but she said the sticker on the laptop doesn't have the serial number needed. Tried emailing HP for advice on that but their technical contact page "cannot be found" and I got put on hold forever when I tried to call.

Here's the info she said us on the label if my laptop:
Pavilion dv7-4087d Entertainment Notebook
00196-105-235-216
584037-001
X16-96072

Any ideas? Thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive died...anyway to download windows 7 and/or recovery discs?

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Hi,
I have dell inspiron 3542 laptop. Hard drive was crashed, I bought new drive but its blank. How to reinstall windows 8?
I don't have any recovery disc.
Please reply.
Thanks,
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Answer:Reinstall windows 8 after replacing hard drive / no recovery disc

Create Media site-- windows.microsoft.com/.../create-reset-refresh-media

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