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Missing option to create set of recovery discs in Rescue & Recovery

Question: Missing option to create set of recovery discs in Rescue & Recovery

Today I was investigating something in ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery since one of my attempts to create a set of recovery discs had gone wrong - I created a Rescue Disc (boot disk) instead of a set of Recovery Disks. Basically, what I discovered is that according to this IBM page http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-68317.html I am supposed to see two options when clicking "Create Recovery Media" in the ThinkVantage start menu group: (1) Rescue Media and (2) Recovery Discs. In the event that a set of Recovery Discs (option 2) has already been created, this option will become gray and can't be selected, however it will still be visible, displaying the text that you've already created a set of Recovery Discs and that your license doesn't allow you to make any more. The strange thing here is that I don't at all have option 2: Recovery Discs, whether active or inactive (gray)! Please find attached the three relevant screenshots: the last one is of my computer (and is in Dutch but shows you that I have only option 1 to select), the bottom two are from the link I provided above and show the distinction between having option 2 active or inactive (gray text). Does anyone know what is going on here? And will this entitle me to a complimentary (in effect, free) set of Resovery Disks from IBM Support (taking into account my warranty has expired)? I've got an R50p running Windows XP Pro (1832-W1D). [IMG]http://i38.tinypic.com/2r3w1ts.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i34.tinypic.com/nxnudg.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i38.tinypic.com/33563o1.jpg[/IMG]

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Answer: Missing option to create set of recovery discs in Rescue & Recovery

hello pvanden welcome to the forums i see that you have not provided the country or the city in which you live pls read forum rules before posting coming to your system recovery options if you have already created a recovery cd(not rescue media)it might be advisable for you to contact ibm support as soon as possible since you have a valid windows license you may get a set of product recovery cd's for a nominal fee

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i bought a new hd for my t61 and was planning on using the rescue and recovery to make a recovery disc to install everything to factory defaults on the new hd but I have no option at all of doing so. the only option i have that is able to be selected is create rescue medium and that is all. There is no option below that to create factory recovery discs like what i have seen. Is there any way I can make a recovery disc set or will i be forced to order it?

Answer:no option to create recovery discs?

So if you go to start than all programs than I think accessories there should be a create recovery cd's icon? Are you running the IBM factory image? If don't want to buy the recovery cd's from IBM than install XP install the NIC driver download system update and run it. Another option if you can get a copy of ghost and if you have a external hard drive copy the image than install it on the new hard drive.

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I started the "Create Rescue & Recovery Media" application on my new T500, but the option to Create a set of Product Recovery discs is not available.  According to this Lenovo doc this option is not available if "your system has already created a set of recovery media." But I did NOT create the set.  Is there any way to get this option back and create the Product Recovery discs?    













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Answer:No option to create Product Recovery discs

My bad.  The support doc that I linked to must be a bit outdated. I didn't notice that on my T500 there were actually 2 different applications: "Create recovery media" and "Create product recovery media."

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I recently created Recovery Discs in Windows XP, but when I insert Disc 2, it always says that it is the incorrect disc so I cannot continue the factory restore.Now I'm trying to restore by booting into the Rescue and Recovery on my hard drive, but it cannot find the hidden factory partition on the hd. It also now says that the restore had a "convertion" error when it wouldn't recognize disc 2 and will not let me try to look at my hard drive to restore anymore. If I use the RR boot disc, it will let me try to restore, but it finds nothing restorable on the HD.I did look at the hard drive and see 2 partitions with one being a IBM_SERVICE partition with 3.9GB total size and 2.9GB free space.Please help, thanks.

Answer:t43: Recovery Discs are corrupt and Rescue and Recovery won't restore from the Hard Drive?

Hi, maybe somebody here could help me. i've totly lost the original partition of IBM on my T41 thinkpad. If somebody could advise me how do i get it back, i would appreciate it very much. Thanks,Shai

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Hi everyone, I've just recently became a new owner of a T61, and really enjoying it. I haven't had a chance yet to test-drive the lenovo phone support, as I have not yet screwed anything up that bad that required their help. I did try a clean factory reinstall from the service partition and it worked great. I would like to find out, how does one use the rescue and recovery startup disc, and the product recovery discs that I created myself? From my previous experience with Dell and HP, I only had to insert the first one and restart the computer, and the rest followed. But with ThinkPads, if I ever wanted to bring it to a clean factory state using those discs, do I use rescue and recovery first, followed by the product recovery? I'm curious, what is the difference between the two? 





_____________________________________T61 (7658CTO), T9300, 3GB, 250GB, XP Pro









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Answer:How to use the rescue and recovery, and the product recovery discs ?

The disks you created will allow you to recover your operating sys. without the rescue and recovery portion of your harddrive. It is especially usefull if your harddrive dies and you need to load onto a new drive.





T61P(6459-CTO) T9300 @ 2.5 GHz, 4g ram, Quadro FX 570M, Vista Bus. 64Bit, 160gig 7200 rpm HD, WSXGA disp.

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Hello, I never created recovery disks when I purchased my T60 over three years ago.  I regret that. Now I am wondering if it is possible to do so.  When I launch Create Recover Media (rrmedia.exe), it crashes immediately:AppName: rrmedia.exeAppVer: 1.0.0.1ModName: unknownModVer: 0.0.0.0Offset: 0018089aEventID: 1000 I cannot request recovery disks from Lenovo, because my system is out of warranty now. So I think it is either it is impossible to use rrmedia.exe at this point (since in the meantime, I've upgraded to XP SP3, etc) or I need to upgrade or reinstall Rescue and Recovery.  However, trying the latter opens up a can of worms: 1) Rescue and Recovery shows version 3.01.0037.  Running system update to patch to 3.01.0042 fails: "A later version of 'Rescue and Recovery - Client Security Solution' is already installed on this machine.  The setup cannot continue." 2) When I try to uninstall RR from Add/Remove programs, it fails: "Another version of this product is already installed.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel" 3) When I try to upgrade to the latest 4.xx, it says I must first uninstall the current version, which from the above, I cannot do. So the machine is confused as to which version it has, and it won't let me upgrade, uninstall, or reinstall. In summary:&... Read more

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Recently purchased Toshiba Satellite C660-21Z and tried to create recovery discs as recommended. Recovery Media Creator consistently fails on both Disc #1 and #2 with error messages during validation:

Failed to read E:\sources\boot.wim (Error Code 020150-20-00000000).

Have tried different DVD types without success. Anybody able to help?

Answer:Recovery Media Creator failing to create system recovery discs

Hello

Check please THIS thread and i hope you will find solution to this.

Good luck

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

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

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

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Hi All, I am prepping a new Lenovo Yoga 13 for a user.  I want to create recovery DVD(s) for the new system with the OneKey Recovery software.  When I open the application there is no option to create media.  There are only a backup option and a restore option.  I called tech support and they advised if I attach a DVD drive the option to create media will appear.  I did this but no luck.....  I am attaching first a picture of what I see when I open One Key Recovery And secondly to show that I do have a usb DVD connected here is a picture of the DVD attached with a blank DVD inside it.  I have downloaded the lastest update to the One Key Utility and am running version:  8.0.0.1519.  Can anyone give any insight as to why the create recovery media isn't there for me?.....













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Answer:Yoga 13 doesn't have an option to create recovery media in onekey recovery

I found the answer to my own question.  Essentially in version 8 there is no way to create recovery media with this utility.  I came across the following link which I am going to try:  http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=HT076024

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Whenever I try to create a full backup, the backup always seems to be complete after turning on the laptop monitor (not even from sleep mode, just the display turning off), even when the program said that there were two hours to go.  The backup, which was estimated to be about 75gb, turns out to be only 20gb.  When I try to create recovery discs from this seemingly incomplete backup, it always says that it requires five recovery discs.  Is this the number of recovery discs regardless of the size of the backup, and will the recovery discs restore the laptop to factory condition or the state of the laptop when the backup was made?  Sorry if this is an obvious question, but can the recovery discs created using Onekey Recovery be used to restore the system back to Vista if I install Windows 7 (RC or final version), assuming that the partitions sizes remain untouched?  Will I be able to restore to Vista from Windows 7 using this full backup (on an external drive) if I press the NOVO button after installing W7? Similar to the backup being complete after turning on after sleep mode or the display turning on, whenever I download anything off the internet and the laptop goes to sleep mode, the download is cut off after turning the laptop on from sleep mode.  Isn't the system not supposed to go to sleep whenever something is downloading or a backup is being performed?  Thanks for your help!Message Edited by blackhole23 on 07-21-2009 11:46 AM... Read more

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Hi Guys I bought a set of Windows 7 64bit Lenovo Rescue and Recovery Discs approx. 18 months ago so I could "restore" my X201 if and when the hard disk died, well the day has come and the discs dont work !!! I have attempted to "restore" to the new hard disk 3 times and this is now starting to become a joke. I boot the 1st disk, then I'm asked to insert the 2nd and then 3rd disks, I dont have a 4th disk but the process asks me for one. I believe that this is all working as it takes a number of hours and the drive lights is flickering except when I'm being asked to insert the next disc. After the final re-boot. following the "Setting up drivers - 100%" on the screen I get a message box that says "Setup cant configure windows for your configuration", this is after I have had the "Starting Windows 7" booting on the screen. Has anyone had any experience with Win 7 64bit R & R discs for a X201 ??? TIA NG 

Answer:Cant restore from rescue and recovery discs

Is your laptop configured for boot in legacy mode, not in UEFI?Also, Factory Recovery Discs set we make using Control Panel applet consists 4 discs (for x220, I don't know the clear information about x201) - 1 is bootable with WinRE environment and 3 with data. How do you boot your laptop for recovery process?

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HELP - i want to restore my Lenovo 3000 N200 0769 BWG laptop to factory settings but do not have the rescue and recovery starter discs. Could anyone please help out with a set of the required discs?

Answer:Rescue and recovery starter discs

Have you made the product recovery discs before?Go to the thinkvantage menu and select the option "Create rescue and recovery media" 

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I am the owner of a Lenova IdeaCenter K300 Computer with Windows 7 64Bit OSThe system has been running for just about a year now...no issues, very stable...however after a recent issue with another computer MFG system...I have questions:First the Other MFG system - The computer was purchased in April of 2008 with Windows Vista, the computer was unplugged on November 1, 2008 and stored in a cool Dry place....In October of 2011 My Godson wanted a new computer and I told him I have a computer that was lightly used and would do what he wanted it to do.I plugged in a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and turned on the unit when MUCH to my surprise the HD had failed...BADLY...so I went to a local store, purchased a new HD and installed it on the machine. First let me explain that this computer MFG after several calls to them looking for help.. explained to me the following1: Reinstall Discs were NOT avail2: The System did not support creating Recovery discs since all the information that the system needed was stored on    the Hard Drive that was supplied with the system...and that the OEM Windows VISTA version was available to use for    3 yearsI said Okay, but I have a computer that had a HD failure so how do I go about reinstalling Windows Vista to get the computer up and running again?  They told me that I had to PURCHASE from a store a copy of Windows Vista.   I said that I had from two other computers from another MFG Windows Vista Reinstal... Read more

Answer:Very Confused over Reinstall Discs, Recovery Discs and how do I CREATE THEM!

They should sell you recovery disc without any problems. If you call customer service and you feel that the conversation is going no ware you probably talking to wrong person. Disconnect and tray another time, you will never speak to the same person twice OEM reinstall disc doesn?t need activation, retail windows disc needs but you have serial number on the sticker so just call Microsoft and activate it. Recovery disc is a copy of your computer hard drive with windows, drivers, software includedReinstall disc is the same for all computers with windows only, you have to install drivers and software separatelyReinstall OEM disc is only for Lenovo system but it is the same like retail windows disc with added pre-activation

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Hi All,I have create product recovery discs for my T61 notebook. It has1. Start recovery disc2. product recovery disc 13. product recovery disc 2 To restore to factory settings, i just booted using "Start recovery disc" after selecting language and few other options it has asked to insert disc1.I inserted disc1 and pressed OK ,it is giving error as "Please insert correct disc" . what might be the problem . Any one faced similar issue. Please share your thoughts.. Thanks,Sasikanth

Answer:T61 Prodcut rescue and recovery discs error

this usually means your disk was not burnt properly, do you still have warranty?

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I had a hard drive fail in my old R51.  I purchased the 'R&R with Rapid Restore'  XP discs for this system about a year ago.  I'm not sure which version is on them, but disc 1/1 shows March 2004, then disc 1/7 shows January 2005.  I've installed a 100gb Seagate drive and boot from Disc 1/1.  I go through the prompts to do the Restore Factory Contents, it runs for a few minutes and then I get an "error during initialization' message and it fails.  Things I've done:  'quick formatted' the drive on another XP machine, changed the BIOS to boot from CD drive first and have tried setting the "IBM Predesktop Area"  to both 'normal' and 'disabled' and disabled the Security Chip, but I still get the error. Is there something else I need to do to the hard drive before trying to run the restore?  TIA and Merry Christmas!    

Answer:Trying to run Factory Rescue & Recovery discs to install new drive on R51

I also tried a different hard drive with the same result. 

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Is it possible to copy the factory backup partition from my X301 (Vista) onto a USB?  It seems to only want a CDROM.  It also suggests trying the Create Recovery Media Utility, which I have tried but the pulldown menu to choose a target drive is empty, despite the USB stick being in (in fact, no drive comes up, internal or otherwise). My goal is simply to back up this partition so I can get back those 10 Gb of space. Thanks,

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I recently (beginning of February) purchased the above laptop, after saving up for some time...I had 4 weeks problem-free use from it and then, about four weeks ago, one morning it wouldn't start up... it went into a loop of booting up ok  until the windows XP screen came up, then going into restart and going through the same pattern again.I phoned the 30 day support phone line ( I think it was a little over the 30 days) and the technical support chap told me it sounded like a problem with windows. he told me to take the hard drive out, put it in a USB caddy so I coud save all my school  data (I'm a primary shool teacher) and then send for the restore to factory settings discs.... not having access to a usb caddy drive and not being able to afford to buy one, I phoned the support centre to ask them to send me the factory settings discs... these finally arrived last friday.I was able to recover my files which were on the hard drive, along with my son's A level course work,  and proceded to follow the instructions for the other 6 discs... the computer copied all the discs but whe it had got to disk 6 it switched back to the blue error screen which had a load of error message stuff on it... nothing else happened, the factory settings were not installed and the laptop now just boots to a black screen which says 'NTLDR is missing, press ctrl alt del to restart'anyone know what the problem is?...it's been nearly a month now that I haven't been able to use it and I'm ... Read more

Answer:Lenovo 300- N200 0769-BMG (Windows XP Pro) failed rescue-recovery from discs

HCCook, welcome to the forum,
 
sorry to hear about your problem. A little more information might be helpfull here.
were you informed about how the Lenovo care button works and had you tried to use it's function?
did the "crash" occur while disk 6 was still copying or after it had finished?
does disk 6 look dirty or damaged in any way and can you read it in the other computer?
do you have access to an USB floppy drive? (should one be required - don't know yet)
 
are you able to excuse my grammar, it's a long time since I was in school?

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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.
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Hi All, I have reset by T430 from the USB recovery(Windows 8) which i have created earlier. My recovery was successful, but the recovery partion was missing in the notebook harddisk and  F11 recovery option was missing in the startup menu after recovery.Please suggest me, how to restrore the recovery partion.

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

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

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

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Ok, so I am now officially confused.I go to Programs->ThinkVantage->Create Rescue and Recover Media.There are two sections, one says Rescue Media, the other RecoveryDiscs.#1 The first time I selected Rescue Media and clicked on CDs/DVDs -- this resulted on only one CD being created.#2 I went back and this time under Recovery Disk clicked on "Create a set of Product Recovery Disks now" .. that too resulted in only one CD.#3 So, I tried the first one again, same result. Each single CD that was produced by these 3 different attemps was to be labelled Rescue and Recovery startup disc.From what I have read I should be getting one CD and one (or more?) DVDs. This is clearly not happening.What am I doing wrong? This can't be that tricky ....Thanks!Esmail

Answer:T61 .. can't create Rescue & Recovery Media

See the FAQ, message 5 by GomJabbar

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I am wondering how to create my own recovery discs because my OEM (ASUS) does not provide any. I need one that includes all my drivers and software provided with my computer as well as none of the existing software installed. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Create Recovery Discs

There should be a recovery partition on your disk. You can create the disc from there. Else you can also make an image which may be even more practical.

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Just received a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T60 1952-AP2 (WinXPPro) and can't for the life of me figure out how to create recovery discs. I understand there is a hidden partition that can be used for recovery, but that won't won't do a bit of good should there be a catastrophic failure of the HD. I've tried going to ThinkAdvantage/Resource Center/Security,Protection and Recovery, but the only options shown there are "Manage passwords" and "Protect my harddrive." There must be a way to create recovery/restore discs, but I can't figure it out, and I'm more than a little embarrassed by that! Any help will be greatly appreciated. Joe... in Las Vegas    Read more >>   Options >>   

Answer:How to create recovery discs?

Under start, program, Thinkvantage there should be an option for you to create recovery media, if it is not there then it could mean that the laptop had an OS reinstall using after market win xp os.If it is not there, then try this:1. Start the laptop, and press the blue thinkvantage button.2. This should take you to the hidden recovery console (if it is not there then the recovery partition is probably not there.3. If it is there and the recovery console works, then there should be option for you to do a recovery to factory condition. So use that. (But do note, this will wipe everything out and reinstall the os from scratch, so save all the necessary document).4. Once everything is reinstalled, you can use the above method to create the recovery partition.P.S. if none of these options works, you can purchase the recovery media from Lenovo for 50 USD or abouts.

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I have a new W500 with XP.  When I try to create the recovery CDs it starts the process but doesn't show me any valid drive to use for the creation.  My drive is working fine for all other uses.  I read that this can happen if the media was already created with the Windows License I have.  Anyone have any suggestions other than contacting Lenovo? Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Cannot create Recovery Discs

the only way to create another set of discs, is to go into rescue and recovery during startup by pressing the blue thinkvantage button, then select restore to factory default, it will reformat the hdd and reinstall everything, after which you will able to create another set of discs. 

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Hi, I am thinking of deleting the service partition but I haven't made recovery discs yet. Do I need to have the service partition in order to create recovery discs?













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Answer:Create recovery discs

I don't understand why you'd want to delete the service partition, it only takes up about 6 GB of your hard drive, but anyway I'm almost 100% sure you need to have your service partition to make the recovery discs, so why don't you just make them. It takes about an hour and all you need is 2 DVD's. Just pop them in and sit back.

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Hi I recently bought a G550 and the first thing I tried was to make the recovery DVDs... It just won't work,,, It always says something like: verify data failed at the end of the first DVD... I tried different speeds, backup options (factory defaults, from an existing backup...) and 3 different brands of DVD without success... Does anyone here had the same problem in the past? Thanks Alex

Answer:Can't create recovery discs

Yes. Even I'm facing the same problem. Not able to create the bootable disks. After the first DVD is created, it asks for the secon blank one. When I insert a blank DVD, it ejects automatically. I tried several times but in vain. Any help will be appreciated  RegardsAjith

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I am wondering how to create my own recovery discs because my OEM (ASUS) does not provide any. I need one that includes all my drivers and software provided with my computer as well as none of the existing software installed. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Create Recovery Discs

There should be a recovery partition on your disk. You can create the disc from there. Else you can also make an image which may be even more practical.

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how do I manually create a rescue and recovery backup?  my laptop is Thinkpad R60 thanks.

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Hi,I have a Lenovo 3000 C100 0761 with Windows XP installed and want to wipe the hard drive and restore it to the factory setting. Some time ago the C drive was partioned to install Win 98 for some software that didn't like XP. Later the partition was removed and C drive returned to it's original state. Now I don't get an option to enter Rescue and Recovery when I press the Lenovo Care button at the start up screen. The hidden partition is still in place and has not been touched. I guess the master boot record has been modified when changing the C drive partition. How can I restore the Lenovo care button and Rescue & Recovery options. Thanks for any advice or suggestions.RegardsChris













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Answer:3000 C100, re-install XP, no Rescue & Recovery option.

Use a partition editor and try to put the hidden partition as ACTIVE (just to boot from there). Then restore completely your system (if it works).





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Hi all, I am trying to refresh windows 7 using the factory restore, but there is no factory restore option in the rescue and recovery. I tried run the program using DVD, from Window 7. No option on the both. I have not formatted the original HDD.  Any idea? Thanks!! 

Answer:T420, No factory restore option in the rescue and recovery

'morning.
welcome to the forum!
 
assuming your pc came with a Lenovo Win7 installation on it, have you created your recovery disk set? if you haven't, click your Start orb and type recovery into the Search box. do you get an item named Create Recovery Media at the top of the list? if so, click it and follow the prompts to create your disk set. you can boot your pc with disk 1 of the set to completely reimage your pc back to its factory-delivered state. be aware that it will erase all personal files, so back things up first!
 
if you obtained your pc 2nd-hand, possibly with a generic Win7 install, you'll need to contact Service to obtain a factory recovery disk set.
 
regards.

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I purchased my T420 one year ago and have sufficiently "hosed it up" to the point I wanted to do a factory restore. I saved all my data then proceeded to create the CDs from the Q drive factory restore. I followed the instructs for more and more CDs and once I got up to #12 I noted that the time it was taking to create them was down from several minutes to several seconds. When I got to CD number 18 I thought "this is ridicules" and I popped CD 11 back in to look at its content (via Windows Explorer). I noted it had two folders: 1) Factory restore (or something like that) which was over 500 MB in size and 2) something about data. This "data" folder contained 1 KB of data. I then looked at all subsequent CDs (12-18) and they all only contained this data file. So, rather than continuing to make these (basically empty CDs) I stopped.I then put the first CD in and rebooted the machine. The factory restore started and I swapped CDs until I got to 12. I put 12 in and it said the required data was not present and to insert the next CD. I did this until I ran out of the CDs I had created. I had to "X" out of the restore app and now when I boot I get nothing but a dimly lit screen and a flickeringhard drive light! Am I totally hosed here? How many CDs would it have required had I kept making them?I am ( obviously) a novice. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Tom













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Answer:T420, No factory restore option in the rescue and recovery

Hi Tom, welcome,
 
As you've discovered, it's a better choice to use DVDs for this.  Actually 1 CD and then 2 or 3 DVDs.  Too late for that
 
You have a couple of choices: call support and order a set of recovery media or do a clean install from Microsoft media.
 
Support will probably charge for the media.  You can use Microsoft Win 7 (this is a win 7 machine ???) install media - either borrowed or downloaded - and activate with the CoA key on the sticker on your machine.  Probably in the battery compartment.  Use media that matches the install already on your laptop.  Probably Win 7 Pro.
 
Google "legal windows 7 download notebook review" for links to ISOs.  Burn _as an image_ to DVD.   Once it's installed install ThinkVantage Sytem Update and let it pull down the drivers and apps for your machine.
 

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HiI have a Lenova 300 c100 which I installed a fresh copy of XP service pack two onto, the laptop works great but I dont seem to be able to get the audio or wi-fi to work. I have tried to download the audio and wireless drivers but they dont seem to be downloading correctly ( still the yellow explanation marks against them in device manager ) . I can connect the laptop to the internet via ethernet cable to the router. Im no expert on computer but would be grateful for any help at all. I only have the laptop and no recovery disks or anything like that . Cheers

Answer:3000 C100, re-install XP, no Rescue & Recovery option.

hi spectrum,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
Are these the drivers that you're trying to install?
 
Audio driver
v5.10.0.597060ad04ww.exe30.45 MB
 
Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Windows XP Home/Pro SP2v4.10.47.2
60wb04ww.exe73.51 MB
 
Intel Wireless LAN Driverv9.0.3.9
60wi04ww.exe18.51 MB
 
If the above drivers doesn't install correctly, try to extract them using 7-zip or Winrar and follow this guide on how to manually update the drivers.
 
 
Hope this helps

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Just picked up my first Win7 computer, and it came with no discs. No surprise there, but I'd like to make some recovery discs, but not the kind that Windows says you can make. I don't want access to tools for recovery, I want access to a physical install of the OS and the drivers.

Like the discs enterprise people get when they buy their machines. I must be googling wrong, because all I'm finding are results that teach me how to create a recovery tools disc, which isn't quite what I'm looking for.

Can anyone offer any advice?

Answer:How to create system recovery discs?

Hi DnDer, could you please give a bit more information?

What favor of Win7 do you have? x64, x86 home, professional, ultimate?

Do you have more than one hard drive in your system OR more than just the C: partition? You need at another (different) partition large enough to hold a system image.

Did you system come preloaded with lots of software installed or just the basic OS?

I am assuming you want to create something that, in the event of a failure of your system, you have something that will allow you to restore your system to the state it was in when you picked up your system (and at stages after this).

Broyd.

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I have just bought a R500, and want to create the recovery discs as none were received with the machine.  I have found instructions on a Lenovo site which starts off by saying to go to Start>All Programs>Lenovo Care or to Thinkvantage, and to click on Create Recovery Media.  It also goes on to say that I will need 3-4 DVDs. I can not even get that far.  What I see is "Create Recovery Media".  I have done this, and get a Vista warning  and a reference to RRMedia.exe and a choice of Cancel or Allow.  Clicking on Allow takes me to "Selecting a rescue medium- CD/DVD". After I insert a blank DVD+RW,  it then goes through "Create rescue media" and starts recording, and then verifying.  All these steps are nothing like the information on the web page.  At the end of this process, is the message "Startup CD was successfully recorded.  Startup CD was successfully recorded.  Label disc Rescue and Startup Disc".  This is the same message as the instuctions show at the end of Step 4. The next step of the instructions, Step 5, then call for anothe blank disc to be inserted.  After inserting a blank disc, the drive starts- and then absolutely nothing- and that is the end of the process. What am I doing wrong?  Where do I go from here?  Suggestions?  Lenovo have quoted me $82 to buy a set of discs, and have confirmed the details of the computer as still being under warranty.

Answer:How to create recovery discs for new R500.

You should tell Lenovo service that you are unable to create the Recovery media discs, due a problem with the laptop, could a corrupt service partition. They should able to send it to you for free, if you just bought the laptop. 

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I bought a laptop through Best Buy that came pre-installed with Office 2010 and an activation code or whatever. But it didn't have installation discs, and they nearly insisted that I pay to have Geek Squad to it, along with a bunch of other stuff I didn't need. Is there any way to create a recovery disc of the program, not just the files? If Geek Squad can do it, there must be a DIY method out there, right?

I'm Running Windows 7 with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010.
 

Answer:How can I create recovery discs for programs (not OS)?

Have a look at this previous thread on the same question, but don?t set your hopes too high.

Cloning an installed program?
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic149246.html
 

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I'm trying to create a set of recovery discs for my Thinkpad T61, but when I run the Create Recovery Media software, the CD drive never shows up as an option to select as a recordable drive.  The dropdown list remains blank no matter what I do.  I have tried various types of media and nothing seems to show up for any of them.  Am I missing something, or is there something else that I need to try?

Answer:T61 - Unable to create recovery discs

may be the sofware is corrupt try re-installing R&R

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The title says it all.

Just got a new computer with this monstrosity of a Windows OS on it. It is recommended that I create a set of recovery discs; but they don't tell me how. The format is not that intuitive. I am already starting to hate it. Longing for a return to XP.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

j
 

Answer:How do I create recovery discs in Windows 8

Understand your initial frustration with Win 8 but this particular problem is nothing to do with Microsoft or with Win 8, it's something that has been added by your computer manufacturer so that you will have the means to reset your computer to its ex-factory condition should you ever need or want to. You do not say which make/model you have - that might help if anyone here is familiar with it. Otherwise there will be tools provided somewhere in Start or on your taskbar which you need to find and use in order to create your recovery disks.
 

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All,  My laptop is not allow me to create a product recovery disc. the "tick" is grey off. can anybody help please?  

Answer:Failed to create the Recovery Discs

you can only create one set of the recovery disks, have you already attempted to create one?

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Bought an HP Pavilion dv9260nr notebook in December 2007 through eBay, Australia. It is a USA model which was repaired under extended warranty locally in Australia. Due to new hardware of a motherboard, RAM & Wireless network card, my originally created Factory Recovery Disks come up with an error message of "This PC is not supported by the system recovery disks. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these disc". HP Australia & USA have been totally unhelpful (sorry but true) in forwarding a new set of disks. My OS is MS Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit for which I have a licence sticker on the notebook. I don't just want the OS but all of the factory software. Is there a way to tweak my recovery disks so they work? I don't have a recovery partition on my hard drive still, not that would probably have mattered. Thank you.
 

Answer:Create new recovery discs for HP notebook?

Hi peter welcome to MG.
Let me see if i have this right...

You bought a lappy, and made a recovery disc?

You replaced the Mobo, RAM and Net card?

You then tried to use the recovery disc after installing a new Mobo?
???

Q
 

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Corsair 32Gb survivor flash drive not recognized as a backup destinationPlease assist!

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I want to restore my system to original factory state, and I have the Rescue and Recovery discs I made when I first obtained the laptop.  I put the disk labeled ?Rescue and Recovery Startup disk? into DVD drive and start system.  When ThinkPad logo appears, I touch the blue ThinkVantage button.  When the system prompts me to press any key to boot from CD or DVD, I do so, and Rescue and Recovery program starts. After the Rescue & Recovery Program is loaded, I click ?Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery.?  Then I click ?Restore Your System.?  Based on the Rescue and Recovery Help documents, I expect to see three options: Restore only Windows operating system and applications from backupRestore my entire hard drive, including all personal data and settings from backupRestore my hard drive to original factory state. However, only the first two options are displayed.I don?t know how to restore the system without the third option.  Any advice?Thanks!!













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Answer:SL510--Factory Restore option not available in Rescue & Recovery Program

Hi and welcome to the forum!
 
ThinkPad can also be put to factory contents without the recovery discs if the restore partition is available on the system. Take the CD out, restart your system and press the ThinkVantage button on boot, thereafter follow instructions from step 5:- http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-70803
 
Re recovery discs, is it possible that you created rescue media (backup) of your system instead of recovery discs? Go to the BIOS and set optical drive as first boot device, put the startup recovery disc in, press F10 to save the settings and exit, don't press ThinkVantage button on boot, instead let it boot itself from the CD, once you're in, look for the third option.
 
Let us know how things go.





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Ok, so I got a new laptop last week - old one's done with, shortly after the wireless card fried it stopped wanting to start up, it still does, it has to be plugged in and it takes a few tries though. And with said laptop, being HP, it has a recovery partition, which can be burned to disc - which I would like to do to reformat and get my full 160 gigs, or at least put my 320 from my old laptop in and still have all the spiffy programs and such. HOWEVER, when I go in to the recovery manager to do so, it says I cannot create the discs because I do not have a drive capable of doing so. Any idea on why this may be and how to get it working?

Laptop is an HP Pavillion tx2500z CTO Entertainment Notebook running Windows Vista Home Edition. Any other details just ask
 

Answer:Solved: Unable to create recovery discs

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Hello,

I have a problem with Recovery Disc Creator. When it burns the 1st DVD disc an error occurs. It says "Unexpected error occured. Error code: 0E01B5-26-2A031000".
I have Toshiba Satellite A300-1NA.

All of the updates are installed, and generally the system is "clean". I suspect that this problem is caused by my DVD-RW drive (MAT****A UJ880AS) but I cannot find new firmware for it. Thanks in advance for any help.

Best regards
Maciej

Answer:Re: Can't create recovery discs on Satellite A300-1NA

Hi!

Firmware updates you can get on the Toshiba website but for your Satellite A300 with Mat****a drive I didn?t find one.

Have you tried DVD?s from different manufactures? I use always Verbatim disks and never had problems with it.
Check this!

Bye

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hemanth_lenovo, When your 'Create Recovery Discs" Link - says that the "Recovery Discs" can be created on a "Memory Key" does that mean a "USB Flash Drive/Thumb Drive" ???  ... As I have not come across the term "Memory Key" before, so its confusing.





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Answer:Create Recovery Discs - Additional Question

Dear JasephB
 
Welcome in lenovo community
 
Yes you are right it means USB Flash Memory ( Disk On Key ) .
 
Thanks
Alaa





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The Gateway process to create OEM Recovery Discs did not work on my computer so I have to purchase discs somewhere.
Where do I purchase the discs that SHOULD have come with my computer.

Answer:create OEM Recovery Discs did not work on my computer

Those Discs are not install DVDs they are repair discs. What happened when you tried to use them?
This tut will show you what you are able to do. The first paragrah explains the potential, the rest shows how to make the DVD, which you do not need.
Create a Recovery Disc

Once you get to the recovery options, this will show the next steps:
Startup Repair

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Hi, Good afternoon I'm trying to accomplish the recovery of my ultrabook (s400u) from the three disks provided by Lenovo and am having trouble finding it in the process does not create the boot image in HD SSD. Recovery only creates the boot image on SATA HD. Could anyone help me to perform the Recovery HD correct (in case the SSD - 32 GB).OS: Windows 8Ultrabook: IdeaPad S400u Att Gregory Ferraz - Sorry for the english, I'm using the google translate.













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Answer:s400u - Recovery Discs don't create the Boot on SSD

Hi Gregory,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to inform you that performing the system recovery using Recovery Disc will install the OS (Operating System) in the SATA Hard drive and not in the SSD as there will already be a recovery image in SSD.
 
Click Here to download the User Guide and for the steps to perform OKR (One Key Recovery) using recovery discs in page no.32.
 
Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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I custom ordered from HP my HP ENVY Laptop 17t touch laptop.  I have tried repeatedly to create recovery discs for it and I keep getting an error message.  It isn't the drive because I have successfully burned a number of discs with no problems. After giving up on the discs, I purchased a USB thumb drive.  After wasting time with that, it failed.  Not only did it fail, but it ruined the USB drive.  HP owes me for that because I cannot delete the dead partition it created thus reducing my space by fifty percent. I believe it has to be the software that shipped with this computer especially if there are no problems with the USB drives or the disc burner.  I checked for updates and there aren't any.  Obviously this hasn't been reported. As a precaution I used Symantec's System Recovery to back it up until HP comes out with a solution.

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Hello..

I can't seem to create the recovery discs on my laptop!! I dont understand why HP decided not to include any recovery discs with the laptop, but rather a partition including the files and let you create them...

I run the Recovery Disc Creation wizard, it tells me that I need 7 CDs or 2 DVDs..it starts burnign the first DVD/CD...it reaches 100% and then goes into the Verification phase...THEN...the following error comes up:


Quote:




Recording Failure when writing disc 1 (20)
Click Next to retry...




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I cannot get past that! and each time, it has to restart from the begining and start creatning disc 1 all over again!! I have over 10 dvds and cds that are good for nothing but coasters!! i think the data is there since it does reach 100%, but i cant seem to bypass verification to start copying the 2nd disc!!!

any help is much appreciated...

THank YOu

Answer:Can't create recovery discs on HP Pavilion dv2000! Please help!!

Have you tried to turn of Varifacation? Other than that have you tried Norton Ghost or Acronis instead? Other than that you will have to contact HP to find out what to do.

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Hi All, I just bought a new Ideacenter All-In-One B310 shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium, but my excitement is fast dying out. I am trying to create Recovery Disc using the "Lenovo Rescue System 3.0" however, it keeps failing when the recovery procedure reaches 43% with the following Notice - "An internal program error has occurred. Failed: error code 0xEB1B068A" A quick google check and review of this forum gave me some instances where people repartitioned their volumes to face similar error and restoring it back to their original volume sizes has resolved the issue. However, I haven't repartitioned anything out here and am just trying to create the rescue disk as the first step of the shipped product to me. I have tried it creating 4 times and have literally wasted 4 of my DVDs that get ejected at this very point.Please suggest what is the way out here. Best Regards,AbhiShiku

Answer:Lenovo Rescue System 3.0 - Unable To Create Recovery Disc

I had the same situation with my laptop a couple years ago. Just call tech support, they will send the disks for free.

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Hi

I have a HP laptop. If I use the HP Recovery Manager, it will only allow me to make 1 set of recovery discs. Is there a way to create multiple sets e.g. using Windows 7's Backup and Restore etc? Also, what is the difference between a system image and a system repair disc?

Answer:Is there a way to create multiple sets of recovery discs for Windows 7?

Yes, make the restore disks - then copy them using a disk copier/burner.

A system image contains a "snapshot" of the entire system - this includes all files and the location of the files on the hard disk so that the system can boot when it's restored. Some system image programs also contain code to restore the system image to the hard drive (but not all). As an example, the HP recovery disks contain a system image and are able to restore that image.

A system repair disk contains a "live" operating system that can run in memory from the disk. It also contains a few repair programs that can help to fix things. On some systems this repair disk can also be used to restore the system image to the hard disk.

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I've just purchased the above laptop and tried to create the recovery discs twice.
Both times this failed on the first DVD with the following error message:
Differences were found between the following files
Source Path D:\HDDRecovery\ODDFiles\sources\boot.wim
Target Path E:\sources\boot.wim
error code 0216F-3C-00000000

I have found one similar post on a Google search which suggests that there is nothing I can do about this except contact Tohiba and get the recovery media free as the drive is corrupt.
I certainly am not willing to pay for these discs since it's not my fault that I can't create them.

Is there anything I can do and what advice can be given regarding replacement recovery discs?

Answer:Satellite L450D- failure to create recovery discs

In my opinion there are two options for you:
-contact your local dealer where you bought your notebook and ask for replacement or
-contact nearest Toshiba authorized service provider and explain the situation.

I can imagine they can order a copy for you and it will be covered by warranty.
Do not wait to long and do it as soon as possible.

One more thing:
Can you please test if HDD OS installation will work properly? Start it as described in follow document - http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD9102IR0000R01.htm

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Any help much appreciated. This is a brand new laptop (my first) and all has gone down hill since attempting to create recovery discs computer will not even boot anymore unless it has a disc in the dvd drive and cannot get help anywhere even from Lenovo. Kind regardsGrant

Answer:Cant create Recovery discs Error Code 0xE0DD001F

Hi, does anyone know where, and how I go about purchasing a set of recovery discs for the Y530 in Australia, I have contacted Lenovo directly by phone only to be passed around to approx 15 different departments across the world  to be told 45 mins later that they are not available yet. This seems very odd. Thanks in advanceGrant

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Hi, I've just purchased an X220 without the hard drive. I've done a clean install Windows 7 and installed all of the drivers. I want to make a rescue and recovery media on internal hard disk drive, but the Rescue and Recovery doesn't see any of my partitions. How do I set the hardisk partition so that it could be recognized by Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery? Thank you.

Answer:Create Rescue and Recovery Media on Internal Hard Disk - X220

Do you mean service partition like System_DRV on the systems with preinstalled win7 and R&R? If "yes" look at this document - R&R Deployment Guide, http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/guides-and-manuals/detail.page?&DocID=UM007642 , in particular Chapter 4, Scenario 6.

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For the OneKey recovery process I first did a complete backup to an external HDD.  Now I'm trying option 2, which is to create a bootable recovery disk.  I assumed this would be one CD that I use to boot the computer in an emergency, but the program tells me I need 10 DVDs or 65 CDs to do this.  Again, the help function is useless here.  Thanks in advance, Mike in Vermont, USA

Answer:OneKey Restore - Create Recovery Disc or MULTIPLE discs?

It's basically  just creating a dvd version of what you backed up to the external HDD.

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Hi Everyone,

I am having trouble with The TOSHIBA Recovery Disk Creator. When trying to create the recovery discs this error comes up:
An unexpected error occurred. Please quit this application and restart it. (Error Code: 0F00FE-F1-00000002)

The machine is a Satellite U205-S5034 running XP Pro SP3.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a great day.

DaveMatt44

Answer:Satellite U205-S5034 - Error when trying to create the recovery discs

Hi

What kind of DVDs you are using for creating a Toshiba recovery disc? As yet I have tried Verbatim DVD-R and TDK DVD-R and never had a problem with these discs. Friend of tried DVD+R and he couldn?t create a recovery disc. After that he tried DVD-R and all was fine but I don?t know why this happened.
So please try other discs.

Furthermore check the Toshiba page for a firmware update of CD/DVD drive. Maybe it will help you.

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

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

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

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

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

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My laptop is Satellite A300-211

My question is can I use the Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator program to burn CDs and DVDs beside the image of Windows?

Answer:Satellite A300-211 - Can I use recovery disc creator to create other discs?

Hi mate,

The Toshiba recovery disk creator can only create the Toshiba recovery disk and that?s all!

If you want to burn other CDs or DVDs you have to use another program like Nero or CD Burner XP. The last one is freeware and really nice. It has a lot of functions and is very small. Check this!!

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













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

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





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I may found the solution to this issue.  I am posting this on the forum so that it may be crawled by search engines and readily accessible to anyone with a similar issue. I have an IdeaCentre K410 with a 1 TB HDD (hard disk drive).  After over two years of using this model, I now need to use the recovery system because I plan on installing another SATA HDD, using the recovery media to install the OEM (Lenovo) operating system on it, and then install Windows 10 (Technical Preview) on the original 1 TB HDD. When I first started to attempt resolving this issue, I only had the Lenovo Rescue System 3.0 installed.  It is possible that I may have had OneKey Recovery or another recovery program installed at one point and simply uninstalled it.  (What can I say?  It's a knee-jerk reaction for me to uninstall OEM-provided software when I first buy a computer.) I verified through Disk Manager that the hidden partitions were intact.  The K410 user manual states that the F2 key should be pressed repeatedly at boot to enter the rescue system. source:  https://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/k4_ug_en.pdf (page 20)However, nothing happened when I pressed the key continuously at bootup.  I connected the USB keyboard to different ports and still had no luck, except for one instance - I got a black and white screen prompting me to select a startup tool or to boot into Windows 7.  I do... Read more

Answer:Lenovo Rescue System 3.0 - No "factory default recovery disc" option - IdeaCentre K410

I have the same problem exactly as you do. I will try to follow exactly what you've done. Mine is just a C320 500GSATA

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













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Answer:No option to create recovery disks/usb

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

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After running rescue and recovery, I am missing software, which was originally on the machine.  I used the CD's that came with the machine and I chose the option to restore to factory setting.  The rescue and recovery seemed to work - it read all the product CD's and the supplemental product CD, but after completing the process, I had three problems: 1)  The system was missing Norton2)  The system was missing MS Office3)  The client security solution software existed, but it fails when it tries to register me as a user.    I was able to fix Norton problem with their tech support, because I had upgraded to Norton 360 recently and was able to re-install from their website.  I am not too concerned about the client security software, but I have no idea why Office is missing or how to load it again and I use it a lot.  I do not have separate MS Office install CD's because it came loaded on the machine.  I do have my product code. Any suggestions?    

Answer:Missing software after rescue and recovery on T61

get AVAST home edition it is free. MS Office -> use www.microsoft.com/office/backup

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Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?

I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...

would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...

Answer:create recovery partition with restore option with Fn key

Acronis True Image 2016 does this. You enable Startup Recovery Manager and you can hit F11 during the boot process to recover a disc image. Adds about 30 sec to boot process before it defaults to OS startup.

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I installed Rescue and Recovery version 4.21,but i do not hav the option to create product recovery discs.I am able to enter the "Create Recovery Media" - But unlike the first image Here,i only have the option to create rescue media,not the recovery discs.I tried the "Create Recovery Media" option and inserted a DVD.After a few minutes a message popped up saying something like "Label the disc as 'Rescue And Recovery Startup Disc'" with about 300mb worth of files,and no product recovery discs \operating system discs.  Lenovo 3000 N100 0768-BVGWindows Vista Home Basic Any help would be appriciated  

Answer:No option to create product recovery media

try to run right click on application and select "run as admin"

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Is it possible to create a recovery partition or image on a PC, which could recover the PC using a Fn key during boot up ?

I have a PC with a recovery partition which is for vista, which is now obsolete now Imhave moved up to Windows 10 via Windows 7.... never want to recover to vista...

would love over to create my own recovery partition, where pressing e.g. Fn11 during startup invokes the recovery process.....maybe this is too difficult...there is a program called AOMEI OneKey Recovery which promises to do such, or so it looks...

Answer:create recovery partition with restore option with Fn key

Acronis True Image 2016 does this. You enable Startup Recovery Manager and you can hit F11 during the boot process to recover a disc image. Adds about 30 sec to boot process before it defaults to OS startup.

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Hello,

I wanted to remove the hidden recovery parition on my Asus Zenbook UX31A, which is 20GB in size, and I need that space, because the laptop just has a 128GB SSD, and I am permanently on space limit of about 1-2GB and Windows isn't working anymore properly.

The problem is, when I open the Windows 8 recovery tool, the option for copying the recovery partition is greyed out. I googled for this, and I just could find informations about, that this can happen, but not why, and how to solve it.

Answer:Can't create a recovery usb stick, option greyed out

The ASUS version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

You can only make one copy, than it is greyed out.

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Hi, during a visit later this summer I plan to finally create recovery media for three of my out-of-state, technologically-clueless family's computers; and also for one or two of my own. I do have a clue, but not exactly a HUGE one.

I don't want to partition or leave TI running on any of them, all I want to be able to do is create CDs or DVDs that they can pop in to recover from any problems they might have that I can't help them figure out by phone. Their systems will probably never need to have new recovery discs made after the first time, as the only thing that changes on them are security updates and easily-reinstalled popular freeware. All the PCs are XP SP2, and of strictly "average juice," meaning none upgrade-able to Vista (not that I'd upgrade voluntarily, regardless). Two are about 5 or 6 years old. (Actually there's also an old W98SE laptop I might use TI on if the version I get works with it, but that one isn't at all important to include.)

So since my needs are few, might an earlier version of TI be best for me? For example smaller; easier on the machines; maybe simplest too? I think I've read that TI -- maybe only earlier versions, not sure -- isn't always very reliable for creating DVDs, which is all I DO want to do. So if that is something that is improved in more recent versions, I guess I should go with that. Or, in case the following round-a-bout method is any more reliable with TI, I could do it for all t... Read more

Answer:Solved: Only need to create XP-based recovery discs: earlier version of True Image best?

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I have a 3000 V200 running Vista that I want to return to factory state. I can boot into Vista OK but can't boot into Resuce & recovery with the maintenance button. I get the dreaded  'BOOTMGR is missing' message. This after installing Windows 7 (which may not have been relevant).Initially, I couldn't get any response from the R&R partition and had an error when I tried to create recovery disks (I can't remember the actual words).  So I downloaded the latest version of R&R (v 4.2.1)  and used it to create a new CD & DVD and used them to rebuild and all seemed to go well. As I said above, I can boot into Vista but not into R&R. I found the item below on the Lenovo site here.  However, I  can't do the second (it's too late) and I have tried the first to no avail.Any suggestions as to what I can try next? Rgrds Peter SymptomStarting the computer and pressing the ThinkVantage, LenovoCare, or F11 button results in the error message "BOOTMGR is missing, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart."In order to avoid upgrade incompatibilities, Rescue and Recovery disables the install modules used in a Factory Restore operating during the Rescue and Recovery upgrade process. If the computer is shipped with Windows Vista installed, and the user upgrades Rescue and Recovery, creates recovery discs for Factory Restore, and then restores from those recovery discs, an error message is displayed stating "BOOTMGR is missing, Press CTRL+ALT+D... Read more

Answer:BOOTMGR is missing - rescue & recovery partition

Well, I have solved my own problem. I downloaded the R&R package again and reinstalled it. After a reboot, eureka - I can boot into the R&R partition again.Hope this might help someone else!RgrdsPeter



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Hi, Just become a lenovo ultrabook owner, U410. 1TB HDD, 32SDD and 8MB RAM.  Had it one day and still getting to grips with windows 8. Anyway, I can't seem to find an option to create the recovery disks. I have plugged in a writtable DVD USB drive which windows sees. I shutdown, use the one key recovery button and boot into recovery mode. I don't get an option to create recovery disks,  Restore from initial backupREstore from users backup If I use recovery in windows I only get the options to backup to an image file or restore from an image file. Has anyone had this problem.? I have looked online and at the user manuals http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/u310_u410_ug_en.pdf The above suggests that the recovery disk option should be there, when it isn't Thanks in advance Rob 

Answer:U410 ideapad - No create recovery disk option

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Traveling with a 6-month old T61, Win XP-Pro.  Worked fine in Delhi.  Flew to Kathmandu.  Comes up with NTLDR is missing, hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart.  Used Rescue & Recovery (v.4)  to backup files onto a USB drive, then tried to restore the system from within the Rescue & Recovery pre-load workspace. The restore seemed to run succesfully.  But no luck - still comes up with NTLDR is missing.  What are my options at this point?

Answer:NTLDR is missing; Restore from Rescue & Recovery didn't fix

It looks as though your MBR is damaged and needs to be repaired. If you can get hold of a Windows XP cd you can boot from it and run the repair option, or, if you have acces to a floppy you could try the Rescue and Recovery repair disk

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Hi guys, I've got 88GB of space missing after doing rescue and recovery backup but im backing up using external hard disk and install updates for Windows. Afterwhich i realised that i've got 88GB of space missing. Pls help... Thank you so much. Im running Windows 7 64 bit.

Answer:Missing local hard disk space after doing rescue and recovery

in control panel click on system & security then administrative tools then double click computer mangement then double click storage then double click disk management you can see the partitions you can download windirstat you can see allof the files & folders on your HDD & in rescue & recovery you can click the view all backups to see how much space it is using





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I have a R61 laptop with 140 GB running Windows Vista. It's about 18 months old. Windows explorer says 82GB of 140GB is used. When I add up each folder I get only 45GB of space used. All I really have on this computer is 26gig music & some holiday photos. I have had this problem since I first got the computer. I have looked through threads here who suggested that backups may be the issue, and a program called Rescue and Recovery was the problem. However, when I open that program it says that there are no backups avaliable. However, that program definitely tries to run on my computer every Wednesday as I get a popup telling me my computer was turned off and do I want to run it (I say no). The SW Tools folder is only 2GB. On windows explorer when I right click I see that there are something called "system recovery points" of which there are many. However, I can't figure out what these are, where the data is stored, or how I would delete it. Please help me as this is very frustrating as I have about 40GB of music I would like to move across but at present that would use a lot of my remaining space.    













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Answer:40GB missing from hard drive! (R61) - Rescue and Recovery says there are no backups?

download this and you can see everything on your harddrive http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64425-page,1-c,downloads/description.html





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I have a windows 7 Dell Inspiron 15
Won't start up.
It says the WMILIB.SYS file is irruption or missing. It won't even start up in safe mode.
It has said before that my WLAN card is corrupt or missing. And I stopped using it now it says this.
I have no recovery discs for my computer. Is there any way I can fix this???

Answer:WMILIB.SYS file corrupt or missing. No recovery discs

You can try the Dell support webpage for your system, after you select the correct one at http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/ProductSelector/Select/FamilySelection?CategoryPath=all-products%2Fesuprt_laptop%2Fesuprt_inspiron_laptop&Family=Inspiron&DisplayCrumbs=Product%2BType%40%2CLaptops%40%2CInspiron&rquery=na&sokey=solink .
 
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Hi there people. First post so sorry if it's in the wrong place or anything. I've had as much of a search as I can and haven't found anyone with quite the same situation as me. The questions come at the end of the rambling background to my problem!!! Hope you can make it through to the end! My E520 recently just went beyond it's warranty and surprise surprise fairly soon after that I got a warning through ThinkVantage that there was a problem with my internal hard drive. When I googled the problem it said that the hard drive was going to fail and to replace it immediately.  As I (like an idiot) hadn't got round to backing up my computer properly (I'd saved all music, photos and videos to a seperate hard drive but hadn't done a Rescue and Recovery or Windows back up) I went out and bought a seperate hard drive to back up the computer and some disks to create the recovery boot disks.  When I went to the Q drive to do this I misunderstood the question about do I want to create a data back up disk. I thought this meant all my media so I said no and created just the boot recovery disks.  So my question (told you I'd get there) is this. When I replace the internal hard drive and use the boot disks to install windows will I then be able to use the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery to restore my computer to it's former glory? Or will the fact that I'm not restoring the Lenovo skin (sorry if my terminology is wrong here. Not sure what to call it) ... Read more

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My T61's Rescue and Recovery software in WinXP can't recognise/use the Vista's ServiseV002 partition to go back to factory settings.  I tried both in the pre-boot program and the Rescue and Recovery  in windows Xp, but both of them can't get to the hidden partition to go back to factory settings. I didnt make a rescue CD before formatting the C drive. I think the hidden partition is enough for me to get a clean Vista when I want at that time but I am wrong.  Hope someone can get me an answer, thank you! BTW i am in a educational system, I can get Vista Ultimate for 7 bucks, so if I can't get the Vista from the hidden drive, I can just bought one from school. It's not the end of the world!!!

Answer:T61:Rescue and Recovery in Winxp can't recognise/use the Vista's hidden recovery partition

anyone can help?

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

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

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





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Hello, I've lost access to my Thinkpad because of lost password to Hard disk.Then purchased another HDD and installed OS and drivers. Getting few problems, one is that I cannot use ThinkVantage key to restore my system. But I have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks, so can I recover my old HDD?If not possible to use the old, can I get back my system working[as factory default] with those disks? Thanks.

Answer:Thinkpad z60m: HDD password [But have Rescue and Recovery Startup Disk & Product Recovery Disks]

For second option, what will be the passwords of the recovered system: BIOS, HDD, Windows?

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 I am doing a fresh install in the following rather than cloning because the system has not been reinstalled for 4yrs.  From an external usb CD drive (internal drive removed) I installed the recovery disks onto a 160GB Samsung HM160HC PATA drive with no problem .  Then clicked the restart button.  My T42 booted right back into the opening page of the Rescue and Recovery routine.  On restarting again I used F12 to get the list of drives and selected the Samsung HDD.  This did not help.  Have repeated startup numerous times.  The computer could not be looking at any other drive because the Samsung is the only one connected.  I am tempted to download Lenovo's available BIOS update while logged-in with the old 30GB drive regardless of the fact that my  Embedded Controller Program is ver 3.04 and supposed to be suitable for the 160GB drive upgrade.  If anyone has a suggestion please let me know.













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Answer:T42 HDD upgrade- Recovery disks install but hard drive only boots to Rescue and Recovery routine.

Welcome to the forum!
 
Wipe the hard drive clean.
 
Boot from the first (Rescue & Recovery CD) and follow the prompts. You'll have 7 more CDs to go through (5 for the earlier version).
 
Once the process is complete, the machine will instruct you to remove the final CD and reboot. At that point, you should be able to boot from the hard drive with no interaction required.
 
Good luck.

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Hi, I own a T60 laptop with Windows XP professional.I bought the Product Recovery CDs separately, around 1 year ago.Now my HDD has completely died, I cannot restore the orginal configuration.So, I got a new HDD, and tried using the product recovery CDs, but realized that I do not have a bootable CD which can ask me to load these product recovery CDs. It seems that Lenovo forgot to ship me this bootable disc - which I have found in forums is called - "Rescue and Recovery CD". How can I get these rescue and recovery CD? Has anybody gone through this?Do I need to buy these CDs again?   I got the following product recovery cds:Main FRU P/N: 43T8618XP-P SP2 Disc 1 of 6: CD P/N 43T8619Disc 2 of 6: CD P/N 43T8620Disc 3 of 6: CD P/N 43T8621Disc 4 of 6: CD P/N 43T8622Disc 5 of 6: CD P/N 43T8623Disc 6 of 6: CD P/N 43T7840  Please help.Peter.     

Answer:Did not receive bootable disc (rescue and recovery CD) along with product recovery CDs.

Anybody - please help.

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I'm trying to restore my pc using the system recovery cds. It is currently stuck on the rescue and recovery 4 screen. Nothing is showing but I can move my mouse around. How long does it take for the language window to pop up? It has been on this screen for over 30minute.  Thank you!

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Hopefully someone assist: I have a z61t running XPPro The Recovery CDs (7 discs) were not recognized by the Rescue and Recovery program. It tells me to insert the Last Disc in the series, but nothing is recognized from all the CDs. I performed CD boot from the first Recovery CD; was prompted to insert the last disc but nothing is recognized. How would I go about restoring my system to factory settings, since the created Recovery CDs seem to be useless. Any suggestions?  

Answer:z61t - Created Recovery CDs not recognized by Rescue and Recovery Program

ojomon, welcome to the forum,
 
If you created a recovery cd set you will need to boot from the boot cd you also created, this was the first one. 

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After I did a clean install of Win10 about a year ago, I created a USB Recovery Drive. I also have a Norton Security Recovery Drive and I?ve created USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi. I also use Acronis to create regular full disk images and I have a USB Bootable Acronis Rescue Drive.

With the USB Recovery Drive and the USB Bootable PE Rescue Disk by Kyhi, do I still need to keep the Recovery Partition that Win10 created when I did the original install? Are the files in that partition used by the system to create the USB Recovery Drive?

Also out of curiosity I executed the ?reagentc/info? command and I see that the Windows RE status is disabled. Did creating the USB Recovery Drive do that or is something else going on? If I keep the recovery partition then do I need to re-enable it and if so how do I do that?

Answer:Recovery Drive vs Recovery Partition vs PE Rescue Disk, confused.

Hi, you don't need the manufacturer's recovery partition unless you planned to restore the PC to as bought e.g. to sell it on.
You could create a disk image of it and save it on an external disk, then delete it from your PC.

Windows RE: Suggests you have a corrupt or missing partition - System Reserved. Note that Disk Management does not show this 16Mb partition. You need a 3rd party partition manager to see it.

See this (lots of technical detail):
Just a moment...

And do a couple of checks to see if it really is missing.

Thread where this problem was resolved:
Can't enable Windows Recovery Environment

For interest:
Windows RE statue Disabled - Microsoft Community

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Hi!
 
I have a ThinkPad T42p laptop computer with Machine Type: 2373-HSG and Serial Number: xxxxxxx.
The computer came with Windows XP Professional SP1 as well as a number of useful tools and applications preinstalled by the factory.
 
One of them was a piece of software called something like "Call Waiting" or something similar, as I cannot now remember very well. Its purpose was to allow users receive an incoming telephone call while being connected to the Internet through a dial-up modem connection.
 
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, a virus caused so severe a damage to my system that I had to use the Rescue and Recovery feature to have the preloaded operating system, reinstalled.
 
I subsequently upgraded the preloaded Windows XP Professional SP1 to SP3, upgraded Internet Explorer from the preloaded version 6 to the latest version 8, dowloaded and installed all the other available Microsoft Update files as well all the latest versions of drivers and ThinkVantage utilities and applications from the Lenovo website.
 
Unfortunately, however, this "Call Waiting" application has been lost as it neither available for download on the Lenovo website nor in the C:\ibmtools folder on my hard disk which includes all the applications and utilities of the system as they were delivered and preloaded from the factory.
 
I would greatly appreciate your help that could be offered to me about it.
 
More specifically, I would like to know what the exact name... Read more

Answer:Dial-up Internet connection support software missing after Rescue and Recovery on T42p

Wow.. I didn?t think there was anyone left on 56k Dial up... I think I vaguely remember the software from my old T41 but I think it was IBM propriety and as I don't have that Thinkpad any more unable to check. You could try this though "http://usuarios.multimania.es/olcall/index_enu.html"

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Lenovo Care button no longer works on boot up with error message  BOOTMGR is missing  Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restartAfter recovery Media created using Rescue and Recovery 4.2 in Windows was used to restore the system. The recovery partition still exists.System is Lenovo 3000 V200 07642CUMessage Edited by ThunderCloud on 06-06-2008 12:13 AM

Answer:Rescue and Recovery workspace no accessible after using Recovery Media

I have the same problem...Does anyone know what to do??Edit: the answer seems to be there: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-69170.html#399031(i haven't tried yet...)Message Edited by Quantique on 06-09-2008 08:18 PM





T61p 6460-D8G, Vista (downgrade to XP soon...), T9300, Quadro FX570M, 15,4' WUXGA...

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 I have gone to restore my laptop to Factory setting but in the rescue and recovery application i do not have any option to recover to the laptop as it came out the factory. When i got the laptop i created rescue media and have a set of 4 disks, All DVD(2 are 8.5GB). The R&R  boots and asks for the Final C disk. None of the disks display in the backup listbox. Before i went for a fresh install using a Windows 7 disk, i got R&R to off load media to a portable drive. This will boot to a different version of R&R similar to the post 2008 walkthrough. But the screen i get does not have the radio button for Factory restore, just the backup and when i put my DVD's in, no backup is found from the media i have... I removed the factory partition after i created the media as i presumed i could get back to the factory using them. My fresh install of windows 7 works but downloading the wireless driver from Lenovo doesn't activate... wish i never started to mess with it now.... Any suggestions???













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Answer:Edge 525 & Rescue & Recovery & No recovery Partition But Disks

Update: All Restored and Working again... Must label the Disks better in the future... I had 4 disks in a bundle, the first being the Rescue repair disk, which boots to a similar screen. As 1 of my disks didn't do anything in the various rescue and recovery application i used from previous thinkpads. Turned out this was bootable and the proper rescue and recovery for my set of disks... cdrivebackup.swm took ages to load and then asked for the second disk. Processed and now 1 working system again... now to move all the data back...

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I had a problem, and it was stil under waranty, so they installed me fresh  Rescue&recovery partition.I wanted to restore my sistem, everything went OK, but it did not instal any drivers. I had working windows xp, without drivers.., maybe i acidentaly exit black window... i do not know. I went to Rescue&recovery again, tried to restor factory state.. it started but i received this message:Product recovery failed to restore your system. Tried it few more times. What can i do? I do not want to pay Service for thing like this. Thank you for help!  

Answer:Z61m Rescue&recovery "Product recovery failed to r...

It sounds to me like your rescue and recovery partition may be corrupted. My recommendations is to get the rescue and recovery CD's from Lenovo. I had to purchase some for an old T40 and it cost me like $45, but after you have them you can have piece of mind that you can replace the hard drive and still restore back to Factory settings. After you get the recovery CD's I would recommend reinstalling rescue and recovery.

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Had to use Recovery disc recently only to discover, too late, that I had lost the two media creator discs to completer the reboot.

Can't find them on the basic home page - help!

Answer:Satellite C650 - Cannot find recovery discs to perform full recovery

Recovery disk cannot be downloaded.
You can order it for a small fee.
http://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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Hello,

My computer has many corrupt files. I have done both sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r multiple times, but the corrupt files still remain. Unfortunately, my HP's recovery manager is also corrupt so I decided to do a full factory restore. Because I couldn't do a full factory restore from the computer, I ordered the discs from HP.
When ever I try to do a recovery from the boot menu (F8 or F11), I get the following error:

"Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."

I insert the disc, but nothing happens. The computer returns to the same steps. I even tried going through control panel and Full System Restore. Again, I get the same steps. When I press enter, it allows me to boot Windows 7 or do a memory diagnostic test.

I appreciate any help.

Answer:0xc000000f Recovery Error - System Recovery Discs not being processed

Hello and welcome sunnyxm well if yo are trying to just reinstall try this it will save all the bloatware from HP being loaded anyway.

REINSTALL

Forinstalling I prefer a disk to be honest but if you want to try again this isthe one to follow
CleanReinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 make sureit is the right version ie Home Premium or Ultimate whatever you have a codefor and then the language and do not use the ones with a large "N" or"old" beside them.
You can use a disk or USB stick with this.

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Just bought a brand new lenovo Z570 laptop, decided to create factory default recovery DVDs using onekey recovery 7.0 software which was preinstalled on the machine. I prepared the blank DVDs and started the backup, all went well with the first DVD till a message popped up telling me to insert the next blank DVD to continue the backup process and that's when the problem started. Each time I insert a blank DVD it seems like the software can't recognize it, the message asking for a blank DVD pops up again and the blank DVD gets ejected. First I thought it was a faulty blank dvd but after trying about 8 of them it's still not working. I canceled the process and started all over and again the same thing happened, the first dvd is created and then the program refuses to recognize the other blank dvds and ejects them. Was wondering if anyone else got that problem and if there's anyway to fix it. I want to create the recovery DVDs before starting to work on the new machine. Any help would be very appreciated.













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Answer:Problem creating recovery discs using onekey recovery on Z570

Hi som3a14 and welcome to the community,
 
Yeh, the same thing happened to me on a u160.  I used Memorex DVRs with a Memorex burner and it would just spit out the second disc. Or, it would burn 2 okay and then spit out the third one.  
 
I ended up using the Memorex DVDs and a crappy Staples burner. That worked.  It took three tries and I made six coasters.  Make sure you're using DV-R discs and don't be too quick to click ok when you put the second and third discs in. I used 4.7Gb discs also.  
 
Mine made three, but  I've heard of it only making two.  When they're made, test them.
 
Dave

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Hello 1) This is Lenovo Y580. My Windows 7 keeps throwing a warning, "Your hard drive is about to fail.".I launched the One Key Recovery option and created a recovery disc on THREE DVDs. If I buy a new hard-drive, and use this recovery disc, what would happen? Would it create the same partitions as before, i.e. partition 1 as SYSTEM_DRV, Partition 2 as "Windows_OS", Partition 3 as Lenovo (for Drivers) and unknown Partition 4? Please explain how the recovery works on the new hard-drive. 2) Are these discs enough, or do I need to create a System Image? I click on Create an Image ("System Backup") on One Key Recovery and use my external hard drive as the target, However, it is stuck in the "INITIALIZING" stage and fails after 10 minutes. Can anyone help me understand why this happens?

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Hi, I am using a T400, window 7, 32 bits. Yesterday I accidentally clicked on  Start > All Programs > ThinkVantage> Create product recovery media or Create recovery media. I am not sure about which programs I clicked on but it appears an open up window asking me if I want to insert recovery disk, then I click no. It disappeared. It didn't tell me anything( like all the data will be lost and there is no progress box either; it happened very fast like in 5 seconds) and then I find that all my data in hard drive D is gone. I can not see hard drive D anymore in My computer. However I can find the partition titled "recovery partition" with 100% free storage in replace for my hard drive D in the storage management of  My computer and I cannot access it. I am so scared that I don't turn off the laptop 'till now. All the programs are working normal because I installed them on hard drive C but all the data on drive D is lost. Anyone has the same problems? I wonder such a serious software but doesn't have any prior notice to customer that it will cause data loss like this?Thanks.  

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Hi All

I have a Equium l40 14l that I've finally decided needs to be restored to " out of the box " status.

I can boot to the system recovery option page but the widely mentioned HDD recovery option has been replaced by Restoring the Complete Windows Operating System option.
When I select that all it does is tell me that if preinstalled files are damaged you can use the product recovery dvd-rom. All I can do is click OK and return to the previous screen.

I've run some partitioning software and the hidden partition shows up there. I didn't get a recovery disc with the machine as it had the hidden restore partition.

I didn't make a back up when I first booted the machine. I'm thinking now that it would have been a good idea but as I thought I had the hidden partition to rely on I didn't bother.

Any ideas if there's a way I can get the system recovery to show the option for HDD recovery?

Thanks in advance Tom

Answer:Re: Equium L40-14l - System recovery option missing

Guess what I found?

A product recovery disc. I've re-installed and am now in the process of removing all the junk that comes with it.
Happy days :-)

Cheers Tom

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