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Reformatting Harddrive with thinkvantage

Question: Reformatting Harddrive with thinkvantage

Hey, I want to completely start new w/ my OS. I did the whole thinkvantage thing (Rescue and restore), and when it shut down and started the process of Rescuing and Restoring, I was left with a black screen and a mouse. I was able to move the mouse, but nothing was showing. So i let it run overnight to see if it was gonna shut down and start back up automatically with a new slate, but it didn't and the same screen was there. Does anyone know how to reformat my h/d and not have that "error"pop up? was I using the wrong option in ThinkVantage to reformat? thanks! I have Windows Vista Home premium T61 laptop, if that matters..Message Edited by carolinc on 11-10-2008 07:50 AM

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Preferred Solution: Reformatting Harddrive with thinkvantage

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Reformatting Harddrive with thinkvantage

I recently brought a ThinkPad with ThinkVantage and ciscovered I need to dual-boot the Win7 Pro installation with a Win XP install to run some legacy software. I prefer not to use Virtual PC. I was able to make a separate drive by shrinking the original c: drive. The problem is getting into the boot sector of the system so that I can erase Win7 (reformat), install Win XP (older system first), and reinstall Win7.How can I get in under ThinkVantage without breaking my machine?

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Hi -I want to reformat my harddrive and start over but I would prefer not to install all the thinkvantage stuff.I know that my fingerprint reader won't work (not like it matches >50% anyway), and that i will lose the system diagnostics stuff, but I have also run a computer my whole life without it and it has worked. So, please don't lecture me on that.My question, can this be done using the backup partition? If not, I have a copy of XP pro from my old computer but have long lost the keycode, is there a way to pull the keycode from my current XP license and use that on an old copy of XP?Are there any unforeseen implications (other than none of the thinkvantage stuff working)? Specifically, will I still be able to access the backup partition and return to factory settings if I completely mess stuff up?If I do have to reinstall with thinkvantage, can I uninstall some of the software afterwards? It just slows down my computer a lot and takes up a lot of room.

Answer:reformatting computer without thinkvantage

Welcome to the forum! Re-installing from the partition will bring back all the stuff, including the things that you'd like to get rid of...but they can be easily un-installed. A retail copy of XP won't accept the code from the COA that you have on the machine, so that one is a no-go. Hope this helps.

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Hi, I wanted to replace my Lenovo-supplied HDD with an equivalent, but with a larger capacity, hard drive. My question is, will I be allowed to reinstall the Lenovo-modified WinXP OS on a non-lenovo HDD? Or will the software detect the non-Lenovo supplied HDD and create issues? My laptop is T61p 6459. Its about a year and half old now. Please let me know if any more information is required. Thanks, Sid

Answer:T61p Harddrive upgrade-Can I reinstall the OS w/thinkvantage..

If you haven't already, create the rescue media and recovery disks. You can use these to reinstall the OS on your new hard drive. OR Clone your current OS configuration onto the new hard drive and repartition if necessary.





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Howdy,

The last time I reformatted my HD, I had windows 98 installed and I upgraded to windows XP home. Now, when I boot up, I'm given the option of booting XP or a second option of booting "windows." However, the second option for "windows" won't boot anything. If I choose it, it's like it's only set for a new install of 98--as in waiting for me to reinstall win 98.

I want to reformat my HD again, but I don't want to have both options. I want it to just boot up with Windows XP. I know I'll need to reinstall XP, but I was wondering if you all can give me the basics of what I need to do to wipe my HD and reinstall XP...thanks...
 

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i just aquired a dell inspiron 4100 notebook (laptop)...i was wondering how do you reformat the hard drive so i can install a usable operating system (I cannot log into the current one, it is locked) without logging in.
 

Answer:HELP - reformatting the harddrive - HELP

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Idk if this is the right section, but I plan on reformatting my hard drive, and I was curious if there was anything that I should put on my external that I already haven't thought of.

Music
Pics
School Docs
Movies


Should I move my games over or should I just reinstall them?

Anything else i should move over?

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

I think you would know best as you know whats on your computer and whats important. If it was me, i would move my internet bookmarks over and my keepass database.

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Running windowsxp pro
I recently had troubles with my primary disk drive (with consistency). So I went out and got a 160 to replace it. I set it up in Master and Slave config and I formmated my new disk as a basic drive. As of now, there is no data on the new drive, but I want it to replace my old one.
How can i copy my files from the old computer, and do I need to reinstall windows on the new harddrive? Looking to do away with the harddrive.
 

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

Windows xp has a tool to do it all for you ,you can read all about it here.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/migrate.mspx
 

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im curious if i were to reformat my computer when i reformat would it swipe the slave hard drive as well as the master or does it give you a choice.
 

Answer:reformatting a harddrive

When you use the format command, you have to specify a specific Volume address & name.
 

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Hi, was wondering if someone could point me to an instructional manual of some sort on How to Reformat your Hard Drive. im frunnin XP.
 

Answer:reformatting harddrive

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

The XP CD will do it.
 

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I would like to wipe my whole entire C drive, I know I need DBAN. I have no clue on how to do it at all. I have no clue what an ISO is. I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's. I have the windows re-install disc which I can boot from I have done it before. So does that mean I don't need an ISO???

What I need help with is, I need a full walk through like every step. Please if someone could enlighten me on this I would greatly appreciate this. Yes I know I will lose EVERYTHING on my HD. Please don't try to discourage me from doing this.

Thanks

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

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I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's.




Then you cannot use dBan or any other third party formatting program (well you could maybe load it onto a floppy or jump-drive).

The windows CD will format the drive. The difference is the windows format just deletes the file table, all the information is still there, windows just won't recognize it. Dban goes through your drive and sets all the bits (1 or 0) to 0. This effectively makes it impossible to recover any information, though is actually uneccessary unless you are having problems formatting with the windows CD.

We actually have a handy tutorial that will walk you through step-by-step, but as our articles are in the process of being moved to another web-server it is unavailable right now.

There are others available online: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_in...windows_xp.htm

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hi, i had done this many times before but have never stopped at an error like this from reformatting and installing a fresh xp on to a harddrive. I was trying to reformatt a brand new xp onto the harddrive cause for some reason the old one won't load up to desktop and it says system32/config is missing or something and needs reapir but i had try to repair several times and it freezes. So when i put the xp disc in it ask me to press f8 to agree and stuff to install windows XP just after that, it says at the bottom searching for pervious version of microsoft windows, i had restarted many times and tryed again but nothing ever happens it just says it. I even tryed leaving it to load for 14 hours and nothing happened..... im guessing something from the pervious version of windows was corrupted so it wouldnt install a fresh copy. But i really need u guys help on this. Can someone tell me how to fix this problem all i want is a fresh copy of xp on the harddrive and all the windows gone. Thanks alot =]
 

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

Ummm...try unplugging the drive that doesn't work and see if BIOS will let you boot off the other one...it should.

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Hi all, I've decided to go back to XP after installing Vista on my home PC. All my personal files are on a second harddrive; nothing at all of importance (other than installed software) is on my primary drive.

My question is, can I just remove the 2nd drive from the drive bay when I reformat my machine and reinstall XP? Then would I have any trouble just plugging it back in after XP is reinstalled?

Am I crazy or would this work? I'm not looking forward to backing up 200 gigs of files to blank 4.7 gig DVDs.
 

Answer:2nd HardDrive and ReFormatting Question

Yes that should be OK
 

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Hello,

I am looking to whipe my harddrive so i can install Windows XP Clean on My computer I am currently running Windows 98SE. I do not have a reformatting disk but i do have the program System Mechanics 4 Professional and there is an option in there to Whipe Your Harddrive. Is that the same as re formmating the Drive So i can install XP Fresh?

Thanks,
Ron
 

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Im stuck reformatting my harddrive help apprecitated

ive tried these ways

1) Making a MS-DOS startup disk, rebooting and then starting with MSDOS then it comes up with A:\> and i cant change the drive to C: so i was stuck there

2) I tried starting up with the windows xp cd and going into the recovery console. I then typed

map

then i hit enter

then i typed "format c: /fs:ntfs"

then i hit enter

Then i typed Y

i then hit enter

it said that it would clean the harddrive but it didnt do anything

3) lastly i tried deleting a partition from starting up with the windows xp cd. I couldnt delete any partitons or make any new ones so i was stuck there.....

Help appreciated

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive (stuck)

Change ur file system from NTFS to FAT32.
NTFS does not support DOS.
U can use XP bootable CD or some third party utilities r available which I am not aware of.

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Happy New Year to You All. I have a Dell Latitude XPI laptop. I had to reformat the harddrive. After Fdisking and formatting the C Drive, when I try to install Win98 from an original disk, I get the error message, (corrupt cab file in setup and can not continue). Although I can load the cab files via "The Ultimate Boot Disk", I still get the same message when trying install Windows in the C Directory. Has anyone ever encountered a similar problem and if so, what do you suggest as a solution. Oh, Dell, not much help, well, NO HELP AT ALL. Thanks for any and all suggestions.
 

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?
 

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

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I am currently running Windows XP and there is a ton of junk on my computer that I just want to wipe out. I have done a formatting before but I can't remember exactly how to do it. I currently have only one harddrive which is c: and I wanna wipe that out and start fresh.

Also I have taken a harddrive from a old computer of mine and I would like to add that to this computer. It still have everything on it from the old computer. It has not been cleaned yet. And I have absolutly no clue how to add another harddrive to the computer.

Any help or advice would really be appreciated.

Thanks cruiser_eh
 

Answer:Reformatting harddrive and adding a new one

http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/upgrade2.htm#1
http://www.dansdata.com/buildpc.htm

couple of tutorials above -
what else do you have on the PC.
add it as a slave
 

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I got a major problem, I installed Windows XP over 98 on my computer and it was a success I was working at the desktop without a glitch and then I shutdown the computer for the first time?the next day I turned it on and, it didn?t, and still doesn?t, reach the desktop before it says on a blue xp screen:------------------------------------------Checking file system on C:The type of file system is fat32One of your disks needs to be checked for consistencyYou may cancel disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue(below that I get a countdown for if I want to cancel or not)------------------------------------------Here?s what I?ve tried so far:1. I left the timer to go down to let it continue the check and then let try to load up windows2. I press a key (return) to cancel the check and let it try and load up windows(both of these fail in loading windows and the computer restarts itself and after a couple of restarts it just shuts down.)I had a go at trying to reboot with a 98 floppy disk just so I could reformat it but I wasn?t sure how to do this from there all I?ve been told is to put ?format c: /q? in a command, all I had of the floppy disk was a A commandI tried letting the computer boot up through cd-rom, first I set the hardrive to boot from cd-rom instead of A drive but I think it failed, well it tried to boot the desktop up again and it went back to restarting again.I?m totally stuck with what to do, all I need to do and want to do is ... Read more

Answer:Harddrive Reformatting Problem...

You mean BIOS?In BIOS,set to boot from CD first,then floppy,then hard drive.Insert the disc and boot up.

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Hi all,

First system specs:

Acer Aspire 2000 laptop
XP home
Ram:512
CPU: 1.4 Centrino
Hard drive: 40 GB partitioned into 14GB C: drive and 26GB D: drive
Antivirus: AntiVir

Problem: Had this brainwave last Friday night that I'd go and reformat my computer and take everything back to First Base! All went well (apart from the normal confusion that goes along with wanting to spend a Friday evening downloading a million updates)

Anyway when I've gone to properties after selecting all the files in C drive this amounts to 7.33GB where as when I just right click properties in C drive it tells me that I've used: 8.19GB. Now that's 860Mb that Windows is not letting me access as far as I know.

Could somebody please confirm if this is so? And if there are any ways for me to access this 860Mb? It doesn't sound like a lot but when you've only got 40 Gb to play with it means you lose nearly a Gb!

Regards,

Captaindaz!
 

Answer:I've Lost Harddrive Memory after reformatting! Help!!

If you un-hide the system files in your C: Drive then click properties again and check the reorted size it should now be very close to your 8.19GB


to un-hide all files, in C: drive click Tools > Folder Options > View > and choose "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and also un tick "Hide Protected Operating System Files" > Apply
 

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.
 

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.
 

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Sorry, this is somewhat of a stupid question: I'm looking at purchasing a used X200t or X61t and I want to do a clean wipe with a disk reformat. Are the drivers listed under the model on the website sufficient to get full tablet and laptop functionality back or is there additional software I'm going to need to get the laptop software back to factory condition. Thanks.

Answer:touchscreen drivers after reformatting harddrive and upgrading OS

Good Morning,
 
Yes, you will be able to get all of the necessary drivers after you reformat by using the following link: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-61432 and downloading Thinkvantage System Update. 
 
I hope this helps.





Serge E. Minott

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Hey, I know this question is asked quite often, but everything I've researched hasn't seemed to work. Maybe someone here has a solution?

Recently, I had to reformat the harddrive on my computer. I was using a Zonet 1602W PCI Wireless Card and I believe it may have had something to do with my computer malfunctions (BSOD's, constant restarting), so I purchased a new card.

I've tried installing both of them with no luck. It seems like they connect for a few seconds, but WZC will give me a "acquiring network address" error for eternity. I am unable to do any browsing regardless of how often I hit refresh. From looking at WZC (Wireless Zero Configuration), it doesn't seem to be receiving the packets. The IP address is 0.0.0.0 so I am almost certain this is the issue, but I do not know how to correct this.

Before recently reinstalling, I was able to connect to the router. My computer (has wireless PCI card) is right downstairs below the router, but wiring it is not an option because i'd have to run it across the house.

My computer (downstairs) that can't connect has:
Gigabyte WP01GS Wireless PCI adapter
5dbI antenna
XP (Service Pack 2)

The other computer (upstairs) that can connect has:
WRT54GV8 Linksys Wireless Router
Cable Modem
Vista

I've tried uninstalling & reinstalling hardware, software, and various drivers (original and updated).

I've tried using the "repair" feature in WZC (it states "invalid... Read more

Answer:Acquring network address after reformatting harddrive

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after a memory scan a trojan virus was detected; This was removed. from then the laptop does startup but no booting in windows. OS is Vista Home Basic on a Packard Bell laptop..

Answer:does reformatting the harddrive cures an infected laptop me

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete all partitions & format to NTFS.D to Delete the selected partitionhttp://www.blackviper.com/Articles/...Also any thumb drives or other HDD's will probably be infected.

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My hard drive crashed last week leaving a message on a black screen 'disk read error'.

I contacted tech support and they said that the hard drive might be bad and that I should try reformating it with the Windows XP disk.

I tried reinstalling Win XP. The first time I reformated the disk, it took several hours, but the program would not install. The second time, it also took several hours and I got a complex message about some problems. A short version of the highlights of the info is included below.

KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

Technical info:

STOP: 0x0000007A (0xE10226D4, 0xC000009C, 0xBF9A5046, 0x02CE8860)

Physical memory dumped.

I have two questions: Should I simply try one more time to reinstall Win XP?
Is it possible to reformat the hard drive in DOS mode resulting in any bad sectors being isolated as unusable but the rest of the drive space being formated as usable?

sorry this is so confusing. Hope it makes sense to someone...
 

Answer:Problems reformatting Harddrive & prior attempts to fix

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Hello,

I have a major problem. Because my laptop was having problems involving the 'blue screen of death', I chose to backup my files to an external portable harddrive before reformatting the entire drive.

However, when opening the backup folder, I discovered that my art folder, located in the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder was not to be found.

What is the BEST method to recover the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder? I had almost 5GIGS worth of pictures.

I KNOW there is a way to recover the files, but not sure if they will even be located in the Public Pictures folder. Is it possible that after reformatting, Windows 7 relocated the contents of the 'Public Pictures' folder to another place on the drive?

Is it possible to restore the folder to previous versions AFTER reformatting the drive?

Can someone PLEASE help me?? This is seven years worth of photos I saved that I'm desperately trying to recover.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your patience and assistance.

Answer:HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!

Can someone please help me? I'd really need to recovery these files WITH the exact file names associated to them.

Does anyone know of a free method to recover them from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder AFTER reformatting the harddrive?

Would appreciate any help!!

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My notebook R60e is pre-installed with Windows XP professional edition. After doing a recovery, the blue button stop respond to enterThinkVandtage mode at the start of hard boot. The blue button can function normally (i.e. enter ThinkVantage Productivity Centre)  in Windows XP environment. How to call back the normal function of the Blue ThinkVantage button so that I can enter rescue and recovery mode on hard boot? Thanks

Answer:Blue ThinkVantage button cannot enter ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery mode on hard boot

Hi hkjordan, welcome to the forum, do you still get the message prompting you to press the blue button?If yes, try pressing F11 instead, (it's the old method which still works).If no, it would seem that your mbr, (master boot record) is damaged. The good news is that there is a utility to repair the mbr, the bad news is you will need a usb floppy. Regards

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
"\windows\system32\config\system"
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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Hi,

I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?

Thank's,

Tom

Minidump: http://rapidshare.com/files/196073665/minidump.rar

Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)
 

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...
 

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Hello,
I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?
 

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB
Maxtor SATAII 1TB

Thank you,

Soar

Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.
Clonezilla

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....
 

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.



can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..
http://www.cablesonline.com/25hdmounkitw.html

It also looks like this various version of the adapter


They all work..
 

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My grandma needed more harddrive space on her pc so I installed an 80 gb harddrive on her pc. Right now it's just her slave drive. Her c harddrive is only 20gb, so could I just copy everything on that harddrive to the 80gb and make that the master hard drive and the old one the slave? Or would that cause problems? I want to do this so she can continue saving files to her c harddrive instead of a different harddrive.
 

Answer:Is it posible to change the c harddrive to another harddrive?

You would need to create an image of the the current 20GB drive and map it onto the 80GB drive (most ghosting/imaging utilities allow you to expand the 20GB partition to the full size of the drive without issue). The most common way to go about doing this is with Norton Ghost, but it's not free. There's a few Linux boot disks that can do it as well I believe, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for a free boot disc.
 

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Hello,

My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817158012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173047
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acom...sem/rpsm/oid/206486/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Thank you in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).

Courtney
 

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?

Pat

Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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Hi,

This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.

Thanks.
 

Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?
 

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I just purchased these two items:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146063

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822153012

and the problem is that the coolmax enclosure wont read the harddrive. I installed it correctly (this is not my first 2.5 external hdd), and the computer detects the harddrive. It says that it is installed and ready to use, but now drive is popping up in "my computer". I dont think that the harddrive is to big for the enclosure, its only 40gb and most enclosures maxes out at 40gb. I could not find out what this enclosure's max compatibility is, so i hope that this is not the problem.

It is not the enclosure that is broken, because i put a different harddrive in the coolmax enclosure and it works. And i tried the Fujitsu hdd in another enclosure and it does not work. So it is definitly the hdd

The harddrive is a ATA-6 and the coolmax enclosure is a IDE ATA 100. I dont know what the 100 stands for, but i dont think that is the problem.

any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a gift for my girlfriend and i really want this to work.
 

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

Have you foratted the drive? . . Windows will not "see" a drive until it has been formated.

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . disc management . . right click on the drive and select format
 

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?
 

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?
 

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.
 

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can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Answer:can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Yes.

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Question: ThinkVantage R&R

I've been trying to delete some of my old system back-ups, but every time I try to delete the old back up the thinkvantage R&R window stopped responding but the message box (deleting back up) just keep on running. I tried to let it run for hours but an error message saying that there is no enough disk space to do the process. This is strange since I am trying to delete and not creating backup. I also tried to update my system but It is already up to date. I also tried to delete system back up from my external drive but with the same problem. I also tried to create a new back up on my external drive but an error was issued saying that there is not enough disk space but my drive still have more than 100GB free space. Hope anyone could help me. Thanks.

Answer:ThinkVantage R&R

Are you trying to delete all backups at once? Some members have found it works when you delete the last backup on it's own first and then the rest. Hope this helps

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Question: ThinkVantage GPS

I download this new feature, but do I need to buy an GPS Antenna to connect  in some com port or it will use the inside sim card or other antenna?Thanks













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Answer:ThinkVantage GPS

it should work fine if you have a built in wwan card, also you have to have a sim card inserted for it to work. any sim card will do even if its not activated.the com port will probably vary depending on your os install, but i believe com4 worked for me when i was running the windows install from lenovo. anyway might helpcedar

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Question: ThinkVantage (T61)

I ordered my Thinkpad T61 with Vista Basic so I could install XP right away. (Hell I'd install arch linux but that still confuses me but another thread another time) Well I deleted the hidden partition so I don't have any utilities and the ThinkVantage blue button does nothing. Is there a large download where I could get all of these utilities (fan control, battery control etc) all I can find is downloads for the Fingerprint, Active Protection System, Update Center and Productivity Center. Thank You in advance

Answer:ThinkVantage (T61)

Yes, go to lenovo driver and support download site. There youŽll find a program called system updater. YouŽll need to install MS Net 2.0 before (Download it from the same site)Then install system updater and let it work. Then you are able to download all programs you need, by just a click. But beware, read the readmeŽs!!

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Question: X61 thinkvantage

Dear all I have two problems with my notebook Explorer 7 not working properly , so using firefox always - can you help solve this ? When I open My Computer & click on SW_Preload ( C ) Space used is shown in Red , free space is only 1.81G out of 69.8 I am afraid whether one fine morning , I maynot be able to use my computer without correcting this. Mine is with Vista Home Basic with Service Pack 1, 32 bit operating system  Can anybody help please ? Thanks / Selvan.

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I am looking at my friend's 2 yrs old PC mainly due to not booting up. I just found out that his pc's 10 Gb harddrive has bad sectors of only 700Kb after using scandisk so I reinstall windows myself. It has booted up no problems and running fine as usual but is it necessary to buy a new harddisk? After all, it runs fine even though there are still 700Kb bad sections on existing harddisk. Advice will be much appreciated, thanksGary

Answer:Bad sectors in harddrive - need a new harddrive??

Assuming you reformatted the HD, did the bad sectors show during Formatting or was it some other software that decided you had bad sectors?If it was formatting that disclosed the problem then it may be true. If not it might be a spurious warning and could be ignored.

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My old harddrive is only 20 GB and my new harddrive is 235GB.My old HDD is maxed out and i want to transfer EVERYTHING to my 235GB HDD. Basically making it the primary drive. The old HDD is my C drive and the new one is my E drive.How would I do this safely?

Answer:Small old harddrive, new big harddrive

If you mean you want to transfer everything (Windows, programs, data files, etc.) to the new hard drive, take a look at the software tools and instructions from the hard drive manufacturer for doing that.

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I would like to know if I can copy my whole hard drive to a backup hard drive.
What I would like to do is buy a new hard drive for my laptop. Then move all and I do mean everything windows XP etc. to the new hard drive. So that I could the start using the new hard drive just like the old hard drive. I think my old hard drive is going bad.
 

Answer:Copy harddrive to new harddrive

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Hi, I accidentally delet a startup entry (using pctunep) because it seems not familiar to me. But know i have no the menu that shows a menu when you press the ThinkVantage blue buton. I downloaded the productive center installer from the lenovo's site but it continues wihtout appering. I have a T400 wiht W Vista home premium. Thanks and regards Message Edited by JohnB on 11-30-2008 10:55 PM

Answer:ThinkVantage missing

dabrye, With both the latest ThinkVantage Productivity center pack and Hotkey driver reinstalled, your button should be working... Thank you. Message Edited by JohnB on 11-30-2008 10:46 PM





__________________________________________John B @ forum.notebookreview.com

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I am upgrading the hard drive in my recently acquied T400. I like to reconfigure the hard drive to use multiple logical drives. What I need to know is how the thinvantage button knows where to connect to?? Is it the partition label, the patition # or something else?Thank you

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I need to reload my ThinkVantage software for optimiziation and system check.  Does anyone know which software package I need to load?  thanks 

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hi, http://www.laptopmag.com/review/newgallery.aspx?id=39506&img=2 1. can u tell me pls which thinkvantage programs are they in the link of screenshot by icons ? i know some but not all.. 2. can u give me information which programs are installed inside Edge 13 with first view of desktop  ? and i m curious also the ThinkPad icon on taskbar what is that ? 3. and is there any ThinkPad theme and Screensaver special for edge model ? thank u.





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Answer:Which ThinkVantage Programs are they ?

1)  That picture has 10 ThinkVantage icons.  My 15" Edge Intel i3 only has 8 icons.  The machine in that image must have features I don't have. Column 1:Password VaultUpdate and DriversPower ControlsSystem Health and Diagnostics??? Mine doesn't have this one.  Image looks like it says "3G Mobile Broadband"Column 2:Enhanced Backup and RestoreInternet ConnectionsAirbag Protection??? Mine doesn't have this one.  Image looks like it says "GPS"Factory Recovery Disks 2) The thinkpad icon is the Thinkvantage Tools.  The default installation has it pinned to the Widows 7 taskbar.  It's also in the start menu, so  you can unpin it if you want to get it off the taskbar. 3)  Yes it did come with a Thinkpad Edge Theme and screensaver.  I think it is just a generic Thinkpad theme, not specific to the Edge.  I thought it was kind of boring, so I moved to one of the Windows themes!

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My laptop finally started to load Thinkvantage RnR ( previous error is here http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=T_Series_Thinkpads&thread.id=16709&view=by_date_... But now the problem is that my laptop loads directly in Thinkvantage Rescue and recovery. When i try "Restore your system" and factory settings.... and "Full Factory Recovery" it goes to the next screen and frezees on "Preparing the hard drive, please wait......" the process does not move, i have waited for 4 hours now, and no progress... What should i do? I need to restore my laptop to factory settings and dont have have any disks, the only thing i have is recovery volume of 6.3GB on my harddisk. Can anyone out there help me?  

Answer:T61 starts with Thinkvantage RnR ONLY

Wierd.... now my laptop boots with the following error: "Windows Boot Manager" :-( dunno watz gonna happen with my T61.... hopefully it more than a paper weight... SOS .... 

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Question: X230] Thinkvantage

 I received two days ago my new laptop, a x230, i like it.  But I wanted to remove simple tape and do like on my x200; when I press the blue touch, thinkvantage was running.  Now, as I removed simple tape, when I press this blue touch...nothing happen!  How do you do to assignate a fonction to this touch? thanks





Mbp I5, 160ssd, 8go ram

Answer:X230] Thinkvantage

Here you go.http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkVantage-Technologies/How-to-remap-the-Blue-ThinkVantage-button/ta-p...

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The thinkvanatge butoon does not work!all the thinkvantage softwares are installed.The model is T61 6460 EBG













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Answer:thinkvantage button

I had a similar problem for a few months.  It went away when used the ThinkVantage System Update, which happened to update the relvant drivers for me.

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Hi there! I've re-installed my T60 with a normal copy of XP instead of the recovery version on the HDD. This (to my personal surprise) lead to me not getting the "Pre-OS" recovery console, when i press the blue "ThinkVantage" button at startup. My partition with the Lenovo version of XP is still on the HDD, so isn't it possible to install the original OS again?













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Answer:T60 Thinkvantage BOOT

So, I'll take it im deep in it, and might just as well delete the partition for the extra space?

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I have a Lenovo IBM T43 Laptop with ThinkVantage Wireless Software installed. I have a wireless-G router in my house, but the TV software, using Access Connections, does not recognize any wireless networks at all (it used to 2 days ago, but not anymore). I have another laptop right next to it (Dell Inspiron 6000 -- that I'm writing this post from) and it finds 4 wireless connections, one of which is mine. Any ideas why none would be showing up on my other laptop?
 

Answer:ThinkVantage Wireless

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I have a new T500 which has the ThinkVantage GPS in it.  It worked when I recieved the unit, but after installin the ThinkVantage up date, I receive the message "Machine Does Not Support GPS. Application will now exit".My computer has Windows XP installed. 

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Nice blue button on new T400 for ThinkVantage (old Access IBM) but does not do anything. Actually in programs under Thinkvantage only fingerprint program and eject utility program provided. So what is one supposed to do? How do you make recovery disks?

Answer:No ThinkVantage on new T400

Hi The best way to do this is to run the system update.  the driver you are actually looking for is the one for the productivity centre.

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I want to view a User Manual for a T60 (recently purchased used) but cannot find the Help Center.  Went to Start, All Programs, ThinkVantage but the only link there is for Fingerprint Software.  The ThinkVantage button does not function.  Any suggestions?

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Question: T430s Thinkvantage

HiI was so used to the Access Connection manager under Windows 7 that I'm badly missing it now. The two features switching default printer and homepage is very effective. But under Windows 8 this tool badly conflicks with the build-in connection manager. How can i get the functionallity of auto default printer homepage switching back under windows 8?

Answer:T430s Thinkvantage

This function exists in the "Location Awareness" section of the "Lenovo Settings" application which can be downloaded from the Windows Store.  You also need the "Lenovo Settings Dependency Package" which is available here:
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS031946
 
Once you have these things installed, you can run Lenovo Settings, click on Location Awareness, and configure printers and homepage for any wifi network that you connect to.

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I am trying to use the GPS on the ericson ATT card without activating ATT service.  I did a quick google and saw an article on thinkwiki that explains how to do it on linux, but i would like to use the GPS on windows. Any other applications that can use it?

Answer:thinkvantage gps without ATT service

Nevermind, if you run access connections it apparently works, but you have to run AC  Thanks.

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This seems so common, yet I can't find anything on the Google about how to fix it.  On April 23rd, on my work machine, I downloaded the latest ThinkVantage updates. Figured I could easily roll em back if they caused issues. I had no idea that it wasn't so easy. I can't seem to find a way to do it. One of the updates (not sure which, there's over 20) caused Cisco VPN to either a) not be able to connect, or b) connect, but not allow me access to internal sites on our company network. I neeeed access to these for work.  Is it possible to rollback/delete thinkvantage updates?  (To answer some questions that may arise:1) Our helpdesk is backlogged right now. It may be a while before they can restore the system.2) I know it's not the Windows Updates installed, since I have the same laptop (I  use two for work), same OS, and zero issues with Cisco VPN connectivity.3) I'm using Windows 8 on both machines.4) Just for the sake of troubleshooting I did rule out the Windows updates, by rolling them back to the date before the problems occurred.) Thanks!

Answer:ThinkVantage Updates...

Hi, MonsterRayn
 
Have you considered doing a System Restore to see if this will uninstall the Lenovo updates? A System Restore should restore everything on the machine to a certain date. These changes include programs and registry changes. Personal files will not be affected, however. I can see that you have attempted to roll back the Windows updates, but this takes things a step further. 
 
If you'd like to attempt this, you can do it from the Control Panel by opening Recovery ? Open System Restore. Windows automatically creates restore points at the time of Windows Updates being downloaded, so you should have a few options at least. After choosing a restore point, Windows should change everything except personal files.
 
Hope it helps,
Adam





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Question: Thinkvantage Error

I have been getting this error when I try to update my laptop using the Thinkvantage Update. Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\Lenovo\System Update\tvsu.exe This application has requested the application to terminate it in anunusual way.Please contact the application's support teamfor more information. ANY HELP?

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My thinkvantage buttton and my volume button will not display on the screen when I push the button. the volume still works . I have windows xp on a t500 laptop.  How can I get the display back ?

Answer:ThinkVantage Button

Isn't that done via the hotkey software? Try to re-install that software? --jan





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I had to re-image my PC due to virus. I now need to determine which ThinkVantage application in support and drivers I need to reload for my T61P w/XP.  This utility had the presentation directory, power monitor, shock and maintenance utilities on it Anyone have a clue?

Answer:Re-install ThinkVantage

it would be helpful if you could post which ThinkPad and Operating System you have, even better post the Type and Model Number this will help members to help you. If it ends in CTO please provide some details about the ThinkPad. Please do NOT post your s/n.

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I have a ThinkPad X200 and there's a ThinkVantage button on the keyboard, but nothing happens when I press it or when I click on the ThinkVantage Productivity Center in all programs, which appears to be installed in Program Files. When I go to the Lenovo website, it doesn't list the X200 as a supported system for this. Is it supposed to work? If so, why isn't the model listed? If not, why is the button on my keyboard? What I'm really trying to find are diagrams of both the laptop and the ultrabase so I can understand how to use them properly. Can someone direct me to those? I've been searching the very confusing Lenovo website without success. Thanks.

Answer:ThinkVantage for X200?

at the top of this page click on support and downloads, on the page that appears on the top right type in your model, example x200 7448.  the next page will bring up all the diagrams, tech pages, how to pages, your ultrbase will be there and there will be another search tab in the same place as the last page you can type in example x200 7448 ultrabase, or x200 7448 wireless card, you get the idea.  as far as your thinkvantage button goes the only thing mine does it will put me into the bios setup page if i push it at the first splash  screen.

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Hi,I've just had to re-install windows 7 and now the thinkvantage button does not work W700, Win 7 x64  - where can i download latst version of toolbox or is there another solution thanks Kev

Answer:Thinkvantage toolbox -Win 7 x64 Where is it please?

My thinkvantage toolbox (and all the other Lenovo program shortcuts) disappeared from my system, but I can still access the toolbox by presing the Blue "thinkvantage" button on the keyboard to the lft of the on/off button. However, I never use it.

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When backing up the system image using ThinkVantage it only looks for an external USB HDD. Any way to backup to an USB flash drive instead?

Answer:X-301 ThinkVantage Backup

Cant u just back up onto dvd's? Otherwise just get an external dvd-rw using USB connection? That way its harder to lose than a file on a USB Stick

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I know it can be bind to launch applications in Windows OS or get in the BIOS during boot up,  but I would like to know what OEM application it was intended for when someones buys a new laptop from Lenovo ?













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Answer:ThinkVantage Button, What Does it Do ?

Hi Ed
 
This KB article could shed some light on Lenovo's ThinkVantage Toolbox.
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkVantage-Technologies/Lenovo-ThinkVantage-Toolbox-FAQ/ta-p/619889
 
Hope to have helped.
Cheers
 
serene

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I acquired an IBM T-43. I'm also a lifelong Mac user so I'm a bit lost trying to get Windows XP reinstalled on this laptop. The previous owner installed ThinkVantage3 on the T-43 and also provided a set of restore CDs. I've tried three or four times to reinstall the OS  onto this laptop but at the end all it does is boot back into ThinkVantage. I've considered just buying a version of XP to get the thing running but would rather not. Is there a way to obtain some DVDs that could take the place the CDs and still be able to work the XP's licensing? Other solutions? Thanks.

Answer:Wrestling with ThinkVantage

Hello and welcome,
 
Don't give up on your reinstall yet.
 
IIRC, after one installs from the CDs, it is supposed to boot to ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery.  From there you select "restore to factory state" (or similar, I dont' recall the exact wording) and it completes the install.
 
The initial install from CDs installs the recovery image and installs R&R.  Then R&R uses the image to rebuild the rest of the hard drive.
 
(I think this was still the case with the T43....)
 
Z.

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ThinkVantage is in my program files but it doesn't react when I click on it. I pinned it to the start menu but no change. What can I do to be able to access it?

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I have never been able to get beyond 30% of a "Update My System" after three tries.  It takes a long time to get that far, then it stops and says try again later.  When I try again later it goes through the same sequence.I have used less than 30% of my SSD capacity, yet a "Backup" to either CD and DVD, or to external USB Drive, takes about eight hours.  The screen announcing "100% done 0 minutes left" stays up for about an hour before the "backup complete" message window pops up.  Now I am wondering if there is any backup data on my HDD, since I only see about 365 MB of files. I am running Windows XP Pro, and I am wondering if this ThinkVantage software works at all.  Is it supposed to take 8 hours to do a backup?  Has anyone used a R&R backup to do a recovery?  Has anyone succeeded in getting "Update My System" to do anything useful?Faz

Answer:Does ThinkVantage R&R Work at All?

Maybe you should try to do a backup in during Rescue and Recovery mode, press the blue thinkvantage button when the computer is booting up, sounds like a software problem.

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I could only find the system updater, which didn't do anything at all.





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Answer:How do I download thinkvantage?

Hi Ruckalaz,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
Use the below link and choose the desired application that you want to download.
 

ThinkVantage Technologies downloads

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preface- I'm a network engineer. I work with computers for a living.  I know how to make them work.  That being said.....    I've had my T61 for 8 months.  For 4 months I couldn't use the laptop on battery for more than 10 minutes without it locking up with a bsod.  This ended up being resolved by Intel finally releasing a turbomemory driver that was compatible.  However, thinkvantage didn't suggest that driver; it suggested an older driver that didn't help.   I had to find it on my own.  Problem solved-hatred for my new laptop was gone.Then firefox would crash every time a pop-up item was opened (think Amazon.com and clicking to view a bigger picture of a product).  Turns out it was the thinkvantage client security being incompatible.  I lived with this problem for weeks before i found the root of the problem.  Again, had to search elsewhere to find an answer.Now I installed SP1 for Vista and my pc is back to it's original form.  This time it just locks up and gives the Vista spinning circle (hourglass for you XP folk).  No bsod, just an endless spinning circle.  Hit ctrl-alt-del and i just get a 'failed security' message and no task manger...not fun.  Time for a hard reboot of the laptop.I finally just got rid of the client security software and guess what, ctrl-alt-del works.  Laptop actually is performing faster than ever...My question: How does this preloaded software get relea... Read more

Answer:Thinkvantage and Vista

So let's get this straight. You were experiencing all those issues because of CSS? If so, it's only 1 program which is part of the ThinkVantage suite of accessory programs that ship with the system - rather unfair to characterize all of ThinkVantage as being problematic, don't you think? Did you update the CSS from 8.0 to 8.1? You also mention experiencing all these problems while using Vista coupled with the Turbo Memory. Could that be a problem in itself? A quick search on the internet indicates many people experiencing some issues with the OS, particularly in relation to hardware/associate manufacturer-released software.Personally, I've had no problems on my T61 at all - it's performed admirably since day 1. I certainly did my research ahead of time before choosing the hardware on this system and I opted to forego the "Turbo Memory" option - seeing as at the present time, it's only theoretically a nice idea, but practically utterly useless - regardless of what MS touts. Regarding the software, true, I haven't tried CSS yet (that one always kinda scared me, to tell you the truth), otherwise all the other ThinkVantage accessory programs have run very smoothly. I downloaded all the ones available from Lenovo (via Lenovo's site as specified for my machine type), did a clean install of Vista on one drive (testing) and added all the ThinkVantage programs - the computer's running very smoothly. The other drive contains the R&R install of XPP running alongside Fedora (booting ... Read more

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The Thinkvantage APS section shows N/A for version and release date. Does this mean a new version is incoming?

Answer:Thinkvantage APS not available for download

There was an installer bug in the previous version 1.78.0.09 
1.78.0.10 fixes this issue and it was released this week.
 
Looks like the 32-bit version was updated in the matrix, but 64-bit is listed as N/A.
I'll ask the web team to fix it.
 
 

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Hello All,My question is, is there a 'painless' way to get my ThinkVantage Button to work? Is there anything I need to check out to find out what has caused it to be this way?It has been a few weeks, since I last used it and no real 'known' new programs have been installed or deleted.Thank you,SSps T61, Vista Business





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Answer:ThinkVantage Button

reinstall thinkvantage productivity center and you should regain the thinkvantage button functionality.

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I would like to know if there will be any adverse effects from uninstalling Thinkvantage Client Security Solution.  I suspected I had a virus/malware infection and a regular scan with Vipre I.S. turned up nothing and tech support suggested I do a Deep System Scan in Safe Mode with Networking. I was nearly able to get into Safe Mode when the CSS "Checking Embedded Security Chip" came up and played in an endless loop and I was not able to get into Safe Mode. I changed some Security Settings in System Bios and the CSS Policy Manager and was finaly able to get into Safe Mode and run my Deep System Scan.I have not used the fingerprint scanner or CSS Security Options and would like to uninstall it if it is safe. I have had no problems since I disabled most of CSS with the exception of messages wanting me to activate CSS on Windows startup. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank-You.

Answer:Uninstalling Thinkvantage CSS

I just recently did that in order to install the new Password Manager 4 (beta) which does not play with CSS. No ill effects whatsovever. I am still using the fingerprint reader which is separate from CSS. I actually feel my T61 runs better without CSS and Password Manager 4 rocks!





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System Info:  T42 IBM laptop, running Windows XP Professional (joined to a domain). I tried looking through the past history on the threads, but didn't see anything that quite fit my problem.  My company uses a wireless access point, that used WPA (version 1) encryption using the TKIP algorithm, MS-CHAPv2 authentication, based upon the IEEE 802.1x authentication, to authenticate based on a user's Active Directory credentials.  There is no Pre-shared key on this wireless network. When using the ThinkVantage software, we're come acrossed issues where the ThinkVantage software will no longer recognize the SSID of our access point, and simply refers to it as [Unknown] when trying to Find it.  The SSID of this network is obviously something different, and it is broadcast.  Only a handful of these laptops have encountered the issue.  The only thing we've found is that Windows Automatic updates are turned on, and are being downloaded from Microsoft, whereas our company will turn them off in order to allow us to monitor and QA the updates before they go live. Notes about what has been tried: -We have tried uninstalling/reinstalling both the Wireless Driver (Intel) and the ThinkVantage softwares (versions 4.13 and the latest, 5.02) both the original (tested and QA'd) versions, and the newest versions available on the Lenovo web site. -Uninstalled all Microsoft updates installed after the original (working) deployment of the l... Read more

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Help!The ThinkVantage Productivity Center on my z61t 9004 with Resue recovery v. 4 is missing a few bullet points (even if I can see the acutal bullets) and it says that it can't recover becuase the back up is unencryptable.  Further, the system won't recognize the wireless card.How do you recover the software that is supposed to do teh recovering?

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I have a T60p 8744.  Have been trying to use the  Blue Bottom ThinkVantage  procedures from this software but somehow is not found in the system.            Was available before but do not know what happened.  Could you help?Lenitzio

Answer:ThinkVantage unavailable

Hi Lenitzio,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Forum!
 
By the way, did you change your OS prior to this issue?
 
I advise you to reinstall the software again from this page. ThinkVantage Productivity Centre or ThinkVantage Toolbox for Win 7. The latter is the latest one.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Cheers,
Cleo

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X300 Vista business - Productivity Center v 2.21 When I press the thinkvantage button and select  customize I get the error message: Thinkvantage customize utility has stopped working - any suggestions? David   

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I heard that T43 is the last Thinkpad which contains Access IBM blue button.  Are there any update to the Access IBM software since 2005?  What is the difference between Access IBM and Thinkvantage buttons?













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Answer:T43 - Access IBM vs Thinkvantage

Hello,Access IBM evolved into ThinkVantage and both serve the same function: on boot, the option to envoke Rescue&Recovery; or when using the system (XP/Vista) to bring up information page and quick access to software (IBM/Lenovo). ThinkVantage is more streamlined than Access IBM was - when using the blue button during system use, the ThinkVantage option brings up a little window with various options (editable) while Access IBM provided a static full-page window (also) with pre-set system info options.Hope this helps

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I recently purchased a used T60 2007-CTO (off-corporate lease). The harddrive was wiped and only XP was reinstalled. It seems that the primary drivers were reinstalled, as there is no problem with the wireless networking, but the ThinkVantage button doesn't work. I've downloaded some of the associated programs/drivers for this, but after reading some posts in this forum and searching the Lenovo site for information, I'm not sure if this is all it takes to get this working again (and I don't want to cause more problems).  Can I just install these various programs and get this working again? Is there a specific order that these need to be reinstalled?  Can I just load some of them or... Are there specific applications that must first be installed for others to properly work?  I forgot to mention,Bios shows to be version 1.04 (3/31/2006)2Ghz T2500 Core-Duo  ThanksMessage Edited by txauctioneer on 07-14-2009 01:37 PM













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Answer:ThinkVantage after New XP install?

Hi txauctioneer, Welcome to the Lenovo forum  The ThinkVantage button calls up different programs depending on when you press it:Pressed at boot time, it will launch the Rescue & Recovery program.Pressed after booting your OS, it will launch the ThinkVantage Productivity Center. Action 1 relies on a special Lenovo boot loader in MBR, as well as one or more hidden partitions. This one is more difficult to restore if you don't have it. I'm not sure if simply installing Rescue and Recovery will restore this function, because your drive may need to be re-partitioned. The way I know will work is to restore your Thinkpad using the Recovery CDs. You would have to get those from Lenovo, they probably cost ~$50. In my opinion, Action 1 is useful, but Acronis True Image works better (faster) to back up / restore your entire hard drive to an external one. If you'd have to buy the Recovery CDs anyway, getting True Image instead and backing up your system to an external usb hard drive might be preferable. Action 2 is easily restored by installing the appropriate software and drivers. The easy way is to download and install ThinkVantage System Update, and run it to find and install all software for your ThinkPad. Best regards,Frank





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I got a R61(no HDD, but a flash) with Windows XP Embedded (XPe)After I installed Presentation Director and Hotkey, I still can not pop up the "black menu" after clicking the Fn + F7 function keys. I would like to confirm if Hotkey is supported on Windows XP Embedded on R61?Thanks a lot. Po.

Answer:ThinkVantage on R61 with XPe (XP Embedded)

Maybe your disk is protected by EWF (enchanced write filter) or FBWF (file-based write filter). Or (I think - this is the problem) your build doesn't contain some necessary components.For write filters status acknowledge run in command prompt 'efwmgr c:' (for EWF status) and 'fbwfmgr /displayconfig' (for FBWF). What did it says? Anyway, by Microsoft policy, end users cannot install any apps or modify XPe build (turn off write filters, as example). They should contact device (hardware+OS) supplier for assistance or customising XPe build for their needs. And (in missed components case), this is not only licence restrictrions. Really, there is no way to add missed components on ready XPe system. This can be done only on building phase.





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