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

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

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.

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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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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 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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My T60P 8744-C9U hard drive died.  Test: BIOS encounters read errors when doing a  test - WinXP boot cd cannot find C drive.But fortunately I did frequent backups to a USB external drive .... hum.....So - HOW DO I RESTORE THE DATA FROM THE USB EXTERNAL DRIVE THAT WAS CREATED WITH R&R onto my other computer so I can work - a desktop - Quad XP 64 - not a Lenovo product !!! 

Answer:Rescue and Recovery - How do I restore data to another comptr since my laptop hard drive crashed???

You're not going to be able to do a complete restoration onto a totally different computer, but you should be able to connect your external drive to the desktop and retrieve specific files and folders.
 
The only way to do a complete restoration is to get a new drive for the T60, download R&R and restore from the backup, unless you burned recovery discs, then you could restore from those and then use the backup.
 
Dave  

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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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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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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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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[/IM... Read more

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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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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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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Having successfully copied all my backups to an external hard drive, now that I've restored my T61 to its factory state, rescue and recovery is refusing to recongise the drive. I've made sure it's connected before turning on my laptop, and I've also tried connecting it only after I'm inside R&R, but nothing makes any difference. I'm desperate to get hold of my old files so I can continue working, so any assistance would be really appreciated. Thank you! Sarah













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Answer:USB hard drive not recognised in rescue & recovery

Me again: by the way, I forgot to mention that my reinstalled version of Vista is quite happy to recognise the external hard drive -- as was R&R before I began the restore process.... Sarah

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I have a Thinkpad Edge 15 and the hard drive is failing.  I took a complete back up using Rescue and Recovery to an external hard drive and that was successful.  I also have the rescue media created via rescue and recovery.  I removed the old hard drive and installed the new one. I can boot to the media and rescue and recovery launches and recognizes the external hard drive and I can see the restore point.  When I try to restore it, it says "Configuration in progress" and then I get an error that says "One or more partitions could not be restored because the partition does not exist." No, I didn't partition the new hard drive -- I just removed the old one and put in the new and I don't know how to accomplish that from R&R.  I expected R&R to ask me if I wanted to partition it the same way the backup was partitioned, but it didn't and I couldn't find an option in there to do so.  If I go into Advanced R&R, the hard drive shows 0.00 available space which I believe is expected if it's not partitioned, but also has me worried that the drive is either bad or incompatible or I don't have drivers (which is likely, too). So, what did I do wrong?  How do I get this hard drive partitioned?  Like I said, I had expected an option in R&R and now I am at a loss. The new HDD is a Seagate -- 1 TB SATA with 8MB Cache and 5400 RPM.Laptop:  Thinkpad Edge 15OS:  Windows 7 64-bit Professional ... Read more

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Can anyone recommend the best external hard drive to use for Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery?  I've been doing some research and I'm concerned about the Maxtor "one touch" software.  If I choose to purchase a Maxtor external hard drive should I go in and delete any software on the drive before I back up from Rescue and Recovery? I have been having a lot of problems with Rescue and Recovery -- it's difficult to delete past backups, and I get hangups.  But eventually it usually backs up.  I have read reviews for the Maxtor one touch software and it sounds like it doesn't work well for restoring an entire system (problems with certain files, such as hidden files, etc.).  But maybe that's not true?  Also, do you recommend that I delete all previous backups before running a Rescue and Recovery backup?  If not, if I ever had to restore from it, would it automatically use the most current backup? Thanks in advance for any advice!  I'm a novice, but I want to make sure that everything is backed up properly.

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I posted a while ago about a possible hard drive that was toast. (HP Pavilion notebook with Vista Home Premium) I was finally able to run a system diagnosis and sure enough, it was my hard drive. I purchased a refurbished hard drive with all the correct specs and then emailed HP and spoke with someone regarding their recovery discs. I didn't make a recovery set of discs foolishly, so wanted to purchase the recovery discs from HP. I was assured they would restore my laptop with a new hard drive, so went ahead and ordered them to the tune of $43.93 (shipping cost as they would only give me one option for shipping - FedEx 2-3day)

I got my discs today. I was delighted to see the Windows loading files zoom along until I got an error:

This PC is not supported by the System Recovery Discs.
You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these discs.

What???!!! Are they kidding me?? I clicked ok and got this error:

Restore 7.exe.Application Error
The instruction at 0 x 73c 805ef referenced memory at 0X00000114
The memory could not be read.
Click OK to terminate the program.

I spent an hour with some guy at HP tech support who kept putting me on hold and asking me the same questions. Where did I purchase the recovery discs (their website) and what was the order number? He had me turn off my PC and restart (same error messages) and finally decided they might have sent me the wrong discs and would send me new ones (at no extra charge he added brightly).
He was not... Read more

Answer:New Hard drive and Recovery Discs

They probably shipped you discs for the wrong model of machine.
 

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My hard drive crashed - I have new HD but NO recovery disks - I have the original MS sticker still on the machine and all the S/N info - how can I get recovdery disks so I can operate this thing?  Can I download them?

Answer:Need Recovery Discs for new hard drive

you need recovery disks, you should have burnt before.
you can ask lenovo to send you recovery disks but they may charge you.
 
and also, take a look at this thread.

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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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Greetings, everyone.I have an HP laptop (pavilion dv7-1245dx) with a copy of Windows Vista installed, and the hard drive recently died (Windows won't even boot up, and a hard drive diagnostic kept failing - I was able to retrieve most of my files using Knoppix as a bootable OS though). I had never gotten around to burning my recovery discs for the computer, so I ordered new ones from HP. When I installed the new hard drive and popped in the operating system recovery disc, it gave me the following error message:"This PC is not supported by the System Recovery Discs. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these discs."Error code: 0100-30FC-3602-3603The original hard drive was a Hitachi, 320 GB SATAThe new hard drive is a WD 500 GB SATAIf anyone knows why this error occurred or how I can fix it, any assistance that anyone can give would be lovely. :]Thank you for your time,C

Answer:Recovery discs not working with new hard drive

It seems the computers that HP is now shipping have a recovery partition that must be used to recover the system, even when using the recovery discs.You need to contact HP for further information. They might say you have to have the exact same hard drive. Or the drive may need to be pre initialized by Vista before it can be used.Otherwise,installing Vista on a new PC from ground zero is a hassle. Unless you have the actual materials the factory used.You need the specific drivers plus all updates that have been issued.All users should make a recommended backup right after the purchase of any new PC that does not includes a full install disc(s).If you do it yourself, allow at least eight hours of your attention. Without the factory loader, it is a slow process.The factory does it with an image of a pee-installed Vista for that model. But you will have to go through the process of installing all the drivers.(BTW, this applies to most new computers being sold now. The user has to make an image or other type of backup. And the failure rate of OEM hard drives seems to be higher than expected.)

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Greetings, everyone.

I have an HP laptop (pavilion dv7-1245dx) with a copy of Windows Vista installed, and the hard drive recently died (Windows won't even boot up, and a hard drive diagnostic kept failing - I was able to retrieve most of my files using Knoppix as a bootable OS though). I had never gotten around to burning my recovery discs for the computer, so I ordered new ones from HP. When I installed the new hard drive and popped in the operating system recovery disc, it gave me the following error message:

"This PC is not supported by the System Recovery Discs. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these discs."

Error code: 0100-30FC-3602-3603

The original hard drive was a Hitachi, 320 GB SATA
The new hard drive is a WD 500 GB SATA

If anyone knows why this error occurred or how I can fix it, any assistance that anyone can give would be lovely. :]

Thank you for your time,
C

Answer:Recovery discs not working with new hard drive

I guess the HP recovery discs are 'tied' to the original HP installed hard drive that came with the machine. Otherwise, HP would in effect, be giving away copies of Vista to install on any hard drive. I think you'll need to buy your own full copy of Vista.

Richard.

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 Good day J have a laptop Hp model : dv6 1350-sl with a hard drive of 320 Gb and windows operating system seven home premium 64 bit, J would change it with a 275 Gb ssd of crucial model Mx 300. J ask if it goes well simply reinstall everythingh through recovery discs made with hp recovery, after setting the bios ahci mode ? Greetinng and excuse the ignorance 

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My hard drive crashed. Using second hard drive. Inserted temporary Windows Vista to use computer. Have Recovery Discs made when computer was new. Can these be installed to have a current Windows Vista operating system.

Answer:Hard drive crashed, have recovery discs f

"Inserted temporary Windows Vista to use computer."Why did you install a temporary copy if you've got a set of recovery discs?The recovery discs should install fine on a different hard drive as long as it has a partition that's at least as large as the one on the original drive.

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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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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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I upgraded my hard drive to a Hitachi 320 GB using Acronis. When I restored to the larger drive all I got was a blinking cursor in upper left hand corner. I then ran the Paragon disk software and selected boot corrector, problem solved it boots up fine. problem is I can no longer access recovery using the Thinkvantage button or the productivity center. It will let me do a backup but not a restore. I tried the productiviy center the last back up is listed but when I select it nothing happens. I have upgraded the R&R to the latest version as well. Any suggestions?

Answer:Upgraded hard drive and lost rescue and recovery function

I had a similar issue when I used Acronis to clone my existing 80GB hard drive to a 250GB. The first time I tried it, I also got the blinking cursor and a drive read error.The first time I installed Acronis, I used the 'Custom' option to not install the Rescue Media Builder and the Bart PE plug-in. I uninstalled Acronis and then reinstalled it using the 'Typical' option. I left the Acronis disk in the drive after the reinstall and rebooted as directed. It booted to the disk (it is a bootable disk) and ran the program, which I did not do the first time. The first time I removed the disk before rebooting and ran Acronis with Windows off the desktop. Running it from the disk had a different look, like it was in safe mode, and a screen came up with options like continuing to Windows or running a utility like clone the disk. I chose the clone option and this time it worked. I was using a hard drive docking station connected via usb. All I can say is, running Acronis with Windows failed and I don't know why. The steps I used the second time around did the trick, so that's all I have to offer, as long as you have a hard copy of Acronis and not a downloaded version.

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My T43P just had it's hard drive fail so I got a new Fujitsu 120GB MHV2120AH (per recommendation by other lenovo community members) I also got the 8 Disk IBM Recovery CD set.Here is the problem. I take out the old hard drive and install the new one.I change the start-up sequence to run the CD-ROM first.I get to the main rescue and recovery screen and choose "restore your system" then "restore my hard drive to the original factory state"I then choose "I do not want to save any file" since there are no files to save as it is a new hard drive.It then tells me that this will reformat my entire hard disk and do I want to continue? (YES)It this prompts again that this is intended for systems that are completely unrecoverable and do it still want to continue? (YES)Then I'm prompted to accept "terms and conditions" (I ACCEPT)HERE IS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES - A new screen comes up that says "processing please wait..." Then a new screen pops up saying "AN INTERNAL ERROR HAS CAUSED THIS PROCESS TO FAIL." So my question is how do I get this new hard drive up and running because I have no idea how to install it other than putting the new hard drive in and changing the start-up order in BIOS to run the CD-ROM first with the rescue and recovery CD first...... Thanks in advance for any help 

Answer:Installing New Hard Drive in T43P - Rescue and Recovery Problems - T 43P, T43 P

I can think of four things which could cause this;  memory corruption, defective hdd, defective recovery disc and memory protection.
 
The fourth should be worth checking first; this a a BIOS setting which when enabled "can prevent virus/worm attacks that create memory buffer overflows by running code where ony data is allowed.   ...  reset to disabled if your required applications cannot run."  This setting can be found in the BIOS Security menu. The default setting should be disabled.
 
To check the disc, burn a copy using another system; if it can't copy it - you're wiser, if you can - try using the copy.
 
Memory can be checked using memtest86 and the hard drive using SeaTools.
 
Hope this helps
 
edit; grammar

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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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My HD appears to locked up. The HDD diag. gets a read error right from the jump.I can go into Rescue and Recovery but clicking on any of the options doesn't do anything Neither in the top bar or side bar. So it appears I will be replacing the HD. And installing a new OS. I needed to upgrade from XP any way.My Question is once I install a new HD, which perferably will be a SSD, how do I set it up for the Thinkadvange tool?I would like to to have the recovery and other options available through the Blue button?

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WinXP, 6459-CT0, Rescue and Recovery 4. R&R does not recognise an 8GB flash memory stick in the USB portas a USB hard drive. I am able to move files on & off of the stick, and open files that reside on this stick, but R&R does not recognise it.After I ran into the problem, I uninstalled R&R3 & installed R&R4, and it asked me questions that makes me think that the previous settings had ben overwritten, but I can't be sure about that. Any ideas?

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Hard drive crashed. Bought a new seagate 500g and installed. Ordered recovery discs for win 7 from lenovo. Four discs received - 1) startup recovery 2) operating system 3) drivers and applications 4) additional recovery disc. I power up the pc with disc 1 in. Message at the bottom of the screen that files are loading along with the white progress bar. Looking good to this point. When the progress bar is full it just stops and does nothing else. Does not prompt me to do anything else. If I wait 3 or 4 minutes the starting windows message appears. It just hangs there. If I wait another 3 or 4 minutes the entire process starts all over. If left alone it would go through that cycle all day. I am never prompted to do anything else. I have tried inserting disc 2 at all points along the way when disc 1 stops. I have tried booting up with disc 2 in. I get a message of operating system not found (of course because disc 2 is the os and it hasn't installed yet). I cannot get beyond disc 1 loading files. Need some support before I do something crazy like go to the geek squad.

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Hi all- and thanks in advance:I bought an Edge 530 and created recovery discs for Windows 7 onto a 1TB external drive...I wish I had known first that it would wipe my external drive clean-- now I have a very expensive set of backup recovery discs, unless... Can I keep the recovery disc information on the external drive but continue to use the external drive for other files (placing them in a new, separate folder-- not in the folders created and associated with the recovery discs)?? Will simply having additional files of this and that corrupt any of the recovery files?? Related question: Can I simply copy or move all of the recovery disc files to a smaller, say flash drive (seemingly 16gb is necessary)? Will the moved files on the smaller flash drive work as my one-and-only-recovery disc file, or would they not work to recover my system because the flash drive is not where they were originally created?? If there are any steps to take, please be detailed and do "talk down" to me- I am sadly no techie and will not be insulted! Many thanks!

Answer:Recovery discs, external hard drives, and using the drive?

Partition the external drive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks...

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

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

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

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Hello,
 
I've had to pull out my old T400 as a backup machine after sending in my current T420s for repairs, but the T400 is running so excruciatingly slowly that I've decided I need a fresh install of everything. I tried rescue and recovery but it didn't work. I suspect this was because the computer was originally delivered with Vista plus an XP downgrade disk, which I immediately used. I then later had problems and had a computer shop wipe everything and install Windows 7, so I assume at some point in this process the original rescue & recovery mechanism was lost.
 
Question is what do I do now? I have Windows 7 discs, but otherwise no backup discs for this computer. I've read that all I need to do is to insert the Windows discs in the drive, boot the computer, select F12 to boot from disc, and proceed from there. Is it really that simple, or is there anything else I need to have available, or look out for, before I start the process? Even though this machine is slow, at least it's working more or less, so I don't want to mess anything up and be unable to work entirely before my T420 is back from the shop.
 
All advice is appreciated!
 
Thanks,
 
Susan
 
 
Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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I have a lenovo desktop H415 with windows 7 home premium on it, the drive in the machine failed, I had made the 3 recovery discs, so I used an empty 1tb sata drive put disc 1 of recovery in, one key recovery pops up saying "select and disc to install os" I see the disc 1tb hard disc, but i can't "choose" it it's already selected it appears but no matter what i do tab, arrows, enter, it doesn't highlight or choose the disc, i hit next and it says "the available space is not enough". I hit ok it asks me to reboot or shut down, I am kinda stuck here, I tried a different drive too a 500gb blanked out western digital same process windows loads one key recovery starts can't "choose" the drive but i see it, hit enter tells me available space is not enough. I know these recovery discs work, I had to reformat once before with the original drive it became corrupted, no scratches or anything, just once that disc completely failed and i replaced it here i can't get the recovery discs to work. Anyone got an idea?

Answer:LenovoH415 hard drive failed, one key recovery discs saying the available space is not enough

Been messing with this all afternoon decided to grab an iso of win 7 home premium and just reinstall that way, kinda a bummer i made these discs thinking if i needed a new drive they would help load the system and drivers needed etc but guess I gotta do it the old fashioned way cuz I sure couldn't get past step one of the onekey stuff ;(

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

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

Any ideas? Thanks
 

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

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I just recently restored my N200 to a previous backup.  When the system restarted, it went straight to R&R and started loading it.  A message says "the file or directory \minint\INF\INFCACHE.0 is corrupt and unreadable.  Please run the Chkdsk utility" then restarts again after a few minutes.  If I try to boot from my external usb hd it does the same only after a few seconds of "configuring your system, please wait" then it restarts again.  How do I fix this?  I am willing to do a factory recovery if this is at all possible.  Lenovo 3000 N200 0769 AUUWindows xp sp3Rescue and recovery 4 

Answer:Rescue and recovery corrupt?

There is a factory restore function in rescue and recovery or alternatively you need the recovery disks which you should have made. 

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With Rescue and Recovery 4, I used the Rescue option to transfer selected files from my Thinkpad to the external hard drive.  I then restored the Thinkpad to a previous backup.  Using Windows Explorer, I can't see the rescued files on the external hard drive, in order to copy these back to the laptop.  How do I get to these files? Thanks!

Answer:Can't find rescued files transferred by Rescue and Recovery 4 to external hard drive

I just posted a solution to this problem here:http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=Special_Interest_Utilities&message.id=1783&jump=... Hope it works for you!

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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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Good day I have a HP Pavillion DV7 laptop model QF346EA. I puchased the laptop in 2011.I now have serious issues. When I purchased the unit i made a recovery set of CD's (3off). My laptop has now crashed and I reloaded the entire system to factory specs with the CD's.Now Microsoft update does not work.I contacted Microsoft and they found that there is corrupt files in windows.Now all i have is the 3 discs and that is corrupt.On HP's webpage they state that these recovery discs are no longer available.I there a method of repairing windows online?I have tried scf but it cannot repair windows.I am lost Please help joker1949

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Hello, I gave my Acer Netbook to my Son over the weekend so that he could reinstall everything again because I was having some issues and it was running like a snail. However, he rang me yesterday and said there is either no recovery or it has been deleted or its corrupt. This is what he said that he has done. It is over my head and I don't understand but he said maybe the community will. This is what he said below. ==================================================================================================MS-DOSDISKPARTList Volume Looking through DiskPart there should be at least 4 partitions and there is only 3 of therefore the recovery partition is missing. How this has happened I do not know because my fathers knowledge of computers isn't that wonderful. For him to delete a hidden partition which can only be deleted via DiskPart because it is a hidden partition is a complete mystery. Volume 0 - C------------NTFS-------------------BOOTVolume 1 - RECOVERY NTFS-------------------HIDDEN (Missing)*Volume 2 - --------------FAT32------------------SYSTEMVolume 3 - SYSTEM RECOVERY-----------------SYSTEM Is there Recovery Media that I can buy and reinstalled the OS. Other than that what I could do is run Clean in DiskPart and clear the HDD and I have a licenced Windows 7 Ultimate 86 and 64 bit. I could create a bootable USB and run a clean install. But I would need to download all the drivers beforehand for the netbook. * The Recovery Drive ... Read more

Answer:Corrupt Recovery Hard Drive or it is missing...?

Acer recovery mediaif you are in the US you can buy it:http://store.acer.com/store/aceramer/en_US/eRecoveryif you are outside the US, you must call/email your regional Acer support service:http://www.acer.com/worldwide/support/ or to download drivers if you go for a clean install:http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support  

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Hi all, yesterday I did a recovery on a hard drive where ALL the customers files where deleted. The files where removed around 6-8 months ago, probably longer.However, I used a software called Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery - Professional to recovery the files which the customer wanted. After selecting the .docx files, the recovery was successful but the .docx files will not open as they are corrupt.Here is what I have done so fair to try and fix this -Used several third-party software to repair the document files, no luck.Used Microsoft Office 2010 repair but no luck.Opened the documents in a free software like OpenOffice, this just came up with loads of characters including #, $ and such.Sending the document via email to gmail - I read this on the internet and it apparently worked. Not for me I'm afraid.Just to add - I am using an USB to SATA kit to do this recovery.So there any other ways to get this documents up and running? Using different recovery maybe?Here is the history of the hard drive - The desktop with this hard drive in went to a computer shop due to the motherboard failure. After installing a new motherboard, totally different to the original motherboard, the desktops OS (Windows Vista) product key would not work, as its an OEM version. Not sure exactly why this computer shop did what they did but they basically reinstalled Windows Vista, removing ALL files with it. They still could not get the product key working so they used the other hard drive (... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Recovery, doc files corrupt

Welcome to CH.Thank you for posting. Perhaps some members will ofter suggestions.It would appear that you have done all you could.The problem Y with the product key has happened to others. One would think  big rich Microsoft could make it easy for  users to restore the system.Actually, they do offer some help. But you have to look for it.http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cu_sc_prodact_masterThe link above is helpful, but might not fix your specific issue.

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Hi all. My problem started a few days ago for no apparent reason. When I switch on my PC it seems to be loading windows XP as usual but before I get to the login page, it keeps rebooting (i.e. never gets beyond a certain point). I have therefore installed Windows XP home on another hard drive and here I am. I have now attached the faulty disk as a slave. This drive is completely unreadable and I have not been able to access it at all.Therefore I have not written anything or read anything off this drive. As most of my important files are on this drive & my last backup was over 2 months ago I am desperate to recover this data. Could someone tell me if there are any good on-line tools that I could use to recover my files. I don't my spending a bit on this as I am very desperate and want a good recovery tool. Thanks as usual for your support. Regards Harsha
 

Answer:data recovery from corrupt hard drive

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Hello everyone, I have a Lenovo T61 Widescreen (Type: 7658CTO) that I bought in Canada in May 2008. Unfortunately my warranty has expired. I had some problems with my 1st hard drive (which came shipped with my Canadian machine) and so had it swapped with a new one using Lenovo's Hong Kong On-Site service in January of this year (I now live in Hong Kong). I am trying to do a Rescue and Recovery (full system restore to factory settings) using the Hong Kong drive, but it is frozen at "Please Wait, Preload Customization in Progress...." There is an accompanying command line screen that says "Installing Chinese Hong Kong language pack". At the top of this command line screen it says "Select X:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe - call c:\swwork\autoex.cmd" It has been frozen for over an hour. I have tried rebooting but it freezes again at "Please Wait, Preload Customization in Progress..." I do not have Rescue and Recover CDs as they were not an option at the time I purchased my machine. In the past, I have several times successfully recovered and reinstalled from my hard drive partition on my Canadian hard drive. Both Canadian and Hong Kong hard drives were running English Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. Unfortunately, I do not have my Canadian hard drive anymore because I had to hand it over to the Hong Kong technician in order to recieve a new hard drive. Could it be that the Hong Kong On-Site Warranty service merely made a Ghost Image of a Eng... Read more

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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, My Computer model is 8706-AE2.When I purchased, it came along with Win Vista Home Premium. Later I made another partition (D) in which I installed Win XP.With the help of Vistabootloader I managed to make dual booting (Vista & XP). Recently few weeks back I also Installed Ubuntu in C:.After I installed Ubuntu, it automatically made a dual booting. Ubuntu, Vista & XP. I check Ubuntu, it booted well. I checked Xp it booted ok. But when I choose Vista to boot, at first the booting logo shows up and after that it directly goes to Rescue & Recovery application. From there I choose Rescue & Rostore and then Restore your system. After clicking next I choose the third option to Restore my hard drive to the original Factory state and then clicking next will take me to the image option. But i cannot locate the image file neither Local Hard drive or any other media. Im stuck on it. Can anyone help me on this. I really appreciate for the help. 

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There have been two recent upgrades to Rescue and Recovery for the T61p that I havedeferred because the previous upgrade to Rescue and Recovery consistently corruptedthe MBR of my T61p.  I reduced the original Windows XP partition on my harddriveand added partitions for Ubuntu Linux and run both OSs.  This means the MRB pointsto GRUB to load the OS I wish.  Doing the Lenovo upgrade for Rescue and Recoveryseems not to recognize MBRs like this and when it redoes the MBR for the Rescue and Recover partition, the MBR is hosed. The only way I can recover from this is to a direct copy of the first few sectors ofthe harddrive which fortunately I had saved or there would be no recovery. I really don't want to go through this again.  Has this issue every been fixed?(or even addressed).  I don't want to do the Rescue and Recovery upgrades untilI know Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery is up to the more general case of multipleOSs.

Answer:Rescue And Recovery Upgrade on T61p can corrupt Master Boot Record.

I had the same problem with my T61p after removing Ubuntu and then trying to reinstall vista using Rescue and Recovery. Now the computer does not recognize MBR. Would you please share any ideas to get the vista running again? Thanks

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I hope by posting this message I can help someone else avoid the problem I just encountered.  I purchased a G530 with XP preinstalled about 10 days ago.   Today I entered the Rescue and Recovery Workspace just to see what the options were and get familiar with it in case of future problems.  I was greeted by the announcement that there were 3 corrupt windows files that must be fixed--unfortunately, I didn't write down the file names.  When the system rebooted after the "fix",  I had lost internet connectivity completely.  After a lot of frustration and fruitless diagnosis, I reinstalled a backup I had (luckily!) made 24 hours before, and that restored internet connectivity.  I had been online a few minutes prior to rebooting to see what the Rescue and Recovery Workspace was all about, so I know I had internet connectivity up to that point. I'm feeling very insecure about Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery software right now, although it did restore my backup without problems.  I think I'll give up on even entering the Rescue and Recovery Workspace unless and until disaster strikes and there's no other choice.   

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Hello I just got a T61 with Vista basic, I made some restore points in Vista but in ThinkVantage, system restore there is no restore points in the "Main hard disk" area. I also have updated using ThinkVantage system update, all the crucial items. Is there any way to solve this? thanks in advance.













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Answer:T61 Rescue and Recovery - system restore has no restore points

still having the issue, I also cannot create a recovery media using ThinkVantage "Create Recovery Media" option, I have no selections in my "Target Drive" area. any ideas why?

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Good morning! Installed a new hard drive on my X31. I used a purchased set of official restore media to do a clean install of Windows XP with the HPA Predesktop Area in place. Two weeks later all of my Windows and ThinkPad updates are complete and I am ready for a clean backup. I installed Rescue and Recovery 4.23 and after a false start, I successfully made a backup to a USB Hard Drive that will boot into ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery. The Windows software seems to be fully functional. On normal bootup, however, if I use F11 or the Access IBM button, I am taken to the original Predesktop HPA interface -- so the partition is really there. The Factory Restore appears to now be functioning if I ever wanted to use it. My problem (or questions) relates to the "Restore Your Backups" icon. When I select it, I get the message: "IBM Rapid Restore PC is not installed. Press the enter key to reboot to Windows and install IBM Rapid Restore PC." Therefore, that portion of the HPA is not accessible. And, therefore, other than a factory restore, there is no way to run restore from the HPA. So, here are my questions: 1. Is there anyway to put the Rescue and Recovery 4 predesktop area in this HPA?2. If so, would it wipe out the Factory Restore option?3. Should I have made at least one backup with "IBM Rapid Restore PC" before the "Rescue and Recovery 4" installer removed it?4. Is there any space on the HPA I can recover?5. Is there a tool or me... Read more

Answer:Rescue and Recovery 4 and X31 HPA Restore Your Backups

Is the version of R&R on HPA the same as the one installed under Windows? If you used original restore disks for X31, it is likely that R&R on HPA is an older version, there may be some incompatibility.

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I used R&R once and after doing so, I reboot and come up with error message saying "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:    \WINDOWS\system32\c_1252,nls 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." Of course there is no original Setup CD-ROM with this computer.  I tried a Windows XP Professional CD from Microsoft and it cannot see any hard drive on my computer, so it will not work.   Is there a way to start over and re-install Windows??

Answer:Cannot restore Windows after using Rescue & Recovery

Hi BJ hav a look at this link... mite help http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=N_Series_Lenovo_3000&thread.id=11311 gudluck

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I tried to restore my harddrive by using the f11 key at the start up and when I get to rescue and recovery and hit full restore it says "preparing hardrive" and then says "%s failed to restore your system." I then hit ok and it stays at rescue and recovery forcing me to restart which sends me right back to rescue and recovery. I can't get back to normal startup or restore my harddrive. Should I just buy a new hardrive? any thing will help

Answer:Can't restore hardrive in rescue and recovery

which Thinkpad model do you have? You can run a hdd diagnostic from the BIOS, if it passes then your hdd should be fine, and it is more to do with the softwares on the hdd.

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 The genuine IBM Recovery CD Set will re-install your ThinkPad T43 or R52 (listed types only) with the original pre-load factory software, including Windows XP Professional with a legal, valid license, and all the original IBM Drivers and applications.1. Set your Laptop to Boot From the CDROM Drive.IT MAY ALREADY BE set to boot from CD if a bootable disc is in the drive so try and see if it does first with the disc labed 'rescue and recovery'. If it does then just skip to step 2. If it does not then you will have to enter the computers BIOS setup to tell it to.NOTE: When in the BIOS SETUP DONT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE if you are not absolutely sure what you are changing.ACCESSING THE BIOS: During startup at the first screen (says "IBM Thinkpad") press F12 then F1 to enter the bios setup program.Use keys to navigate to 'startup' then to 'boot'. Press enter and following instructions in the right hand panel move the items to make your CD or DVD drive (Atapi CD0) AHEAD of your main hard drive (IDE HDD0). It doesn't matter if 'legacy floppy or USB are ahead of either of them if they are not connected. PRESS F-10 TO SAVE AND EXIT the bios setup program.2.Restart the computer with the first disc i.e. Rescue and Recovery CD already in the drive. The recovery program will come up. A smaller window will come up.3.Follow the on screen prompts.Choose to restore to Factory Specifications to Install OS, Applications and Drivers At some point it may ask if there is a supplementa... Read more

Answer:How to restore Thinkpad T43 or R52 using rescue and recovery CD's

Hi N5!
 
Thanks for this great tip!
 
serene

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I had Rescue and Recovery going on a N100-0768 laptop using Vista Business.  Recently that laptop was stolen.  I've purchased a G550 with W7Pro.  Now I cannot install Rescue and Recovery 4.3 for W7 because apparently this G550 isn't in the list of supported Lenovo systems.  I need the critical data I've backed up - how do I access that data? Thanks so much in advance. I do miss the N100 - it was a great laptop!    - James Head

Answer:Rescue and Recovery - Need to restore data

Have the same problem myself, there is no available download for OneKey Recovery for WIn 7 64bit. I had the 32Bit RC Build 7100 installed previously and used the Vista version and it worked OK before, no such luck with the 64bit version. I'm irritated right now as I also need to back-up critical data, I'm using the Window back-up and Win Rescue disk but  it defeats the purpose of having the OneKey Recovery Key.

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Hi all, I decided it was time to upgrade the OS on my T60 (type 8743) from Vista to Win7.  I used Rescue and Recovery to back everything up to a NAS.  Before starting the OS upgrade, I verified I could restore individual files from the newly created backup.  After doing a clean install of Win7 and installing RnR 4.31,  RnR will not list the backup when I point to it using the network option.  Is RnR not showing the backup because it was made with a different OS?  Does anyone know how I can get RnR to read the data? Thanks in advance,-Marc 

Answer:Rescue and recovery restore after OS upgrade?

What version of RnR did you use to backup your data?If not listed on RnR 4.31 (only for Windows 7), you can get the RnR boot disc from other computers (or via Virtual PC) to use RnR (compatible with version you used) to restore your data.

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Hello, I am having a hard time with one key recovery. I am trying to make the recovery discs and keep getting an internal error after the first disc finishes. I have tried reinstalling the program with no luck. I also did a full factory restore and then tried again to create the discs and got the same message. I also tried running the program as administrator as suggested from a google search. I am running out of ideas, I would like to dual boot with linux but dont want to risk it without the recovery discs. I am afraid the one key recovery key will not work after I mess with the MBR. I would appreciate any help in trying to get these recovery discs made or if there is a place I can download them, that would work also. I am running an Ideapad Y570  thanks.

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First, please forgive (and by all means gently correct) any protocol errors - I am a new poster to this forum. I am trying to restore files to a T60 which were backed up using R&R on a T420S. (Yes, my brand new T420S has turned into a brick - it won't power up and I am shortly going to return it to Lenovo for repair). Full backup was made to a partition on a USB hard drive prior to the failure. When  fire up R&R (v4.21) on the T60 (after plugging in the USB drive, obviously) and use the "Advanced" screen  R&Rcannot see any backup (even though Windows Explorer can see the partition and the RRbackups file). Is there a way to force R&R on my T60 to see the backup so that I can select files to restore? It may be relevant that I use R&R normally on my T60 to backup and it CAN see the backup made on THAT (different) USB hard drive. Many thanks if you can help

Answer:Rescue & Recovery - Restore files to a different machine

IF you made the usb drive a "recovery disk" then all you have to do is boot the T60 with the usb drive (press F12 on the Thinkpad start screen and select the usb drive). The usb drive will then run the R&R software. Once in the restore screen, select restore from backup. You will then have an opportunity to save the data files you want on the C: drive or any other drive you want. After saving the files just back out of R&R and restart normally. Good luck! PS. Backups made with different versions of R&R are not compatible, that's why the R&R in the T60 does not recognize what's on the usb drive.





E420, i5, 8GB, 500GB/7200, 32GB mSATA, Win 8.1 Pro x64T61, 4GB, 500GB Hybrid, Win 8.1 Pro x64

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I had to restore my system back to Factory state, prior to that I had the Rescue and Recovery option under Programs ThinkVantage menu, I also had the "Backup Now" option under the productivity center. After restoring to factory state I lost the Rescue and Recovery and the backup option.   I  would like to create a Recovery CD/DVD but now I cannot, I do not have the ability to do so, that is an option under the Rescue and Recovery Menu!.   - I am running Vista Business and my Thinkpad is a T60P  - Help  :-) Thank you LIliam

Answer:Rescue and Recovery Lost after Factory Restore

I think I have a similar issue, although I did not do a factory restore. I bought my T61 running Vista Home Premium this summer, and within a couple of months, the second entry under the Productivity Center's Quick Links is blank (actually, there is a bullet point with a few stray pixels just to its left). I think it may have been labelled Backup Now, because I can still click it and it will launch Rescue and Recovery. Not a critical bug, but annoying and the sort of thing I expected to avoid by purchasing from a top name in the business. 

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I need to swap from my T430s to an identical model so mine can be sent for repair. Is it possible for me to perform a restore on the new machine using a Rescue/Recovery backup from my existing machine? My goal is to avoid the setup and customization process to resume working as quickly as possible.

Answer:Rescue/Recovery backup: Restore to different machine?

Yeah, I suppose but never used the software.why don't you just swap the HD's!





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By any chance, is anybody aware of some incompatibility between MS B&R and Lenovo R&R ? I can backup a entire system or files (t61p) with R&R but mission impossible with MS B&R. What annoys me is the restore point creation is neither working - which is a bit more of a problem. http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=T_Series_Thinkpads&message.id=14181#M14181or http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/168563-couldnt-create-system-restore-point-vista.html#pos... regards

Answer:MS Backup & Restore vs Lenove Rescue & Recovery

See Is Rescue and Recovery Needed on Vista?, over at Lenovo Blogs.  It would appear that the two programs are independent of one another. Your post here sheds some light on your original thread, and I'll continue the conversation there. Don

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Hello,I have a T61 under XP Pro sp3. I want to buy a new Lenovo T serie and another new workstation under Win 7 64bits.I'm wondering about how to restore (from a Resc/Recov backup) all my applications on these new computer from a backup without having to restore the OS and /or to install all my working applications on these new PCs.In addition, I loosed some Setup of my used applications.Any help will be really appreciated.Thank you Hassan

Answer:How to restore applications on a new Thinkpad with Rescue / Recovery

Hi Casablanca,
 
  Since Win7 and XP are having different registry settings, so there is no 100% migration here. This is more preferred to re-install your programs again. However you might use System Migration Assistance to migrate browsers bookmark or specific folder to your new machine
 
ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-50889
 
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Hello, If I create a restore point using Vista, how do I access that using IBM Rescue and Recovery (R&R)? I recently had a situation where Vista would not boot-up and the only thing I could do is to use an old backup. Are Windows Vista backups available in R&R if Windows itself does not boot. It appears that a shelf version of Vista comes with Windows Recovery Environment that gives you access to the command prompt so you could edit the registry to delete any offending entries but I do not know how to get to the Windows Recovery Environment  within R&R and not having the Vista DVD. Thanks, Manish

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Hi there - as I'm in a bit of a pickle I'm looking for ideas!My 4 year-old Packard Bell 5067 PC has been grinding to a halt for some time and needs the HDD reformatted and OS [XT Home] re-installed. However, it appears that my Master CD's, created when the PC was new, are NAFF as after the recovery disk runs it's process and asks for Master Disc No 1 it fails to see it. Problem is that the PC did not come with XP on a disk - it was all on the HDD and the only source is the master CD which won't work.System Restore is also refusing to work so that avenue is also closed. It appears that I am going to have to buy a new OS and start afresh but how does one format the HDD and also - with the PC just booting up with DOS - will it aotomatically load the new OS when put in the DVD Drive??Any suggestions gratefully received!Cheers Bertie

Answer:Recovery Discs Naff - Can't restore PC

If your pc is set to boot to Cd first it will do so. If not you would have to change the BIOS settings, which you enter at the opening screen (POST). Usually you have to press DEL or F12.Unless you are a game player, have you considered Linux, instead of spending money?

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Hi all,

I was hoping to get some assistance with a problem I have. My ASUS u81's hard drive was recently corrupted, and as such I need to replace the drive. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. The only problem is I don't know if I'll be able to find my recovery discs when the time comes to boot the machine (it's been years since I created them, having first booted the laptop almost four years ago). Is there a way to restore the machine and get it up and running without these discs, without having to buy new Vista install discs? Thanks in advance for the help.

Greg

Answer:What if I don't have my recovery discs to restore my notebook?

Welcome Greg.
Here is a good source, but you will need your key number
Vista ISO download

You may even have a restoration partition.

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Hi,I have a lenovo 3000 n500 3DG. If I have a set of recovery discs, ¿Do I need to keep the partitions as they are now for rforming a recovery of the system in the future, or can I delete the partitions and reinstall another SO, and then restore the system as it was at the beginning only with the recovery discs?Thanks!

Answer:Are the recovery discs sufficient for restore?

I have answered this in your other post. Locking duplicate so as not to split the discussion

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Hello, A friend conscientiously made the recovery disks when he got his machine, and now needs to use them. Much to his and my dismay, some of the files on the disks are corrupted in some way or another. He upgraded the hard drive after making these disks and had wiped the original drive in order to re-task it, so nothing from it is available. The machine is out of warranty, of course, so I understand that support will be ... less than supportive. Where might I be able to download disk images (preferably in DVD format) or perhaps the individual image files which are damaged? I can provide a list of them and which of the recovery disks they are from.  Would anyone consider making such available for download or uploading them to a website? You can privately contact me at  tumbleweed underscore biff at yahoo dot com.  Thank you in advance. The machine is a 7650-9LU Mike

Answer:R61i Recovery Failure - corrupt restore files, need recovery files

A further note: another attempt to copy files from the CDs made for this purpose and there is only one file it was unable to copy:   4GOIE2A0.IMZ If someone would make this single file available, it is really all I need. Thanks in advance, Mike 

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Hello,

I very very very need to a software/freeware that it can recovery restore point from formatted hard drive very good. please help me


Thank you,
Alireza

Answer:how to recovery restore point from formatted hard drive

I don't know of anything which will do that.

You can try this - I have no idea if it will help:

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The rapidshare link they give is the one that works.

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When I have started my computer the past two days, there has been a pop up window asking me to set an IBM® Rescue and Recovery ™ password.  The options are:
 
Make my IBM Rescue and Recovery password the same as my Windows password.
Set a different password for IBM Rescue and Recovery.
I'll set the IBM Rescue and Recover password later.
There is a Warning:  If this window opened while you were installing software instead of while you were setting a Windows password, press the Cancel button now.  If you were not setting a Windows password, and you choose to continue, your action might prevent you from accessing your backups of the IBM Rescue and Recovery workspace.  Uless you were setting a Windows password, press Cancel now.
 
 
I have never seen this before and don't know why it started to appear. 
 
Does anyone have any comments or suggestions on this?
 
Thanks.

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Hi! Problem: Can't access {Rescue & Recovery (F11?)} on startup. Keep in mind that my "Thinkvantage Toolbox" freezes everytime I try to launch it while I'm logged in. I can access the BIOS but when I try to either press F11 to get to Rescue and Recovery I get an error asking me if I wanna do a windows resume or a stuck key, same goes for the ThinkVantage button on startup that is. Is it all linked to the fact that when I'm logged in and try to open ThinkVantage Toolbox it freezes? I tried to update everything from Lenovo and did nothing changed. Help  ! Thanks!!

Answer:Unable to Access Rescue & Recovery for Factory Restore

Hi,I assume your problem is that when you press F11 at system start up, you can entering RnR PDA as expected?If this is the issue, I need your help to provide below info for further analyze.Thanks.1. under windows cmd line with admin privilege: bcdedit /enum all > c:\bcd.txt => this will generate a file named bcd.txt under C:\,  please collect it and send to me.  2. Get me the disk partition layout info by below way:    steps:     a. run diskpart.exe with admin privilege     b.  type list vol  and enter     c.  type sel disk 0 and enter ( if there are more than one hard disks please choose the disk number of which C partition lies)     d. type list par and enter     e. get me a picture of all of the output.. 3.  find bmgr32.exe from " C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Lenovo\BMGR" or 32bit system from " C:\Program Files\Common Files\Lenovo\BMGR".     run this command : bmgr32.exe /info > c:\bmgr32.txt and get me the "C:\bmgr32.txt" 

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My backups have been done with version 2.04.0182 but I don't see it on Lenovo's web site to download.  I've received the Recovery disk set twice, but apparently missing the disk that includes R&R to be put into a partition area before running disks 1-4.  Anyway, is there a way to download the above version of R&R? Thanks, in advance---

Answer:Getting earlier version of Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore 2.x

The first disk of the set of 4 is the boot disc, there weren't separate boot discs when the R40 was current. It should actually state "bootable" on the disc. Using the discs wil totally erase the hard drive including all files etc. and return the system to factory state.

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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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Hello everyone, First of all sorry for my bad english Last week i crashed my notebook and yesterday I'm reinstall the windows xp and then I'm trying to recover my last backup with the Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery (with full restore option). But then when its finish restore the backup and trying to log on to the windows i got an error "Microsoft C++ library error". I've already trying to boot with save mode, but its keep asking me a password which is somehow wont match with my last password when i backup the system. My question is, what should i do so i could restore my notebook to the previous state from the backup. Thank you for all you attention. Best Regards, Gustra

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Hi I am new to forum and have very limited computer knowledge. I need to restore my Thinkpad edge 15 to factory settings but when I press enter to interupt normal setup, Rescue and Recovery workspace doesn't open. All I get is 3 options: to start up from temporary backup disc or something like that, enter BIOS setup, or enter normal startup. How can I access the Rescue and Recovery Workspace to access Full Restore? Any advice or help would be very much appreciated...PLEASE!

Answer:How to restore factory settings from Rescue and Recovery Partition?

Hello mate, Press F11 instead of enter.





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Hi I have a T61p with XP that started freezing at the desktop, and in hopes to combat the situation to no avail I figured I would do a system restore. I was allready unhappy about this because the latest recovery date was back from May, which I found odd that it was that old considering the R&R folder takes up nearly 70g of my harddrive. Anyways, the System Restore froze up at 1%, and did not make any progression for 20 hours. Canceling would not close it, and I was forced to do a manual shutdown. My XP is now corrupted and will no longer boot windows. Any disks that did come with my computer (I dont actually remember any) are definately lost. I am posting this on my GF's computer, which is also a lenovo T61, not that im sure anything on her computer would help me. Any help that can be given would be much appreciated, I'm hoping there is some way to solve this without me having to take my computer somewhere.

Answer:T61p Rescue and Recovery System Restore freezes?

Jangles524, welcome to the forum,
 
your system probably didn't come with any discs. You could create recovery discs with your girlfriends system and use them to install yours. You might have to clean up one or two drivers, but this is unlikely.
 
Hope this helps

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I have an x61 which I recently purchased from a friend who didn't need it any more (got one from his work).  I'm trying to run the R&R tool so that I can factory restore this beautiful laptop.  When I hit the ThinkVantage button, the R&R service runs fine and everything is good until it asks me what I want to ex..  The option to factory restore IS available, but when I try to continue from there, it gives me an error "restore functionality has been removed".  What can I do to remedy this?  This laptop doesn't have any cd/dvd's.  Thanks for the help.





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I created a complete Backup using RnR a while back, and now I need to restore the system from these DVD's. I have 4 DVD's labeled "RnR Start Disk ", "Disk 1 of 3 ", "Disk 2 of 3 C" and one marked "Final C"  3 of 3 etc... I cant seem to find information on how to restore my system using these DVDs!! - I still have the original factory restore cd's, but this would only be for a factory restore, and I really need to restore the system to the date that I have the complete backup of all my files. ( Windows XP) How do I restore my system using the full system backup that is on these dvd's? Thanks in advance for any help whatsoever.

Answer:Restore ThinkCentre A50P from DVD's created by Rescue and Recovery

hey DieterS,
 
http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkvantage_en/rnr43dg.pdf
 
this is the deployment guide for the Rescue and Recovery, I believe that it can help you with your query.





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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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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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I have X220 which I enjoyed very much for the last one year. Warranty is just expired and unfortunately the system starts act crazy. I decided to reformat and go back to factory setting stage by using Rescue and Recovery. I could get to the Full Restore and could click full factory restore. The system ask me to restart but instead reformat the HD, the previous OS kicks in and reboot as previous setting. Please help!!!

Answer:X220 factory restore issue with Rescue and Recovery

Do you have Lenovo_Recovery patrition (Q: ) with several .wim files on that? Or do you have Factory_Recovery Media (CD+3xDVD or USB stick) with factory image?

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I understand the need for system restore to be enabled on the C: drive. But should it be enabled on the d: drive/recovery partition?
Thank you
 

Answer:Should system restore be enabled on the recovery partition of the hard drive?

I have System Restore disabled on my recovery partition. I can't think of any reason why the recovery partition would have to be restored. The recovery partition is small and system recovery takes up valuable space.
 

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When I go to system recovery, it says  that a backup was never installed however drive D is where my files are.

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Hi I'm trying to do a factory restore on my T510.  I've done it before but for some reason it's saying it can't find the backup files. Any idea on what I should do?  

Answer:Rescue and Recovery, unable to do a factory restore, no backup found

Use the restore disc set that you burned when you first got the machine. You did make that disc set right?

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Hello:
 
Lenovo x140e laptop / 2.05 BIOS:
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I have used Lenovo Rescue / Recovery to make a full disk image backup to DVDs for installation of SSD drive.
 
Attempting to boot from Rescue / Recovery DVD appears to load Windows files, start Windows then goes to this Lenovo R&R screen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f4h423vbk1rpfm0/2014-09-18%2008.53.21.jpg?dl=0
 
No menus show up asking to restore anything, in about 5 seconds it shuts down and reboots again over and over.
 
I did have BIOS 2.01 and upgraded it using Lenovo BIOS boot DVD upgrader, now is 2.05 and same result.
 
Factory reset would be OK, but tI paid extra for Windows 7 pro "downgrade" (ironic, no?) that I would like to keep.  System restore disks that came with theunit are for Windows 8.1 .
 
Help?
 
Here is complete laptop box label:
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New SSD passes diagnostic tests:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y62oud7l4miclrd/2014-09-18%2008.51.09.jpg?dl=0
 
 
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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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So, in a nutshell, I have been bitten by the Bluetooth uninstall bug that has completely trashed my Windows 7 boot partition.  I tried to install the latest version and near the end of installation, it threw up an error message and then rolled back.  Upon reboot, i had an error message coming up about bluetooth.  So, I tried again to update but same error.  So, i figured I would uninstall the current installed version and then install the new version.  Well, uninstalling the old version blew out my drive by deleting just about everthing that was in the partition.  Of course, after the uninstall it stated i need to reboot for changes to take effect.  When I rebooted, threw up a black screen with message about corruption and to put in windows 7 disk and try and repair.  That didn't work (obviously as most of my files are gone). I have a parttion on the drive with Win XP Pro and that will boot but the version of Rescue and Recovery under XP will not load the backups that were created under Windows 7 and R&R v. 4.3.1. So, my question is, how do i restore my backup on the Windows 7 partition?  Do i need to reinstall from the Win 7 disk to the Windows 7 partition and then install R&R 4.3.1 and then run and restore from the backup or is there some other easier way I can run a version of R&R v.4.3.1 to do a restore. Any and all help greatly appreciated. Thanks. Dan

Answer:How can I run Rescue and Recovery to restore Partition that was blown out by Bluetooth uninstall

I think you can hit F11 at POST to boot into the R&R environment, where it should let you restore from an existing backup. You can also consider running a file recovery tool on the drive to try and recover some files.

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Hi guys. I have a backup of my system, with all useful programs installed and documents loaded. This is stored in an external hard drive. Now, my system was hanging frequently, after a botched disk defragmentation attempt. After trying to repair my system through checkdisk, scandisk and others, I restored my system from the aforementioned backup. Now, I donot remember the password of the backup system. I searched online, and Microsoft says that you have to reinstall XP and wipe out everything. This can only be done by choosing the "Restore Hard Drive to Original Factory state" option in the Thinkpad rescue and recovery program. My Z61T came with an 80 GB hard drive. Later, I put in a 500 GB hard drive, and partitioned it into many partitions, the main one is C:\ which is the XP partition, which is 79 GB in capacity. The aforementioned backup is of the 80 GB hard drive. Now, my question is that if I choose " restore to original factory state", will all the partitions in the 500 GB hard drive be wiped out?  

Answer:Z61T Rescue and Recovery (restore factory to original settings)

  My laptop is 9440 CTO S/N L3 AN*(* The backup that is being spoken of, is a full backup, of Windows XP, essential programs and files, made using the Rescue and Recovery center. It is stored in an external USB drive.

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Hello to all! I want to make factory recovery of ThinkCentre M58,there is hidden partition Servicev001 on C:\. Rescue and Recoveryis 4.1 version. When I launch it with Enter>F11 there is no optionfor Factory recovery, only fo Backup recovery. Is there a way tostart it. I've tried to uninstall Rescue and Recoveryis 4.1 and installed Rescue and Recovery 3.1. But it couldn't beinstalled. When trying ro create Recovery media it says it can't bedone due some files missing. Any idea what to do. My lastsolution is to format C:\ and download drivers. Operating systemis XP SP3. Thanx in advance for your help! Regards, Nikola

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 If I have two M series Thinkcentres having compatible machine types. Can I use a set of restore discs from the first Thinkcentre to factory install Windows XP onto a second Thinkcentre where the recovery partition and install drive became corrupted? Also do Thinkcentre applications and utilities install under a retail copy of Windows XP (installed onto a Thinkcentre)? e.g. Fingerprint reader software, Rescue and Recovery, Client Security, etc.   













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Answer:Windows XP restore discs & lost recovery partition

Yes, if the model is the same (same first 4 digits) you can use the recovery discs on the second machine. You will load the disks, and then when that process is finished, you will select F11 at boot and then restore to factory state once the Windows Recovery loads. No Thinkcentre specific applications will load with a retail copy of Windows. You will have to go to the Lenovo download pages and install the apps individually.

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hey everyone first time user and hope the Lenovo community can give me some guidance! Of course Warranty just ran out last June and now this problem started up last night. i have a ThinkPad T400 type 2764.   Currently this is my problem: My computer has crashed within the  Windows Vista environment.  Forced shut down to restart the computer.  After the shut down my computer has not been able to boot back into Windows. Originally ran a HD Disk test from the BIOS:Passed the controller testFailed the Read Verification Test and Speed test, cancelled the test there. Then I booted into the Rescue Recovery Environment (F11)Booted fine.  Could read my internal hard drive that I thought was toast.  I was able to pull off all current files since last backup.  (The last backup was also in June of '13)  After that I proceeded to view my June 2013 backup.  Starts to proceed through the questions do you want to proceed etc.. finally click go and then I get a pause as the computer searches the external drive.  At that point I receive the message "The restore could not be executed because the selected backup was taken with a previous version of Rescue and Recovery" Not sure where to proceed from here.  I ran the PC doctor tests on the internal hard drive after and the results were:Random Seek test: passFunnel Seek test: passSurface Scan Test: failSmart Status test: passSmart short self test: failSm... Read more

Answer:T400 ThinkPad not booting to windows, will boot to Rescue Recovery but cannot restore

any 2.5 inch SATA hdd with 7 mm or 9.5 mm will work, advanced format system won't matter provide you are not using Lenovo Recovery media or cloning the old hdd. I would say just get a Windows 7 or Windows 8 retail installation media, and not use the recovery media for your new hdd. If you are using the recovery media, AFS hdd won't work properly. Also they cost about 50 dollars from Lenovo.

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Hi, I have an Acer Aspire 5542G with W7 on, which I want to restore back to factory settings.
Because of a virus infection someone put another version of W7 on for me a while ago, but I am having some problems with it and wish to restore back to Acer factory settings.
I have 3 recovery discs which I created when I got the laptop, but when I try to recover I have had a message saying "fail to format disk 0 partition 2" [I think it also gave the same message for partition 1].
Something seems to have created a 'system reserved G' of 100mb. This has just appeared under 'computer' alongside local disc C.
Can anyone help please?
Jan :cry
 

Answer:unable to restore back to factory settings from recovery discs

When you insert the recovery discs, do you get the option of reformatting/deleting partitions of the hard disk drive?
 

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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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Hello, Does anybody know where i can find (download or buying) there Windows 8 (or 8.1) Pro recovery / restore discs with dutch language? I needed these to fix my ThinkCentre E73 10AU003KMH. Thank you all!













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Answer:Windows 8 Pro recovery / restore discs needed for ThinkCentre E73 10AU003KMH

Hello and welcome,
 
Local support should be able to provide that media (for purchase) or refer you to the agency that provides them.  (Apologies - I'm not sure what the procedure is in Europe)
 
Here's the support phone number, and below is a link to what I believe is the parts list for your machine, including the recovery DVDs.
 
Netherlands


ThinkStation
Dutch 31 (0)20-514-5770
9:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday
 
http://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkCentre/e73_oct_24_13.pdf
 
Z.


 
 

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I have Lenovo 560 laptop with windows 7 home premium 64 bit with Drives C(420 GB) and D(30 GB) and also Recovery DVD's. I have partitioned the drives for some reason. Now I want to do sytem recovery to factory defults using recovery DVD's. Will the recovery DVD's remove the partitions(I don't want any more partitions) and restore to the original C(420GB) and D(30 Gb) drives.

Answer:Will Recovery Discs restore to factory defaults including the drives

Hi, as far as i know,creating the recovery discs  first, before partitioning the drives  is the way to go. Read this please http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-and-Z-series/new-disk-partioning-and-one-key-recover-featu... Use the recovery discs you've got now,may well give you an error, or maybe not.if you're lucky. Yes the Recovery DVD'S  do restore your system as it was, when you first got it. However the point i'm making is that since you changed the partitions, beforehand,it may not work. Try it and see how it goes. and do let us know please,as it will help others.  

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