How to Create Factory Disc with One Key Recovery 7.0
Ideapad Series Tools One Key Recovery 7
Additional Needed Things: USB DVD Burner Slimline , a mount of DVD writeable Discs (not practical CDs a lot more) , time approx. 2-3 hours, a big portion of patience.
Make this as first big operation when you get your machine, later is possible, but not recommended because it would be too late when your need it but parts or partition moved or deleted/overwritten.
Start your machine
Plug ing your USB DVD Burner
Press the One Key Recovery (OKR) key can be found on your Ideapad or click the OKR Button on screen.
Next, you should see this Menu below.
Choose Create Recovery Disc
You should see this "Select Recovery Disc Type" page.
Choose the "Factory default recovery disc". (Note that only machine with preloaded Windows can do this)
Click next button brings you to Step 2 Factory default recovery disc.
In this Step 2, insert an empty writeable DVD.
After a short recognition it shows you the write speed. When its ok, press Next.
Be patient, OKR will start writing and checked the whole disc which takes time.
It should take at least 3 discs for Windows 7 Starter or 4 discs for Windows 7 Home Premium depends on preinstalled programs configuration.
This procedure takes time even on Atom based systems. It may look like the machine gets hung up from time to time but it doesnt actually.
This is a side note:
If you want a bigger sized harddrive, and / or you want most all recovered, OKR creates a bootable first disc , so you can change your harddrive... if that whole procedure is done.
Plug in your USB DVD burner and start your Ideapad.
Press F2 to get into BIOS settings, then choose BOOT set first boot to USB-DVD and exit
Or press F12 (Fn-F11) that provoke the Boot Device Menu, meanwhile insert your first disc that OKR created for you earlier.
It will boot from disc. Please follow the instructions to recover. OKR will ask you to create new partitions (or delete old)
Answer with yes. When procedure is done , your new HDD is filled as same than the factory HDD, with one exception that you can't rewrite with OKR.
Choose factory recover disc again.
When press next you will get a warning that factory restore is not available (as seen below)
But that doesnt matter as you can resize or delete partitions, without have to fear from now on. Note: Factory Recovery disc creation can only be done one time.
If you like that program , you can save your straightline running windows with all your work via system backup, and could create recover existing backup image or running system, creates a bootable disc same as done above. But recreate only your windows partition itself, not the whole hdd.
Note: Why dont choose a flashdrive for "factory restore" ?
Its not provided by OKR 6 / 7 to save @ other media, however you can save your personal backup on those media. A complete HDD backup is around 20 GB and flashdrive size last min 32GB. Currently flashdrive more expensive than a USB-dvd burner plus a mount of writeable DVDs.