12-03-2008 04:18 AM
I deleted service partition happily using partition manager and rebooted and then nothing is coming up!!
I also don't have any CD or DVD. Probaly everything was on my disks! What the hell can i do?
Can I buy CDs or should I take it to a service center? btw i am in australia.
Thanks for your help
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12-03-2008 06:06 AM - edited 12-03-2008 06:06 AM
ah the service partition, you need a vista CD, do you have one? anywhere? any type of Vista CD it doesn't matter, Vista offers all their options (ultimate, business, basic) in any of their CD's so you just need one and do a repair installation then Start up fix and it should work.
try to get a vista cd from family or a friend if you do not have one.
12-03-2008 05:56 PM
Vista (and the IBM Preload) have a nice way of screwing with your boot tables; when I repartitioned my drive to wipe Vista (ick!) and install XP, I ran into a load of problems!
First of all, in order to load from a boot disc, you'll have to get into the bios (F1 during pre-boot, I believe), then set your SATA option from "AHCI" to "Compatibility" mode, and move the CD-DVD drive to the top of the boot order. If you're fuzzy on how to do this, search around on the forums for "compatibility mode" and you'll likely find a walkthrough. You need to do this in order to allow the CD/DVD drive to come first in the true boot order; if you just change the boot order and don't change the HDD mode, the HDD will pre-empt the boot process and load windows anyway.
Now that you can boot from CD, get yourself a Windows Vista or Windows XP DVD (not a CD, since the drive is natively DVD). Pop that in before boot, and it will give you the option to "repair" Windows. This SHOULD restore the boot tables to your proper drives. The reasoning here is that the service partition was likely on "C", and Lenovo puts Windows on the "D" drive... well, Windows doesn't LIKE to boot from the "D" drive when there are no boot tables to reference "C", (apparently, Lenovo's preload has the boot tables stored on C... ?!?!) so it pukes out.
Now, after all of that, I personally recommend backing up all your pertinent data and just downgrading to XP-Pro SP3. It's safer, cleaner, faster, and there's a larger knowledgebase for fixes. To do this, you can simply boot from the XP DVD, delete all three partitions, and format the entire disk into one volume (C) to load XP. It took me three repartitions and two deep formats to figure all of this out, but in the end, was very much worth it.
Finally, if all else fails, you could just send away for recovery disks -- you may need to fork over some money for 'em, though.
12-03-2008 06:11 PM
A Lenovo tech will have to answer this for me... but can't one of us just upload ours? Or can you make a downloadable replacement of some kind?
You really shouldn't have deleted that thing man, it tells you that it's used by Windows to boot your system when you click on it, and tells you it will make your system if you do anything to it.
12-03-2008 06:22 PM
Thanks guys for your answers.
I called them and it cost me $AU 88 for the disk + drivers that could be availbale online!!
Probably I will consider installing XP later.
Why the hell they don't include a DVD in the pack?!