07-09-2010 04:27 AM - edited 07-09-2010 05:42 AM
I bought Lenovo G560 yesterday. Today I wanted to partition the hard drive to System and Data but I learned, that I cannot create any more partitions, because I already have 4. (one OEM, one without label, C and D - Lenovo)
So I was thinking about wiping the entire disk and installing Windows 7 fresh, without that bloatware that was included. However, Ive never had a laptop before, so I am kind of afraid if everything will work the way it should after reinstall (dedicated keys, battery/charger etc.). Also how useful that One Key Recovery is? Will I be able to make it work again afterwards? Should I do this at all?
EDIT: Well, now I realized that:
-OKR doesnt work anymore when the laptop is off (works like power button now), because I dared to resize the C to create a Data partition
-burning the recovery data (or whatever it is) on CD/DVD doesnt work anymore, because I dared to cancel it once in step 2 of 3 (I was just trying to find out what it actually burns and whether I need CD or DVD)
So I wonder... is a program this bugged good for anything? Cant I just wipe the HD as it is and use a different program with recovery function? (if there is any) During the last 6 years I had a desktop with XP I never needed to use a recovery program once, so I wonder if I should have it now?
07-13-2010 10:11 AM
Having the recovery partition is helpful if you want to easily re-format your laptop without much work. All the required drivers are there to make everything work.
If you don't mind doing a little work, I personally think a fresh install is the way to go. no added bloatware/partitions, you can pick and choose what/if any Thinkvantage technologies you want, no trial versions of anything.
It also allows you to set your partition size, a feature not available with the Lenovo Recovery Partition.
I've done many fresh installs of XP on a Thinkpad, and I've done some Vista/7 too. Never with any big issues aside from just having to download a couple drivers that weren't found.