01-27-2013 09:59 AM
I have a Lenovo Z580 which came with Windows 7 preinstalled (and no CDs). Since I wanted to run Linux, I had to rearrange the partitions. I had this system working more or less correctly for several months.
Then I tried adding a partition that wasn't at the end and all hell broke loose. The result was that
I lost the partition table. I did have a set of recovery disks that I had made, and I tried using them. The system came up briefly, displayed a blue screen so quickly I couldn't read it, and then recycled. I got the screen with the choice of startup options (normal, safe, etc.), but whatever I chose the Windows logo started to display and then the blue screen flashed, followed by a reboot. The Windows XP trick of using F8 to make the blue screen readable had no effect.
I tried using a Windows 7 recovery disk with the Startup Repair option but it didn't help.
Fortunately I have several tools that can get me information about what is going on and possibly help fix it: gparted, a Kubuntu live system CD, and a UBCD (Universal Boot CD) memory stick with a collection of tools. Using gparted I determined that I have these partitions:
P1 200 MB
P2 654GB, Windows7_OS
P3 extended, containing P5
P4 20GB LENOVO_PART
I can use Live Kubuntu to examine the HPFS file system, but I don't know what to look for in it.
How can I stabilize that blue screen so I can read it? And how can I get my system back?
01-27-2013 10:45 AM
Have a read though the previous threads, specifically the one key recovery threads, their is a few downloadable one key recover 7.0 dvd`s that might help to restore your Z580.
Have you tried removing the partition that you created, also have you tried the free partition wizard home edition, i use it to delete, expand and it has partition recovery options, though i think you have big problems.
I have had many brands of notebooks, and lenovo should be ashamed at the way they set the partitions up and the limitations of the one key recovery.
I have for a few years as soon as i get an new notebook, remove the hdd and put it in an external caddy and connect it to a notebook and make an image of the original hdd and clone it to an ssd or an better hdd, so i never touch the original hdd, so i always have a backup.