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icedoverfire
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Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

Hi everyone,

 

I have a few questions - I have a Yoga 2 Pro:

 

1. I created a separate partition for my documents on the hard drive. If I use Lenovo OneKey Recovery will that destroy the partition?

 

2. Following Question 1, will the OneKey Recovery run successfully given the existence of said partition?

 

3. I assume that the OneKey Recovery image on the hard drive provided by Lenovo includes all their software (OneKey Recovery, Energy Manager, EasyCamera, etc). If I use the Windows 8 Reset feature will that software still be installed or will it be a completely clean OS - as if, for example, I were to acquire a windows 8 ISO and use that for installation?

 

4. Where the heck is my Windows 8 Product Key?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

- ice

indest
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion


@icedoverfire wrote:

Hi everyone,

 

I have a few questions - I have a Yoga 2 Pro:

 

1. I created a separate partition for my documents on the hard drive. If I use Lenovo OneKey Recovery will that destroy the partition?

 

2. Following Question 1, will the OneKey Recovery run successfully given the existence of said partition?

 

3. I assume that the OneKey Recovery image on the hard drive provided by Lenovo includes all their software (OneKey Recovery, Energy Manager, EasyCamera, etc). If I use the Windows 8 Reset feature will that software still be installed or will it be a completely clean OS - as if, for example, I were to acquire a windows 8 ISO and use that for installation?

 

4. Where the heck is my Windows 8 Product Key?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

- ice


Doubt OneKey Recovery will even work anymore. With Lenovo computers, you are not allowed to partition the drive. By doing so, you lose support to their OKR software and you will need to pay them $ in the event that you need to reformat your computer to factory (using their disks).

 

The product key comes pre-embedded in the Windows install. Unless you use a key extractor on your current install, you may lose your key for good since I doubt your OKR system works anymore.

icedoverfire
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

Great Smiley Sad

 

Is there any way I can fix this? Without having to spend $?

 

EDIT: The other thing I should mention is that I used Windows itself to create this new partition. DISKPART gives the following:

 

DISKPART> list partition

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    Recovery          1000 MB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    System             260 MB  1001 MB
  Partition 3    OEM               1000 MB  1261 MB
  Partition 4    Reserved           128 MB  2261 MB
  Partition 5    Primary            110 GB  2389 MB
  Partition 6    Primary            109 GB   113 GB
  Partition 7    Primary           4096 MB   222 GB
  Partition 8    Recovery            11 GB   226 GB

DISKPART> list volume

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     C   Windows8_OS  NTFS   Partition    110 GB  Healthy    Boot
  Volume 1     M                NTFS   Partition    109 GB  Healthy
  Volume 2     D   LENOVO       NTFS   Partition   4096 MB  Healthy
  Volume 3         WINRE_DRV    NTFS   Partition   1000 MB  Healthy    Hidden
  Volume 4         SYSTEM_DRV   FAT32  Partition    260 MB  Healthy    System
  Volume 5         PBR_DRV      NTFS   Partition     11 GB  Healthy    Hidden

 

- ice

indest
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

I would undo the partition and try to enter the OKR system.... Once in, just select reboot (since you don't actually want to format your system).

 

If you enter fine, you are solid...

 

Before going through the hassle, see if OKR still works lol.

icedoverfire
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

Hi indest,

 

I shut down my computer and hit the Novo button. Got into the OKR system just fine (^.^) and rebooted back into windows 8. I did not change the partitions I currently have in any way.

 

If I tell OKR to use the image that's stashed in the recovery partition I take it that it'll wipe (and remove) the M partition I have?

I'll make a backup of my stuff, obviously.

 

Thanks!

 

- ice

indest
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

I would not even bother with a factory restore. I would now backup an image onto an external HDD. If OKR can boot, it should be able to restore from backup images.

 

Besides, who like to waste hours reconfigurating their PC and applying all the fixes the yoga needs.

Priyanku
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Re: Windows 8 Reset, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Partitions - confusion

Well I shrinked C drive using diskmgmt.msc and later on used pwhe to create further partition. OKR was working. Later on I even installed Ubuntu and OKR was still working because all the new partitions never disturbed the volume numbers of the recovery partitions. From what I have read many people faced issues after using other softwares for partitioning. However, pwhe worked fine for me...

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