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Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-19, 0:01 AM

I've re-installed my computer with Win7 from a MS-DVD.

Since all software (like the Enhanced Experience 3 stuff) can't be found, I'm thinking of reverting back to the Lenovo Recovery image (I created a bunch of Recovery DVDs before I reinstalled my W530).

 

Now, I have created a couple of extra partitions D:, E:, F: and G: where I store pics, music, and other data.

My C: does not span the entire harddrive.

 

Is it possible to configure the Recovery process to restore the Lenovo Win7-image to my C: partition only, without overwriting D: E: F: and G:?

 

I suspect the answer is no, that the Recovery process will always re-write the ENTIRE harddrive no matter what.

 

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-20, 13:31 PM

I'm afraid you are right: you need to save all your data to another disk, preferably by making an image copy, e.g. with Acronis True Image.

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-20, 13:26 PM

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-23, 1:19 AM
Not necessarily. I have a primary ext4 partition for linux alongside the windows partition, and the recovery process didn't touch it. I don't know how it treats other ntfs/fat partitions though. There might be other variables in the equation too (for eg. primary vs extended).
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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-23, 21:34 PM

Hmmm, this contradicts everything other people has said and also all notes when I google about the restore process. They all state that the entire HDD will be overwritten.

 

How did you shrink and re-partition your HDD?

What partitions existed when you were done?

When you ran the DVD rescue discs, did you get any interactive options about what partitions to overwrite or save?

What partitions existed after your restore?

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-24, 5:28 AM

I personally think after your invested this much time in the custom install, you might as well stick with it.

 

Are you having a particular performance issue or do you have an unresolved driver?

 

If you are planning on re-imaging the machine again, I would do a couple of things.  First, I would copy your personal data to an external drive.  Better to be safe than sorry.

 

Second, I would certainly take a snap of the current image with Acronis True Image Home 2013 in case you have third thoughts after trying the Lenovo factory image.

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-25, 23:08 PM

The Lenovo PM doesn't work properly even though I've tried every conceiveable way of installing it.

The OSD display doesn't work when pressing e.g. Fn+F8 and F9.

NVIDIA control panel is missing.

 

The above three things (there are probably more) are small and don't bother me per say since I don't really need them, but they should work, that make me not trust the whole installation in general.

 

Also, I think I'm missing out on special software like the Enhanced Experience 3.0 when installing Windows manually. I have no idea if EE3.0 is something good or just sales mumbo jumbo, but if it makes the PC a bit faster this too makes me think more about restoring the W530 to factory defaults.

 

 

Yes, I will naturally backup everything before I do anything. :-)

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-01-26, 2:49 AM

I had no issues with the items you mention on the T430s, but they are very different machines.

 

I have never had the luxury of seeing a Lenovo fully doctored machine.  By doctored I mean one of the machines that suppresses the Lenovo logo at boot and has a fully streamined boot path.  Supposedly they boot in 10 seconds.  I can't even get past the Lenovo logo in eight seconds.

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Re: Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

2013-04-15, 8:06 AM

I had squeezed the linux ext4 partition between the windows parition and the recovery partition. That is the easiest way to dual boot into linux and it doesn't affect any of the existing features of the system. The only thing you need to take care of is to not overwrite the MBR. i.e. You should install GRUB on the ext4 partition. Once you've installed the OS, you can create an entry for it from Windows by using something like EasyBCD. The rescure process doesn't give any options and I was expecting it to wipe out everything too. Surprisingly, it didn't touch the ext4 partition. 

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