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w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-24, 15:42 PM

Hi All,

I just purchased a w530 win 7 pro with 500GB HD.  To my surprise it has a single partition Windows7_OS(C:), other than Lenovo_Recovery(Q:)(13.67GB) and SYSTEM_DRV(1.67).  I thought no problem I will create a partition within the C: volume and create a D: volume.  Well as I looked into it it seems that this will cause problems with the OKR function. The only thing I have done so far is create the factory recovery discs

My questions are:

1.)  Why do some lenovos ship with C: and D: volumes (including recovery and SYSTEM_DRV)

and some with just C:

2.)  Has anything changed since this model was released that will allow the C: to be partitioned?

3.)  If no to above question, does it really matter if the OKR is disabled as long as I have the factory recovery discs?

4.) I have a CAD application on my current laptop with files that are located on a D: drive that must be mapped

to the same address when I transfer everything to my new laptop - is there a way to create a "ghost" D: drive, if you will, within the C: drive on my new laptop?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Heyman

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-24, 23:58 PM

As far as I know, ThinkPad's stock HDD is always configured to include:

 

  • SYSTEM_DRV (no drive letter)
  • Windows7_OS (C: drive)
  • Lenovo_Recovery (Q: drive)

 

If you want to make some space in order to create a new partition and assign D: to it, you must shrink the current C: partition.

 

Alternatively, you can create a folder (the path to which can be anything, say, C:\Temp\Workspace) and then make that folder appear as a drive (in your case, D: drive). This can be achieved by a free, handy program called psubst.bat (Persistent SUBST command):

 

$ psubst D: C:\Temp\Workspace /P

 

Good luck!

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-25, 21:53 PM

Kaso,

Thanks for the reply.  I will look into your suggestion regarding the folder. 

 

Regarding the other question, will shrinking C: disable OKR?

 

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-26, 16:57 PM

>> will shrinking C: disable OKR?

 

No.

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-28, 16:43 PM

What tools do you guys use to shrink C: ?

Boot a Knoppix live-CD and run 'sudo gparted'?

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-29, 0:43 AM

I use Easeus Partition Master Free Edition (or main site).

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-29, 5:32 AM

Can I ask what "OKR" is?

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-29, 15:13 PM

OKR is short for One Key Recovery.  This function allows you to put the laptop back to factory default.  It seems that on some Lenovo models, when the C: partition is resized to make room for another, the one key recovery no longer works. 

 

Kaso, you replied in a previous post that it would not - have you actually tried it?  I haven't attemped it yet, as I want to find out more as to why its a problem with other models such as the Y series in this case:

 

http://forum.notebookcomparisonsreviews.in/ideapad-essential/688883-how-restore-onekey-recovery-function-after-changing-partition-size-y580-maybe-others.html

 

or the B series in this case:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/tkb/articleprintpage/tkb-id/ideaCentre@tkb/article-id/43

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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-29, 15:47 PM
Hmm, does OKR delete all files but for what came with the computer? Does it delete any driver updates? Windows updates? I assume it does.

I can see that being very useful, if one could move all the "data" and "personal" information to another partition or drive.....
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Re: w530 c: partition resize

2013-04-29, 16:52 PM
>> have you actually tried it?

I have, on a T420.

>> does OKR delete all files but for what came with the computer? Does it delete any driver updates? Windows updates?

It restore the factory image as it came with the notebook. Naturally, the factory image does not contain any updates done by the user after purchase.

You should maintain backups of valuable "personal information" on a separate drive -- and not a different partition on the HDD that is the target of the factory recovery.
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