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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-15, 18:45 PM

Hey icarni,

 

Yes your right if you ran or have R&R on both HDDs you can have a R&R partition on both. I was just checking as we work though what could be issue and loose connection would make sense but I am not saying is the problem. I am also assuming you are using an ultra bay adaptor with your second hard drive?

 

A colleague suggested you switch the boot order we are not sure this would solve the issue but we think its worth a try.

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-15, 20:29 PM

Have you tired removing rescue and recovery from both drives?

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-16, 0:10 AM

Yes, I use the ultrabay from Lenovo instead of DVD.

 

On disk "0" I dont have installed R&R under WinXP but I think it is hidden in a system part of the disk. If I could send you the scrrenshot you would see the disk "0" has a partition c:\ labeled "Preload" and then 2 others partition without a letter but an asterisk and labeled "ServiceV001" ... here I think is the R&R routine inside. The last partition is unlabeled and unallocated and only 8,34MB big from 120 GB.

 

And on my 2nd HDD is a brand new Win-7 system with all the gimmicks like R&R and Secure Disposal etc etc. This HDD is divided in d:\ labeled "SYSTEM_DRV", then I have E:\ labeled Windows7_OS and then I have f:\ called "Lenovo_Reco", here I think is the R&R routine inside (not sure). BIOS is btw 3.24 dated 2011-13-12.

 

Thanks for your hints.

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-16, 13:08 PM

Hey Icarni,

 

Ok so System_DRV is where your back up is stored and Lenovo_Reco is were the R&R routine is located so your correct on that HDD. On your disk "0" you should only have the Windows XP backup located on that disk being as you don't have R&R loaded.

 

Could you try to switch the boot order? Also I can suggest you make a back up of your second HDD and then remove R&R.

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-16, 19:51 PM

Hmm,

 

On my new T420, SYSTEM_DRV is the boot partition, and Lenovo_Recovery seems to contain R&R and the actual recovery image.

 

T420DriveLayoutResized.JPG

 

@icarni, if you look at your 2nd drive in disk management (in XP, I guess) can you tell which partition is marked active?  My WAG is that somehow your recovery partition is getting set active and  BIOS is booting that.

 

I don't have an XP machine handy, and I don't remeber exactly what you can do with its disk manager.  In the '7 manager you can set a patition active.

 

Failing that, maybe use a Linux live CD and gParted or fdisk and take a look at the active flags on your partitions. Try setting SYSTEM_DRV as the only active partition.

 

[edit] Correct my description of SYSTEM_DRV.

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-16, 20:29 PM

Hey Zoltanthegypsy,

 

Thanks for clarifying that for me I get them confused sometimes:

 

SYSTEM_DRV is where Lenovo (and some other manufacturers) put boot files and the Windows Recovery Environment, which lets you launch Windows’ built-in repair modes in case of trouble (Microsoft info). These files rarely, if ever, change.

 

Lenovo_Recovery (and similarly named partitions from other manufacturers) contains the factory-recovery software and data files. These are the programs and files you use if you want to wipe out everything on your PC and return the system to its as-delivered state. Factory-recovery files usually never change.

 

From this website: http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/system_drv-and-other-mystery-partitions/

 

This is pretty much what you said I just like how this is worded and once again thank you.

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-16, 20:39 PM

Hey Hiro,

 

Thank you for the clarification. That link makes a nice, simple explanation of what's there.  My (incorrect) guess was that the space taken in SYSTEM_DRV was R&R. but that link explains that it's the Win recovery tools.  I'll go edit my post...

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-17, 7:41 AM
I will switch both disks today and will report. Other question is: In case I wanted to setup again both systems .... which are the most common errors I should avoid? .... Do I first install the one on disk "1" or in "0" first?
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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-17, 7:49 AM

lenovo.JPG

 

I finally managed to insert a picture. This is how it looks on my T500.

 

@Hiro: What is in the partition without letter on disk 1 (this is under Lenovo disk 0)?

 

@zoltanthegypsy: On disk "2" the partition E:\ is set non-active ..... is this the problem?

 

 

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Re: Someone here running reliably and steadily two different O/S (on 2 different HDD) in his T5xx ??

2012-08-17, 8:09 AM

Hiro, do me a favour. Take one of your T500's and install two O/S. Use both O/S a few days, play with Excel, Word or whatever. Boot the one O/S and then the other and viceversa and work with them a few times. Then just enter the BIOS and change whatever. Re-start. Play with both systems a little again a few days. After a few days enter again the BIOS and change again whatever. Always press F10 to secure changes and restart.

 

I am not sure, but the only extraordinary thing I have done is entering the BIOS (cant remember what I changed, probably the instructions to boot with discrete GPU or the Intel one or so) ......

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