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Sygnus
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Copying Lenovo recovery and Win 7 installation files to new hard disk

Hi,

I have a Lenovo T420.

Hard disk includes 3 partitions- c: regular, d: system_drv (hidden), f:lenovo_recovery (hidden).

System_drv partition i believe includes the installation file of Win 7.

I'd like to replace the old hard disk with a new one, so i believe i need to copy partitions d: and f: to the new hard disk, so it will conatin both Win 7 installation files and lenovo recovery.

 

I'd be glad for any help how can i solve it.

 

Thanks,

ColonelONeill
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Re: Copying Lenovo recovery and Win 7 installation files to new hard disk

SYSTEM_DRV does not contain the Windows 7 install files. It contains the bootloader, which can boot into the Rescue and Recovery environment on Lenovo_Recovery.

If you want to use a new blank hard drive, I recommend creating a set of recovery disks from your current hard drive, then restoring to the new drive.

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Sygnus
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Re: Copying Lenovo recovery and Win 7 installation files to new hard disk

Thank you for your reply.

 

How can i make a set of recovery disks from my currny hard drive?

Will it also include the Win 7 installation files?

And how can i then copy these disks to the blank hard disk?

 

Thanks again.

 

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Re: Copying Lenovo recovery and Win 7 installation files to new hard disk

Your new hard disk may come with cloning software. If it does, that will be the easiest way to copy everything over to the new drive.
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Re: Copying Lenovo recovery and Win 7 installation files to new hard disk

> Hard disk includes 3 partitions- c: regular, d: system_drv (hidden), f:lenovo_recovery (hidden).

This partitions table looks not standard.
Default table on the systems with win7 preinstalled on the single drive inserted should be as fbelow:
- System_DRV, the drive the letter isn't assigned, hidden
- Windows7_OS, C:
- Lenovo_Recovery, Q:, hidden

Some times System_DRV, after a lot of manipulations, might have the volume S:
These combinations allow to perform the recovery process. Otherwise, with another partitions labels, don't.

It seems there might be the 2nd drive in OP's system. Remove it and perform the clonning process of entire (!) source drive, not the partitions separately.



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