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CoyoteRed
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Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

I have a brand new T400 with Windows 7 Pro in factory condition.  I purchased a larger hard drive and extra RAM to install myself.  I successfully added the RAM, but I'm having trouble creating the recovery media to transfer to the new hard drive.  When I go to ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, I only have the option to create Rescue Media, not Recovery Discs.  I was able to create 1 CD with the Rescue and Recovery media on it, but not the OS, applications, etc.

 

Am I missing something?  Is there a way for me to create the Recovery discs and thus actually use the hard drive I bought (and have back up in the event of a hard drive failure)?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

Hi Red,

 

My machine is a T400 with retail WIndows 7 + Rescue and Recovery added from the Lenovo site.

 

Here it's "Start" -> ThinkVantage -> Rescue and Recovery -> Launch advanced options, then "back up your hard drive" and the bottom of that page should have a radio button "Create a backup or your hard drive to CDs or DVDs.

 

Is yours different?

 

IIRC, the above will create two CDs, and then  one double layer DVD or a pair of single layer ones.

 

HTH,

Z.


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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

Coyotered, welcome to the forum,

 

as you have a factory install you should see in the start menu an entry for Lenovo Tools, has three red blobs as an Icon, click on it and it will open a window offering you several options including creating restore media. Alternatively you can open Computer and double click the Q drive, this should then offer you the opportunity to create the discs.

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

I accidentally discovered the button for Factory Recovery disks a little while ago and was able to create them.  Thanks for your assistance!

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

Hi,

 

I have a t400 with vista (2764-CTO), and an Optiarc DVD RW AD-7910S.  I tried clicking on the Q: to create product recovery media and when the utility opens, and i have a DVD-R in my ODD, it returns "there is not enough free space on disc to complete this operation", even though its a  brand new DVD-R. 

 

Could anyone offer suggestions?

 

Cheers!

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

 


@Zizou wrote:

Hi,

 

I have a t400 with vista (2764-CTO), and an Optiarc DVD RW AD-7910S.  I tried clicking on the Q: to create product recovery media and when the utility opens, and i have a DVD-R in my ODD, it returns "there is not enough free space on disc to complete this operation", even though its a  brand new DVD-R. 

 

Could anyone offer suggestions?

 

Cheers!


 

Hi and welcome to the forum!


For the first disc, instead of DVD-R try a CD-R.


Let us know the outcome.

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7

I've created once the restore image in a USB drive that got damaged, and now it doesnt allow me to recreate the discs again.

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Re: Creating recovery media for T400 with Windows 7


@ggm wrote:

I've created once the restore image in a USB drive that got damaged, and now it doesnt allow me to recreate the discs again.


 

Boot Media

 

Z.


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