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asdf123
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T520 - Recover To Factory

Hi, I have Thinkpad T520 that I want to recover to factory setup.  Before I do this, I need to change the hard drive.  

 

The drive currently in the system doesn't have a recovery partition so I am wondering how I can do this.  I contacted Lenovo and said to get a recovery disc from them for $50.  I am wondering if there is any other way and I can get it back to factory settings besides this.

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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Hi

If Lenovo recovery partition on the old drive is absent, there is not another way to perform the factory recovery besides of the recovery media purchasng.



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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Thanks.  So I just install the new drive, run the recovery disc, and it will make a recovery partition on the drive and setup Windows?

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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Yes, as result you'll get the system as from the factory.

If you want, clone (not copy) existing drive content to the new one.



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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Thanks again.  I found somebody selling recovery discs that list T430, T530, and W530 as the models.  Would this work as well?

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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

I think - no. Because of:
- different OS (product number), so OEM activation might not be done
- laptop platforms (x20, x30) differ, so drivers differ, so you'll get a set of issues



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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Thanks a lot for your help.  

 

I actually made a mistake; I said there was no other partition, but I found a partition named "System Reserved."  It is 100MB with 72MB.  I'm not sure what it is, but It doesn't seem like this is a recovery partition so I don't know if it will make a difference.

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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

That partition doesn't store recovery image.
The size of Lenovo_Recovery partition with factory image archives should be about 16 GB, if I remember correctly. Check it out in the Disk Manager.



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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Clone it instead. 

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Re: T520 - Recover To Factory

Sorry to bump this, but I am still looking.  What is the difference between cloning and copying?  I thought cloning would just take my current drive and copy everything over to the new drive.  I want to clear everything as if the system just came from the factory.

 

I was also wondering, if I found somebody that has a T520 with the recovery partition, can I make a recovery disc from that and then use it on my system?  Or is the recovery disc system-speciifc?

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