12-29-2018 01:18 PM
I have recently installed a Samsung SSD in the empty mSATA slot of my Lenovo T520 and used the Samsung utility to clone the C partition to the SSD. I have then simply formated the old Windows7_OS partition on the HDD and renamed it to HDD_Storage to use it as a storage partition. I still have the Q recovery partition on the HDD with 9.35 GB used, but it seems empty in file explorer. Oddly, the RECOVERY.ini file is still accessible through a file search. The screenshot summarizes my partitions.
When I execute Start -> Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools -> Factory Recovery Discs, I get an error saying it can't find the recovery files. How can I make a clean Windows install?
12-29-2018 01:31 PM
Do it well, worse becomes itself
12-29-2018 01:53 PM
Thanks for the link.
Let's say I follow the procedure in the link after backing up the files on my storage partition (originally the OS partition). I would then be able to install windows on the HDD? Then, what would be my next steps if I want to reproduce the setup I currently have? I'm thinking I would need to create recovery discs, then reinstall the mSATA SSD and finally install windows from the recovery discs on the SSD. I could then finally use the HDD as a storage partition again. Does that sound right?
12-29-2018 03:18 PM
yes. After creatiing the recovery DVDs, I always like removing the spinning drive before starting the recovery. That makes it certaiun that you don't end up with a mess where the windows boot manager is on the original drive.