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how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

I need to create a set of recovery/rescue disks for my laptop. Its a Windows 8 T530 laptop. I can't find any software provided by Lenovo for doing this. What do I do?

 

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

Not sure about Windows 8... but in 7 if you type in 'recovery disk' you should get some options provided by the OS.

 

Also in 7... if you open the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tool, it should have an option for making recovery disks.  I would presume that would remain largely the same under 8.

 

HTH,

 

Monte

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?


@memilanuk wrote:

Not sure about Windows 8... but in 7 if you type in 'recovery disk' you should get some options provided by the OS.

 

Also in 7... if you open the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tool, it should have an option for making recovery disks.  I would presume that would remain largely the same under 8.

 

HTH,

 

Monte


I'm not able to find the ThinkVantage Tools for Windows 8. I did a search, and Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery applciation seems to only be for Windows 7 but not Windows 8. Can anyone confirm this?

 

I attempted to create a recovery disc through the tool provided by Windows 8 in control panel, but it gave an error any time I opted to create recovery CD/DVD rather than USB flash drive.

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

This article should help: 

 

Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload

 

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:

This article should help: 

 

Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload

 

Z.


Thanks. This procedure apparently requires a min. 16 GB USB stick, which I don't have. I wanted to create a set of recovery DVDs instead. When I attempted to do so, it gave an error.

 

Does anyone know if I call Lenovo and request the recovery discs, will they send them to me? My laptop is still under warranty.

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

With any hardware issue and DVD creation etc they are your 1st point of contact. The forum is not a warranty call substite as so many seem to think. Many issue if known can be resolved by the technicial (assume he/she is knowledgeable) and can remote access you computer to test, check or configure a resolution.
You will need the error code if its does not work. Only on a call is a problem logged and case number assigned if unresolved.

The forum is fine for airing non support issues and configuration but you are taking the long road in many cases.
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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?


@dreachem wrote:
Thanks. This procedure apparently requires a min. 16 GB USB stick, which I don't have. I wanted to create a set of recovery DVDs instead. When I attempted to do so, it gave an error.

Does anyone know if I call Lenovo and request the recovery discs, will they send them to me? My laptop is still under warranty.


Lenovo's documentation may suggest that USB is your only option but Google indicates that others have been able to use Microsoft's Recovery app to create DVDs, e.g. Windows 8 Tip: Create Recovery Media | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:

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After clicking Next, you’ll be prompted to connect a USB flash drive, or you’ll see a list of available drives. If you’d rather use optical media (CD-RW or recordable DVD), you can click the link titled Create a system repair disk with a CD or DVD instead.
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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

I'm somewhat suspicious of that page.  I've walked through this once on an updated Win 8 system.

 

The repair disk is only the repair tools, not the recovery image.  One can definitely create a repair CD.

 

You'll note in that page linked the "copy the recovery partition" option is not checked, and the size needed is 256MB.  No room for the actual image, just the tools.

 

I'd be pleased to be proved wrong on this one...

 

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?


@zoltanthegypsy wrote:

I'm somewhat suspicious of that page.  I've walked through this once on an updated Win 8 system.

 

The repair disk is only the repair tools, not the recovery image.  One can definitely create a repair CD.

 


On rereading the page I would agree.

 

Nevertheless, other PC makers seem to offer the ability to create a full set of recovery media on DVD, e.g.Creating Recovery Media for Windows 8. So this USB-only restriction would seem to be by Lenovo rather than Microsoft.

 

In any case 16GB USB drives are relatively inexpensive these days--I've seen them on sale for under $10--so this restriction shouldn't be too onerous for most customers.

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Re: how do I create a recovery/rescue disks?

My primary motivation in all of this was I wanted to migrate the Windows 8 installation that came with my laptop to a separate mSATA SSD drive that I installed into the PCIe slot under the keyboard. Is it possible to perform a recovery onto this different drive (in effect, migrating the installation)? 

 

I know there are other non-free tools like Acronis that supposedly are meant to migrate installations, but I don't know if it will work to migrate from the HDD to the mSATA SSD and I didn't want to pay money for something that ultimately ends up not working. 

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