04-28-2013 07:06 PM
Hi All! I'm sorry to sound like a bit of a newb here, but i'm looking for a little bit of assistance with my x230 laptop. I bought the laptop back in september with windows 7 professional. A couple months later, I upgraded to windows 8 only to not really like it too much and decide for now I want to revert back to Windows 7. Not knowing what my options were, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate back on the machine through an external cd drive, but now I'm missing about 100gb from my main drive, I ordered a 500gb 7200 rpm drive but now I only have about 350 GB available after the clean install. I wasn't too sure how the recovery options on the x230 worked. I see that next to my main C drive, there is another drive there located "Recovery" It has about 75% of the disk space being taken up but there is absolutely nothing within the actual drive when I actually click it. It's probably too late, but is there any way to actually take my laptop back to the way it was when I first bought it? I only ask because it seems there's something on that recovery drive but I just can't figure out what it is. I would appreciate any help at all, I'm sorry for sounding like such a newb with this stuff!
04-29-2013 03:43 PM
If you are viewing your drives in Disk Management, how big is the Recovery partition? The partitions from Lenovo are normally between 7 GB and 10 GB when the machine ships. If the original partition is still on the drive, then you should be able to recover to the settings when the machine was first purchased.
You can attempt recovery by starting the machine as normal and then pressing Enter repeatedly to interrupt startup. A menu should then appear, with an option available to recover your system. Press the associated key for this action and then follow the prompts. If all works well, you should be able to go back to the way it was. If you choose this option, make sure to back up all files that you wish to keep that are currently on the system.
Hope it helps,
04-30-2013 02:19 PM - edited 04-30-2013 02:22 PM
Hi Adam, Thank you for your help. The recovery partition on the machine is exactly 13.76 GB in size. When going through the recovery options from the boot screen, I am unable to restore the machine to its factory state. I am only given the option of restoring to a certain point(as far back is 4 days ago) or restoring back to a system image (none are available). Is there anyway to make use of that recovery partition? Tech Support on the phone just referred me to a document on the website but it was no help unfortunately. Should I try and reverting back to Windows 8(windows.old folder does appear in my c drive) and then trying to go through the system recovery options? It seems as if this new version of Windows 7 Ultimate "N" has been causing problems in me being able to resore the laptop back to it's settings from when it shipped.
04-30-2013 03:09 PM
Hi again, Flyerfan16
I do not think restoring the machine back to Windows 8 would help this particular issue. I did some research and found this document from the Lenovo Knowledge Base about a situation similar to yours. When a new operating system is cleanly installed onto the hard drive, this can disrupt the master boot partition, rendering it impossible to access the recovery partition. If you are having issues with the current operating system or would like help getting back to Windows 8, I can certainly help you with those issues, if need be.
05-02-2013 08:36 AM
I'm definately going through the Lenovo system recovery, when I installed Windows 7 Ultimate, the recovery software was not installed. After I installed it, the recovery option became available when I pressed f11. Are there any other options for me at this point? Are there recover disks I could obtain from Lenovo?
05-02-2013 08:45 AM - edited 05-02-2013 08:46 AM
I apologize as I just re-read your original post. Correct me if I am wrong that your issue is that there is additional hard drive capacity that you would like to use that is taken by the recovery partition.
Have you tried to create the recovery media yourself?
05-02-2013 08:50 AM
The Lenovo recovery partition is sitting right next to my C drive with about 13 GB of space taken up, but as the Lenovo Rep mentioned, I'm pretty sure this new install of Windows 7 corrupted it. I would be absolutely fine with this current version of Windows 7 I have on the machine if there weren't a mysterious 100GB missing from my main hard drive. I purchased the machine with a 500GB hard drive, I figure with the OS and utilities that comes down to around 450. After installing windows 7 ultimate, there was only 350GB available, I'm just unsure of where that space went, could it be taken up by old windows files of some sort? sorry if this is sounding confusing! I really appreciate the help.
05-02-2013 09:19 AM