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Iren_Masot
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Made a goof with recovery media

I previously made a set of recovery disks, and labelled them 1-4 as I cycled them through the disk drive. Recently, I tried to do a factory reset with disk number 1, but it didn't boot. After a few tries, I decided to format the disks and make a fresh copy on the off hand chance that there was a problem with creating the disks. When I got to number four, I noticed that it was the one that I was supposed to have booted from in the first place. I went ahead and formatted anyways, figuring that I'd make a fresh set with the whole set of four disks. When I tried to make the new set, though, the recovery program informed me that I could only make one set of disks. Am I out of luck getting a set of disks now, or is there something I can do to make a new set of disks?

 

I've also got the recovery partition, but the recovery software isn't playing nice--when I try to install, I get a "return code 6."

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Re: Made a goof with recovery media

Hi, Iren_Masot

 

With recovery discs, it is only possible to make one set, as you know. But I'd like to ask you some questions to better determine the cause of your "return code 6" error.

 

1) What is your machine type and model?

2) Is the recovery partition a standard factory restore partition?

3) What is your operating system?

4) Have you made any hardware changes in the time you've owned the computer?

 

Thanks in advance,

Adam

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SMG47
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Re: Made a goof with recovery media

Actually, there is a way to create a 2nd set of recovery media.  Follow these steps and let us know if it still works.

 

  • Open the Explorer and then click Organize -> Folder and search options
  • In window Folder Options click tab View
  • Now enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click OK
  • Click on the Lenovo_Recovery drive, usually Q:\
  • Edit the file FactoryRecovery\service_done.ini
  • Change the string DONE=1 to DONE=0 and exit the editor saving the changes
  • You should now be able to recreate the Factory Recovery Disks

Good Luck

 

ThorsHammer
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Re: Made a goof with recovery media


@SMG47 wrote:

Actually, there is a way to create a 2nd set of recovery media.  Follow these steps and let us know if it still works.

 

  • Open the Explorer and then click Organize -> Folder and search options
  • In window Folder Options click tab View
  • Now enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click OK
  • Click on the Lenovo_Recovery drive, usually Q:\
  • Edit the file FactoryRecovery\service_done.ini
  • Change the string DONE=1 to DONE=0 and exit the editor saving the changes
  • You should now be able to recreate the Factory Recovery Disks

Good Luck

 


I was under the impression that no longer worked.

SMG47
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Re: Made a goof with recovery media

It worked for me with an x220 purchased March 2012.   Haven't had an occasion to try it on a newer model but I wouldn't be surprised if Lenovo patched that hole.  Though I can not comprehend why they restrict it at all.Smiley Frustrated

PNutts
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Re: Made a goof with recovery media


@SMG47 wrote:

Though I can not comprehend why they restrict it at all.Smiley Frustrated



I believe it's an OS licensing issue (Microsoft).

Iren_Masot
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Re: Made a goof with recovery media

So sorry I haven't responded recently; anyways, system information is as follows:

 

Model x230, model # 3434CTO

I don't have much of an inkling of what kind of recovery partition I'm dealing with, as this is my first lenovo system. That said, I'm pretty sure it (should) support both backup disks as well as loading from boot (though that isn't working Smiley Frustrated)

Operating system is Windows 7 64-bit.

Last thing to note isn't a hardware but a software change; apparently my cousin thought a new laptop would be a good time to get me to try Linux, he loaded it without my say-so. I've already gotten rid of Linux, but it changed a lot of stuff in the background (fingerprint scanner no longer waking the computer from sleep is the other casualty) that I don't understand the inner workings of. I don't care so much about the scanner as the recovery partition or disks, though.

Speaking of disks, I tried accessing the recovery partition through windows, which didn't work--nothing visible no matter what I tried. My uncle suggested I try booting Linux from a thumb drive which wouldn't mess with the boot settings (too bad my cousin didn't have enough brain cells to just suggest that). Long story short, I got at the files, but didn't fine the service_done.ini, and I didn't find anything similar in the other files--only an executable (LenovoQDrive.exe) which looks suspiciously useful to my purposes.

I'm pretty sure it was the unwanted Linux load that did the damage, because some research into the error indicated that it was related to the program's ability to make changes to the hard drive, and how that might have been changed by another program--like, say, Linux. Not sure, though...

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