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gras100
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x230 Recovery Media

I recently bought an x230--very happy so far--and want to prepare a usb stick as recovery media, but am afraid to try as I hear you only get one chance to do this. Greatly appreciate answers/advice on the following before I go ahead:

 

1/ What is the minimum sized USB stick I could use for this?

2/ Do I need to make the stick bootable before using the recovery media generation software, or will it do that for me?--the advice I've found on this all seems pretty dated now.

3/ Is it possible to boot from a USB 3 stick with x230, and if so is there likely to be any advantage of using a USB 3 stick over a USB 2 one?--I guess question 1 may deal with the advantage or not bit of the question.

 

Thanks for any help. g

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Re: x230 Recovery Media

Restoring the factory contents by using Recovery Disc Set

 

When the hard disk drive or solid-state drive is replaced because of a failure, no product recovery program is

on the new drive. In this case, you must use the recovery disc set for the computer. Order the recovery disc

set and the drive at the same time so that you can recover the new drive with the preinstalled software when

they arrive. For information on which discs to order, go to http://www.lenovo.com/serviceparts-lookup.

The recovery disc set consists of the user instructions and the following set of DVDs to restore the computer

to the original factory configuration.

Operating System Recovery Disc (one disc): This disc restores the Microsoft® Windows operating system.

Use this disc to start the recovery process.

Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc (one or more discs): This disc restores the preinstalled

applications and drivers on the computer.

Supplemental Recovery Disc: This disc contains additional content, such as updates to the software that

was preinstalled on the computer. Not all recovery disc sets come with a

Supplemental Recovery Disc.

Notes:

You must have a DVD drive to use the recovery discs. If you do not have an internal DVD drive, you

can use an external USB DVD drive (Cannot use USB stick to create restore media).

• During the recovery process, all data on the drive will be deleted. If possible, copy any important data

or personal files that you want to keep onto removable media or a network drive before you start the

recovery process.

To restore the computer to the original factory configuration using the recovery disc set, do the following:

Note:

Recovery can take one to two hours to complete. The length of time depends on the method you use.

If you use recovery discs, the recovery process will take about two hours.

1. Make the CD/DVD drive the first startup device in the startup sequence using the following procedure:

a. Press and hold down the F1 key, and then turn on the computer. When the logo screen is displayed

or when you hear repeating beeps, release the F1 key. The ThinkPad Setup program opens.

b. Use the arrow keys to select

Startup Boot.

c. Select the CD/DVD drive as the

1st Boot Device.

2. Insert the

Operating System Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.

3. Press F10 to save the ThinkPad Setup program configuration changes. Follow the instructions on the

screen to begin the recovery process.

4. Select your language and click

Next.

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5. Read the license. If you agree with the terms and conditions, select

I accept these terms and

conditions

and then click Next. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions, follow the

instructions on the screen.

6. Click

Yes in the displayed window to begin the operating system recovery process.

7. Insert the

Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc when prompted and then click OK to begin the

process of recovering applications and drivers.

8. If you have a

Supplemental Recovery Disc, insert it when prompted and click Yes. If you do not have a

Supplemental Recovery Disc

, click No.

9. When all of the data has been copied from the last disc in the set and has been processed, remove the

disc and restart the computer.

Note:

The rest of the recovery process is fully automated and no action from you is required. The

computer will restart into the Microsoft Windows desktop several times and you might experience

periods when no activity is apparent on the screen for several minutes at a time. This is normal.

10. When the recovery process is complete, the Set Up Windows screen is displayed. Follow the

instructions on the screen to complete the Windows setup.

11. After you have completed the Windows setup, you might want to restore the original startup sequence.

Start the ThinkPad Setup program and then press F9 to restore the default settings. Press F10 to save

changes and exit the ThinkPad Setup program.

Note:

After restoring a drive to the factory default settings, you might need to reinstall some device drivers.

 

This is information was found at the following link: http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0b48666.pdfhttp://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0b48666.pdf

 

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Re: x230 Recovery Media

Hi gras100, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!

 

To answer your questions, in italics (based on my X220 experience):


@gras100 wrote:

 

1/ What is the minimum sized USB stick I could use for this?

 

16GB.

 

2/ Do I need to make the stick bootable before using the recovery media generation software, or will it do that for me?--the advice I've found on this all seems pretty dated now.

 

I followed this USB drive preparation procedure first. It may or may not be required on new systems like the X230 (perhaps someone can enlighten us?):

 

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74246

 

Then I made it into a recovery USB stick like this:

 

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-74040

 

3/ Is it possible to boot from a USB 3 stick with x230, and if so is there likely to be any advantage of using a USB 3 stick over a USB 2 one?--I guess question 1 may deal with the advantage or not bit of the question.

 

I don't know the answer to this. Seems like it should work. If someone can confirm, please do!

 

Thanks for any help. g


Hope this helps!

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Re: x230 Recovery Media

Bananaman,

 

Thanks for the additional information... perhaps it seems that some of our support doccumentation needs to be updated to be more clear and avoid confusion regarding use of USB.

 

As I understand it, the Sandy Bridge (X220) based systems could not boot from USB  3.0 port (and only the i7 models had USB 3.0 port) as the chipset required a driver, but the Ivy Bridge (X230) based systems include the support for USB 3.0 in the hardware.   It is probably a conservative recommendation to use / boot from USB 2.0 devices.

 

Mark

gras100
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Re: x230 Recovery Media

Thanks all for responses, and sorry its taken so long for me to acknowledge them--work is crazy at the moment.

 

Mark: are you suggesting the documentation serge quoted and pointed to, is out of date in not including anything on usb stick recovery options? If so I think I will be getting myself a 16gb USB 2 stick and following the same steps Bananaman did. You can't enlighten us on whether it is still necessary to make the stick bootable in advance of running the recovery media creation software? 

 

Best regards, g

 

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