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X200 Tablet factory restore

2011-10-07, 4:00 AM

I'm having trouble getting my X200 tablet back to its factory settings.


Most of the instructions I've found online say to press the blue "ThinkVantage" button when prompted during startup, but instead of having an F11 option to restore factory settings, I only have three options:


1) continue booting


3) choose temporary boot device


It appears I have a recovery partition (Lenovo Recovery H: ). Rescue and Recovery is installed.


Next I tried to create factory recovery disks. When I try to run "Factory Recovery Disks" in "Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools", I get an error when selecting the "data media" option saying:


"The files required by this program cannot be found."


Note 1: I installed Ubuntu 10.04 alongside the original OS (Windows 7). Could this have messed with the recovery partition somehow?


Note 2: The HD isn't faulty or anything, I'm just giving the computer to someone else and want to restore it to factory settings first.


Note 3: On my new X220 tablet, if I press the ThinkVantage button when prompted, no menu comes up at all! Instead, it just goes to Grub (again, I am dual-booting Ubuntu). But if I open "Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools" and run the "Factory Recovery Disks" program, creating the boot media and data media DOES work.


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Re: X200 Tablet factory restore

2011-10-11, 3:48 AM
hey theMatrixHasYou,

it is possible that Ubuntu messed with the recovery partition. normally when installing Ubuntu there will a section whereby you can specify how much space to use.

it is at this part where a lot of problems can occur with the recovery partition. either the recovery partition was removed or it could have been converted to an ext4 (or was it ext5) partition.

anyway, did you make recovery media? and was it made before your unit became a dual boot system?

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Re: X200 Tablet factory restore

2012-05-17, 12:17 PM

What a ham fisted mess this recovery partition is.  This never would have happened with an IBM Thinkpad.  Buy American, friends.

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