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Windows 7: Creating Lenovo Laptop Recovery media from DVDs. Laptop wont let me do

07 Jan 2013   #1
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 
Creating Lenovo Laptop Recovery media from DVDs. Laptop wont let me do

Basically i have a Lenovo ThinkPad L530 laptop.

I've created the recovery DVDs, but unbeknown to me at the time - you're only allowed to create one set. What i'd like is to put this onto a USB stick.

Currently i have:

DVD #1 - Boot Media: (312mb)

The boot DVD containing "BOOT" folder, BootMgr file which is quite small & Winre.Wim at about 300mb.

DVD #2 - Data DVD #1: (4.03GB)

factory recovery folder, recovery folder & Autorun file

DVD #3 - Data DVD #2: (3.87GB)

factory recovery folder & recovery folder (NO autorun file)

DVD #4 - Data DVD #3: (3.04GB)

factory recovery folder, recovery folder, LenovoQDrive file, qdrive icon file.


My USB stick is 16GB capacity.

So basically i'd like to make the USB stick the recovery media. I can't do this from the laptop as Lenovo only let you create one ......... so how can i do this? Can i do this would be the first question & if so - how?


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07 Jan 2013   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi Nelly I also have an Lenovo its a different model than yous is but I can make as many copies of the recovery discs
as I want . You could make a systems image which would be a lot better than the recovery discs as with them you will always have the bloated software that comes with Lenovo models saying that you would need a lot more space than your 16gb usb drive .
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07 Jan 2013   #3
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Yeah - i know using the Lenovo standard recovery discs would put me back to factory settings (including all the crap that comes with it), but as far as the USB stick goes, i'm happy with that. I'd just like to know how to do it as trying it through the laptop gives me the following:



I don't want to focus too much on the following, but how would i go about making a system image? Is this basically something like - set it up how i want it, then use something like Acronis True Image & burn the file to an external HDD?
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07 Jan 2013   #4
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

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07 Jan 2013   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
how would i go about making a system image? Is this basically something like - set it up how i want it, then use something like Acronis True Image & burn the file to an external HDD?
Correct. I tend to use Macrium Reflect for that. Here is the Macrium WinPE - write it to a USB flash drive using something like YUMI. You can create and restore images from this WinPE, directly from the USB flsh drive.

https://drive.google.com/#folders/0B...1VvWWd6b0dLSE0

More info on Macrium Reflect:
Imaging with free Macrium
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07 Jan 2013   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
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My USB stick is 16GB capacity.

So basically i'd like to make the USB stick the recovery media. I can't do this from the laptop as Lenovo only let you create one ......... so how can i do this? Can i do this would be the first question & if so - how?
I agree with comments about using system images. I personally use both Windows inbuilt imaging and the free Macrium Reflect.

But concerning your original question. I don't think it is easy to transfer the functionality of the factory restore DVDs to a USB flash drive. What I would do is make ISO files for each of the restore DVDs using
Imgburn. Store the ISOs on an external HDD or wherever you want. Using Imgburn again and the ISO files you can burn new factory restore DVDs whenever you like.
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07 Jan 2013   #7
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
.............

My USB stick is 16GB capacity.

So basically i'd like to make the USB stick the recovery media. I can't do this from the laptop as Lenovo only let you create one ......... so how can i do this? Can i do this would be the first question & if so - how?
I agree with comments about using system images. I personally use both Windows inbuilt imaging and the free Macrium Reflect.

But concerning your original question. I don't think it is easy to transfer the functionality of the factory restore DVDs to a USB flash drive. What I would do is make ISO files for each of the restore DVDs using
Imgburn. Store the ISOs on an external HDD or wherever you want. Using Imgburn again and the ISO files you can burn new factory restore DVDs whenever you like.
I don't want to create more DVDs. The 4 i have is plenty. I wanted it shifted to 1x USB stick for the advantages this would offer over the same stuff being spanned over 4 DVDs.

I'll look at the clean install links provided tomorrow when i'm a bit more awake. Thanks.
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07 Jan 2013   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

MJF's solution is the best : write the 4 x ISO's to an external USB drive. If you need DVD's, thats when you burn them from these ISO's.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Jan 2013   #9
NellyPuff

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Here's a thought-

Stick your CD/DVD into the drive & start up/restart your machine & it boots to it no problem.

Does it do that for USB? It's no good having the boot media on a USB stick if the machine can't see the USB port on startup. You'll have to excuse my lack of know-how.


EDIT: Trying the IMGBurn approach. It's making a *.bin file & not a *.iso file.
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08 Jan 2013   #10
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

You can make a boot-able usb

Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
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