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Windows 7: Reformatting a drive

27 Jan 2013   #41

WinXP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In summary:

Nothing except Lenovo Factory Recovery should be in D. We need to see a screenshot of its contents to help you Delete anything else and then you must stop writing to it if you want Recovery to work when needed. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Once Recovery is cleaned out make your Recovery media to see if it still works and have a backup of the Factory Recovery. How do I recover my system using ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery

If it won't generate Recovery media then it probably won't run, but you can try to queue it up from Windows 7 or from boot to test this following steps in tutorial above. If it won't run or boot then you can delete it as well as the OEM partition at the end of the HD which steps I gave you earlier.

If you are going to use Windows 7 backup, you must store it externally to an external or another HD, another PC on the network, or use another method such as Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive. Only if the Recovery partition won't run will there be space there to make a partition to store your backup.
Ahhhh...another HD or externally. Well I don't have one hand(y) atm. Would have to go out and buy another HD first.

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27 Jan 2013   #42

WinXP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
She.

BTW I stayed in on my Saturday night to help you, concerned that you might have run into problems.
That can't be the only reason. Anyway, thanks.
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27 Jan 2013   #43
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If the Lenovo Recovery partition will not run to generate your Recovery Media, or queue up to run Recovery following the steps in the tutorial, then you can delete it to create a new Primary partition to save your backup there. Easiest is to save a Windows 7 backup image, then drag your active User folders as often as they need backup.

If you don't want to mess with that or you can afford an external HD or have another HD to install on the PC, then it's always best to save your backup image and files to external or another HD in case your OS HD fails.

I gave you another modern method to consider to back up to the cloud: Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
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27 Jan 2013   #44

WinXP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If the Lenovo Recovery partition will not run to generate your Recovery Media, or queue up to run Recovery following the steps in the tutorial, then you can delete it to create a new Primary partition to save your backup there. Easiest is to save a Windows 7 backup image, then drag your active User folders as often as they need backup.

If you don't want to mess with that or you can afford an external HD or have another HD to install on the PC, then it's always best to save your backup image and files to external or another HD in case your OS HD fails.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
I think I'm just going to buy an external drive. Best way to backup my system. Will look into these steps though - slowly but surely
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27 Jan 2013   #45
Microsoft MVP

 

Which steps? There are dozens stretching back 8 hours that haven't been done yet. Just deal with the ones in Post #41. It sums up what needs to be done.
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27 Jan 2013   #46

WinXP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Which steps? There are dozens stretching back 8 hours that haven't been done yet. Just deal with the ones in Post #41. It sums up what needs to be done.
#41 got it. Thanks again.
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27 Jan 2013   #47
Microsoft MVP

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Which steps? There are dozens stretching back 8 hours that haven't been done yet. Just deal with the ones in Post #41. It sums up what needs to be done.
the ones in your post that the OP linked ,not all the ones over the last 8 hrs ,slow down and read post maybe ,and forget the past misunderstandings ,maybe
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