Talk:Pre-Installation steps

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Why move the Rescue Partition?

One can use his Linux distros boot CD... to boot into rescue mode and shift the rescue partition from the end of the HDD to somewhere in between leaving required space for Windows.

It appears that there's almost no space after the Rescue Partition anyhow, so this begs the question: Why move the Rescue Partition?

I let the RR stay at original place, Shrinked first partion and added needed partions. The partions will not be in order in the partion table.

I don't think that they need to be in order as the partion table is a pointer to were to find the partion.

/Per 22 Nov 2007

Rescue and Recovery Media

I messed up my first recover CD/DVD set. How do I make additional copies. After first time use the Make recover options is grayed out.

/Per 22-nov-2007

If you update Rescue and Recovery (download the update from IBM/Lenovo) installing the updated version will enable you to run it again.

djc 22 Nov 2007

Applicability to A61e

Thanks for putting this together - it's given me a strategy for altering a new A61e. This comes with XP Pro, but I want to dual with Mint for day-to-day use.

Can I assume that the same steps should apply? In this case it's a 160Gb drive with a 5Gb recovery partition. The desktop install for two LiveCD/DVDs (Linux Mint and FC8) apparently failed to resize the NTFS partition. In XP the 5Gb partition shows as an "EISA" partition and no operation can be performed on it. This has made me a little nervous about wielding qparted as retaining the original XP installation is a must.

A second DVD for "Create Product Recovery Media"

2009-08-26 I just got a W700 and there are some changes to the steps. First, there are two menu items under the "ThinkVantage" menu option: "Create Recovery Media" and "Create Product Recovery Media". The first one requires just one CD; I'm not sure what it does. The second one seems to be the one discussed in this article. It requires a CD (or DVD) and TWO (not one) DVDs. I assume this is due to size growth of Windows and other software shipped on the computer.