Question about IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook
My IBM R31 laptop is not working normally, always freezes. I would like to format my C Drive and turn my system back to the original windows system.
But, I can't use the build-in recovery programme which should be F11. Can you help me?
Long long time ago, I remembered when I turn on my laptop, before it went to WINDOWS system, I press F11 then the computer will go to recovery system, my C Drive will be turned back to the original system.
R31's have a hidden partition on the hard drive from the factory. So the first thing I would is download the latest version of Ultimate Boot CD. . (Google UBCD) Download and Burn a new CD with the UBCD iso file. Then put this CD in your R31 and power up. Press Enter when the message "Press enter to boot from CD" appears. Then choose File System tools. Select Partition Tools.You will find several tools there. Ranish Partition Manager should be near the top of the list. Select it. A version of Linux will load from the CD. You should see both of your partitions there the second one will be hidden. If you do, then the restore partition is still there. DO NOT change anything in Ranish Partition manager. Linux will lock the CD drive, so you will have to turn off your computer to remove the CD. Then turn the computer back on to re-boot and remove the CD. If you saw the MBR and TWO partitions, the Recovery partition is still there, and probably intact. If it is not there, you will need the Recovery CD's that may have come with your R31. If you do not see TWO partitions, and do NOT have the recovery CD's you will need to obtain a new copy of your operating system. You remember the procedure to recover your operating system, so , the only suggestion I will make is that if you change go into the BIOS on boot-up and change the boot order to put the CD drive first, the floppy drive second (the one you do not have), and the hard drive third, you should have enough time to press the F11 key before XP stops you.
As a final note I would buy a USB Flash drive that is compatible with USB 1.1 and save all of my important files before I restored the opersting system.
Posted on Mar 27, 2008
Usually you have to have the recovery CD in the cd drive. In regualr Desktop machines, hitting F11 will go into the boot options menu allowing you to choose from booting to a network, through USB or CD drive or floppy.
On your laptop it may be set to load from cd but with no cd, no boot.
If its freezing alot you may be having a heating problem. If you suspect a Hard drive problem, run a disk check by double clicking " My computer" , right click on C:/ drive and click " properties" open the " Tools" tab and go to disk check and select all the options. It will say that it will do it on system restart. Do this and see if any errors come up.
Posted on Feb 17, 2008
Assuming that you are using Windows XP, you can access System Recovery by dong the following:
Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Sysyem Restore
Follow the prompts.
Alternatively, are you sure you need to restore it? It may just need a good clearout. Have you tried getting rid of all the temporary internet files, defragmenting and running adware/spyware scans? You may find that is all you need to do?
Posted on Feb 17, 2008
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You also don't say what happened and what fault caused you to need to try to run the recovery program.
It seems the recovery CD has altered the Boot Sector of the Hard Drive.
If the data on the hard drive is important:
Unplug and turn off the laptop > remove the battery > use a small screwdriver to open the Hard Drive compartment with the picture of a small stack of CDs next to it > remove the retaining screw or clip > remove the Hard Drive > use a Hard Drive Dock or an External 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure (for this you have to remove the small silver Hard cradle that holds the Hard drive fast in the laptop) or an IDE/SATA to USB Connection Cable to connect the Hard Drive to a 2nd Computer > Back up all important data to an external storage device.
Reinstall the hard drive into the laptop > insert the installation disk > install a Windows XP Disc > Boot from the CD > When you reach the 2nd repair screen, press R to Repair XP.
If you have a different Operating System follow the same process > select Start Up Repair (for Vista or Windows 7)
I hope this helps.
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