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Recovery partition - repair

My T30 type 2366-85U Laptop no longer completely restores the PC using the Recovery CD. I tried to increase the size of the c: partition but failed. I used Partition Magic 8 and FDISK to eliminate all partitions except bootable C. With only one partition, bootable C:, the Recovery CDs did install a new mostly working WIN XP PRO but doesn't install any expected IBM Thinkpad software. Some devices are missing drivers. RECOVERY cds boots, copy files, expand files, but do not make a complete desktop. Before I changed HDD, RECOVERY CDs worked OK. Did I delete a needed RESTORE partition? What can I do to reinstall RESTORE PART so RESTORE CDs will again work? This seems like what I would need to do to a brand new HDD to allow that new HDD to be usable with the Recovery CDs. Do I have the tools on the RECOVERY CDs to make a brand new HDD usable with RECOVERY CDs? "....make a recovery disk set..." option? I have a 2nd T30-2366-85U [working OK] created 03/03 and the injured T30 was created 06/02. The 2nd T30 is working fine. Is there any way to use TRUE IMAGE ACRONIS 9 IMAGE software or Partition Magic to CLONE [RESTORE PARTITION] on the good HDD onto the HDD I altered? How can I recreate the RESTORE PARTITION I erased? How can I rebuild the altered HDD, with what software? Thank you for your help, Dave_S

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  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2007

    I own a Ibm T30 2366-52u, I also have a problem with the recovery cd's. There are 3 cd's in the set. I put a new HD in my computer that was completely empty. The first time I used the recovery cd's everything worked fine, Win XP was loaded along with the service partition and all pre-installed IBM software. Now my problem came along when I decided I wanted to load a copy of Windows Vista. The Vista copy I had was not an upgrade, it reformatted my drive and loaded a bare copy of Vista. I did not like Vista. So I reformatted my drive and started with the recovery cd's again. In the boot order list I set the cd-rom drive to be before the HD, (I was advised to do this from the IBM customer service.) The recovery process loads Win XP and all the pre-installed software but will not load the service partition, but it will change the drive to a NTFS drive.. I have tried to reload the cd's many times with no luck,. Can anyone help please?

  • Scot Corbett
    Scot Corbett Aug 17, 2014

    I hope you are able to find a solution to your problem my new hd will not load my built in back up the only way I can get online is while I am on the easy recovery essentials disk on this site.


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You have obviously deleted the partition that the laptop could recover from but usually if you are supplied a cd to recover windows, there is normally a drivers folder within the cd but not the aplications, such as anti virus although these are only for a trial period. for things like microsoft works if supplied, are normally on a seperate cd. Without knowledge of your partition software, you should be able to partition the HDD and then copy the files from one drive to another, but the restore may not work as the system files may not weave together when you come to restore. I would imagine it's only the drivers that's youre main concern, which you can install from your other laptop.

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