How to Backup and Restore for an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad? RRS feed

  • Question


    We're trying to backup and restore, after replacing the hard drive, an IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad.

    The system has two partitions:
    C:\   IBM_Preload  Rest of the disk
    D:\   IBM_Service   5 GB

    It appears that WHS will only backup the C:\ partition.  We cannot figure out how to backup the D:\ partition.

    The C:\ partition was successfully backed up.  However, when it was restored the system will not reboot.

    After replaciing the hard drive we used the "Rescue and Recovery" discs (8) to restore the factory installation on the New hard drive.  Than we did a restore of the previous backup to the C:\ partition only.  Upon completion the system rebooted successfully.

    Therefore, it appears there is some data in the D:\ partition that is required for booting the system.

    Are there any documents on the backup, philosophies, and/or Best Practices?


    Sunday, November 2, 2008 12:47 PM

All replies

  • Hello,
    there are usually two options in such situations:
    Either you restore the vendor made partition (or the original software status) by your own with the recovery disk supplied by the vendor and after that restore the backed up volume.
    Or you restore only the backed up volume and alter the boot.ini in Windows XP (which is possible just after the restore completed) or try to fix the boot selection with computer startup repair in Vista, as described here:

    Best greetings from Germany

    Sunday, November 2, 2008 12:58 PM
  • Hi,

    Because of the built-in Thinkpad's system facilities, it updates it's recovery partion dynamically so it can provide an interactive recovery back to the basic system. AFAIK, the recovery partion isn't NTFS, so WHS cannot back it up.
    Someone I know thought that 'doing away' with all the Thinkpad related data would just leave them with a bootable disk, but they just couldn't get it to work. In the end, we had to follow the same procedure as you, a bit of a pain, but at least it resulted in a recovered system with up to date files etc.


    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    Sunday, November 2, 2008 8:45 PM
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