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    Default Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    Just ordered the X220. Since machine does not come with recovery disks, searching here for how to make the recovery disks.

    Some says the first is CD, some says DVD, I guess both works, but just have to make sure (since some also says there is only one shot, true ?)

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    I have/had both a T420 and now a X220 notebook. On the T420 I used three DVD's without issue to burn the recovery disk. The X220 I used one CD and two DVD's

    Another member also used 3 DVD's by-passing the CD disk. Hope this confused you a bit more

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    depends on what you use, the lenovo recovery software uses a cd first I believe. you can t ry some other imaging software thoug

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    On my T61 I did CD first. The directions on my W520 said CD or DVD, so I went with all DVDs. Used them without a problem immediately to set up my SSD.

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    The first disk is the boot disk: it does not contain any OS image information, and is thus quite small and fits comfortably on a CD. There's nothing barring you from using a DVD if you really want to, though.

    The second and third disks contain the OS image: there's a lot of data, so both the disks will be nearly full, and must be DVDs.

    So, in short, CD + 2 DVDs or 3 DVDs would work.

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    It doesn't hurt anything to use all DVDs. That's what I did and it worked just fine. You wont have any problems.

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    Hmm, mine was 4 discs. First was Boot CD, then 3 DVD's (I think the last might've been small enough to be a CD).
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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    Quote Originally Posted by pkincy View Post
    On my T61 I did CD first. The directions on my W520 said CD or DVD, so I went with all DVDs. Used them without a problem immediately to set up my SSD.

    Perry
    I'm getting my W520 on monday!! Can't wait!!!
    What are the procedures, for creating recovery disks?
    Do I need to do anything special on the first boot?

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    first boot setsup Win 7 preferences and than you use it.

    There are good directions on how to create Recovery Disks.

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    Default Re: Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

    I used all DVDs for my T410s, but as MidnightSun said the first disk is small and could fit on a CD.

    I don't know about elsewhere, but here in Canada there is no point in using a CD instead of a DVD since CDs are more expensive.

 

 
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