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Recovery disk - CD or DVD for the first disk

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by Wpeter, May 6, 2011.

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  1. Wpeter

    Wpeter Newbie

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    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 ?)
     
  2. SR45

    SR45 Notebook Consultant

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    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 ;)
     
  3. chaose

    chaose Notebook Consultant

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

    pkincy Notebook Evangelist

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    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
     
  5. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    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.
     
  6. talin

    talin Notebook Prophet

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    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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    vinuneuro Notebook Virtuoso

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    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).
     
  8. Usul99

    Usul99 Notebook Enthusiast

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    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?
     
  9. pkincy

    pkincy Notebook Evangelist

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

    There are good directions on how to create Recovery Disks.

    Perry
     
  10. jimbob83

    jimbob83 Notebook Evangelist

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    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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