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Solved Reinstall Windows, Recovery Partition is on Another Drive


Arston

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Hello everyone

I purchased a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled. It came with 500 GB HDD. I changed the DVD Rom with SSD/HDD tray to use for additional drive. I put an SSD in there and installed Windows 8 on it using a USB Recovery Drive, which I don't have anymore. So my current setup looks like this:
Diskpart.png

After upgrading to Windows 8.1, the license of some software I'm using got messed up and I couldn't manage fixing it, so the only option I've got left is to reinstall/reset Windows. But since the Recovery partition is on another drive, when I go about creating a Recovery Drive, the option "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" is greyed out. I've got stuff on my HDD, which I can't currently backup so I don't wan't to format that drive. I'm perfectly fine with formatting the SSD, that's what I want.

What's your suggestion, how can I reinstall/reset my Windows? The only option I see is to install Windows on the Hard Drive (by doing a backup and formatting it first), and then create a usb recovery drive and reinstall again on the SSD, but that's a lot of hassle and I'd need to find an external hard drive for the backup.

PS: Don't know if it matters but I intentionally left the Hard Drive in the original bay (as Disk 0) because of the better protection against falling compared to the added bay in place of the DVD drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad w530
    CPU
    Intel i7-3820QM @ 2.7GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Quadro K2000M & Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 470 Series SSD 128GB SATA II
    HGST HDD 500 GB 7200 RPM

theog

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information   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html




You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
warning   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


warning   Warning
I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

Arston

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Thanks for your answer. As I explained, the only way to create a Recovery USB Drive is if I install again Windows on the HDD, which I would prefer not to format. So other than that, my option is to order Lenovo's Recovery Disks? Nothing else I could do – like for example moving/copying the recovery partition from the HDD to the SSD, or a way to actually create the USB Recovery Drive from this Windows Installation (on the SSD)?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad w530
    CPU
    Intel i7-3820QM @ 2.7GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Quadro K2000M & Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 470 Series SSD 128GB SATA II
    HGST HDD 500 GB 7200 RPM

Arston

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Posts
4
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All right, I see that these are my options. Thanks for the help.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad w530
    CPU
    Intel i7-3820QM @ 2.7GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Quadro K2000M & Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 470 Series SSD 128GB SATA II
    HGST HDD 500 GB 7200 RPM

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