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Is it possible to "bind" Thinkvantage-button back to recovery partition?

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Is it possible to "bind" Thinkvantage-button back to recovery partition?

#1 Post by BigCatAndy » Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:39 pm

Hello,
I have one T61 with "Windows Vista" licence key sticker and Windows 7 running on it. I started laptop with Linux Live CD and I can see, there are 2 partitons on the HDD:
- ServiceV002 with approximately 5 GB
- SW_preinstall with approx. 152 GB

I searched in the Internet and could find that "ServiceV002" would be a recovery partition of Vista. But when I press "thinkvantage" button, there is no reaction, Windows 7 starts. I suppose, R&R should start, shouldn't it? If yes - is there any way to "bind" Thinkvantage button again to recovery partition?

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Andrey
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Re: Is it possible to "bind" Thinkvantage-button back to recovery partition?

#2 Post by dr_st » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:53 pm

I think the Recovery partition needs to be marked as "Active". You can check which partition is currently active in the Disk Management interface (diskmgmt.msc).

I believe that if you download and install the R&R software, it will do this thing for you. No idea if it does anything else other than setting the partition as active.

Note that if you set an "active" partition, which does not have a bootable OS image (for instance, if something is wrong with the R&R partition), then your PC will not boot at all and you will have to run a recovery environment from a CD/USB to change those bits back.
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Re: Is it possible to "bind" Thinkvantage-button back to recovery partition?

#3 Post by BigCatAndy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:06 am

Hello dr_st
dr_st wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:53 pm
I think the Recovery partition needs to be marked as "Active". You can check which partition is currently active in the Disk Management interface (diskmgmt.msc).

I believe that if you download and install the R&R software, it will do this thing for you. No idea if it does anything else other than setting the partition as active.

Note that if you set an "active" partition, which does not have a bootable OS image (for instance, if something is wrong with the R&R partition), then your PC will not boot at all and you will have to run a recovery environment from a CD/USB to change those bits back.
thanks for the hint. I think, I will start Linux LIve CD and use GParted to mark that partition as active.

Regards,
Andrey
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(2) Lenovo 3000 N200 - 2 GB / C2D T7300 / 160 GB
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Re: Is it possible to "bind" Thinkvantage-button back to recovery partition?

#4 Post by BigCatAndy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:49 am

Update:
I started Live CD, changed partition flags to "boot", restarted laptop - and got error message "BOOTMGR missed, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart". Next step is to install Linux to get GRUB.

But! I saw that partition SERVICEV002 had only 57 MB occupied. I suppose, it is too small for the real recovery partition. But I will try with GRUB...
- in use -
(1) TP R61i Frankepad - 4 GB / C2D T8100 / 180 GB SSD / UXGA display
(2) Lenovo 3000 N200 - 2 GB / C2D T7300 / 160 GB
(3) TP T450s
- in museum -
IBM 600x, IBM TP T43p, Lenovo TP Z61t, Lenovo TP X60 Tablet

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