Yesterday I got an X220, and I downloaded the recovery discs. I put them on USB drives.
The recovery process works normally until I confirm "Yes" to deleting all the data on the hard drive.
Then it says "Preparing the hard disk...", and then it stalls. There is no hard disk activity.
I let this run for about an hour before I stopped. I have tried multiple times, but with no success.
How can I fix this? Is there a BIOS setting I'm missing?
You should be able to press Shift-F10 to open the console to be able to investigate the problem further. Normally you could check the logs, in particular the file \Windows\Panther\setupact.log, but this might be somewhat too early for them to appear.
The only BIOS option that would make a big difference here is whether you are booting in UEFI mode or not.
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Check BIOS/Startup and check
Boot Priority sequence:
1 USB HDD (should show the USB drive)
2 ATAPI HDD0 (should show your HDD/SSD)
Now check and/or set
- UEFI/Legacy Boot to "Both"
- Boot priority to "Legacy"
- Boot Device List F12 to "Enabled"
Press F10 to save and restart installation.
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