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X230 recovery. Help!

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Bondi
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X230 recovery. Help!

#1 Post by Bondi » Sat Jan 21, 2023 2:35 pm

The SSD on my x230 has suddenly died :( I'm now trying to recover from the USB stick that I have, but it won`'t boot. Just errors: "Error loading operating system". Is it the boot record corruped or I'm doing something wrong? I used this stick for recovery once before.
I also could not download the recovery files for the USB recovery creator as my s/n could not be found. Bummer. Maybe someone has the .rmf file for win 7 x64?
Any ideas on what to do?
PS I have the win 8 recovery disks, but prefer win 7.
Thank you!
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Re: X230 recovery. Help!

#2 Post by theterminator93 » Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:38 am

Check your boot mode in BIOS. If it's UEFI, switch it to Legacy (BIOS) and try again, or vise-versa.

Normally that message means there was no boot sector on any connected disk, or no disks were detected.
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Re: X230 recovery. Help!

#3 Post by Bondi » Sun Jan 22, 2023 3:48 am

Hey, theterminator93.
Thanks a million for the recovery discs! I’m downloading them now. Can I write them in USB drive, or need to burn DVDs?
I tried changing the boot mode, but it made no difference.
Thinkpads: 330C, 360CE, 560, 755CD, 760LD, 760EL, A21p, A31p, X60s, X230

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Re: X230 recovery. Help!

#4 Post by theterminator93 » Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:54 pm

They are DVD images, but you may have success writing them to USB media with a utility like Rufus. I haven't tried it, though.
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