[UPDATE POST – Three (3) broken links removed Monday 14th December 2009]
[UPDATE POST – Friday 17 Sept 2010] Google-SEARCH “Pre-boot service partition”
[UPDATE POST – Wednesday 9 Feb 2011] – Consideration 11 ~ are you sure -???- Gotta like that list of considerations here, and the formatting of this *.txt document is pure genius (Technical documentation composed in *.txt-format, … no fancy editors here)
Consideration 11 ---------------- Computers that have a hidden protected area (HPA), also referred to as PARTIES, and that have the Rescue and Recovery program installed will not be able to boot into either the PARTIES or the Rescue and Recovery workspace after recovering the original factory contents. To enable the PARTIES again, restore a backup by using the Rescue and Recovery program in the Windows environment or by booting from rescue media and then uninstalling the Rescue and Recovery program.
How to use the pre-boot service partition to recover your software
The following article describes the functions and usage of the software recovery mechanism contained on your hard drive:
Note: The service partition can be accessed by pressing the Access ThinkPad or Access IBM button during startup.
* ThinkPad G40, G41
* ThinkPad R40, R40e, R50, R50e, R50p, R51, R51e, R52, R60, R60e, R61
* ThinkPad T20, T21, T22, T23, T30, T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p, T60, T60p, T61
* ThinkPad X30, X31, X32, X40, X41, X41 Tablet, X60, X60s, X60 Tablet
Note: The instructions stated below will not apply for these ThinkPad systems.
THIS-SECTION and URL; (Might be useful)
Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test is a diagnostic tool that tests the hard drives in Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation and Lenovo 3000 computers running Windows XP or Vista released after January 2004.
AND; Troubleshooting by topic – Desktops
[BLOG-SITE-MAINTENANCE] – The urls taken from the IBM / Lenovo website – FAIL – TO – WORK – if simply added as links here, hence, the ‘Search’ – must be performed by the end-user, on the IBM Lenovo websites –
[UPDATED – Sunday 20 Dec 2009] Require google-bot to recrawl this post due to Delete and Reinstall of the GRD/blog
UPDATED -[Monday 20 Dec 2010]-
Lenovo link – How to use the pre-boot service partition to recover your software –
Screen-Dump taken from url-link above