Technique, on 06 January 2013 - 21:46, said:
Well positives & negatives on this one....
1) regards the windows key - i've got that, that's not a problem
2) I've even found the recovery discs
3) i'd still like to put the data onto USB stick. I have the boot DVD & i have the 3 recovery DVDs, but as i said, i'd like this on USB stick rather than DVDs. I can't do this due to the "only once" thing Lenovo has put in place.
I assume it's more complex than inserting a DVD, dragging the files over to the USB stick & then repeating another 2 times...?
So how do i do it?
I agree with goretsky that the best solution is probably to contact Lenovo's technical support and see if they can assist you. It seems likely that other customers have had this problem before and Lenovo would be willing to accommodate you.
That said, while I don't have any specific knowledge of how Lenovo's recovery disks work, I suspect that if you have a sufficiently large flash drive it is possible. Assuming that the boot disk works like Microsoft's Windows Vista/7/8 installation discs and the data on the other recovery DVDs will still be usable if you consolidate it onto one flash drive, the following procedure should work.
1. Format your flash drive as NTFS.
2. Copy the data from your boot DVD onto the flash drive.
3. Copy the data from each of the other recovery DVDs onto the flash drive sequentially.
4. Copy the bootsect utility from boot\bootsect.exe to some directory on your computer.
5. Open a command prompt run bootsect (from your computer) with the following arguments (assuming your flash drive is mount as F): bootsect /NT60 F: /force /mbr
6. Safely eject your flash drive and try to boot from it!