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On my Lenovo T400 with Windows 7, I am allowed only one time to create a set of recovery disks from the recovery partition. So I was wondering if there are some ways to get around this restriction, because some of the disks may be accidentally missing or damaged, or I might just need multiple copies for multiple places? Thanks!

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Smells like you want to circumvent DRM/EULA, which is Off-Topic on SU. What hinders you to create a recovery disk? What hinders you to ask your vendor for another one? – Bobby Feb 4 '11 at 15:28
From previous posts he's not necessarily sure the first attempt worked. – PriceChild Feb 4 '11 at 15:29
@Bobby, I don't think it has anything to do with DRM/EULA circumvention. In fact, the Windows 7 EULA for pre-installed OS (available from…) images specifically permits making a backup copy, see section 10. – Rob Feb 4 '11 at 15:34
@Bobby: I don't know what you are implying. It has been quite a while since the laptop was purchased, and it could be out of warranty when bad things happen to the recovery disks. – Tim Feb 4 '11 at 15:34
@Tim - If it's out of warranty/not covered (say, you lose them) you just buy another set. $45 from Lenovo. EDIT: I'd add that I'm curious why you're so paranoid about this... – Shinrai Feb 4 '11 at 16:17
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It's no different to only having one copy of a Windows installation DVD (the fact that you get one x86 and one x64 DVD non-withstanding), but there's nothing stopping you making a copy of that DVD. Therefore, there's nothing stopping you from making a copy of the recovery disks that the Lenovo recovery partition provides.

Anything else will probably require instructions that are specific to any custom recovery disk software that Lenovo use.

Update: (because of the EULA/DRM circumvention point raised in comments) IANAL, but based on the license document for Windows 7 which is available after filling in the form at, you are within your rights under it to make a copy of the recovery disks.

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Thanks! How do you recommend to make a copy? Simply copy, or make some iso files, or something else? And store to another storage device. – Tim Feb 4 '11 at 15:42
Tim, use your DVD copying software of choice, Nero, or whatever you have available =) – Rob Feb 4 '11 at 18:13

I think probably best you speak to the manufacturer/seller. You will most likely have already agreed to this restriction in accepting a license.

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