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I have a Lenovo R61 (Vista x86)

Recently I formatted my Primary Partition (leaving my recovery partition intact) to install MSDN Windows 7 Pro. This was the second time I was doing this on this laptop --> Formatting C and installing BUT

After I did it the second time, I found out that my recovery partition is reporting to be 100% free and the ThinkVantage Rescue Option doesn't even appear in the boot menu after I press the "Blue Button". In fact the first time I did this (the formatting), I used to get an option to go to rescue in the Windows Boot Loader Screen Itself ( Like another operating System --> Windows Setup EMS Enabled )

So This apparent erasal had not happened the first time I had installed Windows 7. But now it has happened, and I am more than sure that I have not formatted it myself in the Windows Installation (proof: coz it still shows up as recovery partition in the disk management console)

Could somebody tell me:

  1. What Exactly Happened.
  2. Whether It should have happened or not.
  3. If possible How can I recover the apparently lost recovery part (Just for the sake of recovering it)
  4. I don't Have a recovery Disc made, so suggesting that goes out.
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Although you did not ask for it: You can get recovery CDs from Lenovo. Depending on your location an warranty status sometimes even for free. See here for details: – agporwfnz29 Aug 23 '10 at 16:01
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The recovery console uses a specialised modified bootloader to start up. Good news is the recovery console is still there. Bad news is you over-wrote the bootloader needed to access it.

With my r51, there was a boot-loader repair tool amongst the drivers for the model. It needed a LOT of digging to find- if there's a similar tool for your model, you should be able to gain access again for it.

This is why you always make a backup disk before you do anything major.

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whats that boot-loader-tool called?? coz I have all the drivers (backed up) that came with it. can I get it on the website?? – OrangeRind Oct 1 '09 at 8:37

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