Thinkpad T61 Rescue & Recovery

by Ken White
Rescue and Recovery is a one-button backup and restore utility.

Rescue and Recovery is a one-button backup and restore utility.

Malware, viruses and system corruption can cause a computer to run poorly or not boot. The IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad 61 laptop computer comes with a one-button utility called Rescue and Recovery that lets the user back up important files or the entire hard drive, restore backed up files or a full disk and restore the computer to factory-default settings. The utility can be accessed from within Windows or from a Pre-Operating System Environment if Windows will not load.

From Windows

Press the blue "ThinkVantage" button to launch Rescue and Recovery. You can also click the Windows Start button, click "All Programs," select "ThinkVantage and click "Rescue and Recovery."

Click "Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery" to begin backing up the hard drive. Click "Back-up Your Hard Drive." You will be prompted to give the backup a name. Use a name that will be easily identified if you need to restore the computer, like "Full backup November 25 2010." Click "OK." You will see "Do Not Power Off During This Process." Click "OK." The backup will begin.

Open Rescue and Recovery and click "Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery" to restore the hard drive. Click "Restore Your System From a Backup." Click "Restore My Entire Hard Drive, Including All Personal Data and Settings From a Backup." Click "Next."

Select the backup you want to restore. Click "Next." Select any files you wish to backup before the restore and click "Next." Select "Preserve My Windows User ID and Password" and click "Next."

Click "Continue" when you see "Do Not Power Off During This Process." The restore process will begin.

From the Pre-Operating System Environment

Restart the computer to restore the laptop. When the "Thinkpad" logo is on the screen, press the blue "ThinkVantage" button. Click "Launch Advanced Rescue and Recovery."

Select "Restore Your System." Click "Restore My Entire Hard Drive, Including All Personal Data and Settings From a Backup." Click "Next." If you want to restore an existing backup, select the backup name and click "Next." If you want to restore the laptop to the original factory configuration, select "Sysprep Base Backup" and click "Next."

Select any files you wish to back up before the restore and click "Next." Select "Do Not Preserve My Windows User ID and Password" and click "Next." The restore process will begin.

Warning

  • close If you restore the laptop from a previous backup or using the "Sysprep Base Backup," all files on the computer will be deleted before the restore begins. Make sure you have backed up any personal files to CD or a USB drive before starting a full system restore.

About the Author

Ken White began his writing career in 1972 as a reporter for a local Florida newspaper. With a career in public safety as a police officer, firefighter and emergency manager, his fiction has also been published in magazines such as "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine." White studied history and psychology at Mercer University.

Photo Credits

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