Lenovo Diagnostics - Bootable USB (Create it on Windows OS) - Desktops, Notebooks, Workstations
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Lenovo Linux Diagnostics - Bootable Generator for Windows is a tool that can be used to create Linux Diagnostics on a Bootable USB for use on a Microsoft Windows OS-based computer. This tool can be booted by itself and tests the memory and hard drives in Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation systems. Once created, it can be used on your Lenovo computer regardless of what OS your system has.


  • You will need the following files to complete this task:
    • The bootable-generator-10.exe file
    • The .iso file (for example, linux-bootable-cd-3104738.iso).
    • New Lenovo Bootable Generator released to replace the cmd line based bootablegenerator.exe.


Supported Systems
  • ThinkCentre
    • E93, Edge62z, Edge 71, Edge 71z, Edge72, Edge72z, Edge 91, Edge91z, Edge 92, Edge92z
    • M32, M60e, M62z, M71e, M71z, M72e, M72z, M75e, M76, M77, M78
    • M81, M82, M83, M90z, M91, M91p, M92, M92z, M93
  • ThinkStation
    • C20, C20x, C30
    • D20, D30
    • E30, E31
    • S20, S30
  • ThinkPad
    • Edge E120, Edge E125, Edge E130, Edge E135
    • Edge E220s, Edge E320, Edge E325, Edge E330, Edge E335
    • Edge E420, Edge E420s, Edge E425, Edge E430, Edge E430c, Edge E431, Edge E430c, Edge E435
    • Edge E520, Edge E525, Edge E530, Edge E530c, Edge E531, Edge E535, Edge L330
    • Helix
    • L420, L430, L440, L520, L530, L540
    • S220, S3, S420, S430, S431, S440, S5, S531
    • Twist S230u
    • T420, T420s, T430, T430s, T430u, T431s, T440p, T440s, T520, T530
    • W520, W530
    • X1, X1 Carbon (Type 34xx)
    • X121e, X130e, X131e
    • X220, X220 Tablet, X230, X230s, X230 Tablet, X240, X240s
  • Lenovo Essential
    • B475e, B480, B490, B575e, B580, B590
    • E49, K29, K49
    • G400, G400s, G405, G480, G485, G580, G500, G500s, G505, G585, G780
    • M4400s, M490, M490s, M495
    • V4400u, V480, V480s, V480c, V490u, V580, V580c
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
Downloading the installation file
  1. Click the file links to download the files from the Web page.
  2. When prompted, select a drive and directory in which to save the downloaded files.
Create Bootable USB on Windows

All data will be lost on the USB Key that you use to create the Lenovo Linux Diagnostics.

To create Bootable USB on windows,download the bootable diagnostics image from the Lenovo website.
The instructions for downloading the image is found on the same webpage as this readme file.

  1. Copy the bootable-generator-10.exe file and the image file (for example, linux-bootable-cd-2103639.iso) into one folder
  2. Plug the USB Key into your computer
  3. Log in to Windows and launch command window with Administrator privilege
  4. Navigate to the folder where the you copied the two files run this command:
    bootable-generator-10.exe --create -l <Drive Title> -u <Drive Letter> -f <Image name>
    • <-1> is the new name of the USB key (limit of 11 characters)
    • <-u> is the drive letter assigned to the USB key
    • <-f> is the name of the image
    For example
    If the USB key you has been assigned as Drive "I" by Windows, and the image you downloaded is "linux-bootable-cd-14.iso", and you name the USB key "bootablelinux", the command would read as follows:
    bootable-generator-10.exe --create -l bootablelinux -u i -f linux-bootable-cd-2103639.iso
  5. At the prompt, type "y" and press the "Enter" key to format the USB Key and start to create the bootable diagnostics tool

Other Switches
There are two other switches accepted by this tool

  • --help Displays the help message for the tool
  • --List Lists all of the USB keys plugged in to the system


  • The SATA Controller Mode needs to be set to AHCI in the system BIOS if the system doesn't use UEFI BIOS for storage device related diagnostic functions

Other Switches
There are two other switches accepted by this tool

  • --help Displays the help message for the tool
  • --List Lists all of the USB keys plugged in to the system
Open source code

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please do try the following options:
1. Lenovo Assisted Search
2. Product usage and general troubleshooting tips
3. Lenovo Support Forum
4. Technical Support Call Centre

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Document ID : DS028698
Last Updated : 11 Apr 2014
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