This Tip contains the methodology to recover ThinkPad Tablet 2 (32GB HDD models only) with Lenovo supplied USB Recovery Key.
The above symptom is associated with, but not limited to, the following systems:
Affected Systems (machine types, model types):
System is configured with:
This document supersedes the recovery information provided in the “Recovery Overview” in Chapter 8 of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 User Guide for 32GB HDD models only.
Using a USB recovery key provided by Lenovo (32GB HDD models only):
NOTE: The Thinkpad Tablet 2 models that have only 32GB of storage do not contain a recovery partition, therefore use of the Lenovo supplied reload media is the only way to recover the operating system. The standard Windows 8 recovery methods, which are applicable to the 64GB models, do not apply to the 32GB models. The required Recovery Partition is not present on the 32GB models due to hard drive size constraints. If the recovery is attempted via Recovery Partition, then errors will result and the system will not recover properly.
Similarly, the steps outlined in Lenovo document below do not apply as the required partition mentioned in Step 4 does not exist.
ThinkPad Tablet 2 models that ship standard, with 64GB of system storage, use the standard Lenovo DVD recovery to reload the Lenovo Microsoft Windows 8 preload.
For more information, refer to the “Recovery Overview” in Chapter 8 of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 User Guide located at the following URL:
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