Guidance for Lenovo OneKey Recovery, hidden partition and Recovery DVD


This article is a summary, listing out the following 3 topics:

Affected brands

Lenovo desktops/laptops

Applied OS

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

System is configured with

  • Lenovo OneKey Recovery 4.0
  • Lenovo OneKey Recovery 7.0
  • Lenovo OneKey Recovery 8.0


Getting to know Hidden Partition:

To utilize the features of the OneKey Recovery system, your hard disk already includes a hidden partition by default to store the system image file and the OneKey Recovery system program files. This default partition is hidden for security reasons, which explains why the available disk space is less than the stated capacity.

If the Hidden Partition is not destroyed:

1. You can back up your system using Lenovo OneKey Recovery software, see the related articles:
Lenovo OneKey Recovery 7.0 – System Backup
[Video]: OneKey Recovery 7.0 - System Backup
Introduction to Lenovo OneKey Recovery 8.0 for Notebooks

2. You can restore the system partition to its original status in case of a system failure (applicable to Windows 7 , Windows 8 and Windows 8.1), see the related articles:
Introduction to Lenovo OneKey Recovery 8.0 for Notebooks
Introduction to Lenovo OneKey Recovery 4.0 Restoring System for Desktops
How to run Lenovo Onekey Recovery

3. You can create Recovery DVD in Windows 7, see the related article:
Lenovo OneKey Recovery 7.0 – Creating Recovery Disks

If the Hidden Partition is destroyed:

If the hidden partition is destroyed, the system cannot be restored through Lenovo OneKey Recovery software. You need to utilize the Recovery DVD, see the related articles:
How to recover the system to Factory settings with Recovery Discs
[Video] OneKey Recovery 7.0 - System Recovery to Factory Default Condition Using Optical Disks

If you do not have Recovery Discs, please contact your local service provider to obtain. Click here to find the contact information.

  • Alias ID: IG20130403-001
  • Document ID: HT077384
  • Last Updated :08 Sep 2015
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