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FORMAT IBM thinkpad laptop

can anyone tell me how to FORMAT IBM thinkpad laptop

it has a Rescue and Recovery hidden partition which contain all the original windows installation files and driver files,
and in its manual they have mentioned to use ACCESS IBM Button to access that partition and do reinstalling

but when i access that reinstalling IBM software, there isnt any option for FORMATING

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Sadly if it did format...

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Then there would be a blank drive with no OS or Windows. Are you sure you want to end up without an OS?

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please

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please help if anyone knows this

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Please answer the question.

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Most owners would be very upset with a formatted hard disk. Was there more that you needed done? I do have a tool in mind that will format it but you may want Windows to work after or not?

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The Access IBm does it all. . .

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Pressing it during boot up brings up the restore menu. A full restore will format the drive and put it back to day one. Just format is not available as the restore will format the drive and reinstall the operating system and all drivers and programs.

If you just want to format the drive you will need a Windows XP CD. You can format it from there but it will be a major PITA to reinstall everything.

Maybe I don't understand what you are trying to do. Could you be more specific?

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reply to: The Access IBm does it all. . .

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thanks for trying to help brother
what i want to do is reinstalling WINDOWS
even thought ACCESS IBM menu(when click on access IBM button) contains
all the features to reinstall drivers and software
(i clicked on links in there)
i cant find a link to RESTORE WINDOWS. could you tell me where it is in the menu

please contact me through email or messenger
so i can tell me problem in more details as you want

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This from IBM. . .

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From my ThinkPad R-40:

To use the Product Recovery program to restore your pre-installed software, do the following:

1. If possible, save all your files and shut down your operating system.

2. Turn off your computer.

3. Turn on your computer. Watch the display carefully. When the following message is displayed, press the blue Access IBM button to open the Access IBM Predesktop Area: ?To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button.? (If Windows is not running normally and does not open, the Access IBM Predesktop Area will open automatically.)

4. Double-click the Recover to factory contents.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. When the Product Recovery program finishes, your computer will restart and begin the configuration process.

Note: The recovery process might take up to 2 hours.

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Here is a link to the IBM Service site http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/

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