My new Lenovo laptop G500, came with Win 8 installed. I did not get any kind of Windows media on a DVD or anything. I did the free upgrade to Win 8.1, which cleared my recovery partitions. I think I should have some way to restore my operating system in case of some unknown future event and Microsoft is not going to distribute an ISO image. Is there a way to create an offline disaster recovery image of the operating system and whatever else is needed to restore my system? How? What operating system would it be, 8 or 8.1?
My laptop came with a number of partitions, with names, but no drive letter assigned. Can you tell me what these partitions are for, what they should contain. As shown by disk manager they are;
OEM partition, size 1000 MB, 100% free.
Recovery partition, size 1000 MB, 100% free.
Recovery partition, size 350 MB, 100% free.
Recovery partition, size 13.02 GB, 100% free.
I think that some, maybe all, of all these partitions had some data when the laptop was delivered, but I did not record that information. What I want is a way to recover/restore Windows. I can always re-install all the other applications if needed. Can I store a bootable recovery image on a thumb drive and if true, about how much space or how large a thumb drive do I need? What is the best media to use for this type of long term storage that I hope I never need? I assume that a rescue/recovery image only stores a compressed copy of the Win install files. Is that true?
Thank you for any help and/or suggestions, Gordon