When you purchase an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad X40 series laptop, it doesn’t come with restore CDs or operating CD like Dell/HP have. After you have purchased Thinkpad X40 series laptop, you have to call and request from IBM Centre for recovery CDs within 14 days from the day you bought the laptop. If you are like me, forget to do so, don’t worry, you can create the recovery CDs by yourself.
If you are planning to create recovery CDs, prepare 5-6 CDs or if you prefer to build it in DVDs, you only need 2 DVDs. Make sure you have Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery installed. If not, download from IBM download site.
To create IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad recovery CDs/DVDs, just click Start > Programs > ThinkVantage > Create Recovery Media. Follow the instruction, it will take around 30-45 minutes to complete the process, depend on your CD/DVD burner speed.