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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App (this post originally appeared on Lenovo Support) We hope you never run into any issues with your new PC, but with that being said, we want to help you troubleshoot and fix any problems that may arise. A USB recovery drive can help you, even if your PC won't start. Your PC might have come with a recovery image that’s used to refresh or reset your PC. The recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition on your PC, and is typically 3-6 GB in size. Windows 8.1 includes a built-in tool to create a USB recovery drive. Windows will let you know how big the recovery partition is, and you'll need a USB flash drive at least that big. Please note that creating a recovery drive will erase anything already stored on your USB flash drive. Use an empty USB flash drive or make sure to transfer any important data from your USB flash drive to another storage device before using it to create a USB recovery drive. To create a USB recovery drive: 1.  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search. 2.  Enter “recovery drive” in the search box, and then tap or click “Create a recovery drive”. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice....

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint. Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences. And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.” The tech-savvy are dubbing it “one cable to connect them all.” So, what exactly is this exciting new technology and why should you care about it? To understand why a small device will be such a big deal, you’ll first need a brief lesson on the history of USBs. First, there are the types: USB Type-A is the original standard with a flat, rectangular shape that most commonly plugs into desktops. USB Type-B is a smaller square form used mostly for connecting large devices like printers to PCs. There are also Mini USBs (used with older devices) and Micro USBs (currently the near-universal standard for smart phones and tablets.) Most consumers have become accustomed to cords that have one USB type on one end (to plug into a desktop, for...

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new computer is an exciting undertaking. The possibilities of faster computing speed, more space and more organized files await you, as soon as you boot up for the first time. As does the prospect of moving all your old files to your new PC. If you’re not sure where to start, following is an overview of the steps you should take when moving data from one PC to another – and some of the options available for transferring those files. 1. Archive and put your older files in storage The first question you should ask yourself before you transfer is whether you really need all your old files on your new PC. After you’ve done a thorough job of deleting the files you no longer need, you should definitely archive important files older than three years (or sooner, if needed). Depending on the size of your files, you can save them onto discs, USB storage, an external hard drive or online/cloud-based storage. To archive the most files possible, consider compressing your files using applications such as Zip or Stuffit. Once your older files are deleted and archived, you can more easily organize your remaining files and folder structures, so that your new PC will be easier to navigate. 2. Backup before you transfer When it comes to your personal files, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Although most migrations go off without a...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Your Windows 8/8.1 Lenovo system comes packed with state-of-the-art applications that make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. Here are five you don’t want to miss: Lenovo REACHit No more digging through folders or switching devices to find the content you own. ReachIt consolidates all your files into one easy-access tool. This app reaches across multiple cloud storage services—Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive—to provide a consolidated view of all the content you store digitally, from Windows PC to Android (and soon, iOS too).  Now you can access ALL your files in one place. Instantly, easily and with a single search box. SHAREit Our most popular app makes data sharing faster than ever. SHAREit lets you send huge files from PC to smartphone to tablet using a direct connection at remarkably high speed (up to 40 times faster than Bluetooth). And it works across Android, iOS and Windows. There's no need to carry around a USB key anymore. With SHAREit, you can quickly transfer even your biggest files to friends’ and coworkers’ devices when they have the app installed and are within close range, without the need for a mobile or network...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team While we know many of you might have just bought a new Lenovo PC or tablet, we also realize you still may have your old device around. Not quite sure about the best way to recycle or dispose of it? Don’t toss it out! Lenovo’s trade-in programs not only make it easy to recycle responsibly, but will also pay you for many items that are still in good condition. If you’ve purchased a new Lenovo system recently or plan to do so soon, you can exchange your used electronics for a Lenovo gift card or check. It’s one of the most convenient, responsible and profitable ways to trade-in, trade-up or trade-out of old devices. If you’re in the United States, you can take advantage of our trade-in program. Through our partnership with NextWorth, we accept devices from many major brands—from Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxies to HP laptops and Amazon Kindles—in addition to old Lenovo devices. Here’s how to take advantage of the program: First, find your product. Answer a few questions about the condition of your old device to get a trade-in quote....

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