OS Upgrades from Disc to Jump

Posted on 2014-08-27
Last Modified: 2014-08-27
I am upgrading some Lenovo 131e from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with the recovery discs that came with the machines (the machines shipped with Windows 7 but the recovery disk are Windows 8).  Problem is, these machines don't have an internal cd rom so the only way to do this is one-at-a-time with an external cd rom.  Problem is, I have 35 machines to do with 1 external drive.  So I thought I would put the install files from the two discs onto two jump drives.  First one went fine but the second one craps out when it gets to a file called m8s3bus2.swm

what is that file (couldn't find it with a web search), do I need it, and is this even a good idea?
Question by:Bob Schneider
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    by:Joshua Grantom
    What you are essentially doing is using the same cd to restore all of the laptops. Windows 8 uses UEFI and thats probably why you are getting the error. The discs are made for the specific machine they came with.
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    Couple of questions:

    1.  First one was fine, second was not.  Are they identical systems?
    2.  If they are identical systems check the BIOS revision and settings and make sure they are the same
    3.  Try a third system.  We did the same thing with 45 laptops and 10 did not work due to various hardware issues (RAM, HD, CPU, etc)
    4.  Try the second system with the same recovery CD and external drive used to make the USB disk.  If it fails then the either #2 or #3 could be a problem.
    5.  If they are different - even slightly - systems, you will need the recovery media for that specific model.

    Let me know if any of this helps your need more information.

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    by:Bob Schneider
    I must not have made myself clear.  I am transferring the install disk files from their cd format to a jump drive.  There are two disks: disk 1 and disk 2.  The contents of disk 1 went on to the first jump drive just fine.  The contents of disk 2 got nearly done and then had trouble with the aforementioned file.

    Is it typically ok to "do" this?

    Author Comment

    by:Bob Schneider
    Regarding the first post. really?  That explains things to some degree.  Darnit....
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    It probably isn't the file you are trying to copy but something wrong either with the media you are copying from or the destination.  For instance, the file may be unreadable on the original CD2 you are trying to copy the files from.  Or the filesystem may be too small or not allow the troubled file to be written for some reason.

    Can you copy the files to a folder on your computer to confirm they are being read properly from the source disk?  If so then what size jump drives are you using to copy them to?  What type of filesystem are they formatted with?

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    by:Bob Schneider
    Its a dana-elec 16 GB jump drive and the files on the disk total 4.5 GB.

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