I also have a recovery problem with a Lenovo 3000 C100.
I tried to talk to tech support but they can't talk to me because machine is out of warranty.
Anyway machine was working but strange glitches happening so decided to try to do a recovery to factory state.
the recovery partition wouldn't boot so I purchased the CD recovery disk set from Lenovo (8 cd's , one is bootable) about $50.
the recovery process seemed to work, says it reformatted the HD etc, loaded up all CD's, then got to the end of the process and said simply "recovery failed", no clue as to what or why. Now stuck in the lenovo recovery program.
I have tried the whole process multiple times, and get same result, looks like it is working till very end and then just says "failed".
Obviously this machine is old and not worth much, so don't want to spend big $$$ to get it up and running again.
So if anyone has any ideas on what i might try, I would greatly appreciate the help.
So far I have found a Lenovo Business partner willing to look at it for $105 per hour
thanks in advance