T420, No factory restore option in the rescue and recovery

I purchased my T420 one year ago and have sufficiently "hosed it up" to the point I wanted to do a factory restore. I saved all my data then proceeded to create the CDs from the Q drive factory restore. I followed the instructs for more and more CDs and once I got up to #12 I noted that the time it was taking to create them was down from several minutes to several seconds. When I got to CD number 18 I thought "this is ridicules" and I popped CD 11 back in to look at its content (via Windows Explorer). I noted it had two folders: 1) Factory restore (or something like that) which was over 500 MB in size and 2) something about data. This "data" folder contained 1 KB of data. I then looked at all subsequent CDs (12-18) and they all only contained this data file. So, rather than continuing to make these (basically empty CDs) I stopped.
I then put the first CD in and rebooted the machine. The factory restore started and I swapped CDs until I got to 12. I put 12 in and it said the required data was not present and to insert the next CD. I did this until I ran out of the CDs I had created. I had to "X" out of the restore app and now when I boot I get nothing but a dimly lit screen and a flickering
hard drive light! Am I totally hosed here? How many CDs would it have required had I kept making them?
I am ( obviously) a novice. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Tom
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Hi Tom, welcome,
As you've discovered, it's a better choice to use DVDs for this.  Actually 1 CD and then 2 or 3 DVDs.  Too late for that
You have a couple of choices: call support and order a set of recovery media or do a clean install from Microsoft media.
Support will probably charge for the media.  You can use Microsoft Win 7 (this is a win 7 machine ???) install media - either borrowed or downloaded - and activate with the CoA key on the sticker on your machine.  Probably in the battery compartment.  Use media that matches the install already on your laptop.  Probably Win 7 Pro.
Google "legal windows 7 download notebook review" for links to ISOs.  Burn _as an image_ to DVD.   Once it's installed install ThinkVantage Sytem Update and let it pull down the drivers and apps for your machine.
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    Greetings,
    This isn't so much a reply to Cobelius, or a solution, but a commiseration of sorts.  Or at least an "I hear ya, buddy, I wish they'd improve some things about Rescue and Recovery, too."
    I notice that no one else has replied to this thread.  I hope at least that someone will read these posts, and pass 'em on to the appropriate developers.
    Here's my story:
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    FLAW NUMBER 2: You guys should enhance what appears to be a Vista PE environment (or BartPE, or whatever) with a few utilities, including an Explorer-like browser to examine the disk (which would snow nothing in my case, as my drives are encrypted),  and a command prompt, and the ability to launch executables.  The environment should also recognize USB drives.
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    Step One: Install windows
    Step Two: run system update
    Step Three: Your done (optionally have a beer and relax)
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    Actually these recovery CDs were produced before the first T61 was made, probably in 2006. The T61 line was replaced in 2008.
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    Hi everyone,
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    T61 (7658CTO), T9300, 3GB, 250GB, XP Pro
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    blake_ibm wrote:
    Hi! I'm blake
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    Hi,
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