IBM Thinkpad 240 Hard Drive Erased - Can't Restore

I have an IBM Thinkpad 240.  It only boots up to the following:

Microsoft(R) Windows 98
    (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1998


When I type in C:\>dir I get the following:

Volume in drive C is DISK1PART01
Volume Serial Number is OB31-4930
Directory of C:\

COMMAND     COM        93,880     05-11-98     8:01p
            1 file(s)             93,880 bytes
            0 dir(s)              19,067.50 MB Free


There are no system files on here?  Not even DOS?  Here are the other problems:

**There are no internal drives.
**It is not recognizing any external drives.

Please help.  I don't know what to do or where to start.  It seems almost impossible because there's no way to install the data from the restoration CDs onto the hard drive.  I've tried an external CD drive and an external floppy drive, and neither or recognized.  The light doesn't even come on in these devices, and I know they work.

Thank you in advance for all of your help.
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well it looks to me like your drive has been wiped of all but the 'sys' files.....

as for installing your external cd drive and floppy you will have to fiddle around in bios to make sure they will be recognised........
You will need to reinstall the operating system. All you files are gone.
u have a virus on your prompt i had the same problem with a t20
boot up with a norton cd or floppy or any virus bootable software and clean it and then reinstall the lot
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No, you don't have a virus, just a blank hard drive. You don't have any way to get data onto it without connecting an external drive which requires installing drivers for them. What you will have to do is take out the harddrive and get a laptop harddrive adaptor (from CompUSA or other computer store ~$5) and connect it to a desktop computer. Then copy the win98 directory from a 98cd to the harddrive (or I386 directory for xp/nt/2k). Then put the harddrive back in the laptop, bootup, type "CD win98", then type "setup". This will install windows. after it's installed, it should recognize any external drives you connect to it so you can install other software.

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Here is "The Crazy List" of file recovery utils.  Maybe you can copy one to floppy and it will help.

Take look at these.

EasyRecovery DataRecovery is a simple, yet powerful tool that recovers data that is lost, inaccessible or deleted. It's the ultimate do-it-yourself solution for nearly all causes of data loss (except physical hardware or system problems) where your hard drive and system are fully functional.
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File Rescue 2.5

GetDataBack for FAT
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GetDataBack for NTFS
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Hard Drives
Floppy Drives
Drive Images
Zip/Jaz Drives

Norton Utilities/SystemWorks
The Norton Protected Recycle Bin helps you recover deleted and overwritten files.
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Data Recovery
Fast File Undelete


File Recover 2000


File Restore
If you've deleted your data and you want to get it back, you need FileRestore.
FileRestore is a simple, easy-to-use tool for recovering files that have been lost or deleted from your Windows system. Designed for Windows XP, 2000, NT, Me, and 9x

Disk Commander
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Tool to check and undelete partition
Works with the following partitions:
- FAT12 FAT16 FAT32
- Linux
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- NTFS (Windows NT)
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As a tool to 'UNDELETE' files that have been accidentaly deleted.
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Emergency Undelete
I believe this is free
For Win2000 and NT may work on XP


Hard Drive Mechanic
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demo version:

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With this data recovery software NTFS drives can be recognized and deleted items can be recovered from Microsoft DOS. It is not necessary to install the utility on your system's hard drive, as it fits on a boot floppy disk, removing the possibility of overwriting data which you want to recover.

Undelete 3.0
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Restoration  (FREE)
Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake. Conversely, delete confidential documents completely. You don4t have to install it, so it doesn4t leave any garbage in the PC. (You can also run it from a floppy disk.) NTFS is supported from version 2.2.12.

Ontrack offers a full range of data recovery solutions to address your data loss needs. Unlike other data recovery companies, Ontrack provides exclusive and patented solutions that do not require you to send in your media for recovery. In situations where the hardware is functioning normally, our patented Remote Data Recovery service and

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brakk0 is correct
schorAuthor Commented:
A big thanks to everyone who took the time to answer my question and offer advice.

A bigger thanks to brakk0 for providing the correct answer and for fully understanding my question.  Many people suggested reinstalling this and that, but fail to realize that there are no internal or external drives. I'm awaiting the delivery of the adapter and am certain that it will work.

Thank you so much.
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