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IBM Thinkpads Are Not Reading off Hard Drives

I have TWO IBM Thinkpads that simultaneously won't boot up. They say there's no op. sys.  Amazing.   One? OK.  Two at the same time....

I think it may be mechanical.  I put the HD in there and i just don';t think it's making the connection.  

Fortunately, I got the data off both cds.   Can I boot the computer from a usb cable connected to the HD?   Can't I do that by just going to BIOS and changing the boot priority?   How would I do that?  

This doesn't solve the larger problem... but it's a start.
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Could it be a virus ?

Did you make any changes to the BIOS settings?
Is the BIOS detecting the Hard Disk.

You could:

1) Remove the battery all the extra accessories if any from the Thinkpad and reboot.
Note results

2) Use a bootable CD and see observe if the system boots up okie.
You can get a bootable CD from http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/<input id="gwProxy" type="hidden"><!--Session data--><input onclick="jsCall();" id="jsProxy" type="hidden">
Suspect that the HD is infected by some virus.
Slim chance for two systems to break down at the same time thou it cannot be totally
ruled out.
I would remove the HD from the notebook and make it as a salve on another PC.
Then scan it for virus and malware.

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