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IBM thinkpad will not boot past Windows Xp screen.

Hard drive makes a repetitious noise, and will not boot past Windows
Xp screen.

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Sounds like the hdd is faulty, google drive fitness test and download it from the hitachy's website works for any hdd, burn it as bootable image and boot the mach from the image and run the test look out for the error code anything other than 0x00 means the hdd is faulty

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In order to save you a lot of time and trouble, I wonder if you might comment me back as to what you are trying to accomplish. Answering a these questions will help too.

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