Install a new live hard disk and since there are no restore CDs install that free LINUX. Now it's working and you can shop for some USB hard disk case for the dead drive or call http://www.drivesavers.com
I've got a Thinkpad R40-2897 (XP Pro) with a dead HD -- disk read error/won't boot. I don't have a recovery disk and don't need to access any data on the drive. I'd like to get this usable with the least investment and would appreciate any ideas.