|you cannot format the drive that you are using....this means that it must be done through a boot disc or some other third party accessable program or hardware setup.|
This means that you can slave the drive to another computer and use the other computers programs to format the slaved drive.
You cannot install xp on a drive in another computer and transfer it to a different computer and have it work...
if your laptop supports booting from USB then you can sometimes use a specific flash drive or USB harddrive or external CD/dvd drive to work in setting up and formating the drive.
In reference to 11/05/2008
"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
- George Lucas