format a laptop that doesnt have cdrom or floppy disk drive

i have an hp laptop that came without cdrom or floppy disk drive
i think the only possible way to format it is using USB any1 knows how to achieve that exactly?
thanks in advance
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Attach a USB CD-ROM to the system.

Or pull the hard drive and use an adapter to format in a desktop.
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nobusCommented:
well - i never formatted a laptop, only disk drives...
so take it out of the laptop, connect it to a working pc's IDE or sata connector, and format it.
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but why do you want to format it?   what's the problem?
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wolfcamelCommented:
if you plug a usb cd/dvd drive in you should be able to boot of that (you may need to tell the laptop to boot off it in the bios but that isnt hard) - then you should be able to boot off the OS cd that came with the laptop if you want to reconfigure it.

that said..I notice a lot of people say they want to 'format' their computer becuase they have a virus or spyware - most of which can be fixed without the need to format.

that said - a usb dvd drive will be handy and wont cost too much either at your local computer store or on ebay
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a77Author Commented:
@nobus @leew, u think?????
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nobusCommented:
i'm not sure what you mean? please explain
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
IF you can use a USB device AT ALL, why not attach a USB CD-ROM/DVD?  So yes, I think.
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nobusCommented:
that's strange, me too (sometimes)
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