My brother and I had such and it required the usual 30 buck USB DVDRW to reload. Even today you encounter folk that want it to reload from the restore media (which was on CD) without using a drive.
Are you asking the same question as before?
And yes I solved it with the restore media and the usual USB DVDRW.
I have a mini 10. It has no cd and a digital harddrive. With a digital hd when I try to install from my usb it does not see my hard drive. I have the origanal xp from hp but not sure how to install at this point. my os is messed up and the recovery partition is currupted. Do I have any other options? Since mini laptops are comman I am hoping there is a guru or tech on here that has solved this problem allready.