The format will be easier as will the OS install. I've seen laptop drives for under $30, usually way less.
Hope this helps.
My CD-ROM drive is broken and the laptop (10 years old) can't boot from an external CD/DVD drive or a USB, but can from a USB floppy.
I would like to low level format the disk and then put Windows XP Home SP3 (which I have on a Windows disk) on it but using 3.5a disks from boot.
How many floppy disks will I need, how is this done, and can I do this whole process just using the floppy drive?