There is no way I know of. (On Dell laptops there used to be a trick involving renaming a file that got created in system32 when you did your recovery CD. But I don't think this works anymore and it certainly can't be applied to HP because they use a different mechanism; an hidden partition). But there are a couple other possibilities.
Do note however that my answer doesn't even pretend to be definitive. The HP recovery partition is a mystery to me since I don't own, or never did, a Dell laptop. It's possible that you may get a more valid answer involving this partition, although unfortunately for you I do have my doubts because there is no reason for it to contain a complete image of the system. I sure hope I'm wrong :)
HDD Image Backup
Make backups of important files in your computer and uninstall all software bringing it back to a post-installation condition. You may also want to use programs like CCleaner and registry cleaners to organize things a bit.
Or, you may want to keep some essential software you know you will always depend on. The point however is to reduce your disk usage size.
Finally, Use a program like Norton Ghost to create a HDD image backup to DVD. This becomes your new recovery disk(s).
Manual System Installation
If you already own a windows copy, just do my favorite option. Get all drivers and other software for your laptop model from HP downloads area and build a new XP installation disk with a tool like nLite.
All the best and good luck!