|If you install XP from an XP CD, the CD must have SP1 or later Windows updates integrated into it in order for Windows to have the built in support for recognizing hard drives larger than 137 gb hard drive manufacturer's (decimal) size (= ~128 gb binary size in the operating system and in the mboard's bios). |
If the XP CD doesn't have any SP updates at all,
- Setup on the CD will detect all hard drives larger than 137 gb hard drive manufacturer's (decimal) size as ~ 128 gb binary size.
- you need to make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD , a CD-R will work with all optical drives, that has had the SP3 Windows updates integrated into the contents of your original CD , by you following a procedure found on the web in many places, and use that "slipstreamed" CD to install XP instead of your original CD, along with the original Product Key.
You can use a SATA hard drive if you buy yourself a PCI or PCI-E X1 SATA drive controller card and connect the SATA hard drive to that - the bios on the card supports recognizing any size of hard drive
- if you want to be able to boot an operating system from a SATA drive attached to the card, you must be able to select SCSI in your mboard bios Setup Boot Order or similar settings, and place SCSI in the boot order before hard drive or similar in that boot order
- When you install XP on the SATA drive, you must either
- press F6 at the beginning of loading files from the XP CD, then provide the drivers for the card's SATA controller on a floppy disk in a conventional floppy drive.
(The XP CD cannot find drive controller drivers on any source other than a floppy disk, and only a few OLD USB floppy drive models that were available circa 2002 are recognized.)
- or - make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD that has had the SATA controller drivers for the card integrated into the contents of your Windows CD, and use that to install XP rather than the original XP CD.
The freeware nLite program can make a "slipstreamed" CD with both the SP3 Windows updates and the SATA controller drivers integrated into it.