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Clean Install on SATA HD

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November 23, 2007 at 15:31:05
Specs: WinXP Pro w/SP-2, AMD 2100/1.5 GB PC2100

I need someone to set me straight on something. Yesterday, I did a clean Windows install on a SATA HD. Half way through the CD boot up, a message came up that there was no HD detected in the system. By the way, the computer was a DELL 8400 and I was installing an OEM Windows XP Pro. After several trys, I figured out that I needed to install the SATA drivers when it asked to depress F6 at the beginning. It only asked for a floppy in Drive A. I had to find the drivers in the DELL supplied Resource Discs, copy them on a floppy, then did a temporary installation of my personal floppy on my computer by extending the cables to the other system. The DELL 8400 comes without a floppy drive. How can anyone do what I did if there was no floppy drive around, especially if the program only asks for the drivers to be installed with a floppy disk? I can't use a flash drive if the HD is blank. Is there another way, for future reference to go about this. BTW, all works fine, thanks to the gludge I set up between my computer and the DELL 8400. I also tried to use the Resource Discs, but it only wanted a Floppy disc.

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#1
November 23, 2007 at 15:40:51

With nLite one can create a custom XP CD see:

http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html


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#2
November 23, 2007 at 16:32:11

A lot easier when you have a floppy drive. That is why I still include a floppy drive on any computer I assemble.

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#3
November 23, 2007 at 18:45:59

The other choice I use is an external USB floppy that the system can use to install drivers.

Richard


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#4
November 23, 2007 at 18:49:39

rrlyon

Have you actually gotten an external USB floppy to work under those conditions? Would be interesting to know if possible. I don't think Windows will look anywhere else other than an internal floppy.


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#5
November 24, 2007 at 00:21:35

OtheHill, In the shop we have seen a number of the newer systems without floppy drives read from USB floppy drives. Make sure all settings in the BIOS have been set to legacy and that BIOS sees the drive. Not sure what you tried so far. We have some different brands to try so we try one or another to see what works.

Richard


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