|I still use floppy disks too. If a computer I'm working on does not have a conventional floppy drive but has USB ports, I use a USB floppy drive. There are zillions of free programs on the web that fit on a floppy disk that are still useful for diagnosing or fixing a problem with a computer, even if you don't use a conventional or USB floppy drive otherwise.|
If the mboard has one or more SATA drive controllers, you can't load SATA controller drivers at the beginning of loading files from 2000's or XP's CD, when you boot from the original CD, from anything but a floppy disk in a conventional floppy drive, unless you use a USB floppy drive model that was one that was available when XP was first released.
"Why don't you simply boot to the PM cd?"
He's got it right !
Did you READ the PM 8 manual ?
If you boot the computer from the PM 8 CD, it emulates a floppy disk ( just like the Win 95 to ME full version CDs do), and loads the Dos version of PM 8.
I have the PM 8.0 CD and it does that just fine.
You don't need to boot from the prepared floppy 2 disk set unless you can't boot the computer from a CD.
By the way, if you have PM 8.0 and not one of the the upgraded versions, e.g. 8.1 , the 8.0 version has lots of bugs - be careful.
A USB mouse does not work in the Dos version of PM 8.x, but a PS/2 or Serial mouse does.
PM 8.x , which is the last version series of it, is NOT compatible with the slightly different NTFS (software partition) version used by Vista and Windows 7.
Partition Magic sees the partition type as ??? and sees the partition as completely filled, whether it is or not.
(You can fix that if you multi boot 2000 or XP on the same computer with Vista or Windows 7, boot using a 2000 or XP CD, load the Recovery Console, select the Windows 2000 or XP installation, and run CHKDSK /R on the drive letter of the NTFS partition that Vista or Windows 7 made.)