|XP's Setup has to be able to see the SATA drive controller(s) in order to be able to see the SATA hard drives. Setup cannot continue if it can't see the hard drives. Depending on which RAID type, Setup may see only one hard drive. |
Your link in response 2 doesn't work because the url it leads to has a dot at the end of it.
Why would you download that huge thing when you can download something small ?
The CD that came with the mboard probably has the correct SATA controller drivers.
On the Biostar USA site:
Serial ATA RAID
(Serial ATA AHCI drivers are also listed.)
NOTE that the same mboard model may optionally have a SATA RAID chipset, or a standard default SATA AHCI chipset (AHCI mode a.k.a. SATA mode; no RAID support).
If the mboard has the chipset that supports RAID, load the RAID drivers, even if you're not going to using a RAID array - they include support for non-RAID use as well, and usually drivers for a controller chipset that does NOT have RAID support DO NOT work for a chipset that DOES have RAID support, and visa versa.
You will probably have to boot from the XP CD and run a Repair installation of Windows because the mboard hardware is too different.
NOTE that your XP CD MUST have SP1 or later updates included on it in order for Setup to be able to recognize the full size of hard drives larger than 137gb manufacturer's size ( = 128gb binary size in the bios and in Windows ).
If it has SP2 or SP3 updates included on it, SP2 or SP3 is printed on the CD.
All the Microsoft original CDs I've seen that have SP1 updates included do NOT have SP1 printed on the CD, but you can search the web using the volume label - the label you see for the CD in My Computer or Windows Explorer for the CD - to determine whether it has SP1 updates included, or not.
If your CD does NOT have SP1or later updates included on it, if you have any hard drive larger than 137gb manufacturer's size, you MUST make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD, preferably a CD-R, that has the SP3 updates integrated into the original contents of your CD, and while you're doing that, you might as well integrate the SATA controller drivers you need for this mboard into it too (then you won't need to provide drivers while booting from the CD).
Then you use the "slipstreamed" CD to run the Repair installation of Windows, rather than your original CD, along with your original Product Key.
NOTE: I have found some older XP Home CD's without SP1 or SP2 updates (e.g. made in 2001 - see the date on the CD) DO NOT have the screen with Repair installation option !
In that case, you need to make yourself a "slipsteamed" CD - see above.
In order to run the Repair installation of Windows (or install Windows from scratch) ....
You will need the XP Product Key for the Windows installation that's on the drives, preferably the one that was used to install it, but it can be one for the same version as the one of your Windows installation, Home, or Pro, or Pro 64 bit.
In most cases you get the Product Key from the official Microsoft sticker on your computer case, or from the official Microsoft sticker that came with your Windows CD if it has not been stuck to the case.
Do you have that ?
If you don't there's no point in trying a Repair installation.
You will need to load all the drivers for the mboard after Setup is finished.
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first.
If your Windows CD does not have SP1 or SP2 or SP3 updates included, and you updated Windows on the drives with SP2 or SP3 updates, you may have to install SP2 or SP3 updates again to get Windows working properly. SP1 or later is required for USB 2.0 and hard drives larger than 137gb (manufacturer's size; 128gb in Windows and most bioses).
You may also need to re-install some of your Windows Updates.