Third Party Driver Install via XP/Floppy / Pcisat2ide1
August 7, 2010 at 22:49:34
Specs: Windows XP Home
Hi there
I have installed a new SATA Drive Controller Card (StarTech), as my motherboard is old style and only has slots for IDE, and a new 1TB Western Digital HD.

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows XP on the new drive using F6 to instal third party drivers but then taken to A:/Floppy Drive.

I have a CD with Drivers on, problem is the disk contains 2.5mb of various folders & files and I have no idea which ones to lift to stick onto a floppy remembering the capacity of the floppy. I have been onto the manufacturer site to see if they have drivers for floppy for the product but does not appear so.

It is a 2 SATA + 1 IDE Drive Controller Card: PCISAT2ISE1 (StarTech).

How can I identify proper drivers/files to put onto floppy or any other way of getting round this problem?

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August 7, 2010 at 23:04:43
The easiest way is to create a custom XP CD with Drivers and Service Packs intergrated:

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August 8, 2010 at 03:17:35
Gave this a whirl, but the application has a problem reading my windows OS disk?
Possibly because its a Reinstall disk? I don't know?
Still not any further forward!

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August 8, 2010 at 05:39:40
ok story so far- downloaded driver from manufacturer website and discovered that it allows you to create a driver floppy disk. XP install picked up the drivers ok from the floppy and then took me through the usual install procedures so appears to now recognise my new HD.

PROBLEM NOW- won't format?

It allows me to create and run format partitions up to 100% and at the end a message comes up saying- Setup unable to format. The disk may be damaged. Check plugged in ok ..blah blah..........

Is this a new problem? related to the old one? have the correct drivers been installed afterall?

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August 8, 2010 at 15:30:19

Managed to format new HD by booting into old drive which still has XP instaled and loading drivers for new Drive Controller Card which then picked up the partitions that I had created on the new drive. I was then able to format the partitions from XP in old drive. So far so good!

I then closed system down unplugged old HD and tried to install XP on new drive. This time I got a bit further forward. As the partitions were now formatted windows installer allowed me to copy files ok to windows installation folders on the new HD. So far so good!

Upon completion I get the message that portion of setup completed succesfully and now the sysem has to re-boot.

System reboots and just goes back into the start of windows instalation all over again??

Not sure what is meant to happen here- but it looks as if after all this my BIOS is not picking up the new drive?
I went into BIOS and sure enough the new drive is not listed?

What to do now?????? Please help!!!!

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August 9, 2010 at 01:16:56
Does the SATA Drive Controller Card (StarTech) have a Bootable BIOS, if not you can not boot from the drives attached..........

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August 9, 2010 at 13:17:14
I've contacted them to find out!

thanks for your help so-far and I'll let you know

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August 12, 2010 at 01:35:35
Still waiting for a reply to find out if card has BIOS- it looks as if probably not.

My BIOS is Microsoft System Management Driver v6 (2000)

Anyone know if I can get an update and whether this would pick up my SATA controller card.
thanks again

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August 12, 2010 at 06:06:55
Confirmed that the card does not have a BIOS- can anyone recommend one I could buy that does? cheers

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