|"My PC was running Vista and at boot it reported an immenant drive failure. I drive a recovery several times but still no luck."|
Your above account of what happened needs some clarifications but, whatever ... we'll just assume something really bad happened & your machine went kerplunk.
"I bought a new 250G Sata drive and have tried to downgrade to XP pro (during a recent house move I lost all the recovery disks that came with the laptop)."
It would have been nice to know the make & model of the machine that you have. One option in your situation is to order a replacement set of the applicable recovery discs for your model from the manufacturer.
Furthermore, am I correct in assuming that you had an IDE & you are trying to replace the IDE with a SATA disk? If that's the case, how is the new disk connected, is it via an internal SATA to mini-IDE adapter?
"I downloaded the sata driver from HP and it created a Floppy disks which I use when prompted at F6 during setup. The driver is ICH7M mobile....windows continues to load and then I get the blue screen...What is causing this?"
Maybe you downloaded the wrong driver.
"The bios does not give me a choice for IDE/ sata etc..hence the reason I have to use an external USB floppy."
Without the make & model details of the machine, we can't speculate on what is or isn't listed in your BIOS.
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