Windows XP SATA driver install

January 16, 2010 at 17:49:24
Specs: Windows XP Home, Athlon64 4000+
I will be re-formatting and re-installing Windows XP onto a 500GB SATA2 hard disk. The original drive was a 160GB IDE and I decided that given that I'm re-formatting everything, I might as well re-install onto my other hard drive since it's bigger and faster.

According to everything I've read, in order to load Win XP onto a SATA drive, I need to load the drivers using a 3.5" floppy disk. I have a drive available but I was wondering if it was possible to load the drivers off a usb pen drive. I presume that because there is no OS, it won't detect the USB pen.

Am I correct, or is there another method that avoids using a 3.5" floppy?


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#1
January 16, 2010 at 18:14:14
You can create a slipstreamed instal disk with the sata driver integrated but if you have a floppy drive available why bother?

What exactly do you have against using a floppy?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
January 16, 2010 at 19:20:30
Are you asking about a SATA driver because you read somewhere about drivers during install, or have you already had a prompt while trying to do yours?

When Windows needs drivers from a floppy it is not for SATA but for RAID if the motherboard has it onboard.

If you have a standard system with 1 drive there should not be a prompt for a driver. SATA drivers are part of the Windows package.

Richard


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#3
January 16, 2010 at 23:18:26
I disagree with rich1949. As far as I know XP does not include SATA drivers in it's standard install package and if you want an install disk with such drivers then you must create a new install disk with the drivers included. Google slipstreaming to find out how to do it.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
January 17, 2010 at 07:44:26
Thanks for the help. It's my first time re-formatting and re-installing. I do have a floppy but it's part of another machine.

I'll try slipstreaming the drivers and if I can't get that to work, I'll yank the floppy drive out of the older machine.

The system only has one SATA drive but the motherboard manual states that it needs the drivers regardless.


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#5
January 17, 2010 at 08:21:39
Download and use nLite OS to sliptream the SATA drivers and most anything else you want to. Like SP3, if not included in the files on your WinXP CD. nLite is pretty easy to use. You also need a burner program to make the new CD. Get nLite at the link below.

http://www.nliteos.com/


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#6
January 17, 2010 at 08:39:56
I also disagree with rich1949. WinXP was released about a year or two before SATA went mainstream so there are no drivers on the XP CD. That's why you need to press F6 & load the drivers from a floppy early in the installation process...the other option is to slipstream.

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#7
January 17, 2010 at 09:54:02
I've got a number of burners on the machine and I might as well slipstream SP3 at the same time.

In order to slipstream SP3 do I need to add any other patches. From the user guide, it appears that I could add as may windows updates as I need.

I've already looked at nLite and it looks very easy to use. It says in the guide that it needs drivers to be in INF format. I've downloaded the SATA drivers I need already so I assume that if I specify the INF file, it'll mount the other files as well that came in the zip file?

Apologies if I sound like an idiot but this is completely new to me.


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#8
January 17, 2010 at 11:32:56
If you get the SATA drivers off your motherboard CD or from their site they should be in the correct format. You do need to unzip any compressed files.

SP3 is a rollup of ALL past SPs. You can also add any undates that were released after SP3.


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#9
January 17, 2010 at 12:06:51
I think I'm probably just going to slipstream the SATA drivers and SP3. I'll have my floppy drive at hand just in case the slipstream disk doesn't work.

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#10
January 17, 2010 at 12:19:55
If your new CD is bootable and when you start the installation your hard drive is seen then you don't need to use the floppy.


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#11
January 17, 2010 at 12:59:33
I figure that I'll make sure I've got the floppy drive to hand just in case something goes wrong and I end up having to use the F6 floppy disk method. nLite looks very good and will hopefully save me a lot of hassle with the updates.

I've also obviously downloaded SP3, so if everything else fails, I'll install using the floppy drive SATA drivers and run SP3 once XP's installed.


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#12
January 17, 2010 at 19:50:15
When an install is done with XP on a system that has SATA drives I insert the disk and run the install. The only time is when I have a system being built/repaired with a RAID controller.

The BIOS needs checked to make sure the controller is set to IDE or compatible mode. XP will not install to a system where the SATA controller is set to AHCI.

How many of you have done an XP (any version) install on a system and had to insert a floppy to add drivers so it could see a SATA drive?

Richard


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#13
January 17, 2010 at 20:24:25
The BIOS may see the SATA hard drive and you may actually be able to install WinXP but upon a reboot the hard drive may not be found by windows.

The key is how the BIOS can configure the hard drive. For what it is worth when running in an IDE compatibility mode you won't get the advantage of the faster speeds, especially when using SATA II drives.


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#14
January 17, 2010 at 21:01:28
I'm going to be doing the mainboard change on Tuesday, so I'll see what happens. Hopefully, the slipstream will work and save me a lot of hassle. As long as the new board isn't DOA...

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#15
January 19, 2010 at 10:25:31
The slipstream worked as far as I can tell. Win XP loaded onto the disk fine. With SP3 integrated, I've only had to download a few updates.

I assumed that I didn't need to press F6 during setup.

Can I now set the SATAII drive to AHCI?


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#16
January 19, 2010 at 10:54:19
AHCI is kind of like a generic version of SATA drivers that does most of the functions associated with the customized SATA controller drivers. Not necessary to use AHCI if you have the SATA controller drivers installed.

Look in Device manager at IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers for listing for SATA controllers. you should be able to run a speed TEST there to confirm the drive is operating at SATA II burst speeds. Can't remember the exact path and I am not using WinXP on any SATA drives at the moment.


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#17
January 19, 2010 at 15:25:03
The SATA drivers appear to have installed but the drive is set to IDE in the BIOS. The system seems to work fine, so I'm not really that bothered. It's at least as fast as the previous hard disk.

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#18
January 19, 2010 at 19:30:35
Did you expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controller listing? There should be at least one SATA listing there after expanding it.

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#19
January 20, 2010 at 00:28:00
I did that in th XP device manager. There don't appear to be any SATA controllers installed.

Given that it seems to be stable, I'm not too bothered about whether it's running at full speed or not, just curious.


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