104. How Do I Install Windows XP On A SATA
Serial ATA (SATA) drives are the latest in the
hard drive fashion and, in theory, installing
Windows on the drive should prove relatively simple.
The problem is that Windows XP doesn’t contain the necessary
drivers to allow windows to see
the drive so that Windows can install it.
To load Windows XP onto a SATA drive you need to proceed as
- Copy the SATA drivers to a
floppy disk. These can usually be found on your pc
or motherboard's support disk. Usually these
consist of PIDE/SATA Folders and TXTsetup.oem files.
Alternatively they may have been supplied on a
separate CD that accompanied your SATA drive,
assuming you purchased it separately from the pc.
- Insert the Windows XP CD
(full retail version – you should not need to follow
these instructions if your pc came with a recovery
disk) into the CD-ROM and Reboot
- Watch carefully as the Windows XP
installation progresses and look carefully
at the text at the bottom of each screen.
- At the Windows Setup Screen
(this should be the second screen after installation
starts) you should see, at the bottom of the screen,
a message saying: “Press F6 if you need to
install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.”
- At this point press the F6
- When the next screen appears press S
to specify an additional device.
- Now insert the floppy
disk containing the SATA drivers into your
- Windows will next ask you to select a driver
from the provided list.
- Select VIA Serial (or
whichever controller your motherboard supports)
RAID Controller (Windows XP).
- The SATA drivers on your floppy disk should
- After the drivers have loaded Windows XP will recognise your SATA drive and you can continue
installing the Windows XP operating system.