Thread: Trying to Install XP over Vista with SATA HD

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    Trying to Install XP over Vista with SATA HD

    When I try to install Windows XP, currently using Vista, on my Dell XPS 600 with an nforce4 sli mobo, using a 160gb western digital hard drive, the oddest thing happens. XP cannot detect the hard drive I'm using, assuming due to the fact that it is a SATA drive, and windows XP doesn't have any SATA drivers standard.

    So I need to find SATA drivers that I can fit on a floppy disk to install them during the xp installation by hitting f6.

    I don't have an OEM disk, nor do I have any blank cd's to slipstream drivers into an XP installation.

    I do have floppies.

    What steps do I need to take to make a usable SATA driver diskette suitable for XP installations?
    Sometimes I forget what I am doing when I enter a room, actually, quite often.

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    Strangely enough, I had this exact same issue with my HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop. To be honest I can't remember exactly what I ended up doing, but I tweaked some settings in my bios. I can't quite remember if it had anything to do with RAID or not.

    Although I can't recommend this method to you, it worked for me.

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