take it slow. Where is the problem? We have a driver problem strictly
because the SATA driver we need does not come embedded in the Windows
XP installation package. What if we add the driver by ourselves before
What ingredients are involvedin this operation? The original Windows XP Installation CD, a freeware application named NLite
and a blank CD. Moreover, we need the drivers for the SATA controller
provided by the manufacturer. In case you did not find any floppy
inside the motherboard package or you cannot locate them on the
mainboard installation CD, you can consult the manufacturer's website
to download the latest versions. To do the trick I have been talking
about, it is assumed that you already have a Windows installed on an
IDE drive. In case you don't, pay a visit to a friend and ask him to
let you use his computer. It won't take too much time, I guarantee.
So, download the drivers and unzip them (in case they come archived) in
a desired location. Then download and install the Nlite application.
When you start the Nlite application, you will be asked to provide the
location for the Windows installation package. Insert the genuine
Windows Installation CD into the CD drive and, inside the application,
select the CD drive letter.
To insert the SATA drivers within the installation package, you need to
have it saved on the HDD. Hence, when the warning window appears click
OK and select the destination folder for the files to be saved. Make
sure that the destination partition / HDD has enough space to store the
contents of the installation CD.
I tested a Windows XP Home Edition and it seems that it required about
566 MB. Immediately after you have chosen the destination folder, the
application will start copying the Windows installation files. When
finished, it will display some version information regarding the newly
copied Windows Installation Package.
Now, click next twice until you get to a screen where you get options
sorted in 4 categories: Integrate, Remove, Setup, Create. We are
interested in the integration procedure, therefore select the Drivers
button and click next. From the next menu window, click Import and
select multiple drive folder option from the drop down menu. This
option permits you to browse to the location where the downloaded
drivers are found.
Select the containing directory and click next. You will get a list
with the available drivers (in case there are more than one) or simply
one driver. Select it (them) and click next. Now the application will
ask for the permission to start the integration procedure. Choose Yes
and wait for the drivers to be inserted into the installation package
This problematic driver being included in the installation package you
can install Windows XP on your SATA HDD...but...the installation
package is on the HDD. You need a bootable CD in order to start an
installation. Don't worry, once the installation package has been
adorned with additional user selected drivers it can be transformed
into a bootable disk image and later burned on a CD. To encapsulate the
installation into a ISO image use the same Nlite application.
Open it, make sure the HDD installation folder is selected and click
next. Select "Last session" preset and click next again. Now from the
options menu choose Bootable ISO and click next. In the following
window, make sure that the mode is set to "Create Image" and click Make
ISO. A destination folder is required where the resulting ISO image
will be saved. Once the image saving process finished you have the
freedom to burn it on a blank CD with whatever you favorite CD burner
software may be. The new CD will be the twin copy of the Windows Installation CD but with one difference, it includes the SATA driver.
Windows 2000 / XP Installation Basics
This guide will walk you
through installing your
onto a new
SATA [Serial ATA] hard drive
in your computer. Please be sure to follow each step of the guide if you
are running into issues getting your computer to identify or install
onto your new SATA hard drive.
install your operating system on a new SATA hard drive you are going to
need to provide a SATA drivers disc during the Windows Setup process.
This disc is NOT provided by the company you purchased your motherboard
from. This is a disc you need to create using the makedisk.exe
utility which can usually be found on your motherboard drivers disc or
the manufacturers website. If you need more information on how to create
this disc, please refer to the detailed instructions below. We will
cover how to create an nVidia SATA or VIA SATA drivers disk depending on
your chipset. This procedure can be different depending on the brand of
motherboard you purchased.]
This guide is broken into the following sections which
can be accessed via the links below:
A SATA DRIVERS DISK
nVidia Chipset SATA Drivers
VIA Chipset SATA Drivers Disk
HOW TOMAKE A SATA DRIVERS DISK
[NO FLOPPY] [Coming Soon]
USING THE SATA DRIVERS DISK DURING THE WINDOWS INSTALLATION
TROUBLESHOOTING SATA HARD DRIVES
NLITE INSTALLATION :