How to install XP l on a SATA system

Discussion in 'Windows XP Setup' started by David Kinston, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. I'm trying to install XP on a new PC with a SATA drive.
    XP does not recognise the hard disk.

    I'm prompted to install diskette(s) with .inf files, and
    later the setup diskette. But I don't have them!
    All I have is the MB CDROM. No doubt the drivers are
    there, but how do I access them?

    Can I copy the required files onto a floppy? If so, which
    files are they.

    The driver CD does not appear tio offer any help, or a
    utility to create a floppy.

    The motherboard is gigabyte GA-8VT880P.
    Couldn't find the answer on their website.

    David Kinston
    David Kinston, Apr 30, 2006
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  2. hi Shenan

    Now now, no need to be sarcastic (yet).

    Been there, done that!
    Downloaded the file, ran it, copied files to to floppy.

    Windows was happy.

    So was I, until a few minutes later when I was prompted for
    ANOTHER diskette with the actual drivers (not the inf file),
    after I the select and format partition screen.

    David K
    David Kinston, Apr 30, 2006
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  3. You mean here?: Combo

    ( Short link: )

    Where they list the driver you need to download under the SATA RAID section,
    with the text:
    "VIA VT8237 SATA RAID(Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows setup to
    read from floppy)" next to it?
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 30, 2006
  4. The diskette does contain the driver. \I386\NT5 contains the .sys file and
    the OEM files all point to it. That would be your Windows XP driver.

    The directory structure should look like:

    If it asks again - and I have seen this - you should be able to point to the
    same place - or directly to said directory.

    Although - I do feel the need to ask - how updated is your Windows XP
    Installation CD? Does it have SP2 integrated? All post-sp2 patches?
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 30, 2006
  5. David Kinston Guest

    The very latest XP install CDROM.
    I am prompted to install the diskette in drive A.
    When windows can;t find the files it needs, I can either
    try again or abort - no ability to browse or change the path.

    However now that I know which are the required files,
    I should be able to succeed.

    Thanks meanwhile.


    Are you
, Apr 30, 2006
  6. I copied the 3 files from NT5 into the 2 higher-level directories,
    and inserted the diskette while booting from the windows CDROM.

    At the final stage before formatting I see:
    Setup cannot copy the file: viamraid.sys

    This file IS on the diskette, size 60KB.
    All 3 files are there in the NT5 directory.
    After aborting, I copied them into all of the directories on the diskette.

    Setup still aborts.

    What now?

    DK Melbourne

    David Kinston, Apr 30, 2006
  7. David Kinston

    Robert Moir Guest

    Try to get the drivers from a different source. is probably a good place to

    Rob Moir, Microsoft MVP
    Blog Site -
    Virtual PC 2004 FAQ -
    I'm always surprised at "professionals" who STILL have to be asked "Have you
    checked (event viewer / syslog)".
    Robert Moir, May 1, 2006
  8. Well, it's a bit strange, but the news is good!
    I copied the files to another diskette, and tried
    installing again, without altering the procedure.

    This time it came up with the 3 expected driver choices,
    and the install went smoothly.


    David Kinston
    David Kinston, May 2, 2006
  9. David Kinston

    Guest Guest

    Hi David

    I'm also having same problem but I need to install the driver on my Lapto
    and I don't have Floppy Drive. Is it possible to use USB Pen Drive as Floppy


    Guest, May 3, 2006
  10. I have a USB floppy for use on my laptop.

    David Kinston, May 8, 2006
  11. David Kinston


    Mar 4, 2008
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    I had the same problem while trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2 with a MSI PT880 FSR mobo. First of all, I had to limit my HDD to 1.5 Gb mode so the mobo could detect it. Then I pressed F6 when prompted to install the SATA driver from the floppy, I've downloaded a rar from MSI website and extracted the files to a floppy disk. In my case the directory structure was:


    after some minutes of copying files I'm prompted to insert the "VIA COMBO Driver Diskette" so I did but then an error message saying the file viamraid.sys couldn't be copy. So I tried copying the file to the root, it didn't work. I'm a little bit lazy so I copied the 3 files on NT5 Floder to every folder on the floppy including the root and overwriting any existing file and then copying the NT5 folder to the root and it worked.. I couldn't say what's the correct way but I guess it could be copying the NT5 folder to the root. I hope this helps. Pardon my english is not good, I'm from Peru.
    betosmash, Mar 4, 2008
  12. David Kinston


    Mar 4, 2008
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    I've forgot to mention that after pressing F& and some file copying I was prompted to install the device and the floppy worked and I was able to select the XP driver and then the install program continued copying files and again I was prompted to insert the "VIA COMBO Driver Diskette" from this point I explain what happened in the previous post. Sorry
    betosmash, Mar 4, 2008
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