Install Win2k to SATA HD/Hard drive without "A" Drive Floppy


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Sloan J Croft

Hi,

I have a flash new machine without floppy drive.
During the installation process I must install a scsi driver (I have a SATA
type) by using the F6 option.

I have tried to place the drivers onto a USB drive (Allocated it "A" drive
in Vista) and then F6 it. Win2k has a fit and cant find it. I have turned on
USB support in the BIOS settings.

I have also tried doing an install without F6'ing it; however the install
does not recognise the SATA drive.

Any bright sparks out there that can suggest something or solve this problem
please??

Thanking you in advance,

Sloan J Croft
 
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Pegasus

Sloan J Croft said:
Hi,

I have a flash new machine without floppy drive.
During the installation process I must install a scsi driver (I have a
SATA
type) by using the F6 option.

I have tried to place the drivers onto a USB drive (Allocated it "A" drive
in Vista) and then F6 it. Win2k has a fit and cant find it. I have turned
on
USB support in the BIOS settings.

I have also tried doing an install without F6'ing it; however the install
does not recognise the SATA drive.

Any bright sparks out there that can suggest something or solve this
problem
please??

Thanking you in advance,

Sloan J Croft
You could get a second-hand floppy disk drive from your friendly computer
dealer. He must have quite a few of them lying about.
 
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DL

You need either a floppy drive or to create a slipstreamed installation cd
containg the sata controler drivers.
Simplest option is as stated by Pegasus
 
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Sloan J Croft

Thanks for that Pegasus,

Might have to buy one and it does make sense; although, solving it without
getting one would be a bonus ;-) ...and it would be a good challenge to solve.
 
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Pegasus

Sloan J Croft said:
Thanks for that Pegasus,

Might have to buy one and it does make sense; although, solving it without
getting one would be a bonus ;-) ...and it would be a good challenge to
solve.
Doesn't make sense? When Win2000 was released, floppy disk drives were
ubiquitous and SATA disks did not exist. However, the OS did make provision
for loading a driver for any new storage medium - within the context of the
hardware then available - namely a floppy disk drive! If you wish to use a
legacy OS then you must retain the I/O devices around which that OS was
designed.
 
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DL

I allready responded with an alternative method

Sloan J Croft said:
Thanks for that Pegasus,

Might have to buy one and it does make sense; although, solving it without
getting one would be a bonus ;-) ...and it would be a good challenge to
solve.
 
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Sloan J Croft

Thanks DL and Pegasus.

With "slipstreaming" DL, is there any special instructions for carrying this
out? Is it just a matter of placing the drivers onto the installation CD or
do I need to write a script??
 
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Sloan J Croft

Ok; Nlite works (a slipstreaming programme), but the drivers available dont
work for win2k. They only come in an executable form and not recognised
unless win2k is installed first.

I cant use a floppy as once again, the win2k drivers come in an executable
form only and win2k has to be installed first... Yay...

Sloan J Croft said:
Hi. I have done some research and found the following link very useful and
the procedure simple: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=107504

I am about to try it out and will post if successful.
<<<<Snipped>>>>
 
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Pegasus

Sloan J Croft said:
Ok; Nlite works (a slipstreaming programme), but the drivers available
dont
work for win2k. They only come in an executable form and not recognised
unless win2k is installed first.

I cant use a floppy as once again, the win2k drivers come in an executable
form only and win2k has to be installed first... Yay...
Since you can post, you must have access to a machine that can execute
Windows-type programs. Use it to expand the driver installation file!
 
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Sloan J Croft

I like your thinking; however Vista doesnt agree... It aborts the extraction
saying it is for an older os sys... Bah! Lol
 
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Pegasus

Sloan J Croft said:
I like your thinking; however Vista doesnt agree... It aborts the
extraction
saying it is for an older os sys... Bah! Lol
If you like you can send it to me for extraction: pegasus_fnlATyahooDOTcom.
 
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Sloan J Croft

Hi,

Thank you most sincerely Pegasus for your kind offer :)

I found an older driver for win2k and used that in the Nlite programme.
Worked a charm.
Only trouble was I found that win2k programmes werent too well supported, so
moved onto my beloved XP Pro.

Thank you to you and DL for your input.

I feel well pleased to have found a solution to not having a floppy drive
and buying one which would have only been used once... In fact I still would
have had to have found an older driver even if I had a floppy! Kiwi-power!!
:-D
 
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I want to give a reply to the person who asked how to extract the drivers.

Use 7zip and extract the exe as a zip file, and extract the new file and you will get an inf file.
Then you can use best hamster food to add the inf file to the drivers and xp/2k will load the drivers before installing.
Then it will find your hard drive.

I hope this will help. :)
 

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