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Cannot install Windows with new SATA harddrive.

After my last hard drive took a nosedive, I went out and bought a Western Digital Serial ATA 500 gb harddrive. I've physically put it in my Sony Vaio Desktop.

I am trying to install Windows XP Professional now. When I get to the Setup screen is says Unknown Disk.

I've already seemed to install the drivers for the new harddisk (they provided me a CD to install the drivers, it came with a program called "Lifeguard Tool" or something like that.

I have tried pressing F6 to install a RAID driver using the Windows setup... I pressed S... but then I find out I need a floppy disk drive... even if I had one, the box only came with a CD and not any floppy disks.

I've tried slipstreaming Windows xp cd, service pack 2, and the drivers onto one bootable cd, it did not work... i'm too tired to go in there and find out why. *sigh*

Any suggestions?

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You need Sata drivers on floppy ....

In reply to: Cannot install Windows with new SATA harddrive.

and install with the F6 option you described. There aint much way around the floppy (none That I know of)

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In reply to: Cannot install Windows with new SATA harddrive.

Check out this discussion and nliteos. The nliteos site is linked in the first comment. This is a free custom xp installer that allows including the needed SATA drivers on a iso cd you burn by using a Windows xp install CD, a computer with a working copy of XP loaded, with Network 2.0 installed on the system. You are able to include the SATA drivers on the bootable iso install cd. When the iso cd is booted, the SATA drivers are available from the cd for installation without the floppy drive. Several of the posters claim success with this utility. Check it out here:

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