A driver diskette is required but HP must supply this. Also you need to have an USB floppy drive handy as well. To keep this reply short I won't duplicate ready web pages if you type INSTALL XP TO A SATA DRIVE on google.com
You may also have to do heavy searching for all the other drivers if HP doesn't offer them
Like many people other there, I have bought a new laptop with Vista preinstalled, and like many people Vista has been a burden. I have decided to make a clean installation of Windows Xp Professional. When I boot my laptop with the Windows installation CD, it says, "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer." I read on my forums that when this happens, in order to resolve, one must have find the drives that are compatible with my motherboard. I bought a HP Pavilion dv6265us, DualCore 2 Duo, 2GB Memory, and i believe my motherboard is a Mobile Intel Calistoga-G i945GM. Disk Drive: Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 ATA Device (160 GB, 5400 RPM, SATA)...Im not really much of a computer wize so I dont know much of what these specs mean.
I really need to fix this problem, I would really appreciate all the help i can get.